True Ames Surf Fins Blog
Hobie Flex Fin November 08 2010
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
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 2010As 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.
NOSERIDER FIN September 02 2010Much like a ruthless dictator, the Noserider is an imposing, powerful figure whose title is its purpose. The template's wide base and large area grant a rider steadfast authority on the tip and its substantial rake administers turning capabilities to single fin longboards of all ideologies. Starting at $58.00 on trueames.com Available sizes: 8.75" / 9.25" / 9.75" colors: transparent and solid wood.
Danny Ching Wins: 2010 Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP Event August 25 2010Lake Tahoe, CA (August, 24th 2010) In windy, cold and over-cast conditions, paddlers at the 2010 Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP event still took to the water. As the weather service predicted, a summer storm brewed on the lake resulting in consistent 25 MPH wind gusts. The event coordinators decided that the Elite SUP race would be run in a similar fashion to the world renowned Battle of the Paddle event. Athletes participating in the elite event were required to paddle .5 miles straight upwind, turn 180 degrees on the Quiksilver buoy, and surf their way back to the beach for a 100 yard beach run. This course was completed four times. As one of the premiere paddling events at Lake Tahoe, Vertra’s Paddlesports Team performed top notch! Vertra’s own Danny Ching paddled to an impressive and comfortable 1st place finish in the men’s elite SUP race taking home 2500$. 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.”
Danny Ching SUP Race Fin August 13 2010This is the new Danny Ching signatre fin. We offer this fin in Hexcore and Solid Glass. We will be showing this and our full line of fins at the Sacred Craft Show this weekend booth#613 HONOLULU – (Sunday, June 13, 2010) — Stand-up paddling (SUP) came full circle back to its home of Waikiki, Hawaii, this weekend, surpassing every conceivable expectation with the ultimate combination of sport and lifestyle. Over 600 paddlers from around the world gathered for the inaugural Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle Hawaii, presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection, and thousands turned out to watch. When all was said and done, everyone had a story to tell. The turquoise waters of Waikiki, and surreal backdrop of Diamond Head, were reminders of a time long ago, when the upright figure of Duke Kahanamoku riding a board first captured imaginations. But it was Californian Danny Ching (Redondo Beach), 27, who captivated the crowd this time around, making a clean sweep of the 5-mile Elite Battle and the 10-mile Downwinder. Above: Elite Race Excitement Photo: Pat Huber/Rainbow Sandals In Saturday’s Elite race, Ching was embroiled in a 5-mile battle royale with dark horse Australian paddler Travis Grant (Gold Coast). Punctuated by 19 buoy turns and two 75-yard beach sprints, their race ended in a sprint for the shoreline that left them separated by just 13 seconds after close to an hour and a half of dueling. He then overcame Sunday morning’s fatigue to go on and win the 10-mile distance race. “I didn’t expect that at all,” said Ching. “I was hoping to win one of the days but luckily it panned out for me. I definitely felt fatigued (in the distance race). But once I got out into the surf I was able to build a bit of a gap. I was figuring that would hold them off at the end because if you raced (the Elite race) you were going to have a hard time making the final push the last two miles. “Sparky’s Rainbow Sandal races are the best,” said Ching. “He puts up the biggest prize purse, the best competitors and the biggest event. Everything about it is amazing.” Ching crossed the Elite race line in one hour, 22 minutes and 42 seconds to take win $5,000. He completed the 10-mile downwind race in 1 hour and 26 minutes for an added $1,100. see full article
Rincon From the Air July 02 2010A Thursday afternoon surf check at Rincon from the air.
Wave, Cloud, Sand June 24 2010wayoftheocean.com/blog
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
True Ames Catalog Trailer Clip June 14 2010
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