How to Install a Fin on a SUP Board: A Step-by-Step Guide

Posted by Author David Lee

Installing the fin correctly on your paddle board is crucial for optimal performance and balance. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you with this process.

Equipment You’ll Need

  1. Your paddle board
  2. The center pin and side bites
  3. A screwdriver
  4. A fin key (Allen wrench)

Steps to Install a Center Pin and Side Bites on a Tower Hardboard

  1. Prepare the Center Pin The center pin comes with a screw and base plate already in the fin box.
  2. Remove the Screw Use a screwdriver to take out the screw and leave the base plate in the fin box.
  3. Insert the Center Pin The center pin has a channel guide that goes down in the center of the board.
  4. Align and Tighten Use a screwdriver to line up the base plate with the channel guide on the center pin and tighten the screw snugly.
  5. Prepare the Side Fins Side pins require a fin key (Allen wrench) with a notch in the back. The side fins have a flat surface on the inside and a beveled surface on the outside.
  6. Insert the Side Fins Insert the back of the side fin first into the fin box, ensuring it fits flush.
  7. Adjust as Needed If the fin doesn’t fit flush, use the fin key to back out the screw, adjust the fin, then screw it down again.
  8. Avoid Over-Tightening Be careful not to over-tighten the side pins with the fin key to prevent stripping.
  9. Check the Fins Ensure the fins are properly slotted on the inside of the fin box.
Always check to ensure the fins are securely installed before you go paddleboarding. is a source where the post How to Install a Fin on a SUP Board: A Step-by-Step Guide appeared first.

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