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.
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.