Dan Mann - Shaper Series Apex Fins

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Dan is the Man(n).  For those of you who don’t know him, he’s one of the designers at Firewire and has shaped boards for Kelly Slater, Michel Bourez, and Kai Lenny as well as NVS team rider Evan Luth.

When we last met up I had the pleasure of checking out this beauty Dan shaped for Kai Lenny.
Mannkine board for Kai Lenny

He’s responsible for some of the best selling boards from Firewire, such as the Sweet Potato, Baked Potato, Dominator, Chumlee, and a number of others.

Dan is particular about the fins he uses.  Prior to this collaboration he used the same set of fins for over 15 years “on everything from 12' Allinones to 5'0" grovelers. I've ridden them in every kind of wave I could find from big and scary to small and soft, Jbay to my crap home break”


In working with Dan we started with a drawing of what he had in mind and mocked up a 3D design which we then tweaked to get his vision finalized.  After several months of testing and refining we’ve released the Mannkine 5-Fin setup in our Apex Series construction. 

Dan designed these to complement his board designs, whether they are shaped by him or produced by FireWire.
Mannkine 5-Fin
The larger side fins are paired with a slightly smaller center and an upright trailer for increased maneuverability when ridden as a thruster or quad.


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