I normally wear a 8/8.5 shoe normal width. The tow box was a bit narrow, but may fit better with more usage. Great push and takeoff. Could tell a difference almost immediately from my other fins while body surfing a large NE storm swell we commonly get in NE Florida. Maybe add a bit of padding (could be very thin) to the top of the foot casing for added comfort? I’m usually in the water for hours at a time. Again, may fitt better with time but, I did blister on my first few usages. This was never a problem with my vipers. But as far a performance is concerned, head and shoulders better than any fin I’ve used for body surfing.
St Augustine Beach Florida
These are big fins, and that means A LOT of power. I definitely wouldn't recommend them for someone starting out - your legs will not thank you for it. These are for those bodysurfers that have put in some serious fin time already. They take a bit of getting used to and I think will come good after some more time wearing them. I am yet to figure out the best conditions for them, but I am stoked to have them in my fin quiver - I can see them being really good in big days, getting into a wave early and hold the face with the bilateral rails - this could be a bit of a game changer. They are well made and the design has been thought through well. Glad to have them! 4* as I haven't had enough use yet to give a full 5* (long delays on shipping and then delivery - but that might just be cause I am in the UK).
I've always been an advocate of both the UDT Duckfeet and Viper V-7 for powerful thrust in punchy surf with nasty, rip-filled currents. The past two days, however, I used my new Leblon regular flex fins in 4-5 foot San Diego beach break, and was incredibly impressed with their comfort, thrust and tracking on the wave face. In Carlsbad, the waves from the south swell were clean and round, and an accompanying long shore current that made swimming challenging. However, the Leblon fins performed perfectly! I will add the Leblon fins to my group of previously mentioned favorites and have a perfect bodysurfing "trifecta." These fins could easily become my daily favorite, however as I enjoy bodysurfing tradition, and experiencing fin variety and nuances of different models, I will add the Leblons my quiver!
One possible suggestion: I would like to have a thicker heal strap for both longevity and security
After 20 mins, could not kick anymore. Just too thick and did not flex enough, resulting in paim in feet and calf. I traded with friend, he agreed.
My Leblons arrived just before I left on a trip to Baleal, Portugal, so my first time wearing them was when I stepped into the water to swim out into the lineup. I wear a size 12 US, 46-47 European size and I have wide feet. The Large size Leblon fins fit perfectly and I did not need to wear neoprene socks for comfort. I would need a larger size if I wanted to use booties (I use XL Churchills with 3-4 mm booties in winter). The sand-out chutes (or whatever you call them) did their job as soon as I began kicking, which has good since I picked up a lot of medium-sized gravel and sand after just a few steps out into the rip channel. The sets were coming in head-high and fairly clean, so it was nice to be able to duck dive and just wait for an open wave face slipping through the local talent. I’ve been happy with my Churchills and DaFins, but the Leblons definitely delivered more power per kick cycle and it was easy to get in position on the wave for some fun rides in the pocket.