True Ames Surf Fins Blog

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.


SURF FINS: Lot's of 'em January 03 2014

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For more than three decades Chuck Ames and the True Ames Fins team have been at the forefront of the fiberglass fin industry. Balancing a surfer-driven design ethic with an unyielding commitment to innovation and production excellence, we have forged an international reputation in the surfing and windsurfing communities as the guys who, simply put, make your waveriding vehicle of choice work even better. After all, as Chuck likes to say, “You could have the best board in the world shaped for you but, if the fins are off, it won’t go- the thing just won’t work the way it should.” Day in and day out, it is our goal at True Ames to make sure such fin failures never happen to you. longboard-single-fins


George Greenough " All I've Found " film clip September 19 2013

All I've Found (George Greenough) - Sea Movies from www.KORDUROY.tv on Vimeo.

This is a classic film clip from "All I've Found" Highlighting George Greenough's Knee boarding on single fin spoons.The waves in this clip are pristine. Very cool footage!  Check out our selection of Greenough Fins at trueames.com Our most popular Greenough fin is the 4-A: 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. SMALLER SIZES ( 7” - 9” ) Use the smaller sizes for a single fin or 2+1.

SURF EXPO 2013 / SEPT 6-8 / ORLANDO, FL September 03 2013

single fin, fcs fins, future fins, SUP fins

It's that time of year again, Surf Expo in Orlando, FL is happening this week Friday 9/6 -9/8.  Stop by the True Ames Booth #969. We will have a full selection of our latest surf fins and SUP fins.  Lots of different fins in stock right now for your single fin, twin fin, thruster, quads, and we offer different 2+1 setups for longboards and SUP boards.  our system fins are available in FCS and Futures Compatible.

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For more than three decades Chuck Ames and the True Ames Fins team have been at the forefront of the fiberglass fin industry. Balancing a surfer-driven design ethic with an unyielding commitment to innovation and production excellence, we have forged an international reputation in the surfing and windsurfing communities as the guys who, simply put, make your waveriding vehicle of choice work even better. After all, as Chuck likes to say, “You could have the best board in the world shaped for you but, if the fins are off, it won’t go- the thing just won’t work the way it should.” Day in and day out, it is our goal at True Ames to make sure such fin failures never happen to you.


System Fins for FCS and Futures Compatible August 27 2013

fcs fins futures fins

 

We have a great selection of System fins that are compatible with FCS and Futures bases.  

Tri- Fin Sets starting at $68.00

Offered in Solid Fiberglass or Hexcore in a variety of colors and sizes.  Available in Twin fins, Thruster, Quads.


Some Single Fins April 12 2013

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Here is a shot of a few of our single fin selection. Just some of the good ones hanging on a sheet of wood.  check out our website for all of the fins we have to offer.


TYLER WARREN QUAD FINS January 17 2013

Tyler Warren Quad fins available in FCS and Futures Compatible and glass onstyler-warren-fins-quad700-2 Here is an article from the latest issue of Surfing Magazine. Tyler Warren talks about his Quadratic Egg Shape. A very Versatile board that can handle waist high to double overhead surf.  tyler-warren-quad-fins-700

Peter Mendia: Surfer Magazine Cover Shot December 28 2012

Congrats to our team rider Peter Mendia for getting the latest Cover of Surfer Magazine for the Feb 2013 issue.  This is a shot from South Florida during the swell from Hurricane Sandy. peter mendia cover

Fin Design at True Ames: The Importance of Fin Template and Foil December 12 2012

fin-foiling The outline of a fin is what determines the area and the look. The way the area is distributed on the fin is what makes fins individual and work in so many different ways. A wide base fin with a wide tip is the most stable but not forgiving. A narrow base fin with a narrow tip will be very loose and fast but unstable at slow speeds. The fin’s sweep (or rake angle) affects the board’s ability to carve turns. A more vertical fin will make tight turns and fast directional changes while a more raked fin will carve wider arcs and handle more power through turns. Tail width is also a factor in fin choice. Narrow tail boards do not require deep fins because there is less distance from the fin to the rail. A wide board requires a deeper fin than a narrower board. For example an 8’ egg style board that is on the wide side should use about an 8.5” to 9.0” fin. A narrow tail single fin board that is 7’6” can use a fin in the 7” to 8” range. True Ames Surf Fins incorporate a constant foil which means you will not find any flat spots on our fins that may cause water disturbance which will ultimately cause poor performance. Our bigger solid color fins are foiled from 7/16” solid 6oz. glass sheet stock. Smaller fins do not need to be so thick to have the proper foil. To read more about fin design and how to choose the best surf fins check out trueames.com
 

John Perry Surfboards: Threedom December 10 2012

Our friend John Perry is constantly working on new board designs and bringing some back from the archives. Check out his latest: This is a short board shape with a 2+1 setup. His Team riders Shawn and Tony are putting this board to the test. check out the article below. Check out the John Perry Performer fin at trueames.com img_2867

The conception of the ”Threedom” fin configuration came over us, myself and one of my best mates Dave Lambertson of Carpinteria, in a garage relaxing over a couple of games of billiards  In 1980, we had a circus of board designs to choose from; single fins, twinnies and now the thruster.  That being said the focus of our conversation slipped right into critiquing board design.  Ok, so the single fin is maxing out with no-noses, wide points behind center and wider tails.  The twin fin, for those that could ride them, were slashing and skating in and out of control, if you will and then the resolve to those who couldn’t manage either was the thruster, to plug the gap, no offense to twin lovers.  I always had respect for those that could rip them.

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Oh….so back to the “Threedom” concept………. Dave, a sagey kind of thinker, proceeded to analyze the thruster.  Apparently he said he had had an earlier epiphany before he went to sleep one night about making the side fins smaller and the back fin taller to alleviate the tension on your back foot that never seems to allow you to stray too far from the cluster.  I was now mind surfing his epiphany and senses.  At that time I had a shaping bay inside the surf shop called “Ocean Rhythms” and couldn’t wait until morning to draw one up.  I had some outlines in mind already that might fit this new fin array and found the fin size; shape and placement had to be placed properly to meet this vision.  Obviously I made Dave the first one and was glassed by Moonlight Glassers of San Diego. shawntracht-threedom-1

Since the wave prospects in Santa Barbara in the summer are rare, we ventured deep into mainland Mexico for some testing.  We hit some classic, quality waves and a bonus hurricane 10’ swell!  I had brought down a thruster and we traded off the new one which we hadn’t named yet between us.  I approached it with no expectation, just go for it and see where it wanted to take me.  Well, it did the opposite!  I took it where I wanted to go, kind of like surfing where your eyes lead you.  Wow!  My feet weren’t always over the fins and I could trim forward like a single fin. Cutbacks were smooth and drifted controllably, pulling verticals without losing speed and almost at will due to the side fins that are placed higher up on the rail line.  Because the side fins are toe in slightly and the fins spread further apart from one another, there is low drag and lots of carried speed throughout the tail section.  Needless to say, that is where we both agreed to characteristically call it “Threedom” (freedom!). performer_sizes In good fun, we added the “All World’ phrase to go along with our shared venture into discovery.  Obviously our take on this was not to replace a particular design, but to expand our horizons.  We made about 150 “Threedoms” out of Ocean Rhythms in the early 1980’s.  The board model never really was acknowledged all these years due to the explosion of board marketing and professional surfing.  It is fun to share this design now since there is a new explosion of sharing all and any kind of board design.  Some 30 years later, I still prefer riding the “Threedom” fin configuration which now is typically called a 2 + 1 set up.  I know that there are some of you out there that have experienced the “Threedom” in the same light Dave and I have.  


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