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Marko CRO169 18th August 2009 07:41 PM

Deboichet Fins
I see there is a continuous discussion on fins characteristics and performance, among which a good portion goes to Deboichet fins ... however, there is nowhere to find a structured overview of Deboichet fins' models-characteristics-performance, something that would be reasonably expected to be posted at their web but no, there is nothing :mad: ...
Therefore, is there someone, a good soul :), who is knowledgeable and willing to produce such a comparative table for slalom fins SL1, SL2, SL3, SL4 and SL5 ? ... I'm sure this would be very educational and helpful for lot of us and would greatly contribute to this everlasting discussion!

nonopr 18th August 2009 07:57 PM

jajajajaja, I am glad you ask that.
Starboard recommends Deboichet for their fins but Deboichet don't even answer emails. I have tried to place an order for over a year and never got a reply to one of my emails with the order and credit card number to charge it.
I think they never thought that a lot of boards end up in the USA and Deboichet been an Italian company has some problems delivering fins to the USA or they just can deal with the product demand.
Many other fin companies have notice this and has done a lot of research and development with PWA riders to get their fins to work with Starboard boards.
Like for example:
All of these companies have the tools and knowledge to give you a fin that will work with your boards.
Also Deboichet don't even have a description of what each of his fins are for. Imagine spending over $300 in a fin that you don't even know what the characteristics are or the purpose for it.

Marko CRO169 18th August 2009 08:14 PM

I see your point, however, exactly because other companies make an effort to explain their product range to customers (e.g. Select's web), Deboichet always looks somewhat mysterious "black-boxy" and exactly for this reason I would like to see someone putting together such a table so we can all discuss on fins based on some limited basic understanding of Deboichet fins!
I agree I have also tried to contact them and got no answer ... I use Select and Tectonics fins, and have just ordered a couple of Venoms ... still looking for the "right fin" for my iS 111 and Falcons 89 & 131

mike 18th August 2009 08:52 PM

This may not be exactly what you're looking for, but check out Sailworks:

Although I haven't bought fins from them, I do have a couple of their sails and found the customer service of the best.

nonopr 18th August 2009 09:36 PM

Why would I go to a middle man, when Deboichet sells directly to customer. They just need to stop thinking that their fins are only for PWA riders and get a customer service person that will help them expand in great lenghts their reach and subsecuently their pockets.
His business model seems to be just built great fins but dont let the world know we have them or sell them. He finally change his website this year but still need to be more precise and have better customer service. Once things go south and if another company builts that magical fin, he will be out of the race or he will then make the real effort to sell to the general public.

mark h 19th August 2009 06:38 AM

Deb wont send to USA. But Sailworks are their official importer. You wont pay extra by ordering through Sailworks.

nonopr 19th August 2009 07:14 AM


Originally Posted by mark h (Post 34356)
Deb wont send to USA. But Sailworks are their official importer. You wont pay extra by ordering through Sailworks.

You are wrong, they do ship to the USA. Actually I just got an email from them after a year. I guess he reads this forum.
How funny is that.

mark h 19th August 2009 03:58 PM

...Good result :)

Papounet 19th August 2009 05:05 PM

Deboichet move from Italy to France several years ago, near l'Almanarre, a mythic place for PWA slalom in the past.

It's a tiny company and they have to much demand for theyre product capacity.
So high level racers, "friends" or people having direct contact with them are first served...

Not to difficult to find second hand fin's in France.

Most of the sellers lives not far from the factory

Marko CRO169 19th August 2009 08:55 PM

Papounet, I've checked those links you posted, but they are all ads from 2006?

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