In 1995, the Extra Force Fin was added to the product line in sizes medium large, large, extra large and 2-X Large. Mold. Extra Force Fin Mold 164 was put into production in November 1995, making this model using Tan Delta Material. The clarity of Tan Delta material requires it is made in brand new pristine molds. This ML Extra Force Fin in emerald green was one of the first made. Never sold because it is a bit too stiff to kick. It certainly is a piece of art.
Molds are generally cut out of a big block of steel. At the time we started Force Fin, each mold had around a $40,000 price tag. In today’s dollars that is the equivalent of around $120,000. Bob Evans hand shaped master tooling, with blades propotional to foot for sizes xs, small, medium, medium large, large, extra large, 2-X Large. Over the years we made more than 30 models of Force Fins.
Never one to cower at a challenge, Bob Evans decided to find a solution. He applied techniques he learned from his artist/sculpter father and growing up as a member of Hermosa Beach California surfing community to develop fiberglass epoxy (later filled with aluminum) tooling and molds. Jimmy Gray taught me how to ram up Fiberglass tooling. Each mold came in with a cost of around $3,000, and Force Fin was up and running – successfully!
Over the year, Bob Evans and his crew made 100’s of molds, that together produced millions of Force Fins.