With all of the breezy conditions recently it’s been great to see a lot of people out on the water windsurfing! There’s nothing we love more than sails on the water and smiles on faces! Something that we’re noticing is the amount of bright yellow fins seen underneath wave and freestyle boards! The popularity of K4 Fins is sky high and we wanted to look at how K4 are managing to slowly but surely take over the wave and freestyle market not just here in the UK but globally!
One thing that goes without question is the performance pedigree that K4 Fins have. The founder, Steve Thorpe, is known national and globally as an absolute charger! He regularly travels the length of the British Isles in search of the most hardcore wave sailing conditions. As I type in fact Steve is in Ireland on a spur of the moment trip chasing some of the most full adrenaline conditions in the world! It is from Steve’s lust for performance windsurfing that the fins were born. Unsatisfied with what was on offer on the market Steve set about building new fins for his wave board that would offer him the turning capabilities that he was after, soon after the K4 Fins flex was born.
K4 Fins founder Steve Thorpe testing out his latest fins at UK Big Wave spot ‘The Cribbar’!
The performance that Steve has strived to perfect in the K4 Fins is almost faultless. When generally wave riding they provide a predictable and forgiving ride with the flex of the fins working with your movements and pressures you put through your feet. When landing big jumps the fins again flex and this helps you be in more control when first hitting the water rather than skidding out. Waveriding is where the fins really excel though and this is what K4 have to say about the performance: “In your bottom turn the flex of the fins allow you to drive them hard and fast. As you’re going through the bottom turn and your speed starts to drop off the fins give you something back. All that ‘stored’ energy from flex is given back to you when you need it most. In doing so you don’t get stuck through your turn. You can power all the way through to the lip and smack it at full velocity.” This isn’t just marketing gobble, all of the team here have made the transfer from conventional G10’s to the new K4 Fins setups and all of us swear by the performance benefits!
The harder you push through the bottom turn the more drive the fins will give you to unleash at the top!
To prove the point of the performance of the K4 Fins you need only look at their current team. This is no accumulation of small local heroes. The K4 Fins team includes some of the biggest names in windsurfing right now including: Graham Ezzy, Leon Jamaer, Omar Sanchez, Alastair Mcleod, Emilio Galindo, Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers, Aleksy Gayda, Loick LeSauvage and many more! PWA competitors in wave and freestyle are using the fins to push their own competitive level to podium winning heights! Perhaps the most A-List name of all is Graham Ezzy. Graham chose to join the team a few years ago and has since released his own signature model fins which he uses to win professional tour competitions in Ho’okipa and charge massive Jaws!!!
Pro team rider Graham Ezzy praises the fins for his performance in the PWA Mauii event saying “‘My flexible K4 fins give me a massive advantage over most of the other riders who use stiff G10 fins. You can see it in my carves– I can keep speed as I redirect.”
You would think that with the added performance of the fins as well as the top flight team names, K4 Fins would cost you a fortune and far more than their lesser performance G10 rivals. You would be wrong. K4 Fins have added performance proven by the backing of many of the best windsurfers in the world and the cost less than any alternative we have found on the market! A set of Quad rears costs £47.50 and the fronts £22.50! Which means that for the price of 1 of the G10 competitors fins you can have an all new setup of the highest performance fins on the market!
The affordability of K4 Fins means that now everyone can experiment with the best setups for their boards without breaking the bank!
It’s actually very easy to see why we’re seeing so many yellow finned boards on the water these days. With higher performance and lower cost why would anyone bother looking at any G10 versions? You can view our full range by clicking K4 fins