How to fit FCS fins flush on your board

Thursday February 13, 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.

how to fit FCS surf fins flush on your board from TRUE AMES on Vimeo.


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Big Sur Travels

Wednesday November 27, 2013

surf fins 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.

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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.

big sur photography 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.

big sur

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.


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60/40 Foiled Read Quad Fins

Monday July 15, 2013

quad fins for fcs and futures We have a new set of rear quad fins called The 6-4 Rear Quad This is a specialty set of 2 back fins that use a 60/40 foil. These are specifically designed to give you more power in bigger surf. The 6-4 has a more "straight up" design that give you the control you need when riding a quad setup in overhead plus waves. This keeps your board moving down the line and less relying on rail to rail surfing, giving you longer, more drawn out turns. The 60/40 foil is closer to a symmetrical foil than a flat foil or 80/29 which equals drawn out turns.


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Understanding Surf Fin Design

Tuesday October 2, 2012

surf fin design guide 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.

With all of the fin selection available today, sometimes it helps to really understand how fins work and what factors will change the way each individual fin will perform. Here are a few important things that could help guide your fin selection.

Construction

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.

Flex

Flex is a very important element in our designs. Many of our surfboard 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 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.

Size

The depth of your fin 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. For example a 9’6” single fin surfboard needs at least a 9.5” fin and if nose riding is most important to you then you will find bigger fins give more forward control.

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. 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.


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Hexcore System Fins Video Clip

Friday July 20, 2012

True Ames Surf Fins from TRUE AMES on Vimeo.

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.


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DEEP MAGAZINE: TRUE AMES = TRUE LOVE

Tuesday November 8, 2011

This is an interview published in the latest issue of DEEP magazine. Here is an online version of the mag, we're on page 13. Thanks to Brandon Read for taking the time to answer a few questions.

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SURF EXPO 2011

Thursday September 8, 2011

true ames surf expo 2011 surf fins

SURF EXPO 2011 BOOTH #878

It's that time of year again for Surf Expo in Orlando, FL. We will be at booth 878 with a showcase of surf fins, stand up paddle fins, and windsurf fins. Check out our the booth for our latest catalog and stickers! .

SEPTEMBER 8-10, 2011

Orange County Convention Center

South Hall

9899 International Dr.

Orlando, Florida 32819


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Future Fins Compatible

Wednesday July 6, 2011

 

FUTURES FINS - COMPATIBLE
Our selection of Futures Fins base compatible templates includes Channel Islands, Timmy Patterson, Lost, and more. These ultra light hexcore fins will hold up over time and will be much lighter than solid fiberglass. Super fast fins that are designed to suit any style of surfing and varieties of waves. We have future fins for Twin fin, Thruster, and Quads. These Futures fin compatible template are available in truelite hexcore for some of the lightest and strongest fins available. Another great thing about these Future Fins compatible is the AIRBASE feature. The base of this fin has strategically placed holes in the base to make the lightest fins yet retain maximum strength. See our full selection of Future Fins compatible templates.

 

FUTURE FINS COMPATIBLE
AVAILABLE TEMPLATES:


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