Posted June 2nd, 2016 by admin
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Material Innovation

 

K4 super stiff fin

 

K4 Fins is leading yet another innovation in the windsurfing market through the release of our new Super Stiff material for three new fin ranges.

Available for 2016’s Leon, 3SW and Fang windsurf fins, we have developed an alternative to our original flex material that gives the stiffness of a G10 but with faster reflex and better memory for speed and acceleration making this material the perfect fit for the all-rounder Leon, 3SW’s waves, freestyle or bump and jump capabilities or for free ride windsurfing with the Fang.

We spent years testing the highest grade materials and fine tuning our moulding process to find a material we were happy to bring into our range alongside K4’s distinctive original material. We’re stoked that we can assure the best strength, finish and, most importantly, performance of the Super Stiff fins.

K4′s engineering expertise, decades of windsurfing experience, wealth of knowledge about fins for windsurfing and surfing have all contributed to our ability to develop this unique range of fins.

We worked in collaboration with the Official Test Centre (OTC) in Weymouth to make sure that the ride was true to K4 and delivered the same exceptional results that all our customers love and with our super stiff material we’ve found it.

If you want the Super Stiff fins, look for the red logo but if your riding style is more ripper, K4’s classic Dynamic Flex material with the black logo gives flex that works with the power you’re putting in allowing you to drive hard and fast and gives you the projection to power through to the lip at full velocity.

K4 delivers high end performance from our wealth of experience but is able to pass it on to you at a competitive price whilst being made with precision entirely in the UK. We’re offering groundbreaking innovation that you won’t find with any other fin brand.

 


Posted June 1st, 2016 by admin
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Yeehaw! New K4 fin range additions are coming very soon!

 

K4 fins windsurf fin super stiff range

 

K4 Fins is really excited to be introducing yet another innovation to the windsurfing market through the release of our new material for three new fin ranges that can only be found by buying K4.

Available for our new 2016 Leon, 3SW and Fang fins, we have developed an alternative to our original flex material that gives release along with the stiffness of a G10 but faster reflex and better memory for speed and acceleration making this material the perfect fit for the all-rounder Leon, 3SW’s waves, freestyle or bump and jump capabilities or for free ride windsurfing with the Fang.

The 3SW

Our new freestyle 3SW windsurfing fins use only our new super stiff material and give incredible speed, maneuverability and acceleration that will adapt to waves, freestyle or bump and jump.

Our perfect flex pattern gives you lively and grippy performance. These fins feel solid under your feet but have enough flex for looseness and bite through the turns.

The Fang

Our latest vampire of the seas is designed for biting hard on every ripple. As per the 3SW it is available solely with our new super stiff material. This freeride windsurf fin gives you critical speed and acceleration through the combination of stiffness and flex. The fins feel solid and lifty under your feet but with enough flex for Fang’ing off the wind fully powered. They are accurate round the corners giving the classic K4 feeling of bite and control when you need it.

The Leon

Leon Jamaer’s small tip signature fin for speed and looseness is launching in two grades to suit different riding styles. The K4 classic dynamic flex black logo to match with K4’s unique grip and turn abilities and for those with a need for something stiffer and a faster release, the red logo fins made from our new stiffer material.

K4’s classic dynamic black logo material gives flex that works with the power you’re putting in allowing you to drive hard and fast. Its ability to flex and spring back to its original shape means crazy grip at extreme angles of attack and epic round house turns. You’ll also find it easier to crank back up hard at the critical section, then gouge or project off the lip

Here’s what Leon has to say about his signature fin:

“We designed a fin that is very versatile so I can use it around the world from Ho’okipa to onshore conditions at home. Most of the time I use 14cm and in my bigger boards above 90 liters I like to use 15cm. In general I would choose the soft material when I want more control in powerful or choppy waves. They guarantee a really comfortable wavering sensation. If I want a bit more speed and aggression in smaller or more onshore conditions I rather take the stiff material. In my JP Quads I put the fins to the middle of the slot box. If the waves are small and I need a super tight bottom turn I put them roughly 5mm forward or, when waves get above logo high, I put them 5mm back from mid position. ”

All of K4’s fins are designed, developed, tested and made entirely in the UK using precision CNC moulds. We’re not a big company and we make all our products in house in the UK because we care about our product design and quality meaning you can benefit from our wealth of expertise in both engineering and windsurfing. Our new fins have been designed in conjunction with The Official Test Centre (OTC) in Weymouth who have been critical to helping us refine and test our products over the last few years.

The 3SW and Fang fins are launching at the end of May, with the Leons on sale now. You can reserve them at your local dealer or buy online the K4 Online shop.

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Posted May 30th, 2016 by admin
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LEON REARS

 

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Our new ‘Leon’ rear quad Leon Jamaer signature fins are now available! The fastest and loosest fins in the range. Available in both the regular ‘dynamic flex’ material and for the first time our new ‘Super stiff’ material. Ride like Leon!

Some words from the man himself..

“We designed a fin that is very versatile so I can use it around the world from Hookipa to onshore conditions at home. Most of the time I use 14cm and in my bigger boards above 90 liters I like to use 15cm. In general I would choose the soft material when I want more control in powerful or choppy waves. They guarantee a really comfortable wavering sensation. If I want a bit more speed and aggression in smaller or more onshore conditions I rather take the stiff material. In my JP Quads I put the fins to the middle of the slot box. If the waves are small and I need a super tight bottom turn I put them roughly 5mm forward or, when waves get above logo high, I put them 5mm back from mid position. ”

Leons

Choose the black logo for ‘Dynamic flex’ – Grip, looseness and control. The classic k4 material, chosen by all our team riders.

Choose the red logo for ‘Super stiff’ – Instant response and easy release. Our new material with G10 like stiffness.

 

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The Leon template for speed and looseness with it’s low tip area. We recommend going slightly bigger than usual with your front fins to give extra grip on the rail. Leon uses 10 Ezzy fronts with 14cm rears.

Sold as singles for £23.75 each. Please use drop down menu at base of page to order.


Posted April 9th, 2016 by admin
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Updated production board toe measurements.

Leon in Cape Town

Asymmetric fins and toe in aren’t the be all and end all of wavesailing -for most people it’s not that important. We do 3 ranges of symmetrical front fins and only one range of asymmetrical which reflects this.

I still think it’s interesting to see how much ‘toe in’ boards have, and for those who want optimum performance I believe it’s a very important consideration. All of our team riders use the asymmetric Ezzy fins and not because we force them -they can use whatever they like best but choose the Ezzy’s. It’s also a major headache for us and the last thing we want as an injection moulding company as we rely on moulding large quantities of the same thing to be profitable (So having 3 different heads, in 3 angles and 6 sizes giving 54 separate mouldings is frankly a bad idea all round).

We do it because we believe it gives the best performance, and still no one else is prepared to do this (Witchcraft being the exception and the first to introduce asymmetric fins for their own boards).

So today I’ve measured a few more up to date boards. It’s good to see that the Starboard has a healthy amount of toe as their original quad had zero and there was some denial that this had anything to do with its weird behaviour in the bottom turn (It’s far more noticeable on a board with relatively big front fins which theirs had. Relatively small fronts can disguise the problems). Simmer continue to be bang on with theirs, and if you’re making yourself a board I would follow their lead.

What’s not so good is that I’ve felt the need to lie somewhat on my measurements again to save some blushes. I can’t stress strongly enough how important it is to not rely on these figures but to actually measure your own board yourself.

So if you want to know your box alignment, get your ruler out, measure to within a mm is near enough, and then use our calculator..

http://www.k4fins.com/toeangle.html

Your Tri fronts should have around 3º per side for the Ezzy asymmetric to work best (so if your box measurement is 1º choose the 2º Ezzy), and your quad fronts 2.5º (as there is a need to line up more with the rears, unless the rears also have toe). Symmetric fronts are best at around 1-1.5º.

Apologies for this list being far from complete, but here’s the boards I’ve managed to get my hands on..

 

2014 PATRICK TRAILER WAVE, US FRONT BOXES 0.6 degree

 

2014 RRD WAVE CULT, SLOT FRONT BOXES 0.3 degree

2014 RRD FIREWAVE, SLOT FRONT BOXES 0.3 degree

2014 RRD FREEWAVE, SLOT FRONT BOXES 0.0 degree

2017 RRD FIREWAVE, SB FRONT 0.0 degree, SB REAR 0.0 degree.

 

2014 FANATIC FREEWAVE, SLOT FRONT BOXES 0.7 degree

2014 FANATIC QUAD, SLOT FRONT BOXES 0.7 degree

2014 FANATIC TRIWAVE, SLOT FRONT BOXES 1.1 degree

2017 FANATIC TRIWAVE, SLOT FRONT BOXES 0.3 degree

2017 FANATIC FREEWAVE, SLOT FRONT BOXES 0.3 degree

 

2014 JP FREESTYLE WAVE, MT FRONT BOXES 0.6 degree

2014 JP SINGLE THRUSTER, MT FRONT BOXES 0.6 degree

2014 JP FREESTYLE WAVE PRO 85, MT FRONT BOXES 0.9 degree

 

2014 TABOU POCKET, SLOT FRONT BOXES 0.0 degree

2014 TABOU DA CURVE, SLOT FRONT BOXES 0.1 degree

2016 TABOU DA CURVE 80, SLOT FRONT BOXES 0.0 degree

2016 TABOU DA CURVE 86, SLOT FRONT BOXES 0.2 degree

 

2014 STARBOARD BLACK BOX, SLOT FRONT BOXES 0.1 degree

2015 STARBOARD KODE 94 TRI, SLOT FRONT BOXES 1.0 degree

2015 STARBOARD KODE 82 TWIN, SLOT TWIN BOXES 0.0 degree

 

2014 NAISH, 95 TRI WAVE, US FRONT BOXES 1.5 degree

 

2014 GOYA CUSTOM, MT FRONT BOXES 0.7 degree

2016 GOYA ONE 85, MT FRONT BOXES 0.5 degree

 

2014 SIMMER FW, QUANTUM, FLY, SLOT FRONT BOXES 1.5 degree (2013 1.3 degree)

2014 SIMMER FRUGAL, SLOT FRONT BOXES 1.8 degree (0.7 degree rear)

 

2015 QUATTRO CUBE 98, US REAR, MT FRONT 0.3 degree

2014 QUATTRO THRUSTER 92, US REAR, MT FRONT 0.0 degree

 


Posted July 30th, 2015 by admin
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Irish ripper Finn Mellon joins K4fins.

We’re stoked to announce that Finn Mellon has joined K4 fins team.

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Brandon bay local 16 year old Finn is currently leading both the Irish junior and ams fleet ! Finn has been turning heads with his sailing and surfing recently.

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“I am loving my new K4 fins . I really like how they feel on a wave. First time I used them I won both the ams and junior of the Irish wave series. I am also having great fun with the harness mount. I cannot wait for a big day at mossie’s with it !!”

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“I have improved massively over the last 6 months, as I have had great conditions on my door step all year round plus I also spent lots of time sailing in South Africa this winter.”

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And to follow more of Finn’s sailing and Surfing check out his blog

http://brandon-bay-diary.blogspot.ie

 

 


Posted June 20th, 2015 by admin
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K4fins welcomes Simon Dunton to the SUP team.

“I’m super stoked to announce I have a new sponsor – K4 fins!

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I’ve been pretty keen on K4 fins for a while now due to the performance, price and plethora of options available. I’m looking forward to being able to experiment a lot more with my fin setups to get the best out of my boards in varied conditions; as well as spread the K4 love and encourage others to experiment a little more and see how new fins can alter their ride.

I’ll be showing off these little yellow fins in SUP surf competitions later this year!”

K4 founder, Steve Thorp

“We’re really please to have Simon as an official K4 team rider. We spotted him and his huge ‘SUPNorth’ van at the beach a while back and noticed he had K4fins in his board. It soon became apparent that he’s the keenest guy out there and spends every possible moment working hard to become one of the worlds top SUP riders . We’re stoked to be able to help and support him on his path to success!”


Posted January 14th, 2015 by admin
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K4fins Ireland storm chase

Stormy Ireland

We’re lucky to have an amazing team of global riders on k4fins, and it’s no different back home. Late last week I had a message from the two most promising up and coming talents in British wavesailing -K4fins team riders Aleksy Gayda and Jony Price. When there’s a crazy forecast looming these two are the keenest to jump in the van or onto the ferry and go score it!

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With Jony now living back in Ireland, Leky and myself were able to get over on the ferry as foot passengers. It’s much cheaper this way but does mean taking the minimum of gear and clothing -not ideal when it’s 5 degrees and snowing, and 10knots to almost 50!.

We checked a lot of coast on Saturday morning, but there was only one spot clean enough to work in the WNW wind we had. It was extremely light wind but almost mast high. Check the pics of Aleksy Gayda..

A nice warm up (more like cool down!) for the main event on Sunday.

Big Sunday!

We had grand ideas of scoring this little spot near Mullaghmore again, but unfortunately it proved to be too onshore this time. Last time we went it was perfect mast and a half barrels but no camera man..

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So we headed up to the NW.
It was howling. It was raining. It was way over mast high. It was closing out on the inside. It was freezing! There were to be a lot of big swims with claw hands!
It wasn’t easy to get pictures -big thanks to Jony for persevering!

We also caught up with K4fins Irish team rider Oisin van Gelderen who stopped by for a quick wave sail between epic speed sessions! It was windy!

The toughest conditions we’ve sailed in for a long time! Full power 3.7, mogul like 3 foot chop on 2o foot faces, too much wind to sheet in at times and numb fingers. A good test for the fins! Ireland has everything!

A great weekend, we can’t wait for the next one.


Posted November 12th, 2014 by admin
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Loïck Lesauvage tearing up his home spot of Carro

Check out k4fins youngest team rider Loïck Lesauvage in his latest video ‘Waiting January’. This is his last video until January as he’s waiting for his injured foot to heal..


Posted November 7th, 2014 by admin
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Grahams K4fins set up insights – PWA Maui – 2014

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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. 

Before the event, I played with a lot of different setups on my boards, which are all tri-fins. I tried using all 12cm Carves. This made my boards super loose but without enough drive. After, messing around with dozens of different options in my boards (of which I had 5 setup for the contest), I settled on a classic 2+1 setup: 10cm side fins and 16cm back fin.

I use the Flex 16cm for the rear and it gives me the confidence to put all my strength onto the rail. The fin is deep enough that I don’t have to worry about spinning out. And no matter how hard I push, the fin bends rather than cavitates. In the Aloha, I was able to keep the board going rail to rail better than a lot of other competitors (I racked up 8 point scores with just rail turns), and my fins make this possible.

On the side fins, I use either the 10cm Stubby’s or the 10cm Ezzy Assy with 2 degrees of tow-in. I ride the stubby’s when I want to do more slidy tricks and the Ezzys when I’m looking for more carves. The Ezzy’s have a ton of drive and acceleration in the turns– which is amazing. And the stubby’s don’t track as well in the water but that makes them easier to release in the tricks like the taka.’


Posted October 9th, 2014 by admin
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Thomas from U-rides K4fins set up.

Le Morne lagoon in Mauritius

Thomas from U-ride has been enjoying a k4fins set up in his Quatro KT Quad at various places around the world and sent us these pics.

“My Stubby 14 and Ezzy asymmetric 8cm 2° loved the windy session in the channel and the perfect waves of the mauritius reef”

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“Some backies during a nice summer session (end of august) in Wissant, my home spot in the north of France.”

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“Jim, Jules Denel’s dog” R.I.P

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“A very windy session at the end of may on the spot of Veulettes, Normandy. Overpowered in 4.0 and I was flying over my friends with my K4fins.”

“All these pics are with my Quatro equipped with Stubby 14 and Ezzy asymmetric 8cm with 2°. I use it in all conditions with 4.0 to 5.0 around the world (France, capetown and Mauritius this year). Next trips are PWA La Torche in October for U-ride and Capetown in january.” Thomas.

Check out U-ride for all the latest windsurfing news.

 


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