The Sock Jam is one of the Merchants favourite and original templates. This week we'd like to focus on the iconic looking rudder and share a little insight into its favourite conditions and board types.
Although it looks like a typical flex fin, the sock jam is a lot more upright, with a larger base, almost like a cutaway hatchet. Because of this it has a unique feel and best suites particular wave and board types especially when ridden in small short beachies and standard summertime waves.
Because of its wide base and good height the jam remains fast and stable, yet being upright and with a narrow tip it allows very tight turns and instant response.
Perfect for small summer waves that require constant adjusting, swivels and pivots to get you in the best spot of a quick trip to the nose. Here is an illustration of how it would turn as apposed to a fin with more rake.
Ideally, over 9 foot is best, especially with a rolled or rolled-vee bottom. Our most common feedback stoke is from surfers with (but not limited too) pig-ish outlines (hips). It also seems to be most rewarding when set slightly further back in the box than most.
Check the SOCK jam in even more detail here at the product page.
Some surfing on the sock jam can be seen below in the new clip "ATTACK OF THE SOCK JAM" enjoy.