Wednesday April 24, 2013
The evolutionary curve continues at True Ames with the construction of Solid Core Bamboo and Cedar fins.
We are offering ultra light glass-on fins in a variety of templates that is rapidly growing. Fins are made in house using cad/cam for precision foils. We then apply a layer of glass and sand. The result is the highest quality wood fin ready for top-level board construction.
Available templates are : Tyler Warren Bar of Soap, Hobie Fish, Gephart, and the Tom Parrish Single Fin...
Check our website for further details, updated information regarding new templates, and a possible limited offering for fins that will fit in the standard long board fin box!
Friday April 12, 2013
We just got the new Bonzer Hexcore center fins. They come in 6.5" and 7" Check them out!
True Ames was first established in an old water tower in the bean fields on the fertile Oxnard plain. Just so happened the Campbell brothers had recently vacated that same water tower for better shaping quarters. After almost 35 years the True Ames/Campbell Brothers relationship continues as we are as stoked on developing and refining bonzer fins as ever!
In the quest to make the fins lighter and lighter we have introduced TrueLite, Hexcore, technology to both the runners and center fin. We are hoping to introduce a production version of the center fin in solid core bamboo, using our cad/cam machining project…stay tuned.
Wednesday December 26, 2012
After experimenting with quads for 7 years this is what works best for Tyler Warren. 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. tyler warren quad fins ( Futures & FCS compatible )
Friday August 24, 2012
As storms churn in the Indian Ocean headed on an easterly track towards Australia, long period swells make their way to the island chain of Indonesia. As the swell projects towards the southern most region of the 17,508 islands of Indo, there is one particular island that is a all time favorite for many. The majestic island of Bali, which sits 8 degrees south of the equator is a waverich isle of warm blue water. Bali is home to amazing culture, and some of the World's best surf. The increasing popularity of the relatively small island means more crowded surf, but for some, who explore, there are many empty lineups at the right time of day.
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
Wednesday March 28, 2012
Here is a very cool video clip of a day at rincon... This goes to show how many waves come through on a typical afternoon when there's swell. The tide, swell, and crowd can fluctuate drastically. Looks like it's the end of the NW swell season here in Santa Barbara, Looking forward to summer warmth and longer days now. Road trips to find south swell and small windswell will be the norm for the next few months.
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 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.
Thursday September 15, 2011
Got another free wallpaper screensaver here. (click the link below image for download) This was a shot from a few weeks ago. A bit of the Southwest swell was mixing in with some Northwest peaks. Was on my way back walking along a bluff when I got this shot. These are futures compatible CI fins. They work really well with this Simon Anderson 5'10" squashtail. The best part about these fins is that the work great in small waves around waist to chest high but also got me into some solid overhead waves down south last month. Good all around choice for shortboard fins!
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