SURF EXPO 2014

Monday December 30, 2013

surf fins at surf expo Surf Expo 2014 is just around the corner... Next week True Ames will be at booth #3423. Come by and check out the latest fin design and our new line of machine foiled wood fins! Hope to see you there!


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GEORGE GREENOUGH SURF FINS: History of The Stage 6 Fin

Thursday July 25, 2013

george greenough surf fins 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.

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.

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Above: a photo of some of George Greenough’s original designs for the paddle fin, small thruster setup.


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The Best Surf Fins For Summer

Thursday June 20, 2013

surfboard fins for summer 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.

SINGLE FINS

GREENOUGH 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. SMALLER SIZES ( 7” - 9” ) Use the smaller sizes for a single fin or 2+1.

FARBEROW FLEX

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.

HERITAGE

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.

TWIN FINS

HOBIE FISH

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.

CHANNEL ISLANDS TWIN FIN

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.

THRUSTERS

ERIC ARAKAWA

( 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!

KC

( 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.

LOST

( 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.

QUADS

TYLER WARREN QUAD

( 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.


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