True Ames Surf Fins Blog

True Ames Catalog Trailer Clip June 14 2010

System Fins Are In! June 08 2010

Whether 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!

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

Surf Down Under May 19 2010

 Here’s a glimpse of what one day in production looks like during the making of WAY OF THE OCEAN - Australia. While on location for the making of the movie WAY OF THE OCEAN, the circulate motion pictures crew were fortunate to see plenty of swell and some insane surfing going on in the "land down under." Look for the film to release Holiday 2010. Next week we will highlight on the best Summer surf fins for your shortboard, longboard, and fish.

Bamboo Hobie Fish Fins March 22 2010

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

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.

Channel Islands Surf Fins by: True Ames March 04 2010

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.

Stronger, Lighter Fins : Glass ons, FCS and Futures Compatible March 02 2010

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.

Sacred Craft February 26 2010

APRIL 10 & 11, 2010 VENTURA COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS True Ames will be at Booth#A9.  Stop by and take a look at the latest fins and more! [youtube=]

Swell Coming Up This Weekend February 25 2010

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

El Niño Update February 23 2010

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.     *

Rincon Classic on hold until Saturday and Sunday March 6 & 7 February 11 2010

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

The Channel Islands - Tri Fin February 05 2010

[youtube=] The first in a video series that highlights on True Ames Surf Fins. This video shows the Channel Islands Futures compatible fin. The channel islands fin is good for mid to heavy weight surfers, specifically for pointbreaks like Rincon. This fin is also available in glass on, and FCS compatible. These Hexcore fins are very light and durable, giving you  the best fin for your shortboard. Check out the video clip for more info and to see this fin on our online store click here. Stay tuned for weekly Surf Fin highlights. Next week we will look at one of our featured longboard fins.

Travel Story February 01 2010

On my trip to Australia last spring while working the new movie WAY OF THE OCEAN the surf was pumping day in and day out. Australia was experiencing their "El Nino" and conditions were great. Check out for video clips, photos, and the stories from behind the scenes. This particular shot was up on the bluff at a secret spot in New South Wales.  No crowds, plenty of waves and lots of wildlife under those waves. The fishermen just out on the end of the rocks were pulling in Yellowfin like crazy and said they spotted a pretty hefty looking white shark just the day before. I guess that is pretty much "natural crowd control." After shooting photos and video most of the day conditions cleaned up even more and the waves started to imitate some West Oz point with clear blu water and offshore winds grooming perfect left tubes..  Glad I got a shot of my board before I snapped my it on my 3rd wave.  Needless to say my session was cut short but I still have the image of my last barrel before it clipped me and sent me to the beach.

NEW PHOTO GALLERY January 29 2010

Check out the new photo gallery on the blog.  We will be updating the photos once a week with pics from near and far... Stay tuned for photo contest info and a chance to win a "True Ames Prize Pack"  We will be announcing the photo contest theme and rules next week. So get your cameras ready! Our Santa Barbara surf report is now located on the "wave forecast page" Updates are usually every other day and includes swell charts and local surf info for the Santa Barbara / Ventura area.

True Ames Surf Expo Booth 2010 January 22 2010

Thanks to all who stopped by the Surf Expo booth to check out our fins. Here is a photo of the booth setup. Looks like the Stand Up Paddle boards and accessories are a hit this season and True Ames is gearing up to innovate and produce the highest quality fins for your SUP.  Look for the latest in SUP quad fin setup this year, along with shallow water touring fins and more.  For more info on the best surf fins, visit:

Rincon January 14 2010

[youtube=] 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

Surf Expo 2010 January 05 2010

[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

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

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.

Could True Ames Fins Have Saved Eric Geiselman from A Great White Shark Attack??? November 13 2009

Eric Geiselman ( New Symrna Beach, FL )  was surfing in Santa Cruz early November and was hit by a Great White right before dark. His board was snapped in half and a set of True Ames glass ons remained intact.  Good thing he had those hexcore fins in there to take the brunt of the shark’s impact. In the surfline video you can see the cracked glass around the fin and a clean snap on the tail section.   When he felt he was under attack, Geiselman paddled fast to shore, as he was 50 yards from the beach. Later, the O’Neill Cold Water Classic California, held very close to the shark attack, got an alert call from the Floridian, who was also competing in the event.  Eric Geiselman, his brother and some friends were not injured.  There are 22 species of sharks documented in the area and with plenty of wildlife in the water there are bound to be some large sharks lurking in the water so be aware. But remember, sharks are not out to eat humans, it’s mostly mistaken identity.  Below are frame grabs from the video posted on surfline. See link below to watch the clip. See The Video Great White Attacks Board Eric Geiselman's board after being hit by a great white shark in santa cruz

New Wood Veneer Surf Fins November 06 2009

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

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

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=].



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