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 November 21, 2013
In this short form profile, VitaBrevisFilms interviews Eric Arakawa for the third exploration of our PROFESSIONal series. Shot on location on the North Shore of Oahu, Eric gives a candid account of the people who both inspired and guided him. From the novice fabrication of his first board, to shaping the late Andy Irons last custom job, Eric shares his hope to pass his knowledge on to his young employees and those around him.
Monday August 5, 2013
We now offer two more templates based on the our "Slick" fin
The Slick 9.6” Regulator This is a refined design based on his current series. The “Regulator” targets boards in the mid 9’ range. Slick has reduced the area and maintained a well-balanced profile. We consider this a higher performance long board fin. It will turn easily and have excellent hold. The “look and curves” are distinctly “Slick”!
The Slick 9.75” Noserider Not the extreme noseriding fin you may think of with a bunch of area and heavy. Try this design when you know your board and want to feel all aspects of the ride. Just enough area for secure toes at the tip but loose when it is time to break trim and pump around the next section. This is what we would call a “highly refined” noseriding fin attempting to bridge the gap between positive flowing turns and a solid feel on the nose.
Monday July 15, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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