CJ Hobgood : photo Courtesy ASP
CJ Hobgood Validates New FCS Goods-1 at Mundaka
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 October, 2008 : - - The new FCS Goods-1 fin was two years in the making however it took much less time for former World Champion CJ Hobgood to validate the performance of the fin by winning the Billabong Pro at Mundaka in Spain.
The win marks a welcome return to the winner's podium for the Floridian dynamo who is now sitting in 6th position on the WCT ratings. In an amazing display of versatility CJ was one of the clear standout surfers as the event shifted location from the beach breaks of Sopelana in the early rounds, and then to the grinding left hand barrels of Mundaka.
CJ rode the FCS GOODS-1 throughout the entire event effectively giving it his stamp of approval and validating the design, proving the fin is just as good in mushy beach breaks as it is in long down the line barreling waves. In the shifty beach break conditions CJ surfed tight and radical with plenty of flare, then as the event moved to Mundaka his trademark barrel riding prowess and smooth carving style dominated to clinch the title.
"I rode the GOODS-1 the whole event and I also had them in my back up board. I rode it at Sopelana in one foot messy waves and the whole time at Mundaka, it's really the best all around fin".
The GOODS-1 was developed to meet the demands of CJ and Damien Hobgood and was designed primarily for fast, radical, performance surfing. In the original design brief both brothers were very clear about what they wanted in a signature fin. "We need a fast and responsive fin that has plenty of drive, hold and manoeuvrability that we can use anywhere in the world in a wide range of board sizes".
That said FCS and 'The Goods' went to work and after two years of extensive testing the result is a fin they can use at multiple locations as they compete on the ASP World Tour. When the design process was completed Damien remarked, "I'm so stoked we have finally nailed it. I now have an all round fin that feels solid under my feet that I can use from Huntington to Hawaii".
The GOODS-1 is also the first FCS fin to feature a new 'Composite Core' construction. By using a moulded core insert coupled with a resin transfer moulding process, FCS was able to produce a fin that guarantees precision and accuracy. This construction method also gives the fin the flex properties of a traditional fibreglass fin while significantly reducing the weight.
CJ is obviously not the only pro surfer riding the new GOODS-1. Twin brother Damien along with fellow countryman Timmy Reyes, who often travels with the Hobgoods, have also been riding the fin extensively throughout the year with great success.
After the Mundaka event CJ commented on some of his fellow competitor's choice of fins. "Timmy Reyes was riding them in all his heats and I even tried to get Kelly on a set but he switched to his quad in that heat. He should have listened to me "
The FCS GOODS-1 fin was recently released to the market and is available at any 'GOOD' surf shop. FCS believes that everyone should have the opportunity to find their perfect set of fins. Visit surffcs.com to find out the location of the nearest test drive centre and start experimenting today.
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