DaFiN is the #1 choice of lifeguards, bodysurfers, and top watermen around the world and is standard issue equipment for more than 60 municipal lifeguard and surf rescue agencies in the USA
DaFiN is the Ultimate watermans fin providing the perfect balance of power, performance and comfort. Perfect for bodysurfing, bodyboarding and any professional water activity where you need the best equipment available.
Note: New fins will often have an oily coating due to the manufacturing process. This will come off in the first few uses
Developed in Hawaii with input from world renowned pros such as Mark Cunningham and Brian Keaulana, DaFiN was granted a U.S. Patent for its original design. DaFiN combines unparalleled comfort with exacting construction to create a swim fin that performs under the most extreme conditions.
The side rails "strakes" on DaFiN are rock solid but run only about half way down the length of the fin where they angle back to the blade. This forces the fin to flex right at this critical point. The raised v-shaped foot pocket combined with a stiff blade working together at the point of flex creates maximum acceleration of the water flowing over the fin surface resulting in more thrust per kick with less effort. For such a powerful fin, it is unusually light in weight. DaFiN floats in the ocean and there is no right or left foot difference so DaFiN can be worn on either foot.
Mark Cunningham World Champion Bodysurfer, 30-year Hawaii veteran lifeguard on Oahu North Shore
DaFiN is the only swim fin I use both professionally and for recreation. Power and comfort are the two utmost things I need in a pair of fins. DaFiN delivers on both and more.
Zak Noyle Professional Surf Photographer
I like to put myself and camera in the heaviest and scariest conditions in the ocean, I know I can trust my Da Fins to get me in and out of these situations safely, as well as allow me to have the maneuverability to move in out and not get sucked over while shooting out there. The blade of Da Fin has just the right amount of stiffness to maximize the thrust with each kick of the foot. I wouldn’t trust any other fin to get me out into the zone at 12 foot Pipeline and in safely again.
Brian Keaulana World renowned Hawaiian waterman
I am writing to endorse DAFIN, a swim fin that I have found is the best all-around fin in the world.
My life’s work has been in the ocean as an ocean rescue specialist and instructor, a professional surfer and big wave rider, film industry stuntman and stunt coordinator.
I have been in the most extreme ocean situations. And as I tell everyone who rides tow-in rescue craft with me at Jaws, “Put on your DAFINs now – before the wipeout.”
DAFIN has come up with a design that totally suits my needs in ocean situations. Flexibility and strength are the two utmost things I need in a pair of fins. DAFIN has both and more.
First, flexibility. In a heavy surf situation you need a fin that is flexible to change direction fast, whether it is to get off your rescue craft quickly or to avoid a coral reef. Flexibility is also a requirement in rescue situations where you need agility in the water both for self defense and maneuvering a victim in the right direction.
Second, strength. When tons of water are holding you down or tumbling you over and over, there is only a fine line for survival. When you see that line, DAFIN can kick in with the strength you need to reach your vantage point, whether it’s a rescue or saving your own life.
As I teach in my classes, DAFIN gives me strength to hold back danger, the speed to outrun danger, the agility to outmaneuver danger, the flexibility to bend or contort to avoid danger, and, last but not least, the endurance to outlast danger. Strength, Speed, Agility, Flexibility and Endurance (SSAFE) is my way of creating safety.
When you put on DAFIN, it’s not like another piece of equipment, it feels more like a natural part of your body. DAFIN’s foot pocket is soft and clings to your foot in rough situations. (I have never had one ripped off by ocean turbulence.) And the stiffness of the blade and its outer directional ribs give me added power.
When I’m working on a movie set, whether it be “Water World,” “In God’s Hands,” “Riding Giants,” “Blue Crush,” “Pearl Harbor,” or “Billabong Odessey,” I’m not without DAFINs. In fact, as stunt coordinator on several major movies, I have encouraged other stuntmen to use DAFIN. They have all been thankful for my advice.
So besides flexibility and strength, DAFIN is extremely comfortable. I don’t go to work without them. That’s why when I’m operating a rescue craft in huge surf, I’ve got them on, and they’ll stay on most of the day.
Some of my credentials that back up this endorsement include: instructor for ocean risk management, ocean survival and underwater self defense, former Honolulu City County lifeguard lieutenant who helped pioneer the use of rescue craft and invent the rescue sled towed behind, Hui of He’e Nalu Hawaiian Water Patrol, 1991 Quiksilver Aikau Waterman Award, and over 500 awards for surfing, canoe surfing, body boarding, body surfing, tandem surfing and sailing. Currently I work with the film industry as an actor, stuntman, stunt coordinator and director.
Mahalo for giving me a chance to endorse an extremely good product for surviving extreme ocean scenarios.
Jack McCoy Premiere surf photographer and film maker.
Aloha Da Fin Gang!
Just checked out your new website and wanted to thank you for the best fins
I’ve ever used. Growing up in Hawaii I used Duck Feet brand until my “luau feet” got so
wide I couldn’t get into them. I switched to Churchills until they became too stiff
and then spent about 10 years trying all kinds until Mark Cunningham put me into a
pair Da Fin in the late 90’s. I’ve never looked back. I’ve used the same pair ever
since. Everyone that I’ve turned onto them has been stoked.
Thank you for creating what I feel is THE BEST FIN IN THE WORLD!
Aloha, Jack McCoy
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