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FCS II surf fin plugs showing stages of production by Surf Hardware International

Made by Surf Hardware International in Mona Vale, New South Wales, Australia, 2012-2013.

These objects illustrate the stages of production of the FCS II fin plug - injection moulding, assembly of the mechanism, foam over-moulding and final machining. They demonstrate the complexity involved in manufacturing a seemingly small, simple object.

FCS II is the first high performance fin system to be removable by hand. The fin plugs are installed into a surfboard during manufacture. Each plug contains a mechanism which allows for the fins to be removed and replaced from the board without ...


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Object Statement

FCS II surf fin plugs (4), sectioned plug, accessories (2) in plastic bag, mixed media, made by Surf Hardware International, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2012-2013

Physical Description

Plastic bag containing 4 FCS II surf fin plugs, 1 sectioned plug, 1 metal cylindrical piece, and 1 red plastic bead. The bag is labelled in handwritten black pen 'FCSII / PHASE 3 / FINAL MOLDING / FOAMING / ASSEMBLY / MACHINING'.


No marks



360 mm


220 mm



Designed and made by Surf Hardware International, Mona Vale, NSW, Australia, 2012- 2013.

These surf fin plugs show various stages of production of the FCS II surf fin plug.

"The four processes are:
1. Injection Moulding (plug and cap).
2. Assembly of mechanism (Titanium pin and Acetal barrel) within plug + ultrasonic welding of plug and cap. (Housing the mechanism and creating a water-tight seal)
3. PU foam over-moulding. (Completing the required plug installation geometry whilst avoiding excess resin weight. This composite construction allows for a very strong, light-weight fin system)
4. Machining. (Removes the foam skin for better bonding to resin during surfboard installation and allows for precise final plug geometry)"*
*Scott Norrie, Surf Hardware International, personal communication, 2014



These objects were lent to the Museum for the 2013 Australian International Design Awards exhibition but not displayed and subsequently donated to the Museum's collection.


Credit Line

Gift of Surf Hardware International, 2014

Acquisition Date

8 May 2014

Cite this Object


FCS II surf fin plugs showing stages of production by Surf Hardware International 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 August 2019, <>


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