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.
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.
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.
Tuesday January 29, 2013
this is a digital version of our 2013 catalog. We just got them printed!! If you are interested in getting a copy email us at: email@example.com
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 )
Monday December 10, 2012
Sometimes a blank canvas comes in different shapes other than the traditional square or rectangle. Here are a few plain glass on fins with a little creativity and paint. They are block printed and have a randomness to the design which creates a unique look to each one. These hand printed fins are just a few ideas that are brewing in True Ames art department. Art by: Ryan Kleiner
Tuesday October 9, 2012
10" base x 4 5/8" depth--These wood surf fins are machine foiled to perfection. The cedar grain gives these fins optimum flex / stiffness. To make these easier for you to glass them on, there is one layer of glass on each side. Wood fins also have positive buoyancy, they float! The best part is that we make them here, in house.
The Tyler Warren Bar of Soap fin is designed for the small Twin fin "bar or soap board" These boards typically come in sizes 4'11" to 5'3" and are super wide and compact...Much of Tyler’s inspiration in designing the “Bar of Soap” came from his experience riding two of Richard Kenvin’s Hydrodynamica Project boards: The White Pony and Casper. Both of these boards were inspired by the hydrodynamic planing hull surfboards created by Bob Simmons 60 years ago. Check out the wood fin selection
Tuesday October 2, 2012
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.
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 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.
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.
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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