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In prise of K4 (and ? tri fins)

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:56 am    Post subject: In prise of K4 (and ? tri fins) Reply with quote

Probably nothing new, but I spent the season trying out K4 fins and I am very pleasantly surprised.

The Freestylewave 22 works like a charm with my Starboard 81. At my weight (160), in single fin mode, it carries 4.3-5.0 with no problem (maybe just a tiny touch under finned with the 5.0 if underpowered), feels fast, turns easily, never spins out.

The Fang freeride 30 is a revelation with my RRD FSW 90. The fin is very fast, stable, again seemingly impervious to spin out. I have yet not gps-clocked it but yesterday with the RRD + 5.8 I was sparring, and coming out ahead when powered up, with a Patrick slalom board with a 7.0! Shocked Shocked Shocked

Tri fins I have a bunch of different shape and sizes (6 to 10 cm) mostly to experiment. But here frankly I am starting to doubt the utility of tri-fins in the Bay Area. Yes, they do give you some extra grip on the swell, but it is clear that they slow the boards down quite a lot. They are now off from both my Starboard 81 and RRD 90 and I am not sure if they are going back other than below 4.3 or if by magic there is some big swell around (oh, Treasure Island, where are thou!) ...

Finally: K4 are VERY cheap. The whole guacamole (2 fins and 4 sets of fronts) cost me less than $200. Very Happy And you can buy them direct from England.



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