True Ames Surf Fins Blog

NEW HATS IN STOCK June 20 2017

Stay in the shade with our new hats. Greenough and True Ames logos.


Video: El Noroeste Final May 26 2017

A rad little flick from our very own Troy Mothershead with a bunch of True Ames fins pushing boards through classic point break peelers. Top turns and bottom turns by Travers Adler, Trevor Gordon, Devon Howard, Spencer Gordon and Troy Mothershead. Fun jazzy tunes by Travers Adler. Sit back and enjoy!


ANATOMY OF OUR VOLAN FINS May 25 2017

volan finsPRECISION FOILS HANDCRAFTED IN SANTA BARBARA, CA

Each one of our volan fins are perfectly aligned for optimal weave orientation and cut from the highest quality fiberglass in order to produce fins with the very best performance flex characteristics.

These limited supply fins will flex more from the body of the fin which will produce increased speed and projection off the bottom and through turns.


Video: Mid Length Crisis x Devon Howard April 28 2017

When a shortboard is too small, and a log is too big, you gotta...mid length crisis.

The 1st installment of an ongoing series via True Ames and magical shop board the "mid length crisis" - shaped and designed by Josh Farberow.

Music by William Onyeabor - "Atomic Bomb"
Filmed by Travers Adler and Troy Mothershead
Edit by Troy Mothershead
Made possible by True Ames and Steve Mothershead


GREENOUGH April 04 2017

George Greenough’s life long dedication and passion to the art of wave riding began in Santa Barbara, CA in the 1950’s. His approach and theory to riding waves forever changed the trajectory of surfing in the mid-1960’s. His ideas and ability to create and then perform on new surf vehicles led to higher speeds, in-the-pocket, high-performance surfing with all sorts of banked-turns and directional changes.

George’s contributions were undeniably forward thinking and ahead of the era. His aquatic ideas and creations were not just limited to stand-up surfing but also windsurfing, kneeboarding, mat-riding, boat hulls, and videography from the water. One of the biggest advancements of the time was George’s ‘swept-back’ fin that had more rake and produced more drive and speed off the bottom. This concept, through years of partnership, has evolved and morphed into True Ames’ Greenough 4A Fin - our bread and butter.

We are very proud to have been working with George over the last few decades in order to create some of the finest surfing fins in the world. The Greenough 4A is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable designs in surfing especially when paired with the timeless and iconic George Greenough airplane logo.

Be a part of the legacy and grab your own George Greenough fin or shirt today!


Shaper Profile: Wayne Rich July 29 2016

Wayne was born and raised in Hermosa Beach, California, growing up on 7th Street, a few blocks up from the famed “Pollard Valley” factories of Bing, Rick, Jacobs, Greg Noll, Dewey Weber, Petrillo, Vardeman, Mobley, Dave Boyce, Body Glove Wetsuits, Pollard Glassing, Bay Cities Glassing and in the 70’s, Shoreline Glassing, Sunrise Glassing, Unity, Reef, Bendiksen, Becker, Wayne Miyata, and more.

Growing up in and around these factories with the diverse people of tremendous character and extreme talent working inside of them, Wayne was molded into a true Surfer/Shaper and is an authentic protégé of, the “Golden Era” of South Bay surfboard building.  His fascination with the beach began with riding the surf on an inflated canvas air mattress with his mom and sister Zona in the early 60s, and he was introduced to surfing in 1967 at age 9 under the wing of Dan Bendiksen (Head Shaper at Bing Surfboards), who would become his #1 mentor both in the water and the shaping room.  Dan was like a second father and great friend as well as a hero to Wayne his entire lifetime.  His other early South Bay shaping mentors included Mike Geib, Phil Becker, Redman, Jeff Widener, Sam “Skipperfats” Harwood, and all around surfboard building masters Ray Lucke, Bobby Jensen and Wayne Miyata.

In 1984, Ray Lucke, owner and glasser of Jacobs Surfboards at that time, offered Wayne the head shaping position and a chance to work into a half ownership of the label.  Wayne would go on to shape under the Jacobs label for 14 years, being partners with Ray Lucke, Clyde Beatty, and Masahiko Kito in Japan, as well as shaping for his good friend and mentor Dewey Weber for a 5-year period, while continuing to shape under his own WR Underground logo and eventually the star and circle logo, including his unique stylized writing and “WR” signature, written in pencil or India Ink, that hails “THE UNDERGROUND LIVES”… Wayne’s trademark statement on every custom board.

By 1990, Wayne moved north to Ventura, Port Hueneme, living at “Hollywood By The Sea” (Oxnard) for nearly a decade, and in 1993 he started shaping in the room next door to Renny Yater in the original Santa Barbara Surf Shop building (that had recently evolved into Clyde Beatty’s glass shop) with at that time, a small consortium of shapers, consisting of  Renny Yater, Lauran Yater, Max McDonald, along with Wayne that lasted for many years.

Wayne has called Santa Barbara home ever since, considering Renny and the late John Bradbury to be his greatest mentors over the past 17 years. Admittedly hooked on Rincon and the incredible range of great waves to ride from San Diego to the Central coast, he claims that the people, and the breaks along this zone, have been the key element in his quest to harness knowledge as a Surfer/Shaper/Designer and share ideas with other like minded people in the constantly evolving and humbling world of surfing, surfboard building and life…

Check out Wayne's Signature fins with True Ames

Wayne Rich #3    Wayne Rich Classic    Wayne Rich Power


Fins of Summer July 19 2016

For those longer days of surf and Southern Hemisphere swells, we have hand selected the best fins for summer. Ranging from twin fins, thrusters, quads and single fins, this collections features the right fins to keep you stoked this summer. Have fun this summer and we hope you are getting your fill of fun surf!


Fin Experimentation July 14 2016

Mix it up and try new fins:
You might have your board and fin setup exactly how you like it. That’s great, but you might be surprised to see how differently your board rides by adjusting your fin setup.

Single Fins: A few ways to change your setup with a single fin is to simply adjust the position on your board. Moving the fin towards the front of the board will make the board looser and turns will be easier. Moving the fin back towards the tail will "tighten" up the turn radius and give the board a stiffer feeling, allowing for more drawn out turns. Another way to change up the feel of your board is to try a different size fin: larger fins will have more stability and control, smaller fins will loosen up the board. Flex is also important in the fins: the more flex, the more power and projection you will have on turns.

2+1 Single Fins: This setup will work best with a smaller center fin and side bites that compliment the center fin. Your board will feel looser but will still be able to "hold in" to bigger waves. A popular size combo would be a 7" center fin and a set of two 3.25" sidebites. The possibilities are endless and we encourage you to try different sizes and center fin placement to find your optimal fin configuration.

Twin Fins: The classic twin is just all about speed and maneuverability. Twin fin boards are going to be more stable than a single fin yet looser than a standard thruster setup. Generally the board shape for a twin fin is going to be shorter and have a wider tail than your typical shortboard.

Tri Fins: The thruster setup has been the standard in high performance surfing for the past 25 years. Since this setup can handle 15 foot barrels and small mushy waves as well, they have been the "go to" setup for all around surfing. Typically the thruster setup will be 3 fins of the same size and template, however some thruster templates will have a smaller back fin to loosen up the ride.

Quad Fins: The four fin setup can have a "skatier" feel and will be much faster than a thruster setup since there is less drag due to absence of the center fin. Quads can be great for small surf while they generate their own speed and glide effortlessly. They can also work perfectly in big waves too since the 2 fins on each side work together with the rails, creating stability and excellent hold in barreling surf.


TRUE AMES @ Boardroom Tradeshow in Del Mar May 24 2016

The Boardroom Tradeshow was earlier this month and was a success. The True Ames Team was stoked to be there. This year we had a new booth design that was a hit. It was an action packed 2 days!

 Thanks to everyone who came out to check us out!! 

 


Another Batch of Volan Fins March 30 2016

These ones will be ready soon!


Futures Compatible Base Measeurements March 30 2016

The side fins in standard thrusters and quads have a 3/4” deep base.

The back center fin and most rear quads have a 1/2” deep base.

Keep this in mind when choosing sidebites for a 2+1 setup or rear quads.


WEB SPECIALS March 16 2016

1st quality fins for a really good price.  WEB SPECIALS


NEW HEMP PACK March 09 2016

We are now offering these Hemp Packages with our System Fins. These Hemp packages feature a velcro seal on top and is reusable. The inside has 3 separate sections to keep your fins from scratching against each other. Perfect for travel or using on a day to day basis when switching out fins. 


Fin Sale Fun March 03 2016

Thanks to Everyone who came out last Saturday for our Fin Sale / BBQ.  The Bands were sounding great, weather and waves were good and was a fun time for sure! Here are a few pics of the event and some stoked friends!

Photos Courtesy of: Mary Murphy


True Ames Fins - Est. 1979 February 25 2016


New Fin Art February 11 2016

This is one of our latest art fins. "Octopus" Clear Greenough 4-A 10"


We Have All Kinds of Fins for Your Boards January 28 2016


Greenough 4-A January 27 2016

George Greenough has certainly made his mark on all things surfing and here is the best of the best. The full base coupled with the tapering, moderately flexible tip creates a balance that transcends and complements so many aspects of surfing. Of course a unique understanding of his aquatic fish friends is the foundation here. Install the 4-A on any performance surf vehicle and you will find instant bliss.


NEW COLORS Available Now January 19 2016

We just got some new flavors for these three fins.

Heritage ( Powder Blue)

Greenough 4-A ( Solid Orange )

The Slick ( Royal Purple )


SURF EXPO 2016 January 06 2016

Come and check out our latest collection of surf fins at the SURF EXPO - Orlando FL - Jan 14-16

We will be in Booth #1829


S DOUBLE TWIN FINS / TRAILER FIN October 29 2015

A NEW TWIN FIN AND TRAILER IS AVAILABLE: These are a well balanced set of twin fins and or a trailer fin that will add the perfect amount of stability to your twin setup. 


OUR MATERIALS - 100% QUALITY October 20 2015

All surf 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 surf fins available today.

SOLID GLASS
We offer a few templates in solid fiberglass for the people who want a more sturdy fin for bigger waves and bigger boards. These templates will complement your step up board or big wave gun. We manufacture these fins with the highest quality materials available, for long lasting durability and high performance. They feature balanced flex patterns and perfect foils.

HEXCORE
The Resin Transfer Method (RTM) allows us to construct a composite fin, inside which hexagonal pieces of light weight coremat displace fiberglass and resin.
The result: a fin that is up to 25% lighter than a normal solid fiberglass fin. The performance is exceptional, yielding unparalleled flex and drive. Our Hexcore fins have become the standard to which all fins are measured.

SOLID WOOD
The evolutionary curve continues at True Ames with the construction of Solid Core Bamboo and Cedar fins. We are offering ultra light glass-on fins in a variety of templates that is rapidly growing. Fins are made in house using cad/cam for precision foils. We then apply a layer of glass and sand. The result is the highest quality wood fin ready for top-level board construction.
Check our website for further details, updated information regarding new templates, and a possible limited offering for fins that will fit in the standard long board fin box!


RESIN TINT FUN October 06 2015

We're working on a few new ideas for fins with some resin colors.  Getting inspired by this video and all of the colors that the team is working with here at the shop. 

Adding surfboard resin pigments to laminating resin will result in an opaque color effect. This was the original style of color put on surfboards back in the 60's. For polyester applications, add pigment before catalyst and stir thoroughly. If using pigment with epoxy, mix thoroughly with hardener part, then mix the colored hardner with epoxy part.


THE HISTORY OF MARINE PLYWOOD SURF FINS September 10 2015

In 1934, Surf pioneer, waterman & innovator Tom Blake was inspired by a boat's keel and proceded to put the first "fin" onto one of his surfboards in order to help control the board's motion. From that day forward the evolution of the "surf fin" began.

1940's
The Wooden "Duel Fin"

Bob Simmons elevated the surfboard fin's design, first working on single fins, and then experimenting with "duel fin" surfboards. These "Simmons" shapes had two fins made of wood which resembled "half moons."

Early 1970's
"Modern Keel Fins" Emerge

"Modern Keels" emerged as an result of Steve Lis' experimentation. As an avid kneeboarder, Lis came up with his progressive "fish" templates and united his boards with twin keels resembling those of Simmons' designs, but was more specifically influenced by Bear Mirandon. These new keels were outfitted with updated shapes and foils.

Late 1970's
Speed and Fluidity

The new "keel" fins and fish shapes inspired an array of professional surfers such as Jeff Ching, David Nuuhiwa, and Reno Aberilla. This new trend also influenced renowned shapers such as Skip Frye and Terry Martin who advanced the movement and created boards known for their speed and fluidity.

2000's
Retro Resurgence

Retro shapes reinvigorate the surfing scene and guys such as Dave Rastovich, Tyler Warren, and Ryan Burch dislpay the ability of twin keel designs.

2015
Marine Plywood Fins Now

True Ames is providing the surfing world and especially craftsmen with top notch -  perfectly foiled marine plywood fins which have proven to transcend time and provide surfers with that iconic and effortless feel. Our fins have positive buoyancy as well as that classic aesthetically pleasing look, which is sure to meet your standards.


NEW COLORS FOR TYLER WARREN PIVOT FIN May 28 2015

NEW COLORS AVAILABLE NOW


Hexcore Quads and Thrusters May 12 2015



HEXCORE
The Resin Transfer Method (RTM) allows us to construct a composite fin, inside which hexagonal pieces of light weight coremat displace fiberglass and resin.

The result: a fin that is up to 25% lighter than a normal solid fiberglass fin. The performance is exceptional, yielding unparalleled flex and drive. Our Hexcore fins have become the standard to which all fins are measured. 

We offer a multitude of system fins that are Futures and FCS Compatible.

Tri Fins: The thruster setup has been the standard in high performance surfing for the past 25 years. Since this setup can handle 15 foot barrels and small mushy waves as well, they have been the "go to" setup for all around surfing. Typically the thruster setup will be 3 fins of the same size and template, however some thruster templates will have a smaller back fin to loosen up the ride.

Quad Fins: The four fin setup can have a "skatier" feel and will be much faster than a thruster setup since there is less drag due to absence of the center fin. Quads can be great for small surf while they generate their own speed and glide effortlessly. They can also work perfectly in big waves too since the 2 fins on each side work together with the rails, creating stability and excellent hold in barreling surf.


LOTS OF SURF FINS April 27 2015

All surf 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 surf fins available today.


NEW CATALOG April 10 2015

We have a new large format catalog for 2015! It's a really cool fold out poster with all of our latest single fins and more.

All orders will be shipped with the new catalog or you can Download the PDF version

 

 


HANDMADE VOLAN FINS March 06 2015

 

All of our volan fins are 100% handcrafted with precision and care here at our shop in Santa Barbara, CA. Volan provides the unique characteristics of both strength and flex due to the weave orientation. The silky smooth raw finish on these fins gives them that timeless look and organic feel.

 


George Greenough Gear February 05 2015

New Arrivals for Spring! 

Greenough Logo embroidered on a Flexfit hat.  98% cotton / 2% spandex

George Greenough classic airplane logo sweatshirt: Ultra soft fleece and super comfortable mid-weight zip hoodie. 80/20 cotton/poly 8.5 oz.

 

 


SURF EXPO 2015 December 30 2014

Come and check out our latest fins at Surf Expo Booth #236  January 8-10 2015 in Orlando, FL.


New Greenough Shirts November 11 2014

New Greenough Logo Shirts!- These vintage soft tees are extra comfortable and have a stylish look. Back print with small logo on Left Chest.

Light Grey: 100% cotton. 4.3 oz. Soft lightweight slim fit combed cotton

Charcoal: 60/40 cotton/poly blend. Slim fit, heathered, combed cotton

 


The Tyler Warren Pivot Fin November 04 2014

3 sizes round out this collection. Often referred to as a cross between a larger Greenough and the Heritage. This fin is a stand up fin like the heritage but with less tip area so turns become more fluid and have a “carve” kind of feel. Loose when you need it, but solid at the tip. The “curves” in this template are just right….kind of like a magic board. It’s been a pleasure working with Tyler on this one. These Pivots will become part of the “timeless design” category, never going out of style.

This is a solid addition to the True Ames line up

Tyler Warren Pivot Fin


Volan Flex Fin Demonstration October 08 2014

This video is a great way to see how our Volan fins flex.  The flex comes more in the body of the fin rather than just at the tip.

Fins made with Volan fiberglass and properly aligned for optimal weave orientation, have very high performance flex characteristics.


Solid FIberglass Fins For Bigger Surf October 07 2014

These fin templates made of Solid Fiberglass are great for the Fall and Winter surf seasons. Try a set on your bigger board and feel the difference.

We offer a few templates in solid fiberglass for the people who want a more sturdy fin for bigger waves and bigger boards.  These templates will compliment your step up board or big wave gun. We manufacture these fins with the highest quality materials available, for long lasting durability and high performance. They feature balanced flex patterns and perfect foils.

Available in the Following Templates: Channel Islands, KC, Lost, Eric Arakawa


Greenough Fins: 3 classic templates...perfected August 25 2014

The 4-A:
George Greenough has certainly made his mark on all things surfing and here is the best of the best. The full base coupled with the tapering, moderately flexible tip creates a balance that transcends and complements so many aspects of surfing. Of course a unique understanding of his aquatic fish friends is the foundation here. Install the 4-A on any performance surf vehicle and you will find instant bliss. Currently available with matte finish.

The 4-C:
The predecessor to the 4A, this template is important. Conceived in the early ‘70s, a direct descendent from the original Stage 4 that swept the surfing world. We offer this fin to be used as you see fit. Reports have come in with a wide range of applications.
We just say this is one of the most classic, fundamental designs or a single fin longboard…ever!!

Stage-6:
This fin has its roots in George’s windsurfer! He and others have lent strong encouragement to bring this design to the surf world. The basic theory is a “stiff leg” and “active paddle” (sometimes called the paddle fin). By putting the working part of the fin deeper in the “clean” water, the feeling is solid yet highly maneuverable. This fin is one of the only designs we have ever claimed to noseride as well as it performs in the turns. The 9.75” is a perfect complement to a 9’6” single fin. These fins surf a bit smaller than their size compared with conventional fin sizing.

Check out our collection of Greenough Fins.

 


Volan Fins June 24 2014

New Volan Fins!! Greenough 4-A and L-Flex

These Volan fins are fine tuned with a precision foil as well as proper flex. All fins are hand made in our factory and go through the strictest quality control. Fins made with Volan fiberglass and properly aligned for optimal weave orientation, have very high performance flex characteristics. The flex comes more in the body of the fin rather than just at the tip.


Hand Foiled Solid Wood Surf Fins June 19 2014


How to fit FCS fins flush on your surfboard February 19 2014


You might notice that your FCS surf fins don't fit exactly flush on your board. There might be a gap in the front or back of the fin that can create drag and collect debris. Most people think that you just file down the fin tabs to make them fit deeper in the FCS plugs..That won't work. This is because the bottom of these fins are actually flat. You have to customize the angle and depth of the fin to fit properly. This video will show you how to fit FCS surf fins flush on your board.


SURF FINS: Lot's of 'em January 03 2014

surfboard-fins

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


George Greenough " All I've Found " film clip September 19 2013

All I've Found (George Greenough) - Sea Movies from www.KORDUROY.tv on Vimeo.

This is a classic film clip from "All I've Found" Highlighting George Greenough's Knee boarding on single fin spoons.The waves in this clip are pristine. Very cool footage!  Check out our selection of Greenough Fins at trueames.com Our most popular Greenough fin is the 4-A: The full base coupled with the tapering, moderately flexible tip creates a balance that transcends and complements so many aspects of surfing. Of course a unique understanding of his aquatic fish friends is the foundation here. Install the 4-A on any performance surf vehicle and you will find instant bliss. Currently available with matte finish. SMALLER SIZES ( 7” - 9” ) Use the smaller sizes for a single fin or 2+1.

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

single fin, fcs fins, future fins, SUP fins

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

fcs fins futures fins

 

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

longboard-surf-fins

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.


TYLER WARREN QUAD FINS January 17 2013

Tyler Warren Quad fins available in FCS and Futures Compatible and glass onstyler-warren-fins-quad700-2 Here is an article from the latest issue of Surfing Magazine. Tyler Warren talks about his Quadratic Egg Shape. A very Versatile board that can handle waist high to double overhead surf.  tyler-warren-quad-fins-700

Peter Mendia: Surfer Magazine Cover Shot December 28 2012

Congrats to our team rider Peter Mendia for getting the latest Cover of Surfer Magazine for the Feb 2013 issue.  This is a shot from South Florida during the swell from Hurricane Sandy. peter mendia cover

Fin Design at True Ames: The Importance of Fin Template and Foil December 12 2012

fin-foiling 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. True Ames Surf 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. To read more about fin design and how to choose the best surf fins check out trueames.com
 

John Perry Surfboards: Threedom December 10 2012

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.  


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