A board with a five fin setup is usually never surfed with five fins. A board with this setup is an allround board, because it gives you the possibility to change the setup to your preference and surf conditions. You could use your board with a quad setup (four fins) for speed, or with a thruster setup (three fins) for more control. The versatility of a board with a five fin setup makes this board essential in your quiver!
A thruster setup includes three fins on the bottom of the board. This is the most used setup worldwide, and is a versatile option for different circumstances. The middle fin in this setup is closest to the tail of the board and is symmetrical on both sides, which ensures stability. The outer fins are pointed to the middle and are flat on the inside, generating speed. The three fins in a thruster setup are all the same sizes, in contrast to a twin + 1 setup, where the outer fins are larger than the centre fin.
Also, a quad setup has four fins on the bottom of the board. This setup generates a lot of speed, because there is no drag caused by a middle fin. However, the lack of a middle fin decreases the control of the board. Though, in large, steep waves, a quad setup allows for a more targeted control, without decreasing the speed. During smaller surf conditions a quad setup makes it easy to create speed. In general, this setup is perfect for generating drive while making turns!
The five fin sets include five fins: two side fins, a centre fin and two rear fins. This way you can vary your fin setup! Check out, for example, the five fin sets of FCS, Future fins and Captain Fin!