True Ames Surf Fins Blog

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.

 


George Greenough Gear February 05 2015

New Arrivals for Spring! 

Greenough Logo embroidered on a Flexfit hat.  98% cotton / 2% spandex

George Greenough classic airplane logo sweatshirt: Ultra soft fleece and super comfortable mid-weight zip hoodie. 80/20 cotton/poly 8.5 oz.

 

 


SURF EXPO 2015 December 30 2014

Come and check out our latest fins at Surf Expo Booth #236  January 8-10 2015 in Orlando, FL.


New Greenough Shirts November 11 2014

New Greenough Logo Shirts!- These vintage soft tees are extra comfortable and have a stylish look. Back print with small logo on Left Chest.

Light Grey: 100% cotton. 4.3 oz. Soft lightweight slim fit combed cotton

Charcoal: 60/40 cotton/poly blend. Slim fit, heathered, combed cotton

 


The Tyler Warren Pivot Fin November 04 2014

3 sizes round out this collection. Often referred to as a cross between a larger Greenough and the Heritage. This fin is a stand up fin like the heritage but with less tip area so turns become more fluid and have a “carve” kind of feel. Loose when you need it, but solid at the tip. The “curves” in this template are just right….kind of like a magic board. It’s been a pleasure working with Tyler on this one. These Pivots will become part of the “timeless design” category, never going out of style.

This is a solid addition to the True Ames line up

Tyler Warren Pivot Fin


Volan Flex Fin Demonstration October 08 2014

This video is a great way to see how our Volan fins flex.  The flex comes more in the body of the fin rather than just at the tip.

Fins made with Volan fiberglass and properly aligned for optimal weave orientation, have very high performance flex characteristics.


Solid FIberglass Fins For Bigger Surf October 07 2014

These fin templates made of Solid Fiberglass are great for the Fall and Winter surf seasons. Try a set on your bigger board and feel the difference.

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 compliment 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.

Available in the Following Templates: Channel Islands, KC, Lost, Eric Arakawa


Greenough Fins: 3 classic templates...perfected August 25 2014

The 4-A:
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. Currently available with matte finish.

The 4-C:
The predecessor to the 4A, this template is important. Conceived in the early ‘70s, a direct descendent from the original Stage 4 that swept the surfing world. We offer this fin to be used as you see fit. Reports have come in with a wide range of applications.
We just say this is one of the most classic, fundamental designs or a single fin longboard…ever!!

Stage-6:
This fin has its roots in George’s windsurfer! He and others have lent strong encouragement to bring this design to the surf world. The basic theory is a “stiff leg” and “active paddle” (sometimes called the paddle fin). By putting the working part of the fin deeper in the “clean” water, the feeling is solid yet highly maneuverable. This fin is one of the only designs we have ever claimed to noseride as well as it performs in the turns. The 9.75” is a perfect complement to a 9’6” single fin. These fins surf a bit smaller than their size compared with conventional fin sizing.

Check out our collection of Greenough Fins.

 


Volan Fins June 24 2014

New Volan Fins!! Greenough 4-A and L-Flex

These Volan fins are fine tuned with a precision foil as well as proper flex. All fins are hand made in our factory and go through the strictest quality control. Fins made with Volan fiberglass and properly aligned for optimal weave orientation, have very high performance flex characteristics. The flex comes more in the body of the fin rather than just at the tip.


Hand Foiled Solid Wood Surf Fins June 19 2014


How to fit FCS fins flush on your surfboard February 19 2014


You might notice that your FCS surf fins don't fit exactly flush on your board. There might be a gap in the front or back of the fin that can create drag and collect debris. Most people think that you just file down the fin tabs to make them fit deeper in the FCS plugs..That won't work. This is because the bottom of these fins are actually flat. You have to customize the angle and depth of the fin to fit properly. This video will show you how to fit FCS surf fins flush on your board.


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