''Our first impressions are that K4 fins provide very good grip with a really nice balance between drive and looseness off the top. They will make your board livelier, yet more controllable. They’re perfect for any wavesailor who’s focused on waveriding, and the pricing is as impressive as the performance..''
Read more here Boardseekermag.com
''Our first impressions are that K4 fins provide very good grip with a really nice balance between drive and looseness off the top. They will make your board livelier, yet more controllable. They're perfect for any wavesailor who's focused on waveriding, and the price is as impressive as the performance...''
Read more in this months (March) Boards Mag.
We have to admit, at first glance Steve Thorp’s new K4 Fins didn’t immediately rock our world. Aimed squarely at the multi-fin market, they just looked like a budget alternative to a pair of G10 foils. OK - and potentially a much cheaper option for filling up a quad. Fair enough, we thought…
Look a little closer, and the plastic / fiberglass composite material isn’t just a price thing. Having spent decades chasing ever-stiffer fin materials for optimum performance, expensive G10 might actually turn out to be too stiff for a quad. Surfers only ever use them for straightlining big waves. But for grip through the bottom turn and snap off the top? Plastic composite every time.
Most readers will know Steve Thorp from the gps-speedsurfing.com top 10 each year. Now you can buy his fins, K4 fins, for gps-speedsurfing but also kick-ass wavefins. The K4 speedfins are developed by Steve, Farrel O'shea and Jon Kennett (Moo Custom) Time to ask a few questions:
Débarqué au début de l'été d'abord en proposant une paire de twin, K4 Fins a suscité l'étonnement en proposant des ailerons en plastique. Avec dorénavant une gamme bien développée qui va du twin au quad en passant par le trifin nous avons voulu savoir ce que pouvait offrir ces ailerons au tarif très alléchant!
French online magazine tested the fins in 2010. Using a little Google translation they said this:
Landed at the beginning of summer K4 Fins aroused intrigue by offering plastic fins. With a well developed range that goes from twin to quad, via tri-fin, we wanted to know what these fins could offer at a very attractive cost!
Surfing the fins are a particularly efficient and pleasant change. The pipes are sharp, the grip was very good and we feel that the flexibility is more important than conventional fins. They provide support change very fast and accurate while remaining soft.
Windsurfer international did an interesting piece on how K4 manufacture the fins: Click here
K4 Fins offer a real alternative to G10 with plastic fins. These fins will satisfy the most demanding surfers with fast and accurate turns, and do not have to blush against the best fins on the market! It is our favourite of this test.