True Ames Surf Fins Blog
SURF EXPO 2012 - True Ames Fins booth # 1266 August 22 2012Check 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 2012Check out our latest fin selection. Some of our new fins include: • Tyler Warren Quad Fins • Christian Wach - Canvas Fin • Smith and Parrish Single Fin • Tyler Warren - Bar of Soap Fins
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 2012The 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 2012Ok, 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 2012True 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 2012We 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
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
NORTH SHORE in BLACK AND WHITE December 01 2011Hawaii 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.