Wave tools twin fin Part 2- Jeff Parker
Jeff Parker. Custom wetsuit, custom twin fin, lots of hair product.
My friend in LA has been at this longer than I have and has acquired an Aladdin's cave of rare California gems. He has shared with us one of his Newport Beach, Lance Collin's shaped, Jeff Parker model, Wave Tools twin fins from the Echo Beach period. These twin fins are unique to the geographical area, the period and the local Newport waves they were designed to surf. The swallow tail without the flyer or wings carries a lot more area into the tail making a looser board that goes better and gets more tail lift in smaller mushier wave. Of course they slide out a lot but this suited the radical style of surfing they were pioneering at the time. The short fin design didn't last long and were soon replaced with a more fashionable, functional MR template. But I like these earlier fins because they hark back the original Skip Fry designed San Diego twin fins shapes.