Freediving Bali

Freedivers like to travel and that's a fact. We've even brought out a specialized product just for those globetrotters! With all these amazing dive sites around the world, waiting to be discovered, who can possibly blame them? From Egypt to Greece and from The Bahamas to Hawaii, deep blue seas, eerie wrecks & drop offs are waiting for us to test our limits.  One of the most popular destinations for freediving during the last years is Indonesia and for a very good reason! Alchemy partners Nicholas Kouvaras and Nikita Fima, recently planned a trip there with the Freediving Society crew and filmed the whole thing. Dive In Meet The Short Carbon Fins Ideal For Travelling  
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All You Need To Know About Spearfishing In Hawaii

Hawaii is a spearo's paradise. If you are after an adrenaline rush, looking for trophy fish, deep spearfishing and interactions with sharks, then look no further. What does it take to spearfish Hawaii though? Professional spearo and freediving instructor Garrett Moss, looks into the similarities and differences between each island, the weather & current patterns, bathymetry, geography, tides, spearfishing techniques, gear, in-water environment and species, in this highly detailed guide to spearfishing at the most isolated island chain in the entire world. The Islands   Going from west to east with naming the islands we have Kauai and Niihau. Moving eastward we have Oahu, then Moloka'i, Lanaii, Kaholawe, Molokini Crater, Maui and the big island of Hawaii. Niihau & Kaukai Niihau doesn't really have too many inhabitants  and from my understanding is you have to be invited on the island to even get to that island. Kauai is the oldest of all the Hawaiian islands, a lot of erosion has taken place there and the mountains are a little bit more straight up and down and more water flow, more precipitation, that  water around the island can get a little bit dirty, because of the runoff that you get from all the  precipitation, the rivers flowing out into the ocean. It's also a place where sharks roam around. When fresh water rivers are emptying out into the ocean, they're looking and scavenging and searching out any kind of opportunities that they might be able to find some food. Oahu Then we have Oahu and Oahu has the famous north shore, where you have great surfing. Also there's a lot of precipitation on that northern end of Oahu and the south end of Oahu is where Honolulu is located or Waikiki and that is a more inhabited place. Oahu has the most out of the population out of any other island in the whole state of Hawaii. Molokai & Lanai And then moving eastward, we have Molokai, not too many people live on Molokai and you kind of got to be careful if you take a boat over there  and go spearfishing or fishing over there, you got to be careful that  you're not stepping on any toes or that you're not going to be chased out of  there or coming to any confrontation with locals. Same thing on Lanai. That island  is not very populated, it's a little bit more dry of an island and they do still receive some  precipitation and when that island does rain there's a lot of mud, it's almost like a clay  that you would find in the state of Georgia or South Carolina and that mixes in with the ocean water and sometimes it gets a little bit murky. Kahoolawe & Molokini Crater Then we also have Kahoolawe, which you've probably  and most people have probably never heard of that island. It was used as a test bombing island for  the US military and the allied forces all the way from World War II up until the early 90s in  desert storm and nobody's actually allowed within two nautical miles of that island. If you have a  fishing permit, every other weekend they will open it up and, you can get in, with 180 foot depth and  your vessel has to be creating a wake. So the only type of fishing that you can really do there, every  other weekend, is trolling. Then we have Molokini Crater and that is a cinder cone that comes out of  the ocean in between the islands of Kahoolawe and Maui. Maui And moving eastward we have the beautiful island of Maui where i live and this island has the third largest mountain in the entire world.  The summit reaching up to ten thousand feet and most of the mountain or the volcano which is  dormant and not extinct actually lies beneath the ocean's surface and then on the northwest side  of the island we have the west Maui mountains. Maui is called the valley island, because there is  a big valley in between the Maui mountains and Haleakala, the volcano and the wind gets magnified  through this mountain range into this valley and the wind is very volatile, you have to be very  careful, Maui is an extremely windy island and all it takes is for the wind to shift a couple degrees  here or there and you can find yourself in a bad situation. Hawaii Then eastward, moving southeast, we have  the big island of Hawaii. And the big island is one of the sport fishing capitals of the entire world. That island has the first and largest mountains in the world, those being Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Both  of the summits of those volcanoes sit at about 13000 feet and most of those volcanoes actually lie beneath the ocean surface. That island is the youngest out of all the Hawaiian islands  and it's actually still growing as we speak. The big island gets deep really quick and you  can get pelagic fish, you can shoot a world record blue marlin from on a shore dive, you can  shoot wahoo or ono from shore, it's a very unique place in the world and there's a lot of trophy  fish and world records landed on that island. Weather, Wind, Current Typically Hawaii is dominated by a trade wind that comes out of the northeast, the east or even the southeast trade wind. The windward side of these islands, being the east side of the islands, typically receive more precipitation, more rainfall than the leeward or the westward side of the islands. And the westward side of the islands is a  little bit more of like a desert climate, it's dry, so the east side of the islands with this rain,  you have more runoff, sometimes the water is going to be cloudy, so you got to really know when the rain is falling on the east side of the island. You don't want to be going to dive in murky water, like i said, that's where some of the sharks will hang out, looking for food and any opportunity of any animals or anything like that that might be running out into the ocean. At these river  mouths you're going to have more of like smooth rocks on the bottom of the ocean, almost like  smooth cobblestones, with coral growing on those. As you move to the leeward side of the island, a lot of that is going to be dry lava with not too much vegetation on it. The lava flows down into the ocean and it's a little bit more jagged, a little bit more rugged and you have coral reef  growing on that as well. The current plays a big factor in going out and spearfishing in the  Hawaiian islands. We have some deep water channels between each island and large amounts  of water is squeezed between tight places here in between the islands and it gets magnified and  it can do some pretty incredible things. You can have whirlpools, waves stand up pretty high  and it could be a very volatile place to be in the ocean. So knowing what the current's  doing is very very important. The current is largely affected by the phases of  the moon, so knowing the moon is great not only with the current, but also knowing the phases of  the moon to know where the fish are going to be, what times of the day and what times of  the night that they're hunting as well.   Moving from the current we're going to go on to the wind. As i said Hawaii is predominantly faced with a northeast or east or even a southeast  trade wind. Sometimes in the winter we have low pressure cold fronts that originate off of Alaska, Russia and Japan and they move their way eastward, over the Hawaiian islands and then eventually onto the continental US, North America and Central America, pushing from California to Florida  and that's when you get the snow. We get it first here in Hawaii. Those cold fronts sometimes  can make a kona wind blow. A kona wind is a south to a southwest directed wind and usually  that'll happen before a cold front in the winter time. Then after a cold  front we'll have a stiff northeast trade wind. And the summer time is usually just dominated by trade winds.   The direction of the wind is an important  factor and knowing where is going to be in the lee of the wind or where you're going  to find shelter from the wind. As i said the big island has Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, the two biggest  mountains in the world and if you're in the lee of those mountains and the wind's blowing in the  right direction, say as in Kona, you're going to have light winds pretty much almost every day of  the year, unless you have a Kona wind blowing and that would make the wind on shore for that side  of the island. But typically Kona is going to be nice light winds and it gets deep very quick there,  so that's a really great place for pelagic hunting. Over here on Maui it's kind of the same effect  but Haleakala is a smaller mountain, a smaller volcano, so it's a little bit more volatile than Kona, it's not consistently as calm in the lee on this side of the island, on the west side of  the island in the wind shadow. You got to be  really in tune with what direction the wind is blowing in degrees. So if the wind's got a little bit of north in it, typically the wind's  going to push through the west Maui mountains and the valley and between the west Maui mountains and Haleakala, and the wind line can come down and you see a line of white water out in the ocean,  you better take cover because it can come in very quick and you can have a nice, slick, calm, oil, glass  warning, turning into a five foot wind chop within a matter of two minutes. So you gotta keep your eye  on the wind in Hawaii and the other islands as well. If you're on the west side of the island,  you're in the lee most of the time. The east side of the islands are a little bit  more exposed to the wind, so you've got to be on it.   Aquatic Life The water is typically crystal clear, blue, beautiful, open ocean pacific water, with the temperature in the summertime ranging  around 80 degrees fahrenheit and in the winter time and the late winter into the early spring, it can get down into the low 70s, i've seen it 70 degrees here before. The visibility is great,  like i said, a lot of days we're having 150 foot of vis, even more so than that sometimes. And if you have a hundred foot of vis, that's a typical day that's not the greatest day ever, but that's  pretty normal here in Hawaii.   We have some nice warm blue water for the  most part and a three millimeter wetsuit is usually most suitable sometimes in the wintertime. If the water gets a little chilly and the air is a little chilly you might want to throw a  five millimeter top on, but for the most part it's going to be nice warm blue water. There's  a lot of bonuses to spearfishing in Hawaii, we have a huge variety of aquatic life, ranging from pelagic manta rays, reef mantas, spotted eagle rays, we have all kinds of whales  going from sperm whales, to humpback whales, to false killer whales. We have a lot of different  types of dolphins, we have spinner dolphins, ragged tooth dolphins, bottlenose dolphins. We have  a lot of awesome transocean birds such as gannets, eva, or otherwise known as frigates that  you can experience while being out on the  water here. Eels We have a thriving ecosystem, very healthy, a lot of live coral on the reef, so you got to be really weary of when  you are diving down to the reef that you don't get stuck by any urchins, which we call vonna here. We have a lot of eels, different types of subspecies of moray eels, so you got  to be careful that you don't get bit by an eel by sticking your hand into a rock trying to  find a spiny lobster or laying on a coral reef you might you might land on an eel. When you are coming in for a landing on the reef, make sure that you try not to touch  the reef, as much as possible, because it's very fragile and vulnerable and it takes a long time  to grow back. But also you want to do that to to keep an eye out for anything that might be  detrimental to you, like the urchins or the eels. Whales As i mentioned the island the island of Hawaii, the big island, or other islands like Kauai or Oahu the water gets deep really quick there, so there's a wide variety of open ocean fish and mammals that you can experience out  on those islands. Whereas Maui here like i mentioned, it's a little bit more shallow, not getting past around 500 to 600 feet deep, so we have a great humpback whale sanctuary  here, all the whales come here for  mating and to give birth. So they're born and raised here in Maui and then they  go up to Alaska to feed for six months, get  their blubber layers really thick and prepare for their trip back down here to Hawaii where  they don't eat. The only humpback  whales that are eating here are the calves that  are nursing off of their mother. We have the the largest concentration of humpback whales, in  the northern hemisphere, in the pacific ocean. The winter months are really really great  to experience humpback whales, you can hear them singing under the water, sometimes they  get close enough to to rattle your chest and it's just a great experience,  while you're out here spearfishing. Sharks We also have a wide variety of sharks, some are open ocean  sharks more so, then we have trans ocean sharks and resident sharks as well that  reside on the reefs. So some of the species of the sharks on the wreath that you're gonna find  are sandbar sharks ,we'll have some hammer heads, a lot of tiger sharks and most of the tiger  sharks that we have out here are quite large and inquisitive. We also have white tip reef sharks,  there's galapagos sharks, gray reef sharks and then more so out in the open ocean we'll have silky  sharks, oceanic white tips, sometimes we'll also get a great white and some of these great whites  that we get out here are massive. We also have some  whale sharks as well, there's quite a few whale  sharks spotted out in the Hawaiian islands year round. So that's really a pleasure  to be able to see all of this wildlife  that we have here in these beautiful conditions, on the most isolated island chain in the world.   Fish To Hunt We have a wide variety of species of fish that are preferred to be hunted out here and starting off on the reef, my favorites, i usually aim for three different types of fish,  one being an uku which is a gray snapper or a  green job fish. Those are delicious, they're awesome, it's a snapper and they are very  difficult to hunt. They're very intelligent and it takes a lot of strategy and time to develop  the techniques to get these fish to come in. You got to have good aim with your gun, you got  to have your gear dialed in, to make sure that you're confident when you place a shot on an  uku. Also one of my favorite species to hunt is a yellow spot trevally. Any trevally under 10 pounds  in Hawaii is referred to as a papio. A lot of times you'll hear people  say yellow spot papio, most of the ones that i try to target are over 10 pounds and those  would be referred to as a yellow spot trevally. Awesome fish, a little bit more oily and great  sashimi, so is the uku. All the fish that i target are going to be sashimi grade fish, i'm super picky  and i really like my sushi. So the yellow spot trevally is one, a blue fin trevally also referred  to as an omilu in Hawaii is great, and a giant trevally, otherwise known as ulua is a targeted  species. I've only shot one of those, i'm not really trevally ulua, sometimes i'll target the bluefin  trevally, but about out of all the trevallys, the yellow spot trevally has the best table fare. Also  we have a big-eyed emperor fish which is referred to as a mu in Hawaii. Those fish are probably  the most intelligent species that i've ever hunted. Their teeth actually are set back almost like  humans to where they have canines up front and in the back they have molars and their main  diet is going to be urchins, so they can crunch up the urchins with the teeth that they have.  A lot of times when you shoot a mu and you harvest it, you'll see urchin spines all stuck  in their lips, it's pretty incredible how these  fish eat and how they live with all the  urchins stuck in their lips. Pelagic Fish Now moving towards the pelagic realm, we have ono, otherwise known  as wahoo around the world, we have yellowfin tuna, which if it's typically if it's under 100  pounds it's referred to as a shebe and anything over a hundred pounds is referred to as an ahi.  We have yellowfin, we also have big eyed tuna and we also have skipjack, which is an aku, we  have kava kava which is a bonita. The bonita are actually  pretty good here, they're really really good sashimi and aku's good sashimi, a little bit more  blood in that meat but still great table fare with those types of those types of fish. We have  rainbow runner, referred to as kamanu, we have mahi mahi or otherwise referred to as dorado or  dolphin fish in different parts of the world.    We also have fish from other  parts of the world that you don't necessarily normally will see here like a hamachi or a yellowtail jack or they call them  kingfish in places like New Zealand. So we have  those sometimes as well but for the most part you're going to be looking in Hawaii for ono, ahi  and mahi for pelagic fish. Also not limited to that we also have bill fish in the mix, so there's  blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, we have sailfish, pacific sailfish, which gets really large  and we have spear fish as well, we have swordfish but for the most part you're not going to want  to spear a swordfish, those get kind of sketchy,  even just catching on those on rod and reel. That pretty much covers the variety of species of fish and like i said, i like a lot  of my fish we prepared raw in sushi rolls or sashimi. Poke A popular dish in Hawaii is poke, so you  can find all different kinds of variations and recipes for poke. Poke balls deep fried is  great, any kind of a fish deep fried is always  awesome and any fish that i feel like you can  eat as sashimi, i feel like it's best to cook it almost like a filet mignon or a tenderloin  for beef. Cook it hot and fast on a skillet. I like to cook mine medium rare to medium and then  as the days move forward you might want to get the fish a little bit more well done, but in the  first few days i really suggest cooking the fish hot and fast. You could do it deep fried, you  could cook it in butter, you can cook it in oil but hot and fast is really the  name of the game as far as i'm concerned. Spearfishing Gear & Techniques Now i'm going to discuss some of the gear and equipment that we use and some of the strategies and techniques that are used for spearfishing within the hawaiian islands. Every island is unique in its own  way, there's a lot of similarities but also a lot of differences. So the bathymetry, the geography of  all the islands and even the differences and the changes that you get within each island on  different sides of each island, can play a big role on whether or not you're going  to be successful in your spearfishing.   Where i live on the south side of Maui, which is actually the southwest side of Maui, it stays pretty shallow, relatively speaking, not getting more than, i would say at the most, 500 feet deep. What we're doing here is almost a  hybrid style of hunting. We're hunting on deep reef but in water that's also deep  enough to accommodate pelagic fish. We're using reel guns, so there's a reel on our  gun that's attached to a monofilament shooting line and a spear, and that spear can  either have a flopper on it, i use a double flopper to where there's two staggered floppers on  there for double the protection to prevent a fish from sliding off. Or  you can use a slip tip, the flopper shafts are a little bit more suitable for hunting  down on the reef, just in case if you shoot a fish and the shaft hits a rock you're not  going to damage the slip tip and make that incapable of further use. So the flopper shafts  are great for the reef whereas the slip tips a little bit more suitable for for open water,  you don't want to really be shooting a slip tip into any rocks or anything like that, they can get  quite expensive, so you don't want to damage that.   Also we use a belt on our reel or a reel on our  belt as well just in case  the line on our reel on our gun is all used up, we  can go ahead and attach our gun to the reel on our belt and have a little bit more protection and a  little bit more time to buy. Just in case you shoot a big ono or a big wahoo or something like  that. On, say, like the big island, where it gets deep quick, it's more suitable in  that area to use a breakaway setup. A breakaway setup, you don't really necessarily use a reel on  the gun, you have your shaft and more than times a knot, a slip tip, is going to be the best type  of shaft to use in that blue deep water that the big island has. And then you're going to have a  float line or a bungee connected to that shaft and float at the other end of it. So that's your  drive train. When you shoot a fish with that type of a setup, it all breaks away from the gun and the  fish will go more times than not with that deeper water, the fish is going to sound or dive deep and  hopefully your buoy and your drive train is strong enough to support the weight and the strength  of the pull of that fish and the hopefully the buoy will come back up to the surface and you're  able to land your fish in that matter. Also it's nice to have a bungee, so you can go ahead  and try to pull your fish up quick to get it prevent it from getting bit by any sharks or  being attacked or eaten or taxed by any sharks. Pole Spears One of the things that's kind  of been ingrained in the Hawaiian culture and it's a little bit more primitive  than using a gun with a trigger on it, with a trigger mechanism, a lot of times people will use pole spears or they are referred to more times than not here as a three prong. So a pole spear can have a three prong where you have three prongs and when you shoot a fish they  open up almost acting as a barb to keep the fish on the pole spear. Or you can use a slip tip on  the end of the pole spear or a flopper, even maybe a double flopper at the end of that pole spear. And  more times than not without with that type of weapon, you're going to have to get a lot closer to  the fish of what you're hunting, in order to have a successful shot and to land a successful shot  on the fish, with the chance of landing it. That's a little bit more  primitive, a little bit more difficult than using a spear gun that's propelled with bands  and a trigger mechanism. Hawaiian Sling You can also use a Hawaiian sling, but ironically enough a Hawaiian  sling isn't very popular with spearfishing in Hawaii. You're going to find that more so in  the Bahamas and you can look that up with Andre Musgrove's how-to spearfishing guide  in the Bahamas. But the Hawaiian sling isn't really used too much around here, so you might  want to look into that with Andre's video.   Flashers Some of the tools that we use to  lure fish in, that would otherwise just swim by us and not be interested in  what's going on in our vicinity whatsoever, are flashers. Flashers can be a variety of  different things that you can use, i'm sure that you've seen a lot of different  things used in videos on social media and whatnot. What i like to use are a strand of  six discs on ball bearing snap swivels and at the bottom of that strand of flashy  discs i like to have a buzz bomb, which is basically it's a metallic skirt, that almost looks  like a squid or an octopus or like a hula dress, reflective hula dress, that's dancing around  on the bottom of the the strand of flashers. So if you were to have a pelagic fish  such as an ono which is very typical on Maui, it would get a little bit  more interested in what's going around in the vicinity as opposed to not being interested in  just swimming away. Or possibly on the big island, if you're maybe doing a shore dive and you're  hunting mahi mahi, ono, or blue marlin, white marlin, stripe marlin, or even better ahi that maybe can bring those fish in. Chum Also in  conjunction with the flashers we like to use chum. What i use typically are the carcasses  from my previous kills and i like to keep the strips of the skin from the carcasses and when  i'm in the water i will scale the skin and the scales will fall down and i also like to  make nice chunks out of the skin. The skin usually sinks really slow and that stays up in the water  column, a little bit more suited for the pelagic fish that might swim by, in conjunction with the  flashers. And things like parts of the body of the carcasses that are used like the spine or the  heads or any kind of anything with bones or fins, tends to sink a little bit deeper, a little bit  quicker, and so those portions of the chum are a little bit more suited for the reef fish that  we're hunting. Some of the chum sinks slow, some of the chum sinks quick, you have all  your boundaries covered, there's chum up in the water column for pelagic fish, but also you  have the heavier chum with the bones that's sinking down for the reef fish to get  interested when you're making drops down there. On the big island sardines are great for chum, you  could also use the carcass from your previous kills as well, but sardines are are usually  really good over there. We also have a bait fish in Hawaii named opelu. Opelu are a really great  fish to use as bait if you can get them. Sometimes i use a three prong to get them, sometimes  you could use a sabiki rig to sabiki them up but if you have an opelu that's injured or  even a dead opelu, you can use that and throw that in the water towards a fish, if a pelagic fish  is swimming by, to get it interested or you can let it sink to the bottom, if you're hunting reef  fish as well, but if you are letting it sink to the bottom, hopefully it'll get there before all of  the other little vulture fish try to pick it apart. So an opelu is a great bait fish as well. Throw Flashers Also what we like to use are throw flashers. If you can't get a bait fish, an artificial throw flasher is great, such as an one inch pvc pipe, with some reflective or holographic tape on there, you can use a spoon, you can use a cd,  anything that you can find that's reflective and throw in the water in the direction of a  fish to maybe catch its attention, to draw its attention away from you, maybe to get the fish a  little bit more inquisitive to come within range of you being able to pull the trigger  and pulling a nice shot off on a fish. Summary So to summarize everything up, Hawaii is a great  place for freediving and spearfishing and all kinds of activities in the water. It's not a very  forgiving place, it's very rugged and it's very raw. It's exposed to a lot of weather and a lot of  current and a lot of wind, so you've got to be really knowledgeable on how the weather works  around the islands and you got to be up to date on the forecast and make sure that you're very  diligent with that. Out of any place in the world that i've ever traveled to spearfish, Hawaii by far is the most difficult place to spearfish. The fish are extremely intelligent,  they've been hunted for thousands of years and it's no easy feat to shoot a fish here.  A lot of the diving requires that you dive very deep to shoot fish, i've seen a lot of people come out to Hawaii and they're humbled with the level of difficulty that it is to shoot  fish. Sometimes expert spearos from different parts of the world travel out here and i see that  they struggle with spearfishing in Hawaii. So Hawaii is not an easy place  to spearfish, but it's very rewarding. If you have a nice day on the water, there's a lot of wildlife  to experience and if you are up to date with your forecasting and knowing how the weather is, you can  get some of the best days of your life out on the water out here and experience some of nature's most beautiful things that it has to offer.   Meet Garrett's Carbon Fins Of Choice
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The Teachings Of Freediving

Competitive freediver & instructor Luca Malaguti recently took part in the 2021 Dahab Apnea Competition, scoring a personal best of -72m in CWTB with his Alchemy V330 carbon fins. While in Dahab for a few months, he saw a change in himself. Physical training is easy, you just train your body, get enough food and get enough sleep. But how do you train your mind? And Way Down We Go "With fluidity, and minimal resistance we go down to the depths". This was one of the most powerful lessons I had to recently re-learn. It has, basically, forced me to reconsider and re-calibrate my entire relationship with apnea altogether. Up to now, I could get to the bottom of the line, by pushing and relying on my physical instrument, that is the body I have. Not paying much attention to the mind. The mind would wander, unfocused, no problem. I thought it only as a physical endeavour. The mind wanders into dark and darker recesses of the mind, until an idea, far darker than the very bottom, sticks to you, it does not leave you. If you push the body, without the mind, beyond this point of inner darkness, you will simply hurt yourself.   Not An Option “I can tell you with experience, physical pain heals faster than psychological pain”. I reached a point, a door if you will, where going back to my usual habits was not an option. Hurting myself was not to be a collateral in freediving. I realized I would either change, or give up the sport altogether, and go back to the mountains. This was an approach doomed to begin with - nature pushes back and she pushes hard. A sports-car requires over 60% of its horsepower to accelerate the final 100 km/hr to reach maximum velocity. Why? The more you push against nature, the more nature pushes back. The solution? Along came a little nomadic town in the middle of the desert: Dahab. Not quite Africa, not quite Asia, geologically on one, geographically on the other. With this little town, came a great blue sink hole, carved over millions of years of erosive forces. I think this place, at the very least, has started to teach me not to resist, not to push - to flow and seek minimal resistance. Be In-Tune   Enter a “flow-state” where the mind, first and foremost, is in complete ecstasy of the present moment. In other words, the free-fall, is nothing but a mental journey. When you’re in tune with your surroundings, everything becomes clear: the flow of water over your face, the sound of the carabiner rubbing against the line, the pressure hugging you more and more. Use it, it’s all you have. You scan the body, you identify tension, or areas of tension, you accept it, it’s part of you, it belongs to you, but you’re only an observer aboard this vessel, thus it does not control or define you. That tension you can release, let it go and reset the mind. Watch Luca Kick His V330 While Freediving In Philippines    
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alchemy V3 Pro

Awesome product!

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Adektula Sabsor
27/11/2020
INDONESIA
alchemy V3-30

The product is very good, the performance is also good, very supportive of performance when diving. Unfortunately the spoon for the c4 300 foot pocket cannot be purchased easily in Indonesia.

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Tim
27/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3

Very good!

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Eason Huang
27/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3 Pro

Been beating them fins ever since I got them and they serve me well, just love it.

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Levente
30/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy S

Very high quality fins, since I've been using them I've been cutting through the water effortlessly!!

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Anna Chang
27/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3

Everything is good ,but I got first one is soft, not really fit me! Next time i will buy medium/soft!

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Lily Crespy
27/11/2020
FRANCE
alchemy V3

Best fins ever!

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Coert M
27/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy V3

A few years ago, I needed a pair of new blades when I lost my beloved pair of Fiberglass DiverR's to 6000ft of water. I quickly was interested in Alchemy because of their high quality engineering processes in development of these blades. I always try to give my business to a company that does things the right way and stands behind their product. I love the lightweight of these blades and also durability of them when spearfishing. Customer service is also excellent and responded with a youtube video for an issue I had. I was able to fix immediately. This is a great company that produces an exceptional product with engineering processes. I will buy my next pair from them if mine ever break, but I don't think they will.

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Tsung Han Kuo
30/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3-30

Very good.

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Jordan Charles
02/12/2020
CAYMAN ISLANDS
alchemy V3

Everything from the product construction to the customer service is of the higher quality. The team at Alchemy is so easy to deal with, and their product is also excellent. I have been incredibly happy with the soft and easy feel of my fins, gaining good power output with very minimal effort compared to anything I've tried before!

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Camila Caba
27/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy S

I love the product so much I tell everyone I know to get them.

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Robert MacKichan
30/03/2021
HONDURAS
alchemy V3 Pro

Built with great quality and care. Great for traveling and all around enjoying the ocean. Snorkeling exploring the reef and going on the line these are fun easy to travel with fins.

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Leeho Kim
30/03/2021
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3

If the price becomes cheaper, it will be more competitive than other brands.

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Cesar Rodriguez
26/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy V3

Fin has been absolutly great ... compared to just about every fin in the market .

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Sharmaine Nahine
30/03/2021
PHILIPPINES
alchemy V3-30 Pro

I love my new short fins. Very impressive and it's really powerful for a short fins. Love it!

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Tsung Sheng
27/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3

Very good!

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Ibrahim
27/11/2020
OMAN
alchemy V3-30 Pro

Best fins ever I used but if you can work on footpocket to make it more fit like mono fin and Molchanovs bifins footpocket, that would make your fins best on fitting and best in the world!

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Sofiane Meskouri
30/11/2020
ALGERIA
alchemy S

I have tried almost all the carbone fins brands.. Alchemy is far better than all!

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Hana Seo
27/11/2020
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3

I love Alchemy very much. Alchemy presents me a new world.

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Iris
27/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3

Nice and I love it!

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Kayo
27/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3-30

Blade is very high quality!!!

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KZ
25/11/2020
SINGAPORE
alchemy V3-30 Pro

V330 Pro is a great pair of fins. They are powerful when you need the power, and they are nice and soft when you want the efficiency. Love using them for pool dynamic training. They are just amazing.

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Hana
30/11/2020
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3-30

Alchemy fins were my dream fins for long and v330 is my very first set of carbon fins. Absolutely the best, both in quality and design. Love it and def want more from this brand!

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Kannikar Kawasaki
30/03/2021
THAILAND
alchemy V3-30

I like it so much!

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Dylan. H
27/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3-30

Good product.

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Samsul Rois
27/11/2020
INDONESIA
alchemy V3-30

It's an amazing fin.

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Fan Yuan Lin
30/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3

Because I'm shooting underwater, I hope to experience V330Pro so I can focus more on shooting.

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Drake
31/03/2021
UNITED STATES
alchemy V3

Great product. Best fins I’ve owned to date. Hopefully they are durable enough to withstand years of diving.

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Amy
30/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3

I like it very much, It also often uses, Thank you for giving me such good products.

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Anton Hartanto
27/11/2020
INDONESIA
alchemy V3

Great product with great after sale benefit.

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Hee-jeong Park
27/11/2020
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3-30

It's nice!

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Madeleine Clough
28/11/2020
CANADA
alchemy V3

The blades are beautiful. In hindsight, I would have chosen a softer blade. But they are still fast and efficient. The foot pocket I purchased, from the same website is much too large (width) and I wish to change them out. Thank you for your beautiful construction.

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Hwang Jongsun
27/11/2020
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3

I am very satisfied with the good quality of Alchemy.

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Brittany
27/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy V3

I purchased the V3s in medium soft 3 years ago. I use them several times a week for both depth training and spearfishing and have put them to the test. Definitely a high quality product that will increase your performance. You will never need to worry about them breaking like many other carbon fiber fins out there.

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Teiva
25/11/2020
POLYNESIA (FRENCH)
alchemy V3

Really good fins. The best for spearfishing competitions!

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Esther Shiao
30/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3-30

Love it!

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Cykin
27/11/2020
INDONESIA
alchemy V3-30

The product wasss suuuper duperrr good, but.. i think u forgot put the custom stickers on my fin haha!

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Lorena Hrbut
30/11/2020
AUSTRALIA
alchemy V3

I absolutely love my V3 soft Alchemy blades. I first tried them when I was going through my Freedive Instructor Training and compared to other blades which students and Instructors were using these were by far everyone's first choice and mine. They are light, durable and every kick feels like you are cutting through butter. I use them for all aspects of Freediving which involve Spearfishing, Teaching, UW-Photo and even at my work which involves swimming with Whale Sharks (they are really fast sometimes!).

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Mario Alexandre
30/11/2020
PORTUGAL
alchemy S

The best fins i have ever had!

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Una Tsai
27/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3

Great!

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Ramar Acuna
26/11/2020
PHILIPPINES
alchemy V3-30 Pro

Efficiency is almost same as the long fins. Very reliable and easier to maneuver in the water. Highly recommended!

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Jean Hunter
08/12/2020
GREECE
alchemy V3

I love them. Thank you!

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Eden
27/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy S

Really good.

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Mariyam Thuhufa
27/11/2020
MALDIVES
alchemy S

The fins is easy to use and carry around while travelling. It has a powerful kick even when it's made of a light material. The pocket is soft and very comfortable.

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Hyunsoo Kang
27/11/2020
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3

Satisfied with the best. Please make a blade that is more than 10cm longer than now. It will be Alchemy's innovation.

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Sava
27/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy V3-30 Plus

Outstanding performance and comfort in the water. I also love the simple and clean design. 10/10 for Alchemy blades!

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Camirin Duenas
30/11/2020
GUAM (USA)
alchemy S-30

Best fins I've ever had! Especially being rare to have on Guam.

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Stephane Warin
25/11/2020
FRANCE
alchemy V3-30

Very efficient, it is not easy for me to find the correct size of foot pockets, I am always between 2 sizes. The C4-400 is fine, the carbon is just awesome and the fins are light. Classy expensive fins. Top world class efficiency. As a freediver instructor, I test sometimes the fins's students. Alchemy is another world clearly.

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Kaila Razonable
27/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy V3-30

I love these fins! They've completely changed my diving experience and I find myself pushing further knowing I have the right gear.

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Agissa
14/12/2020
INDONESIA
alchemy V3

Feels like flying!

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Namhee Kwon
28/11/2020
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3

Alchemy fins are soft. I can kick comfortably with Alchemy fin. Now I feel heavy and uncomfortable when I wear fins from other companies. I'm very satisfied with my Alchemy fin. Alchemy is the best.

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Ali
30/11/2020
QATAR
alchemy V3

It's worth that money i paid. I think the footpockets are not as high quality as the blades.

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June Choi
30/11/2020
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3

Best fins ever :)

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Li Hsuan Sun
08/12/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3-30

I really love the brand Alchemy, I own 2 pairs of V3-30, a pair of V3s and a pair of original V3. There are all medium soft.

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MK
27/11/2020
SINGAPORE
alchemy V3-30

Having tested different brands, Alchemy v3 is one of the top tier selection when choosing good carbon fins. Little effort needed to fin, while giving an efficient amount of propulsion compared with other carbons. Distribution workload of carbon layers feels very well distributed. Alchemy fins is also one of the lighter weight fins to carry. The 15-30% efficiency increase makes alchemy a good choice.  

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Mitsuki Hara
28/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy V3

I love! It changed my whole spearfishing experience, thank you for great product :)

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Miguel Azevedo
27/11/2020
SPAIN
alchemy V3

When I got my fins (2017) they were alchemy's top of the line. I have been using them for both pure freediving(cwtb and safety) and spearfishing, sometimes on rough seas and harsh environments and they still perform as top of the line fins! These are definitely worth the investment, durable, reliable, the best fins I ever tried. Although I am curious about the v3-30.

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Lael
27/11/2020
NORWAY
alchemy V3-30 Pro

The product is very well executed. Responsive and good snap despite the soft stifness. The 30 degree angle produces powerful rear kicks, but would require slight adjust to your fronts. All in all a very versatile pair of blades, perfect for traveling and as an all-arounder. Very agile for underwater photography and suitable for off-season training and instructing.

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Narathip
02/12/2020
THAILAND
alchemy V3-30

The best freediving fins I ever had!

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Lazaro del Toro
25/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy V3

I never thought a piece of gear would change my dives so drastically, but it did. The alchemy fins even when compared to other carbon fins are just superior, the finish and comfort it is just incredible. I do freediving and spearfishing, and for both it has fit the task. I am 205 lbs and with a medium stiffness I've found the proper balance. Definetely I'll be a costumer for years to come !

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Leejihyang
30/03/2021
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3

I want to experience fins with different strengths.

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Lawrence
25/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy S

Perfect for spearfishing! Lightweight and really durable!

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Bomi Kim
31/03/2021
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3

I'm using alchemy v3 with a pink saft .Also, it is less the resistance of water that makes me more shiny.

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Zizi Chen
27/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3

It's my first pair of fins and I adore it! Highly recommended with good quality and light weight. Best partner in your diving trip.

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Lorenza
02/12/2020
CANADA
alchemy V3

Love all Alchemy products but especially these fins! The quality is always so impressive.

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Andreas Pashiourtides
25/11/2020
CYPRUS
alchemy V3-30

Amazing product, it feels like I don't have any fins on but the propulsion of them is out of this world. Tried them with c4 300 and 400 foot pocket, in my opinion the v330 and the 300 foot pocketis the perfect pairing.

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Luciana Amelia Kaunang
08/12/2020
INDONESIA
alchemy V3-30

The fins are very good and light, making it easier when you are dynamic or trying to dive at depth, very efficient and flexible too.

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Adam De La Mare
30/11/2020
SPAIN
alchemy V3

Although I have a few pairs of carbon fins, the v3s are without doubt my main pair. I use them for teaching, training, fun dives etc, so they are extremely versatile. The blade is extremely light and responsive and they make the return journey on any dive a real pleasure!

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Nuntawut Boonrubsub
30/03/2021
THAILAND
alchemy V3-30

It was a perfect fins that i have use.

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Taihoon Lee
27/11/2020
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3

It's a very good fin, but the price is too high.

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David Stephens
26/11/2020
UNITED KINGDOM
alchemy S

Best fins I have ever used (I have used a lot!) - perfect for spearfishing, really reactive and light.. and also look stunning.

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Georgina Miller
26/11/2020
UNITED KINGDOM
alchemy V3-30

These fins are a game changer! I owned a lovely pair of V3 before, but these are entirely different. I have the new blade fitted with the C4-400 foot pockets. They are amazingly light and responsive, but the angle makes a huge difference. They feel very easy on your legs and make longer swims way more efficient in terms of lactic build up. Perfect competition fins, for a great balance of power to work - I am really happy with them!

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Sine Vanva
27/11/2020
THAILAND
alchemy V3-30

I really love that good quality. This is my second fins of my life. After i tested this product i feel i found the best one for me.

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Ryan Wcal
08/12/2020
GUAM (USA)
alchemy V3 Pro

I absolutely love my new fins. Quality wise? Top notch, Performance wise? Incredible! I'm totally satisfied.

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Savannah
27/11/2020
JAPAN
alchemy V3-30

Very light and easy to use, especially for girls.

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Thomas Oh
28/11/2020
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3-30

The v3-30 is a bit inconvenient because it is long when taking underwater pictures, but I think it has good performance in depth diving.

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Linda Stenman
05/12/2020
SWEDEN
alchemy V3

I have the V3 with the C4 footpockets. I have never had a combination of fin and footpocket with perfect fit for my style of finning before. I can highly recommend Alchemy fins any day of the week, you will not get disappointed.

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One Breath Boys
14/04/2021
UNITED STATES
alchemy V3

The product is absolutely amazing . After using different carbon fins , the feeling of these fins stand out when in use. The looks of the sun beam shining on them are amazing as well. I got the V3 soft based off my size it flows so well. It shreds through the water like butter.

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Joshua Munoz
25/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy V3-30 Plus

The best carbon fiber fins out there. I've been diving for 5 years now - spearfishing, line diving, and underwater photography. I've had the opportunity to try on lots of different fins and alchemy has always been the best. The fins are extremely light, smooth, and look the best in the water! I've put these fins through a lot too, in and out of lots of boats, I've sailed across 2 oceans, once for 80 days, and the fins held up just perfect! I highly recommend the fins and I have no intentions of changing which fins I take out on the water!

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Dikta
27/11/2020
INDONESIA
alchemy V3-30

Very comfy to wear. Elegant design. All about the fins are great! Love it!

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Hyunseok Lee
30/03/2021
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3-30

Good!

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Michelle Fallon
28/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy V3

I'm extremely pleased with these lightweight, high performance freediving fins! I've traveled halfway across the world with them from Hawaii, to Mexico and to the Bahamas. Made to perfection with only the highest quality of materials I couldn't imagine doing my dives without them.

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Sebastian Sayegh
27/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy V3-30

Some of the best fins I've had the pleasure of using. The response and power you can receive from these fins while exerting less energy is a game changer for anyone.

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Kathlyn Tan
31/03/2021
UNITED STATES
alchemy V3-30

I’ve been training in the pool with the V3-30 fins for 2 months now and have competed in them once. Love them! Not only are they featherlight and have amazing response, but they’re also excellent quality and so beautiful to look at. Transitioning from other fins might require a little shift in technique (at least it did for me) but keep experimenting and they’ll become a natural extension of you in no time. A shoutout to the Alchemy team for all their support and well done on working towards being carbon neutral!

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Faiz Shahminan
25/11/2020
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
alchemy S-30

The make, length, flexibility, strength of the fins are amazing. I bought it though it was meant for spearfishing but I use it for depth training, teaching and fun dive and I can say amazing fins. Never doubt Alchemy products at all.

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Feras
28/11/2020
QATAR
alchemy S

Very nice design, sizing and comfort is great.

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Nikita Fima
27/11/2020
INDONESIA
The Bag

The material is very good. The size is perfect, i can put 2 pairs and still have room. My advise is to improve the zipper to be more stronger like stainless steel. Mine was broken when i tried to pull closing the bag. The zipper of the previous canvas bag were very good.

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Robert
27/11/2020
GUAM (USA)
alchemy S-30

Lightest and toughest fins in the game! I always get compliments by other divers fascinated with how light Weight my alchemy S30s are paired with c4 300 Foot pockets. I can go all day swimming the blue on long shore dives with no problems. Love the performance and the look! The bar has been set high!

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JungSun Hwang
27/11/2020
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3-30

Repair is inconvenient in Korea. I hope it's easy.

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Sabrina
14/12/2020
MEXICO
alchemy V3

These fins are my favorite fins so far and I tried quite a few. I highly recommend them to every freediver looking to upgrade. They are unbelievably light and perfect for traveling! The fins are made off excellent looking materials - they have high quality silicon rails, a shiny surface and a matte bottom. My fins have a stiffness medium-soft and the blade is very responsive and easy to kick and it feels like I save a lot energy using them compared to other, more stiff, fins. I also took this fins for safaris in rough conditions and they are very resistant, didn't have the feeling the blade could easily break.  

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Guillaume Froment
25/11/2020
FRANCE
alchemy S-30

Usually, i use V330 for doing spearfishing and freediving. Recently, i turned to S30. It's different but i don't regret my choice. They are more in adequation with my spearfishing style. Good handmade construction and nice packaging with the serial number for the 5 years warranty! You can go on it with closed eyes!!!

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Ariel Manuel Quintana
25/11/2020
SPAIN
alchemy S-30

It's a really good quality fins but the soft its little bit too soft for me. The rest it's real good product. Look really attractive and elegant. Good material and comfortable.

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Claudine I. Malolot
08/12/2020
PHILIPPINES
alchemy V3

I loved how its a shorties but the power of the fin is amazing. And it's very handy when it comes to traveling because its a shorties. I also love how light it is and it doesn't make my ankles hurt.

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Grace Panliya
30/03/2021
THAILAND
alchemy V3-30

I gave my friend's a try and everyone likes it, awesome.

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FuKang Kao
30/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3-30 Plus

Very nice!

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Phil Cothran
30/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy S

The Alchemy S fins are the best carbon fiber freedive fins I've ever had the pleasure to use. Lightweight sleek design and the most comfortable yet durable foot pocket on the market. Love my Alchemy fins!!

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Martin Kristensen
30/11/2020
NORWAY
alchemy V3

I bought the V3 as my 1st set of fins, and they have performed really well for me, for over 5 years now. My Pathos foot pocket is a bit too stiff to use without socks. But all in all I'm very happy with the product.

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Shu Yu
27/11/2020
TAIWAN
alchemy V3-30

Very good!

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Cesar Rorriguez
26/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy V3-30 Plus

Fin was better than my dive R carbons by far.

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Jason
30/11/2020
UNITED STATES
alchemy S-30

Great fins, almost feels like I'm not wearing them. Does the job very well. Two things to note. The pockets weren't glued to the blades very well. I have to glue the rails again. The pockets are also a tad loose.

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Annette Shin
30/11/2020
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3

I sprained my ankle really bad early this year. And ever since, my recovered ankle still gives me the stiffness while finning. However with my pair of soft Alchemy fins, I can dive as much as I want. It is light, powerful yet gives the sophistication. My next choice of fin will definitely be an Alchemy fins :)

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Raul Vega
30/11/2020
PUERTO RICO
alchemy V3

Amazing !!!

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Pu Reum Kim
02/12/2020
SOUTH KOREA
alchemy V3

I hope there are more convenient ways to carry it around.

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Kensaku Kawasaki
08/12/2020
THAILAND
alchemy V3-30 Pro

Sometimes I don't like the feeling of the foot pocket.

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Samantha Kildegaard
25/11/2020
TURKS AND CAICOS
alchemy V3

Top quality fins with top notch performance and ultra comfortable footpockets.

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