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John Perry Surfboards: Threedom December 10 2012, 0 Comments

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.  


True Ames Surf Fins New Video: Hexcore System Fins for FCS and Futures Fins Compatible July 20 2012, 0 Comments

 

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.


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

Bamboo Hobie Fish Fins March 22 2010, 1 Comment

Reeling from a burgeoning fish revival, Hobie surfboards has chosen this twin fin template to fervently guide its Circa '71 fish model. Just for kicks and industry bravado, we decided to grind off a few extra sets and push the addictive little bastards upon the world. As any drug dealer with good product would say, this s#*t sells itself! With a blunt tip, 7" base, and a full leading edge, the Hobies are now our most traditionally styled and popular twin template. Also available in RTM composite.

George Greenough Fins by: True Ames March 12 2010, 0 Comments

Amidst his wind generators, blue ocean boats, and camera housings, George Greenough had enough energy to revolutionize fin design. A seed of the revolution, the 4-A has a narrow, flexible tip that enhances maneuverability and a flared base for increased stability and drive -- an ideal combination for the point surf George fancied.

Check out our selection of George Greenough surf fins. Greenough Stage 6 George Greenough's close friends know that the only thing that kept the budding ex-patriot in California was his interest in windsurfing, which spawned the Stage 6. While George found the combination of a 'stiff leg' and 'active paddle' to generate powerful turns, we also find the bigger sizes to be powerful on the tip. Greenough 4C Taking cues from the pattern of human evolution, George's templates found it adaptive to become less wild and more upright, resulting in the birth of a new species. The 4C shares the 4A's mild tip flex, but it has less rake and base, permitting mid-length eggs and logs a lower radius, looser turn. Greenough 4A Amidst his wind generators, blue ocean boats, and camera housings, George Greenough had enough energy to revolutionize fin design. A seed of the revolution, the 4-A has a narrow, flexible tip that enhances maneuverability and a flared base for increased stability and drive -- an ideal combination for the point surf George fancied.

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.

Swell Coming Up This Weekend February 25 2010, 0 Comments

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

El Niño Update February 23 2010, 0 Comments

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 Classic on hold until Saturday and Sunday March 6 & 7 February 11 2010, 0 Comments

2010 Surf Happens Rincon Classic Rescheduled For Saturday and Sunday March 6 & 7

Rincon January 14 2010, 0 Comments

[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, 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.

Everybody Loves Rincon October 22 2009, 0 Comments

Here is a clip with Kelly Slater, Yadin Nicol + some of the local boys ripping at Rincon from seasons past. With NW swells beginning to march down the coast of California, we are starting to see waves at Rincon and of course with the usual crowds of 5 guys to a wave sometimes... The good thing is that the water quality has cleared up a bit since the rain last week. Looks like more surf on the way with a moderate El Nino winter weather pattern prediction. Seems like the summer flatness has passed as we are moving onward into Fall and anticipating the winter months to get our fill of waves. Be prepared for the surf this season and make sure you have a few solid sets of fins...To purchase fins for your shortboard or longboard go to true ames online store. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=118PcpllONQ].

Greenough Classic Footage 1969 September 24 2009, 0 Comments

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3u8mXGdOQo&feature=related] Amidst his wind generators, blue ocean boats, and camera housings, George Greenough had enough energy to revolutionize fin design. A seed of the revolution, the 4-A has a narrow, flexible tip that enhances maneuverability and a flared base for increased stability and drive -- an ideal combination for the point surf George fancied. Check out our selection of George Greenough surf fins.
Greenough 4C Greenough 4A Greenough 4A - red stripe