True Ames Surf Fins Blog

SURF FINS: Lot's of 'em January 03 2014, 0 Comments

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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


SURF EXPO 2013 / SEPT 6-8 / ORLANDO, FL September 03 2013, 0 Comments

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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, 0 Comments

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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, 0 Comments

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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.


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.  


New 2+1 Combo Fin Sets November 19 2012, 0 Comments

This combination is our Smith and Parrish Full base single fin + a set of two FCS compatible 3.7" side bites.

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.


T&C Grom Contest in Waikiki / May 19-20 May 11 2012, 0 Comments

True Ames Fins is a proud sponsor of the 15th Annual T&C Surf/Surfer Magazine Grom Contest at Queen's surf in Waikiki on May 19-20. Groms age 12 and younger take to the waves vying for top spots in shortboard, longboard and bodyboard division. Preliminary heats run all day Saturday with the top six advancing to the next round. Lunch is provided for competitors by Genki Sushi and drinks courtesy of Naked juice, plus free Enza apples. Returning this year is a Kokua division where adults can push their 3-6 year old into waves! Day two Sunday takes you back into the surf for final heats, where this year's champions will claim their title as top grom. Join FreeSurf for a very special "Expression Session" on Sunday. Grown-ups and keiki compete in a tandem division where fun and creativity earns top points. Wrap it up with an award ceremony with the top six in each division earning trophies and prize packs. 3 Lucky kids will receive a gift certificate for a free set of system fins from  True Ames.... Good Luck Groms!!

A FEW NEW PHOTOS - SURF FINS and BARRELS December 28 2011, 0 Comments

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FREE SURF ART PHOTO WALLPAPER September 21 2011, 0 Comments

Here is our latest wallpaper image free to download.
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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. 

Yater November 29 2010, 0 Comments

It’s 1969. Okay. Ill–tempered Yater Pocket–Rockets streak straight lines across the USA. 2008: Another year for me and you. Hanging from collectors’ walls, the Pocket Rocket has nothing to do, but its fin–our beloved Yater Classic–is in mass–production.  Its upright design, coupled with minimal flex, makes it a layman–friendly, all–purpose gem. Uh oh my. And uh...uh boo hoo. YATER CLASSIC


Danny Ching Wins: 2010 Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP Event August 25 2010, 0 Comments

Lake Tahoe, CA (August, 24th 2010) In windy, cold and over-cast conditions, paddlers at the 2010 Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP event still took to the water. As the weather service predicted, a summer storm brewed on the lake resulting in consistent 25 MPH wind gusts. The event coordinators decided that the Elite SUP race would be run in a similar fashion to the world renowned Battle of the Paddle event. Athletes participating in the elite event were required to paddle .5 miles straight upwind, turn 180 degrees on the Quiksilver buoy, and surf their way back to the beach for a 100 yard beach run. This course was completed four times. As one of the premiere paddling events at Lake Tahoe, Vertra’s Paddlesports Team performed top notch! Vertra’s own Danny Ching paddled to an impressive and comfortable 1st place finish in the men’s elite SUP race taking home 2500$. In his normal fashion Ching got out to an early lead, and built the gap on the rest of the field on each turn. “I just went out hard, and tried to hold on,” commented Ching. Danny is considered by his peers as being one of the sports best and is second to none in paddling in all types of weather conditions. This weekends 25 MPH wind gusts proved to be no different as he powered his way up wind, and used his surfing knowledge from years of paddling the OC1 to build a sizable lead on the rest of the competitors. The young sixteen-year-old Matt Becker battled his way in the top of the pack throughout the entire race. “It was tough to push it up wind,” commented Becker. Matt who just returned back to the States after a SUP surf expedition in Colombia found the best parks of the race surfing the .5 mile downwind leg of the race. “It was a great event today, a good starting point as I prepare for the Hennessey’s International Race and Battle of the Paddle in a few months.”

Wave, Cloud, Sand June 24 2010, 0 Comments

WAVE CLOUD SAND from Matt Kleiner on Vimeo.

WAVE CLOUD SAND is a short film comprised of moving pictures. Photographed throughout the east coast of Australia, the film's aim was to show the intricacy and beauty of the simple things that surround us. Focusing on the empty canvas WAVE CLOUD SAND shows that action is a relative term.wayoftheocean.com/blog

Channel Islands Surf Fins by: True Ames March 04 2010, 0 Comments

Get in the flow with a new set of Channels Islands fins by: True Ames- Get your favorite shortboard dialed in with a set of high performance CI fins.  These fins are great for powerful surf and bigger riders.  A very close base to height ratio and great flex designed for point surf and waves with some juice. Our Channel Island Fins are available in Solid Glass, Hexcore, and Bamboo FCS Compatible, Futures Compatible, and of course, Glass Ons.

Swell Coming Up This Weekend February 25 2010, 0 Comments

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

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

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.

New Wood Veneer Surf Fins November 06 2009, 0 Comments

Here are the latest surf finsfins styles available now: Bamboo Red Stripe, TA Classic Wood, Bamboo Burl.

New Stand Up Paddle - Shallow water / touring fin November 05 2009, 0 Comments

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

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].