True Ames Surf Fins Blog

How To Surf Better - Get New Fins - Get Hexcore March 18 2011, 0 Comments

Looking to stay in the tube longer, surf more vertical, or just surf faster? We have a bunch of templates to fit your style, board, and surf conditions.  Our Hexcore technology fins give you more drive and perfect flex. These fins are available in FCS compatible, Futures compatible, and glass on.  Not only does the Hexcore perform better but is also 25% lighter than standard fiberglass fins.  Try a set today and feel the difference! Most people don't realize that the fins on their board have a very important role in how well they are surfing.  Fins that are too big are going to obviously make the board hard to turn, fins too small will slide and not give you drive.  Fine tuning your fins is trial and error but when you dial in the perfect setup, you will surf better for sure.  One of the main things you want to accomplish with your fin setup is to get the most drive and then turns will follow.  A Hexcore fin is going to give a lot of drive where plastic molded fins will not. If you're surfing smaller fun waves you may want to go with smaller fins to allow more release on your turn and better turning radius. When surfing bigger, more powerful waves, switch to larger fins for more drive and more drawn out turns to keep from sliding out on critical sections. The size of the fins in direct relation to the waves you are surfing is the first step.  Not all fin templates are created equal!  Don't be afraid to experiment with different fin templates. Here are some key point on fin design to help you choose the right surf fin. 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. 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. 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. range.

FINS, FINS, FINS..... February 16 2011, 0 Comments

Just a few of our selection here at True Ames Check out the site for our full selection and latest products. This morning, under the variable clouds of a thousand fractions of sky, perched on the dented hoods of cars domestic to a hundred countries, we are looking at the same waves we looked at yesterday. As the other 99.9% of surfers, we’ve cheated, become infidels to the savagely nomadic wavesledder wed to our minds long ago. We’ve instead become frontiersman of our own backyards, cartographers to an infinity of patterns across the wave faces we know best. For over 30 years at True Ames, we’ve forged enterprise and folk science from our desire to redesign these lines in as many languages as we can learn. Faster. Stronger. Lighter. Stranger. Each member of our little family of designs is an opportunity for reinventing our turns and reliving old ones, this time with a little magic, and next time with a little more. Enjoy. 

Fins for Longboards, Shortboards, Stand Up Paddle Boards July 23 2010, 2 Comments

Ever wonder how your boards would work if you tried some different fins?you'd be surprised at how you can customize your craft with the right fins. True Ames offers a variety of surfboard fins ranging from shortboards to longboards, and Stand Up Paddle ( SUP fins ) We offer a full selection of system fins: FCS compatible and Futures Compatible

Rincon From the Air July 02 2010, 0 Comments

  A Thursday afternoon surf check at Rincon from the air. 

Stronger, Lighter Fins : Glass ons, FCS and Futures Compatible March 02 2010, 0 Comments

The Resin Transfer Method allows us to construct a composit fin, inside which hexagonal pieces of lightweight coremat displace fiberglass and resin. The Result: A fin that is up to 25% lighter thana a normal fiberglas fin yet retains the same positive flex and amazing drive We offer the best surf fins in avariety of Hexcore templates and for futures and FCS compatible also available in glass ons. You'll notive a huge difference if your surfing and overall drive of the board when you put a set of these true ames hexcore fins on your board.  See the website for more info and available templates.

Sacred Craft February 26 2010, 0 Comments

APRIL 10 & 11, 2010 VENTURA COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS True Ames will be at Booth#A9.  Stop by and take a look at the latest fins and more! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IliaP3hFmRU]

The Channel Islands - Tri Fin February 05 2010, 0 Comments

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jA6E1cbIuY&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x006699&color2=0x54abd6] The first in a video series that highlights on True Ames Surf Fins. This video shows the Channel Islands Futures compatible fin. The channel islands fin is good for mid to heavy weight surfers, specifically for pointbreaks like Rincon. This fin is also available in glass on, and FCS compatible. These Hexcore fins are very light and durable, giving you  the best fin for your shortboard. Check out the video clip for more info and to see this fin on our online store click here. Stay tuned for weekly Surf Fin highlights. Next week we will look at one of our featured longboard fins.

Travel Story February 01 2010, 0 Comments

On my trip to Australia last spring while working the new movie WAY OF THE OCEAN the surf was pumping day in and day out. Australia was experiencing their "El Nino" and conditions were great. Check out wayoftheocean.com/blog/ for video clips, photos, and the stories from behind the scenes. This particular shot was up on the bluff at a secret spot in New South Wales.  No crowds, plenty of waves and lots of wildlife under those waves. The fishermen just out on the end of the rocks were pulling in Yellowfin like crazy and said they spotted a pretty hefty looking white shark just the day before. I guess that is pretty much "natural crowd control." After shooting photos and video most of the day conditions cleaned up even more and the waves started to imitate some West Oz point with clear blu water and offshore winds grooming perfect left tubes..  Glad I got a shot of my board before I snapped my it on my 3rd wave.  Needless to say my session was cut short but I still have the image of my last barrel before it clipped me and sent me to the beach.

Surf Expo 2010 January 05 2010, 0 Comments

[caption id="attachment_276" align="alignleft" width="405" caption="Check out True Ames Booth #331 at Surf Expo 2010"]surf expo 2010[/caption] JANUARY 14-16, 2010 Thursday 9-6 Friday 9-6 Saturday 9-5 SEPTEMBER 10-12, 2010 Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Florida -South Concourse

How To Choose The Best Surf Fins for Your Board. December 11 2009, 5 Comments

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, 0 Comments

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.