True Ames Surf Fins Blog

RINCON CLASSIC - VIDEO AND RESULTS January 25 2011

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjXOg98iDu8] Men’s 1. Andrew Bennett 16.60 2. Adam Lambert 12.53 3. Dennis Rizzo 12.46 4. Colin Schildhauer 11.76 5. Colin Dwyer   9.47 6. Sean Lesh   7.57 Pro Final 1. Mike McCabe 14.83 $1,200.00 2. Kilian Garland 14.63   $900.00 3. Andrew Bennett   9.10   $700.00 4. Tarik Khashoggi   6.33 $500.00 SEE MORE RINCON CLASSIC 2011 CONTEST RESULTS

Almost Surf Season!! September 28 2010

As North Pacific storms begin churn, we are starting to see some NW swell begin to appear along our beaches, it's about time!.  Fall began about a week ago but it now feels like summer with record highs over 110 degrees in the Southern California region. Looks like we will see some west swell in the 2-4 ft range for the next few days with light winds. Looking forward to a good surf season here in Santa Barbara and trying to keep an optimistic mindset against the predicted lack of swell for this La Nina season. Hopefully the ocean will keep moving and we will be pleasantly surprised. At True Ames, we have a huge selection of fins for all of your boards, short or long.

Swell Coming Up This Weekend February 25 2010

True Ames offers a variety of Bamboo Fins. check out our surf fin selection

El Niño Update February 23 2010

California has seen a fair amount of swell this winter season thanks to the warmer waters to the south from the weather pattern known as El Niño.  Much of the state has been drenched in rain but the plus side is the surf.  *An El Niño advisory continues from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC). A significant El Niño persisted throughout the equatorial Pacific during January 2010. Although sea surface temperatures cooled in late January, the waters were warm enough to support deep tropical convection. Southern California has seen a marked increase in precipitation during January. The series of storms in mid-January led to flooding, mudslides and coastal damage. While water managers welcome the rain and snowfall throughout the state, it is hoped the progression and intensity of the systems expected to come will allow for some rest between wet periods. The graphics below show January sea surface temperature anomalies for previous strong El Niños and the 2009/2010 El Niño.     *http://meteora.ucsd.edu/cap/elnino_calif.html

Rincon January 14 2010

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyS7aqpOf2M] some recent surfing at rincon... Trevor Gordon, Travers Adler, Brandon Smith, and Spencer Regan. guest appearances by Kyle Albers and Chadd Konig. moving surf pictures

How To Choose The Best Surf Fins for Your Board. December 11 2009

There is a lot to know about choosing the best fins for your surfboard. Here are a few tips and important factors in picking out the right fin for your style. Remember that the best surf fins are going to be in the right proportion to you and your board. Construction All 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 fins available today. Flex Flex is a very important element in our designs. Many of our fins come with a tuned flex. A fin that has flex can be very different than a fin without flex. The flex concept brings to life an otherwise average ride. Cutbacks have more power and bottom turns have more projection. Foils True Ames 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. Size The depth of your fins is measured from base to tip vertically. Adjusting your fin size will affect the performance of your board. Larger fins provide more stability and control, so a larger board will need bigger fins. For example a 9’6” single fin board needs at least a 9.5” fin and if nose riding is most important to you than you will find bigger fins give more forward control. Template 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.

Timmy Patterson Quad Fins Available in FCS or Futures Compatible November 20 2009

These Timmy Patterson Quad fins are suited for the all around quad shortboard Timmy Patterson Quad fins (set of 4)  These fins are tested and are best suited for the all around quad shortboard. The back fins have 80/20 foil. A very well balanced quad set! front fins: HEIGHT: 4.35” / 111 mm  BASE: 4.30” / 109 mm back fins: HEIGHT: 3.95” / 100 mm BASE: 3.85” / 98 mm If you're looking for a super light and fast quad fin setup then the Timmy Patterson Quad fins are for you. Quads first came onto the scene in the early 80's and eventually lost popularity amidst the thrusters and twin fins.  Now with our lighter stronger boards the quad fins are making a comeback. Even Kelly Slater rips on his quad in contests all over the world.  Riding a quad is like having an extra boost of speed when you need it most. With the Timmy Patterson quad set up your board will go as fast as you could ever want, and will still maintain the responsiveness you need to get vertical in tight situations. Don't just limit your quad riding experience to "small" surf. Having those four fins can hold you in to some good sized surf. In hollow conditions you will see how having the quad keeps you higher up in the face of the wave allowing you to make more barrels.

New Stand Up Paddle - Shallow water / touring fin November 05 2009

SUP Shallow Water / Touring ( SWT )     [caption id="attachment_195" align="alignleft" width="425" caption="Stand Up Paddle - Shallow water fin"]stand up paddle - touring/ shallow water fin[/caption]   These fins were designed to be used primarily as a single center fin.  #1 Best for areas that have shallow water and or any kind of floating grass/kelp. Effortlessly paddle through thick mats of grass. Transition the shallows of your beach without hitting bottom. Great near shore touring ability.  #2 Paddle a course with less effort due to excellent tracking from this design. Glide is enhanced so less side-to-side paddle exchanging is needed. A thin foil section along with a surface piercing leading edge makes this fin fast on all angles. You will find this design to be faster, with less drag than the fin that came stock with your board.  A great upgrade fin that has many uses. The SWT is a must have!! Prices Start at $61.00

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