15 October, 2013 15 October, 2013


PRESS RELEASE: The accolades continue to roll in for the newly released FCS II system. This time for the EuroSIMA Innovation Award that acknowledges new products within the surfing and boardsport industry.


The 2013 Waterman’s Ball was recently held in Hossegor, France, and played host to the official EuroSIMA awards ceremony. The event honors and recognizes the outstanding contribution of companies, athletes and individuals who play an active role in helping develop the boardsports industry in Europe.

At the event FCS II received 5000 Euros prize and the Innovation Award which was judged by a panel of experts from EuroSIMA. FCSII is an innovative new system in which the fin locks into the plug, replacing the old method that required the use of grub screws. Thanks to this innovation, fins can now be attached easily in a matter of seconds.

Mike Durante, head designer at Surf Hardware International had this to say upon hearing the news. “We have a dedicated team of in-house designers who worked tirelessly on making FCS II a reality. Our aim was to provide a new, highly functional system that was easy to use, and above all delivered better performance. I think we achieved that, and we’re proud to see the new system in the market and in the boards of the world’s best surfers”.


Set to become the new world standard in fin system technology and performance, FCS II is designed to accommodate all surfers; regardless of their age demographic, surfing genre, or the boards and waves they’re riding.

The new system boasts a number of key advantages over its predecessors; firstly, it’s keyless and requires no tools or screws. Secondly, the leading edge of the fin resides inside the plug, and the base of the fins sit flush to the surface of the board. And lastly, the new system is backward compatible, meaning it will accept fins from the original dual tab system.

For more information on the new FCS II system and the Essential Series fin range visit surffcs.com


  1. skeggie
    15 October, 2013 at 10:08 am · Reply

    a fin system is only as good as the person who installs it correctly…
    my o/s boards have never lost/cracked/loosed a plug..ever..one or two of my keepers are 4yrs+ old

    my local boards here..thats another story…the fin plugs crack,get loose or pull out all together in under 12 months…why is that?
    I can see my wallet taking a beating with these new systems ..eish…
    Surf Hardware int…please send an tech rep here to RSA and teach the blokes how its done..the CORRECT WAY ….please…
    I also suggest a voluntary record keeping system where failures can be documented and suspecting dealers sent for re training…

  2. loop
    18 October, 2013 at 1:49 pm · Reply

    Geez Dude. You obviously using the wrong shaper.

    Saffa shapers are good and their prices are probably best in the world.


    • skeggie
      21 October, 2013 at 10:24 am · Reply

      nope…. and nope…

      I surf minimum 4hrs a day,7 days a week….
      Not once a weekend or a fortnight…
      I’ve tried every shaper in durban….

      Lets see them put their money where their mouth is and offer a guarantee on plugs then…

      • loop
        23 October, 2013 at 10:47 am · Reply

        Oh shit Kelly! Geez sorry bru. Yah didn’t realize that was you. Flip damn straight. You push your boards to the max dude, No wonder your fins are popping out all the time – Its from all those G’s you are pulling in your bottom turns….You better stick with the Merricks cos these kook Durban shapers just cant handle your cowabunga performance. Good luck at Pipe. Sorry you are out of the race this year. Hope Parko doesn’t get it.

        • skeggie
          24 October, 2013 at 9:18 am · Reply

          Damn !!! you’ve blown my cover,

          you Saffas are too good,!!

          now if youse all go and surf all those beasterly easterlies,instead of sipping lattes at Gateway,till a South West farts through…then I might catch youse on the Gravy Train in a few years..eh?

          • loop
            24 October, 2013 at 11:52 am ·

            Yah I also dig picking up the scraps. Find a peak somewhere..maybe fit a turn in. Fun as.

    • grant
      24 October, 2013 at 10:19 am · Reply

      Shapers fitting plugs? Ha ha ha ha ha x100

      Loop..you must live in “la la land”…or an overseas #$%^

      Arent those the guys in the office with the fat bank accounts and their name on the board?….no disrespect to the backyarders

      • loop
        24 October, 2013 at 11:50 am · Reply

        Ey bru. Don’t know what you are trying to say here.

        • grant
          24 October, 2013 at 3:13 pm · Reply

          geez…do I need to explain?..
          no shapers put plugs in bru…they just finish off what pops out of a machine

          the glasser, glasses it
          and the sander/finisher, finishes it
          the last two could be the same person, depending on how tight the owner of the business is…LOL
          Which are also the most important aspects of the process,a bad finish on a board is a waste of foam and glass,regardless if AM himself spat one out his bay.

          Now… if they paid their labour a decent honest wage,you might think an AM for R5k is a bargain then, as every board would cost R6K or more..
          And again… no disrespect to the backyard dudes..who do the full monty, a-z …eis out…good onyas..

          • Loop
            26 October, 2013 at 6:17 pm ·

            Ok. So what you are saying is that because the shapers aren’t paying their staff enough your fins are falling out like rotten teeth? Um well I don’t know dude I reckon change your shaper. You get what you pay for. You can’t say that all saffa shapers or their glassers suck at putting in fin plugs. Geez dutchie. Simon fish. Lonnie Buhn. That slummies shaper who makes those cool pod boards that ko rides. Spinny and more…. I refuse to believe that these okes wouldn’t sort their shit out if there were complaints about their quality. You are painting all our shapers with the same brush. And it’s a thin narrow brush at that.

            Or are you saying that al merricks fin plugs are falling out and he is not paying his staff enough…? Cos I still can’t quite make out what you are going on about.

          • grant
            28 October, 2013 at 9:59 am ·

            OK my fault….sorry
            Youre obviously not a piesang seun…otherwise you wouldve caught on right away on what and where im on about..
            all references are my experiences in durban area..
            maybe i shouldve stated that first up…
            I’ve no idea what labour practices they have in other surf cities and if they are fair, or how much quality control is needed…
            I find o/s staff are all surfers and have a better idea of the limitations on the finesse,strengths and weaknesses of fibreglass and foam….
            90% of boards made here are sent o/s,to unsuspecting euros and elsewhere,where a fin plug is of least concern.
            Now… if you knew on how many boards are shaped,then i wouldnt want to be a surfer finishing off boards here,as you wouldnt get time off to wet your kop…
            thats where the cheap labour and quality control come in.

          • loop
            28 October, 2013 at 6:28 pm ·

            Ya Spinny went through a patch where his boards even though good models and good r&d the quality wasn’t to hot…I heard it from a couple of peeps…but that was a few years a go. I suspect he was pushing his overseas boards…but he got his shit together quickly and is making good boards again.

            My issue with shapers churning out boards is that when you ask the oke for a custom stick they dont listen to you. They just finish off a cut out board and hand it over. Thats why I support my local crafter. He takes time time to listen to me. I actually dropped off beers for him today cos he has just made me a sick new board..He is durban based. Waves on thursday! aaaaahhh yeah!

  3. How FCS smokels U
    23 October, 2013 at 2:15 pm · Reply

    Clever money sucking method – relabel rebadge bling it up wadda u got ?
    -Fins that are click into ur board differently .

    A marketing exercise. I would say they are gonna set the bar at R 1200 a set.

    Old Dean the bean Geraghty’s 4 Ways seemed more out there in terms of functional performance and adjustment.

    • grant
      24 October, 2013 at 10:22 am · Reply

      R2200 is more like it…R1200 is for the fins only mate…

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