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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.  


New 2+1 Combo Fin Sets November 19 2012

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

Wooden Surf Fins: Machine Foiled October 25 2012

The Tyler Warren Bar of Soap fin is designed for the small Twin fin "bar or soap board" These boards typically come in sizes 4'11" to 5'3" and are super wide and compact...Much of Tyler’s inspiration in designing the “Bar of Soap” came from his experience riding two of Richard Kenvin’s Hydrodynamica Project boards: The White Pony and Casper. Both of these boards were inspired by the hydrodynamic planing hull surfboards created by Bob Simmons 60 years ago. Check out the wood fin selection 10" base x 4 5/8" depth--These wood surf fins are machine foiled to perfection. The cedar grain gives these fins optimum flex / stiffness. To make these easier for you to glass them on, there is one layer of glass on each side. Wood fins also have positive buoyancy, they float! The best part is that we make them here, in house.

GEORGE GREENOUGH SURF FINS: History of The Stage 6 Fin September 06 2012

Above: a photo of some of George Greenough's original designs for the paddle fin, and a collection of some windsurf boards and molds. ( Spoon and Chopper ) He used to make almost all of his fins, boards and other equipment, and was an innovator who enjoyed creating and reinventing. Here is a look at a timeline showing how a fin that was created for a windsurf board, adapted over time to a surfboard fin. Through trial and error, many hours in the shop and in the water, we now have the " Stage 6." Late 60's George makes the first paddle fins out of stainless steel. Sometimes these fins would take 2 or 3 days to grind and finish, but the end product was worth every second of labor for George. In fact, he was windsurfing one day and lost the fin on the rocky bottom. He came back at low tide for a few days of countless hours of searching and found the metal fin in tide pools. 1987 Greenough encourages Chuck Ames to use the paddle fin design on surfboards. The result: A thruster setup with 3 small paddle fins, unfortunately they would break off since they were glassed on with and had a very small base. 1990's As system fin box designs developed became widely available these paddle fins were tested out again, the problem was the base of the fin was still too narrow, especially for smaller thruster setups early 2000: The paddle fin design was now adapted to fit onto a longboard with a fin box and produced great results. True ames labeled the fin The "Stage 6" the combination of a stiff leg and active paddle to generate powerful turns, the bigger sizes were powerful on the tip. Today: The greenough "Stage 6" fin has come a long way and is a classic model that's been refined and perfected. From the early days being crafted of metal, to now, where the fin is light and has the perfect flex and made of high quality fiberglass. Below: a photo of early paddle fins on a shortboard.   Greenough Stage 6 Fin By True Ames

TRUE AMES TEE SHIRTS AND HOODIES August 31 2012

We have some new clothing for this season.

•These vintage soft tees are extra comfortable and have a stylish look. They are a 60% Cotton / 40% Polyester blend for a perfect fit.
• 10 oz. 80/20 Zip Hooded Fleece. Ultra soft and nice and warm for those chilly morning surf checks!

SURF EXPO 2012 - True Ames Fins booth # 1266 August 22 2012

Check out our latest fin designs at SURF EXPO this Sept. 6-8th 2012. Orlando, FL True Ames offers a greater diversity of fin products than any other fin company. Our material experimentations have created the True Lite Hexcore fin line, which includes thruster templates that are FCS and Futures Compatible from Lost, Erik Arakawa, Hamish Graham, Timmy Patterson, and Channel Islands. Our close relationships to imaginative pros, such as Josh Farberow, Jimmy Gamboa, Oliver Parker, Daniel Graham, Ashley Lloyd, and Brad Gerlach allows us to maintain the constant flow of feedback that will continue to establish True Ames as the industry's greatest fin resource.

Check out some of our New Surf Fins August 15 2012

Check out our latest fin selection. Some of our new fins include: • Tyler Warren Quad FinsChristian Wach - Canvas FinSmith and Parrish Single FinTyler Warren - Bar of Soap Fins

True Ames Surf Fins New Video: Hexcore System Fins for FCS and Futures Fins Compatible July 20 2012

 

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.


NEW COLORS FOR GREENOUGH 4-A June 21 2012

The Greenough 4-A now comes in 2 solid colors. Orange and Yellow. 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.

NEW BAMBOO FINS: Tyler Warren Bar of Soap Twin Fins June 06 2012

Ok, so we finally have the Tyler Warren- Bar of Soap, Bamboo Fins in stock. This is a new batch of bamboo machine foiled fins that we made right here "in house!" These fins have been in the works for a little while and now we've perfected them. A really cool thing about them is that the orientation of the bamboo grain gives these fins optimum flex and stiffness for a perfect ride. Not only are the super light but the actually float!

YATER SURF FINS BY TRUE AMES June 01 2012

Summer Fin Selection:  Here is the break down ont these 3 unique templates... ( pictured left to right )

YATER RUDDER: This fin recently 2010 surf season has had a design overhaul. By taking some area out of the middle of the fin, Renny has now found a flex pattern that is almost optimum right away. A flex fin will be a bit stiffer from the beginning, but as it is used, the glass/resin begin to break down, and for some time, the flex will be optimum. This design targets modern long boards and the 2+1 set up. Designed for high performance turning and trimming while actually enhancing overall feel.

YATER SPOON:Every artist must grow weary of performing his opus. A catalog of splendid material, but the crowd only wants to hear the early hits. The Yater Spoon is a timeless step–deck design, and this fin has held steadfast and stable in a lot of photos that read circa in the caption. Thread to spec–a perfect replica of the original, this fin makes new logs feel old and old logs feel older.

YATER CLASSIC: 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.


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

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!!

KITE RACE / FIN DESIGN April 26 2012

We had a chance to catch up with Cameron Biehl, our latest True Ames team rider for kite racing.  He's actively involved in designing and making his kite race fins. Here is what cam had to say about the new CNC project and the progression of kite racing equipment. Well into our third year of Kite-racing development, we have slowly ticked the boxes toward going faster with a higher degree of control. The boards have gotten progressively wider and thus more stable, and our rocker and outlines have developed along this same theory of control. We seem to have plenty of power in the kite when you are rigged correctly, so its more about holding on rather than creating power. Its like motorcycle racing on the water, all the power you can handle is in the twist of your wrist but its more about reading the terrain and holding on; knowing your limit is part of the game but the further down the road we go; the more comfortable we are becoming at those top speeds. Part of that is the human aspect, and part is due to our equipment. The fins have also run in parallel with this same theory of control. A reduction from 4 fins to 3 has dramatically reduced not only tip drag, but lift in the back of the board, which can be hazardous to ones health in big breeze and big waves!  We had the master hand of Chuck foil a few tri-sets for us last year and even got a couple thursday night Wins on them. Once we had figured out the geometry and area, Chuck decided to help us out with his new CNC machine and we were really able to dial in our thickness to chord length percentages as well as the dynamics (flex characteristics) of the fin. We have locked in to a specific outline dictating the stiffness and center of area on the fin. When compared to our past fins which were merely old windsurfing or hand shaped specials, the newer CNC foils have a much more "slippery" feel, but in a good, faster forward way, not like the slip sideways feeling one gets when you jump back on a surfboard after race-boarding. Also the precision potting method has allowed us to guarantee our fins are at the correct cant angle and rake, which can vary depending on the rocker line of the hull and the boards attitude when skipping over chest high chop.    -Cameron Biehl We as riders are getting more and more stoked because our equipment is not only becoming more refined, but also easier to ride! This year will be very interesting in the San Francisco racing scene as a majority of the fleet is on the box rule boards, whereas last year only about 15% of the racers pushed their boards to the limit. I am stoked to be not only riding for, but throughly working with True Ames Fins to not only push my own racing to go faster, but to create a product that the public can go out and be competitive and in control on as well! For More pics and video check out true ames kite race fins

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

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

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

RINCON SUPER AWESOME MINI MOVIE March 15 2012

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmvGd0XWr4M] 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

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.

 

ALL AROUND FINS FOR SMALLER 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.

FINS FOR MEDIUM WAVES:
Lost: 
 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.

FINS FOR BIG WAVES:
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

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NORTH SHORE in BLACK AND WHITE December 01 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjXOg98iDu8] 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

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

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

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

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

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: http://wayoftheocean.com/blog/

Yater November 29 2010

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

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 2010

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.

NOSERIDER FIN September 02 2010

Much 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 2010

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.”

Danny Ching SUP Race Fin August 13 2010

This 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. 2010-battle-of-the-paddle-hawaii-results-02Above: 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

SACRED CRAFT SHOW: San Diego Convention Center - AUGUST 14 & 15, 2010 July 26 2010

SACRED CRAFT CONSUMER SURFBOARD EXPO CHECK OUT THE LATEST FINS AT TEH SHOW BY: TRUE AMES

Fins for Longboards, Shortboards, Stand Up Paddle Boards July 23 2010

Ever wonder how your boards would work if you tried some different fins?you'd be surprised at how you can customize your craft with the right fins. True Ames offers a variety of surfboard fins ranging from shortboards to longboards, and Stand Up Paddle ( SUP fins ) We offer a full selection of system fins: FCS compatible and Futures Compatible

Rincon From the Air July 02 2010

  A Thursday afternoon surf check at Rincon from the air. 

Wave, Cloud, Sand June 24 2010

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

NEW AIRBASE FOR FUTURES COMPATIBLE FINS June 21 2010

Now 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 mm

back 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 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! 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


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