In the densely populated surf-gear landscape, the true necessities in actually getting out there and sliding one are few but vital. Foam and fiberglass. A pair of trunks or sewn rubber. Wax. And, this side of Tom Blake, a skeg or three or five.

Since 1995, the year they launched their game-changing removable system, FCS has remained not only committed to surfboard fins as an essential hardgood, they’ve elevated it. From design innovations to multipurpose functionality to template aesthetics, FCS has in many ways changed the way we craft and ride surfboards, and is the go-to for some of the most respected shapers and surfers in the game.

Those foundational principles—an application to the next while bound in the traditional, are ones to which TSJ can relate.