True Ames Surf Fins Blog

Peter Mendia Riding Proctor Surfboards with True Ames Fins March 21 2012, 0 Comments

True Ames welcomes Peter Mendia to the team.  Here's a sick clip of some ripping going on.  Also check out the 2 page spread in Surfing magazine from this month. photo: Ira Amerson.

A Few More Tubes... Some Bodysurfing Photos in Santa Barbara March 20 2012, 0 Comments

A few days of some fun surf here over the Holiday Break.  This day I was able to get a few more shots of some tubes


[youtube=] Rincon wintertime swell in Santa Barbara. featuring: Brandon Smith, Trevor Gordon, Travers Adler, Dane Reynolds, Tom Curren, Dylan Perkins, Dillion Perillo, Pat Curren, and more!! surfing Rincon, California   By: Morgan Maasen

Going on a Surf Trip? Don't Forget Your Fins... March 01 2012, 0 Comments

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.


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.

 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.

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!

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


NORTH SHORE in BLACK AND WHITE December 01 2011, 0 Comments

Hawaii usually conjures up images of blue skies and turquoise waves. Sometimes taking out the color can show the true power of the surf even more. It's not always sunny either, so on overcast days with rain squalls lighting and water color is far from perfect as are the waves. Here are a few shots from Pipe and Rocky Point on some not so perfect days.  Although the color of the waves has been desaturated, the energy of the surf is raw and oversaturated... These were during the lay days of the Vans World Cup of Surfing. Photos By: Ryan Kleiner

HAWAII TRIPLE CROWN - SUNSET CONTEST November 28 2011, 0 Comments

Here are a few shots from the 2nd day at the Sunset Contest on the North Shore of O'ahu. The swell has become a bit more manageable with lighter winds today. The first day of the contest (Sunday) saw larger windy unorganized swell with way bigger sets. Today the sun was shining and still double overhead  on the sets.  Swell is kind of dropping but more on the way for later in the week with less wind and should be good.


Photos By Ryan Kleiner:

( top ) Looking up from Rocky Point on Monday Morning at the contest scene. Some heavy tubes for sure...

( middle ) Contest crowd was massive on Sunday. Great weather and good swell = lots of people from all over.

( bottom ) Adam Robertson getting a good top turn in his heat.


PORTUGAL PHOTOS: SURF KAYAK TRIP November 08 2011, 0 Comments

True Ames Team Rider Chris Harvey recently took a 2 week trip to Portugal for some surf kayaking. Chris also met up with the shaper from Watertech Kayaks to start work on a new surf kayak design. Thanks for the update Chris! The photos are rad!

Kelly Slater Claims Historic 11th ASP World Title at Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco November 02 2011, 0 Comments

OCEAN BEACH, San Francisco/California (Wednesday, November 2, 2011) – Kelly Slater (USA), 39, has claimed a historic 11th ASP World Title today, clinching the year-long pursuit with his advancement out of Round 3 at the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco. Kelly Slater 11th world title

FREE SURF ART PHOTO WALLPAPER September 21 2011, 0 Comments

Here is our latest wallpaper image free to download.
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Battle of the Paddle 2011 Coming Up September 16 2011, 0 Comments

The Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, CA September 24 & 25, 2011 Dana Point, CA — The stand-up paddle phenomenon known as the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez “Battle of the Paddle” first ignited at Doheny State Beach, California, back in 2008. Since then, the ingenious formula of high-energy races and stand-up paddle (SUP) exposition has become the heartbeat of an industry and the pulse of a global lifestyle. The fourth annual Battle of the Paddle 2011 returns to Doheny State Beach September 24 & 25, and by all accounts will be the greatest battle yet. Check Out our selection of stand up paddle race fins

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.

Fishy Fins February 23 2011, 0 Comments

If your looking to try some new fins on your Fish, take a look at these.  From solid fiberglass to Hexcore to wood... We've got you covered.  Our Twin fins come in FCS compatible, Futures compatible, and Glass ons.

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. 

RINCON CLASSIC - VIDEO AND RESULTS January 25 2011, 0 Comments

[youtube=] 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

BROKEN BOARD=SURF ART January 21 2011, 0 Comments

There are probably hundreds of boards that are snapped each day around the world, and most are thrown into landfills or left on the beach. Not cool! Think about how long it takes for these materials to break down, like a million years! A great way to recycle the fiberglass and foam is to add some art and hang it on a wall for inspiration. So the next time you get a chance to recycle a broken board, go for it! Artwork: "Sunset Session" by: Ryan Kleiner

RINCON CLASSIC THIS WEEKEND 1/22 - 1/23 January 20 2011, 0 Comments

Rincon classicLooks like the swell will pick up Saturday and Sunday with some potential for a good weekend at Rincon.

Wayne Rich Fin January 14 2011, 0 Comments

Wayne Rich Classic Wayne Rich needs no gimmick. He thrives because he is a good surfer who makes good functional boards, and this fin is a perfect reflection. Its popularity derives from its versatility as a low area performance template, welcomed by all types of boards.

RINCON CLASSIC 2011 December 22 2010, 0 Comments

Event is on Hold, next possible dates Jan 22/23

The 2011 Quiksilver Rincon Classic will be postponed until week 3 of the waiting period Saturday and Sunday January 22 & 23. With our official swell forecasters at Surfline predicting head high plus increasing swell that weekend there is a great possibility that the event will be held then. Check back next Wednesday January 20th for the official call, schedule of events, site map, and heat draws. The 2011 Quiksilver Rincon Classic will feature: Video Highlights from both days Heats On Demand From Sunday Wetsuit Demos By Quiksilver The Gunshow – Best surfers in the 805 will be firing off their six shooters during a 45 minute expression session. What slingers do you want to see? Age Divisions: Gremlins (11 & under) Boys (12-14) Juniors (15-17) Wahines (17 & under girls) Youth Longboard (17 & under) Longboard Open (all ages) Mens (all ages) Masters (35-44) Grand Masters (45-55) Legends (56+) Womens Shortboard all ages Womens 35+ Womens Longboard Specialty Events Professional Division The Gunshow

WAY OF THE OCEAN: Surf Film Trailer December 10 2010, 0 Comments

WAY OF THE OCEAN - Official Trailer 1 from Matt Kleiner on Vimeo.

 WAY OF THE OCEAN is a definitive look at wave riding in the current state of our worlds oceans. Follow the worlds best surfers around the globe exploring all the natural wonders of our mother ocean. The salt water gives life and energy on a daily basis and the time to restore and preserve our oceans is now. Check out the trailer for this new surf film that is set to release early 2011 for more info and video clips / photos from the film's production visit:

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

Hobie Flex Fin November 08 2010, 0 Comments

Rational experiments require constants. Hobie Surfboards boasts a dizzying array of longboard, hybrid, and shortboard models, each one unique in form and function. To draw conclusions about a specialized board, one must begin with a dependable fin that will thrust any board in any conditions. Here is Hobie’s much-needed constant that fills the need to flex. HOBIE FLEX 8.5"

BONZER FINS BY: TRUE AMES October 19 2010, 0 Comments

BONZER FINS The Oxnard plain is one of most fertile places on Earth,  but historically, despite an extremely hollow harvest season, the surfers taste a bit sour. Still, sometime in the 1970’s the offshore winds blew the pesticides and pot smoke in a direction just right for innovation, and the Campbell brothers created the Bonzer fin setup: a stubby little center fin accompanied by two or four “runners.” Ignore  all imitations. Center Fins Solid Glass Hexcore Bamboo Veneer Glass on Runners Set of 4 Solid Glass, Hexcore, Bamboo Veneer Set of 2 Solid Glass

Almost Surf Season!! September 28 2010, 1 Comment

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.