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Shaper Profile: Wayne Rich July 29 2016

Wayne was born and raised in Hermosa Beach, California, growing up on 7th Street, a few blocks up from the famed “Pollard Valley” factories of Bing, Rick, Jacobs, Greg Noll, Dewey Weber, Petrillo, Vardeman, Mobley, Dave Boyce, Body Glove Wetsuits, Pollard Glassing, Bay Cities Glassing and in the 70’s, Shoreline Glassing, Sunrise Glassing, Unity, Reef, Bendiksen, Becker, Wayne Miyata, and more.

Growing up in and around these factories with the diverse people of tremendous character and extreme talent working inside of them, Wayne was molded into a true Surfer/Shaper and is an authentic protégé of, the “Golden Era” of South Bay surfboard building.  His fascination with the beach began with riding the surf on an inflated canvas air mattress with his mom and sister Zona in the early 60s, and he was introduced to surfing in 1967 at age 9 under the wing of Dan Bendiksen (Head Shaper at Bing Surfboards), who would become his #1 mentor both in the water and the shaping room.  Dan was like a second father and great friend as well as a hero to Wayne his entire lifetime.  His other early South Bay shaping mentors included Mike Geib, Phil Becker, Redman, Jeff Widener, Sam “Skipperfats” Harwood, and all around surfboard building masters Ray Lucke, Bobby Jensen and Wayne Miyata.

In 1984, Ray Lucke, owner and glasser of Jacobs Surfboards at that time, offered Wayne the head shaping position and a chance to work into a half ownership of the label.  Wayne would go on to shape under the Jacobs label for 14 years, being partners with Ray Lucke, Clyde Beatty, and Masahiko Kito in Japan, as well as shaping for his good friend and mentor Dewey Weber for a 5-year period, while continuing to shape under his own WR Underground logo and eventually the star and circle logo, including his unique stylized writing and “WR” signature, written in pencil or India Ink, that hails “THE UNDERGROUND LIVES”… Wayne’s trademark statement on every custom board.

By 1990, Wayne moved north to Ventura, Port Hueneme, living at “Hollywood By The Sea” (Oxnard) for nearly a decade, and in 1993 he started shaping in the room next door to Renny Yater in the original Santa Barbara Surf Shop building (that had recently evolved into Clyde Beatty’s glass shop) with at that time, a small consortium of shapers, consisting of  Renny Yater, Lauran Yater, Max McDonald, along with Wayne that lasted for many years.

Wayne has called Santa Barbara home ever since, considering Renny and the late John Bradbury to be his greatest mentors over the past 17 years. Admittedly hooked on Rincon and the incredible range of great waves to ride from San Diego to the Central coast, he claims that the people, and the breaks along this zone, have been the key element in his quest to harness knowledge as a Surfer/Shaper/Designer and share ideas with other like minded people in the constantly evolving and humbling world of surfing, surfboard building and life…

Check out Wayne's Signature fins with True Ames

Wayne Rich #3    Wayne Rich Classic    Wayne Rich Power


Fins of Summer July 19 2016

For those longer days of surf and Southern Hemisphere swells, we have hand selected the best fins for summer. Ranging from twin fins, thrusters, quads and single fins, this collections features the right fins to keep you stoked this summer. Have fun this summer and we hope you are getting your fill of fun surf!


Fin Experimentation July 14 2016

Mix it up and try new fins:
You might have your board and fin setup exactly how you like it. That’s great, but you might be surprised to see how differently your board rides by adjusting your fin setup.

Single Fins: A few ways to change your setup with a single fin is to simply adjust the position on your board. Moving the fin towards the front of the board will make the board looser and turns will be easier. Moving the fin back towards the tail will "tighten" up the turn radius and give the board a stiffer feeling, allowing for more drawn out turns. Another way to change up the feel of your board is to try a different size fin: larger fins will have more stability and control, smaller fins will loosen up the board. Flex is also important in the fins: the more flex, the more power and projection you will have on turns.

2+1 Single Fins: This setup will work best with a smaller center fin and side bites that compliment the center fin. Your board will feel looser but will still be able to "hold in" to bigger waves. A popular size combo would be a 7" center fin and a set of two 3.25" sidebites. The possibilities are endless and we encourage you to try different sizes and center fin placement to find your optimal fin configuration.

Twin Fins: The classic twin is just all about speed and maneuverability. Twin fin boards are going to be more stable than a single fin yet looser than a standard thruster setup. Generally the board shape for a twin fin is going to be shorter and have a wider tail than your typical shortboard.

Tri Fins: The thruster setup has been the standard in high performance surfing for the past 25 years. Since this setup can handle 15 foot barrels and small mushy waves as well, they have been the "go to" setup for all around surfing. Typically the thruster setup will be 3 fins of the same size and template, however some thruster templates will have a smaller back fin to loosen up the ride.

Quad Fins: The four fin setup can have a "skatier" feel and will be much faster than a thruster setup since there is less drag due to absence of the center fin. Quads can be great for small surf while they generate their own speed and glide effortlessly. They can also work perfectly in big waves too since the 2 fins on each side work together with the rails, creating stability and excellent hold in barreling surf.


TRUE AMES @ Boardroom Tradeshow in Del Mar May 24 2016

The Boardroom Tradeshow was earlier this month and was a success. The True Ames Team was stoked to be there. This year we had a new booth design that was a hit. It was an action packed 2 days!

 Thanks to everyone who came out to check us out!! 

 


Another Batch of Volan Fins March 30 2016

These ones will be ready soon!


Futures Compatible Base Measeurements March 30 2016

The side fins in standard thrusters and quads have a 3/4” deep base.

The back center fin and most rear quads have a 1/2” deep base.

Keep this in mind when choosing sidebites for a 2+1 setup or rear quads.


WEB SPECIALS March 16 2016

1st quality fins for a really good price.  WEB SPECIALS


NEW HEMP PACK March 09 2016

We are now offering these Hemp Packages with our System Fins. These Hemp packages feature a velcro seal on top and is reusable. The inside has 3 separate sections to keep your fins from scratching against each other. Perfect for travel or using on a day to day basis when switching out fins. 


Fin Sale Fun March 03 2016

Thanks to Everyone who came out last Saturday for our Fin Sale / BBQ.  The Bands were sounding great, weather and waves were good and was a fun time for sure! Here are a few pics of the event and some stoked friends!

Photos Courtesy of: Mary Murphy


True Ames Fins - Est. 1979 February 25 2016


New Fin Art February 11 2016

This is one of our latest art fins. "Octopus" Clear Greenough 4-A 10"


We Have All Kinds of Fins for Your Boards January 28 2016


Greenough 4-A January 27 2016

George Greenough has certainly made his mark on all things surfing and here is the best of the best. The full base coupled with the tapering, moderately flexible tip creates a balance that transcends and complements so many aspects of surfing. Of course a unique understanding of his aquatic fish friends is the foundation here. Install the 4-A on any performance surf vehicle and you will find instant bliss.


NEW COLORS Available Now January 19 2016

We just got some new flavors for these three fins.

Heritage ( Powder Blue)

Greenough 4-A ( Solid Orange )

The Slick ( Royal Purple )


SURF EXPO 2016 January 06 2016

Come and check out our latest collection of surf fins at the SURF EXPO - Orlando FL - Jan 14-16

We will be in Booth #1829


S DOUBLE TWIN FINS / TRAILER FIN October 29 2015

A NEW TWIN FIN AND TRAILER IS AVAILABLE: These are a well balanced set of twin fins and or a trailer fin that will add the perfect amount of stability to your twin setup. 


OUR MATERIALS - 100% QUALITY October 20 2015

All surf fins are not created equal! We take advantage of a vast amount of fin manufacturing experience to create fins that work in many different applications. Designs are executed using the required materials and foils to create the highest performance surf fins available today.

SOLID GLASS
We offer a few templates in solid fiberglass for the people who want a more sturdy fin for bigger waves and bigger boards. These templates will complement your step up board or big wave gun. We manufacture these fins with the highest quality materials available, for long lasting durability and high performance. They feature balanced flex patterns and perfect foils.

HEXCORE
The Resin Transfer Method (RTM) allows us to construct a composite fin, inside which hexagonal pieces of light weight coremat displace fiberglass and resin.
The result: a fin that is up to 25% lighter than a normal solid fiberglass fin. The performance is exceptional, yielding unparalleled flex and drive. Our Hexcore fins have become the standard to which all fins are measured.

SOLID WOOD
The evolutionary curve continues at True Ames with the construction of Solid Core Bamboo and Cedar fins. We are offering ultra light glass-on fins in a variety of templates that is rapidly growing. Fins are made in house using cad/cam for precision foils. We then apply a layer of glass and sand. The result is the highest quality wood fin ready for top-level board construction.
Check our website for further details, updated information regarding new templates, and a possible limited offering for fins that will fit in the standard long board fin box!


RESIN TINT FUN October 06 2015

We're working on a few new ideas for fins with some resin colors.  Getting inspired by this video and all of the colors that the team is working with here at the shop. 

Adding surfboard resin pigments to laminating resin will result in an opaque color effect. This was the original style of color put on surfboards back in the 60's. For polyester applications, add pigment before catalyst and stir thoroughly. If using pigment with epoxy, mix thoroughly with hardener part, then mix the colored hardner with epoxy part.


THE HISTORY OF MARINE PLYWOOD SURF FINS September 10 2015

In 1934, Surf pioneer, waterman & innovator Tom Blake was inspired by a boat's keel and proceded to put the first "fin" onto one of his surfboards in order to help control the board's motion. From that day forward the evolution of the "surf fin" began.

1940's
The Wooden "Duel Fin"

Bob Simmons elevated the surfboard fin's design, first working on single fins, and then experimenting with "duel fin" surfboards. These "Simmons" shapes had two fins made of wood which resembled "half moons."

Early 1970's
"Modern Keel Fins" Emerge

"Modern Keels" emerged as an result of Steve Lis' experimentation. As an avid kneeboarder, Lis came up with his progressive "fish" templates and united his boards with twin keels resembling those of Simmons' designs, but was more specifically influenced by Bear Mirandon. These new keels were outfitted with updated shapes and foils.

Late 1970's
Speed and Fluidity

The new "keel" fins and fish shapes inspired an array of professional surfers such as Jeff Ching, David Nuuhiwa, and Reno Aberilla. This new trend also influenced renowned shapers such as Skip Frye and Terry Martin who advanced the movement and created boards known for their speed and fluidity.

2000's
Retro Resurgence

Retro shapes reinvigorate the surfing scene and guys such as Dave Rastovich, Tyler Warren, and Ryan Burch dislpay the ability of twin keel designs.

2015
Marine Plywood Fins Now

True Ames is providing the surfing world and especially craftsmen with top notch -  perfectly foiled marine plywood fins which have proven to transcend time and provide surfers with that iconic and effortless feel. Our fins have positive buoyancy as well as that classic aesthetically pleasing look, which is sure to meet your standards.


NEW COLORS FOR TYLER WARREN PIVOT FIN May 28 2015

NEW COLORS AVAILABLE NOW


Hexcore Quads and Thrusters May 12 2015



HEXCORE
The Resin Transfer Method (RTM) allows us to construct a composite fin, inside which hexagonal pieces of light weight coremat displace fiberglass and resin.

The result: a fin that is up to 25% lighter than a normal solid fiberglass fin. The performance is exceptional, yielding unparalleled flex and drive. Our Hexcore fins have become the standard to which all fins are measured. 

We offer a multitude of system fins that are Futures and FCS Compatible.

Tri Fins: The thruster setup has been the standard in high performance surfing for the past 25 years. Since this setup can handle 15 foot barrels and small mushy waves as well, they have been the "go to" setup for all around surfing. Typically the thruster setup will be 3 fins of the same size and template, however some thruster templates will have a smaller back fin to loosen up the ride.

Quad Fins: The four fin setup can have a "skatier" feel and will be much faster than a thruster setup since there is less drag due to absence of the center fin. Quads can be great for small surf while they generate their own speed and glide effortlessly. They can also work perfectly in big waves too since the 2 fins on each side work together with the rails, creating stability and excellent hold in barreling surf.


LOTS OF SURF FINS April 27 2015

All surf fins are not created equal! We take advantage of a vast amount of fin manufacturing experience to create fins that work in many different applications. Designs are executed using the required materials and foils to create the highest performance surf fins available today.


NEW CATALOG April 10 2015

We have a new large format catalog for 2015! It's a really cool fold out poster with all of our latest single fins and more.

All orders will be shipped with the new catalog or you can Download the PDF version

 

 


HANDMADE VOLAN FINS March 06 2015

 

All of our volan fins are 100% handcrafted with precision and care here at our shop in Santa Barbara, CA. Volan provides the unique characteristics of both strength and flex due to the weave orientation. The silky smooth raw finish on these fins gives them that timeless look and organic feel.

 


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