They treated me pretty good too, although I didn’t try to use my freediving prestige to get any deals. Maybe that’s because I don’t have any freediving prestige.
I just paid and they sent them.
After getting the mediums I informed Jyri that I would like to trade them for the hards and he said no problem, but to keep using the mediums until the hards arrived and then, after trying them side-by-side, send the ones back I didn’t want. His strategy work well because I decided I wanted them both and paid him for the second pair. I found the level of trust above and beyond average.
The delivery was a little slower than what Jyri had said, but that’s normal in South Texas. All mail is slow to here. This place is on the way to nowhere, and the only main commerce passing through is stolen cars on their way to Mexico. He kept in touch by e-mailed to see when they arrived.
I was doing the thigh stretches yesterday they showed us in the performance class. It’s basically a runner stretch where you stand on one-foot and bend your other leg behind you and grab the ankle. Except Martin told us to grab the toes instead of the ankle so that it stretches the ankle into a straight position like you need for fining. Looking in the mirror it was almost hilarious how little my ankle bends.
Fiber fins give almost carbon performance with the durability needed for spearfishing or just people who don’t want to be paranoid about breaking them. If a person can use one of the straight fiber fins like Waterway, Omer Bats, or Matrix, that’s great. But for those of us that can’t straighten our feet and insist on fins with angle, there is only one manufacture making them. They have no big market like scuba to support them. They only make high quality swim fins and freediving fins, which are both small markets.
It sounds like the process to make these fins is more intensive cut out of sheets. How hard can that be? Specialfins has gone out on limb to fill a market niche that I am in, with honest pricing, good service, and great quality and performance. I want to do what I can to support them. After all I got a whole family of freedivers who will eventually need better fins and I want Specialfins around when the time comes!