Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers has been in touch to let us know about his signing to K4 Fins…
When I was out in South Africa this winter the boys in the house had some K4 Quad Fins and they 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 on my stock fins that came with the board. 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 then before!! I was amazed! I could push as hard a I could and still not loose grip but then when I did loose it a couple times the fins almost sprig back and bring the board underneath you 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 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 actually 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!) so 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 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 getting on the new ones!
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 listen and innovative 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!