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finsight // Lachlan Leckie


We just caught up with Lachlan Leckie, founder & director of the Salty Merchants based on the East Coast, Australia.

How do you choose what fin to ride on any given day?

It’s generally based on wave type. Also the board, but for most boards I have 2 fin options that go best in each board depending on wave type.

Photo by the Happy Poison Gang as featured

Photo by the Happy Poison Gang as featured

What's your go to fin at the moment?

The Beau Young 10.75” has spent a lot of time in my log while in California. But I’m heading to Noosa and will probably opt for the Cuts Doloro 10” for a bit more nose riding. In my 7’0 pintail I have a 9” matte black that goes amazing and I have been riding a twin fin of late with some new semi-keel style fins that are coming out in a few weeks called the “electric twins”.

What was your journey to arrive at these fins?

For the Beau Young fin I was surfing a lot of small shifty beach breaks and still had my 10” Matte Black in the board from Bali, I couldn't keep in the pocket or turn tight enough with it so I opted for something more upright and more area. The Beau fin always looked a little bit ugly to me (haha) but after one wave on it I fast got over that and really fell in love with it. It’s a good all rounder.


Do you change the fin(s) dependent on the surf, or once a fin is working with a board, do you keep it locked in ?

Usually there are a couple good options for a board depending on waves. Not every fin will work but usually are 2 that are more specific. Like un upright pivot type one or a more raked one depending if the waves are short and slow or fast and long.. for example...

my 7’0 pintail: In California it went fantastic with a 9” flex in it because the waves were a little sloped and sometimes softer so the flex fin gave me some added spring and life and I could draw out some pretty nice turns. When I got back to the Gold Coast, we were getting some sucky head high sand bottom barrels and I had to change to the 7.5 wolfhound cause the flex of the 9” was getting twitchy and a bit wild. The shorter more stable Wolfhound was much more suitable and offered heaps more control. Surprising how different they made the board feel. Yet, if I had that smaller fin in a fuller softer wave it would feel slow.

Pic by @simsurf

Pic by @simsurf


Anything you'd like to share about your fins, sponsors, surfing, life?

I’m definitely stoked on the fins at the moment, there is something for everything and everyone in the range right now. I’ll always keep playing and refining and that’s what keeps it fun, just like surfing.  Sponsors? Eden at Dead Kooks thanks for making me some great boards of late!! Chariots of the Sun wetsuits are too good and warm that I can’t (always) wear them on the Goldy 'cause I get too hot at the moment, haha..

Many thanks to Lachlan.

the 10.5" Sock Jam - by the Salty Merchants


salty merchants sock jam

The Sock Jam is one of our most versatile Salty Merchants templates. We have re-blogged this from The Salty Merchants first blog post in the 'fins in focus' series.

Although it looks like a typical flex fin, the sock jam is a lot more upright, with a larger base, almost like a cutaway hatchet. Because of this it has a unique feel and best suites particular wave and board types especially when ridden in small short beachies and standard summertime waves.

Because of its wide base and good height the jam remains fast and stable, yet being upright and with a narrow tip it allows very tight turns and instant response.
Perfect for small summer waves that require constant adjusting, swivels and pivots to get you in the best spot of a quick trip to the nose. Here is an illustration of how it would turn as apposed to a fin with more rake.

As sock jam stands more upright, it turns shorter than a longer raked fin, allowing you to stay tighter in the pocket. 

As sock jam stands more upright, it turns shorter than a longer raked fin, allowing you to stay tighter in the pocket. 

The 11” matte black or Elevator Jam or even Greenough 4A for example have longer rakes and help draw out turns. Ideal for faster waves or projecting down the line.

The 11” matte black or Elevator Jam or even Greenough 4A for example have longer rakes and help draw out turns. Ideal for faster waves or projecting down the line.

Ideally, over 9 foot is best, especially with a rolled or rolled-vee bottom. Our most common feedback stoke is from surfers with (but not limited too) pig-ish outlines (hips). It also seems to be most rewarding when set slightly further back in the box than most.

Check the SOCK jam in even more detail here

Some surfing on the sock jam can be seen below in the new clip "ATTACK OF THE SOCK JAM" enjoy.

CJ Nelson Cover Shot - FS13


Foam Symmetry Magazine 13 has landed and hitting letterboxes in the next few days. The Cover features this styling shot of CJ Nelson by legend Thomas Campbell, with a Copper Foil finish ! Grab CJ's pivot fins and this edition now from

.. Mystical Salty Merchants 13th Floor Flexi Fin Prototype


Guest Post for Salty Merch EU - KENT TURKICH from the Insects that are not Aliens surfing club, Australian Surfing Resurrection & integral part of The Salty Merchants.

Kent by Dean Darby

This fin is not for hangers-on. Can you handle the entire tryp? Or…are…you…in the darkness? The original 13th floor flexi fin that I use was the result of some fragmentary conversations with Lachlan Leckie who had been running around the car parks of Koolangatta with mad impressions of fins which would hold tight, but which would at the same time allow for surfboard riders to recreate their most primitive psychic impulses and whims - forthright, yet wyld. Leckie drew up the shape, and obviously we had to have the 13th Floor Elevators album cover art as inspiration for the graphic. The Gato Heroi Smooth Operator (shaped in Australia by Evan Daley Trypper) that I put the fin in is similarly liberating. You can go where you want on the wave, and have some otherworldly encounters along the way - but you won’t spin-out! The prototype has since been refined through testing and Lachlan Leckie’s renowned design skills into a set of flexi fins that help define the post-dogging revolution and all the gestures of crazy, anything is permissible surfboard riding that entails.

Kent by Dean Darby