Wednesday November 27, 2013
A spontaneous excursion is always a great way to refresh the mind and explore. In this case I decided to head north to Big Sur. The swell forecast looked minimal but it doesn't take much to have fun at some of the spots along this pristine yet fickle stretch of coast. A good 4/3 with a hood and booties is the call most of the time, especially this time of year as California ocean temperatures begin to drop. So I packed up the camping gear, 2 boards, 3 sets of True Ames FCS fins and began the mini-journey. After hours of driving from Santa Barbara it begins to look and feel like a foreign land. The air was crisp and has a mixture of evergreens and salty ocean.
The waves in this area can range from sloping beach breaks to barreling rocky reefs, and many of the best waves are hidden from sight. It takes patience and a little bit of luck to have all of elements align for a good surf. This particular time the winds were light and swell was manageable, A bit of a numbing paddle out first blended into a fun session of head high beachbreak...I used a set of Timmy Patterson FCS fins for this session, The waves had plenty of open face and I've found that the TP fins can draw out your turns slightly, especially on cutbacks, giving you a wider range of movement on open faced waves.
The sun sets pretty early in the Fall on this magical span of coastline and after few hours at the beach it was time to keep on heading north to set up camp. There are plenty of camp grounds along the main road but finding one with open sites is a challenge sometimes especially when the weather is good. It' s also common for the campgrounds to not allow camp fires during certain times of year. I was planning on staying warm so I drove up even further to find a great campsite on the river that had plenty of space and allowed fires. time to defrost and setup before dark.
Day 2 led me on a long hike in search of waves. The winds had come up overnight and the surf was on the decline, but I was ready to either surf or just enjoy the hike outside and in nature. As I suspected, when I finally arrived at the beach, it was pretty much flat, and the lineup was dotted with thousands of seagulls basking in the sun. This was their spot, so I explored the beach and cliffside with my camera and sketch book. The sun was beginning to descend as the moon began to rise, it was time to head back to camp and settle in for an early night.
The next morning I woke pre-dawn to pack up and head back home. I wanted to catch the sunrise driving home, something that I haven't seen in Big Sur before. Cool offshore winds blowing down out of the valleys were keeping the surf clean along the way. I knew that there could still be some swell and possibly some good surf. As I headed out of the highlands and down the coast I spotted a peaky beach break with some really nice barrels. The winds were light and the sun was up enough for a paddle out. These waves looked pretty heavy so I switched out fins to a set of Eric Arakwa FCS fins. I knew these fins were going to hold in on the steep faces and have solid bottom turns. This spot was bigger than it looked and really shallow, Perfect for getting shacked. As the deep water canyon just off the coast magnified wave energy creating super powerful surf. A great match for the EA fins on my board. An hour into the session, the winds began to come up and extremely large seals started to swim out for their session. I was out of there and just in time for breakfast.
Just 3 days of adventure along the Big Sur coast was packed full of good times and interesting scenic sights. Until the next trip, I'll let this one marinate in my mind for a while.
We now offer our Hexcore system fins in a new color..."Orange Glow" These orange fins are super bright and when the sun hits them you get the orange glow. Available in FCS fins compatible and Futures fins compatible. These are the highest quality fins using the resin transfer method, which produces maximum drive and tuned flex.
Thursday September 12, 2013
Twin Fin + Mini Trailer ~photo by: Lucas Thornton @ Wood Foot Surf Craft~
Originally used as a 5th center fin for quad setups, this mini trailer fin works surprisingly well with a twin fin setup also. My twin fin was riding just as it should, loose, fast and fun… However, I felt that a trailer fin would help the board out in bigger surf, So I just went for a test ride. I tried a normal sized 3.5" center fin at first but the board just rode like a regular thruster. So I tried the mini-trailer in the center FCS tab.
On my first wave I could immediately feel the difference. The board actually accelerated much more than usual and the bottom turn just felt so much more powerful. This added drive projected me to the lip and as I turned I could feel the fin holding in just enough to feel a nice controlled tail drift, similar to a power slide on a skateboard. The board rode out of the turn nicely and down the line with speed to the next section, another controlled slide into a stylish turn.
The mini trailer gave that twin fin just enough added stability and drive to convince me to use it all of the time. I'd probably recommend using it on a twin fin for waves that are in the chest high + range. If you're surfing smaller waves in the 1-2 foot range your' twin fin should work just fine. and If you have a quad setup- it will really stabilize the board in bigger powerful surf.
Thursday June 20, 2013
Today is the Summer Solstice, marking the longest day of the year and the start of summer! Now with the extra hours of sunshine and summertime swells there's plenty of time to surf. Whether you are surfing at home or taking a trip to find waves somewhere else, we have the best surfboard fins selected for summer. Here are a few of our favorites for Single fins, Twin Fins, Thrusters, and Quads.
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. SMALLER SIZES ( 7” - 9” ) Use the smaller sizes for a single fin or 2+1.
Josh Farberow came to us with a request… Just make the California Classic as flexible as possible, the rest is history. One of our most popular all around flex fins! Give this fin a try in your favorite long board that seems to be stagnating in potential. The feeling of a turn with added power and the potential for subtle trim adjustments is what this fin is all about.
A full area design with more rake than our Heritage fin, giving you long, smooth, flowing arcs. Chris Slickenmeyer is currently living on the South Shore of Oahu and actively working on new fin concepts for a variety of boards. For now, go with the Slick for a full area template that will give you amazing carveablility.
Reeling from a burgeoning fish revival, Hobie surfboards has chosen this twin fin template to fervently guide its Circa ‘71 fish model. A classic design with flat inside foil. We offer this template in FCS Compatible, Futures Compatible, and Glass on. This fin comes in a variety of materials ranging from Solid glass for the system fins, and for glass ons we now have machine foiled solid bamboo and cedar.
This is the original template for the CI twin fin dating back to the early 1980’s. It is a looser twin when compared to the Mark Richards style twin. This design, when hooked up with a small trailing center fin, makes a great loose feeling thruster. You will feel the speed of a twin-fin along with positive drive of a tri-fin. The foil on these fins is a one side (flat) classic twin fin foil.
( 3 Fin Set ) 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!
( 3 Fin Set ) The all-around powerhouse for the middle weights. Nice tip flex. Great for smooth and powerful turns. Get these fins on your favorite board and get some solid surf... you’ll flow with power and cutbacks will seem effortless.
( 3 fin set ) 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.
( 4 Fin Set ) After experimenting with quads for 7 years this is what I found works best for me. These fins have a loose fluid drive that allows for effortless speed and drive. The front fins are single foil and back fins are 80 / 20 foil.
Monday June 3, 2013
Just arrived today! We have Bonzer runners ( set of 4) FCS compatible. Offered in colors: smoke or clear... a little history on Bonzer Fins:
Bonzer (bon-zer), adj. Australian (NZ) slang; extraordinary. unique. Archetype (ar’ki tip), n. The original pattern after which a thing is made; model or first form. The Bonzer is the archetype of the modern surfboard. It was the first tri-fin surfboard (Dec. 1970). Although unbeknownst to us, others were working on a three fin design of there own. There was a big difference between the two fin setups. They had half moon shaped side fins placed behind the center fin, and our keel shaped side fins were placed forward of the center fin. Almost four decades of success for the Bonzer, and almost three for the Thruster, we have demonstrated the archetypal nature of our original design concept.
There are two main characteristics that establish the Bonzer as an archetype.
Bonzer establishment of the triangular arrangement of the three fins, with side fins placed forward of the center fin. The side fins were placed 10 1/2” to 12” from the tail and 1 1/2” to 1 3/8” from the rail. They were also towed in toward the nose at what has become the standard angle The design and development of the single to double concave (double through the fin area) bottom. This bottom contour was designed to work in conjunction with the fins to organize the water flow through the tail area.
Friday 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.
Tuesday May 22, 2012
On a recent three week trip to Central America during the beginning of the south swell season, I was able to try to out 3 different sets of fins. I wanted to go minimal with my fin selection, so I brought 1 board, a 5'11 Simon Anderson squash tail, this would give me a chance to try 3 sets of fins. A small, medium and larger set for any kind of waves that I could find. It's amazing how much you can change the ride and feel of one board by simply changing fins...
There were a wide variety of waves ranging from super hollow barreling beachbreaks, long sweeping points, powerful outer reefs, and perfectly peeling sand bottom river mouths. The swell was consistently head high plus at most of the spots and a few days with close to double overhead.
My Choice of fins were:
Standard sized Channel Islands / Eric Arakawa / Channel Islands Small ( Some of my boards are FCS fins compatible, This time I had Futures Fins compatible setup, I think they are much easier to change out and a more solid base.)
LOCATION: The Point- FIN CHOICE: Channel Islands Standard- This spot had a wide sloping takeoff zone and then the wave would hit the edge of the reef for a short tube section. I wanted to start off with the Channel islands standard size set for this wave just to see what they could handle. Drops were easy and plenty of drive off of the bottom even on overhead sets. I noticed that since I was up and riding before the barrel section I could have time to setup and pull in with ease, going backside in a hollow spot I would probably use the larger fins but these CI Standards were holding in just fine, and not slipping out in the steepest sections.
Check out the next post for another session with the Eric Arakawa fins, as the surf picked up and headed north to some solid beachbreaks and a boats to a desolate rivermouth. Story/Photos: Ryan Kleiner
Tuesday March 13, 2012
Here's a video clip of Peter Mendia scoring some epic right point surf over in Morocco. He's riding Proctor Surfboards and True Ames Fins and getting some nice tubes. The choice fins for these waves are the Lost Template available in FCS and Futures Compatible and Glass ons These fins are 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. HEIGHT=4.70" / 119 mm BASE=4.65" / 118 mm
Tuesday January 3, 2012
Come and check out True Ames at the Surf Expo this January 12-14. We will be there with all of our latest fins... Everything from Stand Up Paddle fins, to our wide range of single fins, as well as system fins for FCS and Futures compatible. We'll be at booth #2065 - See you there!
Friday September 23, 2011
In the small town of Coolangatta on the Gold Coast of Australia's beautiful wave rich eastern edge, there was a wave called Kirra. She still exists but her face has changed forever due to a combination of erosion and beach nourishment programs during the last few decades. Now don't get me wrong, she is still beautiful, but back in her prime, she was a perfect 10 with unbelievable shape and form, endlessly peeling across the sand bank. Today the wave is a bit shorter and not as ruler edged, but can still give you the tube of your life. With the strong currents and sand pumping, Kirra's waves are ever-changing and unpredictable, but on the right angle swell and tide there are some epic waves if you can keep your position in the lineup.
Here is a shot from last year during an off season swell. This wave is seriously breaking in about a foot and a half of water with super fast sections and a current that will make your arms sore. In the moment ( an unidentified Kirra local gettin' shacked )
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* Prior to 1840 — Kirra is not known by its current name and is rarely visited by white settlers. * 1840-1910 — The first white holiday-makers start to visit. * 1910-1920 — Holiday-makers increase, making Kirra a popular recreational beach area. * 1930s — The opening of the South coast road increases the popularity of the southern Gold Coast as a holiday destination. Camping was very popular for families because Kirra had a long beach and a low-lying dune system. * 1960-early 1974 — The Tweed River breakwaters combine with a series of low-pressure weather systems to result in serious sand erosion. This brings the high-water level to just below the coastal road. * 1970s — Big Groyne built at Kirra's south end. * 1995 — 30 metres taken off Big Groyne to help fight erosion at Greenmount Beach. * 2001 — Start of Tweed River sand bypass project. * 2003 — Little Groyne completely buried in sand. * 2006 — Project launched by Griffith University Coastal Management Center to restore the beach
Friday April 15, 2011
Looking to surf better, stay in the tube longer, surf more vertical, or just surf faster? Surfing better can be as simple as changing out your fin setup. The right surf fins can make all the difference in your surfing. At True Ames, we have a bunch of fin templates to fit your style, board, and surf conditions. Whether you are just learning to surf, or a pro on the world tour, a common goal is to improve your surfing, and it’s as easy as trying different fins.
Our Hexcore technology fins give you more drive and perfect flex. These fins are available in FCS compatible, Futures compatible, and glass on, Single Fins, 2+1 Setups and Bonzers. Not only does the Hexcore perform better but is also 25% lighter than standard fiberglass fins! Try a new set of Hexcore fins today and start to surf better.
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, Immediately feeling like your riding a different board! 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 relation to the waves you are surfing is the first step to improve your surfing. 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 to help you surf better.
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