True Ames Surf Fins Blog
SURF EXPO 2013 / SEPT 6-8 / ORLANDO, FL September 03 2013
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.
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
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.
TYLER WARREN QUAD FINS January 17 2013Tyler Warren Quad fins available in FCS and Futures Compatible and glass ons 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.
SURF EXPO 2012 - True Ames Fins booth # 1266 August 22 2012Check out our latest fin designs at SURF EXPO this Sept. 6-8th 2012. Orlando, FL True Ames offers a greater diversity of fin products than any other fin company. Our material experimentations have created the True Lite Hexcore fin line, which includes thruster templates that are FCS and Futures Compatible from Lost, Erik Arakawa, Hamish Graham, Timmy Patterson, and Channel Islands. Our close relationships to imaginative pros, such as Josh Farberow, Jimmy Gamboa, Oliver Parker, Daniel Graham, Ashley Lloyd, and Brad Gerlach allows us to maintain the constant flow of feedback that will continue to establish True Ames as the industry's greatest fin resource.
Here is a quick clip that showcases our line of Hexcore System Fins. These ultra light fins are available in FCS compatible and Futures Compatible. We use the Resin Transfer Method that allows us to construct a composite fin, inside which hexagonal pieces of lightweight coremat displace fiberglass and resin. The result is a fin that is up to 25% lighter than a normal fiberglass fin, yet retains the same positive flex and amazing drive! Whether you are surfing small beach breaks or solid reef breaks, we've got you covered with a wide variety of fins to fit your board and type of surfing.
Going on a Surf Trip? Don't Forget Your Fins... March 01 2012
Welcome March! Now that Spring is just around the corner, thoughts of warmer waves and sunshine are in mind for many of us. Springtime is a great time for getting waves at home or taking a surf trip. Here in Santa Barbara, we've had a few NW swells this season... As spring winds pick up the surf can get pretty tattered from the onshore flow and water temps will probably hover in the mid-50's. Makes for a great time to travel somewhere warm like Hawaii or Mexico, Central America or even take off to see the Quiksilver pro at snapper rocks in Australia. Wherever you are getting waves, make sure you have the right fins. Here are a few sets of system fins that are a perfect size range for travel, from a standard size template for your typical beach or pointbreak to a solid set of fins that will hold you into some solid reef passes or deepwater waves.
ALL AROUND FINS FOR SMALLER WAVES:
Timmy Patterson: Close base-to-height ratio and moderate rake. An all time favorite. A great fin for your all-around shortboard. These fins excel in the ripable waves of Trestles.
FINS FOR MEDIUM WAVES:
Lost: A tried and tested design that has high rake and slender tip for maximum projection. The classic Lost fin template is a full size design. Longer power turns are where this fin excels. Best in point or reef waves with some size.
FINS FOR BIG WAVES:
Eric Arakawa: A Hawaiian favorite designed by the master. A medium rake / area design with a solid tip. Try these fins out during the next big swell and you will feel the difference!
NEW AIRBASE FOR FUTURES COMPATIBLE FINS June 21 2010Now Available: An even lighter fin for your futures compatible setup. The base of the fin has holes to lighten the weight yet still retain strength in all conditions.
Our latest fin template is the Channel Islands Small fin for Futures and FCS compatible fin systems. All of the features of the standard size CI classic point break fins: high rake with full volume (area). This template targets boards in the 5’6”-6’2” range. Surfers in the 110-160 lbs. class will benefit most. Best in waves with some down-the-line power. Most notable is the smaller back fin loosening up the tail of your board. Controlled slides and quick turns are effortless.
side fins: HEIGHT: 4.50” / 114 mm BASE: 4.45” / 113 mmback fin: HEIGHT: 4.35” / 111 mm BASE: 4.30” / 110 mm
System Fins Are In! June 08 2010Whether you prefer FCS or Futures Compatible fins, we have a selection of both for you at True Ames Fins. Our Resin Transfer Method allows us to construct a composite fin that is 25% lighter than a normal fiberglass fin yet retains the same positive flex and amazing drive. We carry a variety of colors and fin designs for twin fins, thrusters, quad and bonzer setups. Using the FCS or Futures Compatible fins for travel is ideal. The are also great for trying out different setups on different boards. Sometimes you just don't realize how much the fin can change the way a board rides. Go ahead try a new set of True Ames Fins and feel the difference! trueames.com
Roadtrip South For Surf and Fin Experimentation. June 01 2010
On a 5 day trip down south in the dusty desert, the surf was plentiful and inspirational. Here are a few pics from along the drive and the makeshift camp set up. Glad I had extra fins to choose from and plenty of time to try them out.
On the Drive South: The road was a long one and after plenty of near misses with on coming semi-trucks, I was glad to finally set up camp in front of some good looking surf. With dust and desert conditions you begin to feel dried out quickly when out of the water, It's a good thing the swell kept going and I could stay hydrated in some refreshing long tubing waves that eventually walled up and raced along the inside section.
Day 1: My fins selection on this day was the YU FCS compatible setup. These fins are awesome. The side fins provide nice drive and the trail fin works as a stabilizer. I was able to stay loose on the wave's critical sections but keep a good driving bottom turn going when I needed to generate speed. Once you get used to this setup you can begin to experiment and get the fins free when you want and hold a solid bottom turn when you need the drive.
Day 3: When the swell maxed out and sets were pumping I decided to try a bit bigger board and change out to the Channel Islands fins setup, which I felt were much more stable and also maintained their speed through all of the sections. The CI fins were a good choice for these waves and with the swell pumping a perfect combination for fun sessions. Photos: © Ryan Kleiner