Well ok, he’s been secretly on them for quite some time and helping us develope the new freestyle fins along with our existing riders. So after sitting on this news for ages, we’re massively stoked to announce that Bubble is now officially on k4fins.
Wave shots by Philly, Freestyle shots by Josh Wilmot.
A few words from Bubble himself. If Carlsberg did team riders….
”When I was out in South Africa this winter, the boys in the house had some K4 Quad Fins and had been raving about them! I thought well I need all the help I can get! I was having problems with loosing grip at the top of the wave. The boys were hogging the bigger sizes so I was left to try out the small set – 13′s at the back and 8′s on the front. I actually had more grip than before!! I was amazed! I could push as hard as I liked and still not loose grip but then when I did loose it a couple times the fins almost sprung back and brought the board back underneath me again. The main thing for me was I had more confidence and control on the wave which is when my wave sailing started to improve. I thought “I have to have these!” But they were more of a set for the boys to test, so I stole them!! The way I saw it I wouldn’t have had the confidence to compete in the waves with the top boys without them! As it stands I came 3rd in Wales and 3rd in Ireland in my first full year competing on the wave tour and I was using the K4 fins!
I then got in contact with Steve about possibly making a freestyle fin. It was new territory for both of us as we didn’t know how the material would work for freestyle. The great thing with Steve, is that he listens to everything you say! So we came up with a couple of shapes and Steve moulded them up super quick! It was also the windiest week in the UK so far, so perfect for testing the shapes! I tested them in my new secret freestyle spot at Rye Watersports (not so secret anymore!) -I got the chance to test them in all sorts of chop and flat water. The first thing I noticed was that I couldn’t feel any difference between the plastic ones and the G10 ones! Which meant we had a great opportunity to change and play around with the shape to get the ultimate freestyle fin. The other main things to consider are the weight and the cost which are both a lot less than normal G10 fins! I took the prototypes straight to the UKWA Freestyle event in Minis bay and won the event using them. I have that much confidence in them. We are now just tweaking the shapes and design a little and I am taking the fins on to the World Tour for the whole year and really looking forward to it!
My results in the UK Waves and Freestyle so far this year have been directly attributed to K4 fins and I’m feeling super stoked to be a part of the team. A brand made by windsurfers for windsurfers, who innovate, and are just hell keen on getting out on the water and going sailing, pushing the limits of themselves and their equipment to the max!”
So just to recap! He takes the fins to 3rd in the British wave series so far without us even knowing he’s on ‘em, then helps us with the freestyle prototypes, which he wins a windy British freestyle event on before we’ve even finished them! Go Bubble!