For more than three decades Chuck Ames and the True Ames Fins team have been at the forefront of the fiberglass fin industry. Balancing a surfer-driven design ethic with an unyielding commitment to innovation and production excellence, we have forged an international reputation in the surfing and windsurfing communities as the guys who, simply put, make your waveriding vehicle of choice work even better. After all, as Chuck likes to say, “You could have the best board in the world shaped for you but, if the fins are off, it won’t go- the thing just won’t work the way it should.” Day in and day out, it is our goal at True Ames to make sure such fin failures never happen to you.
Here is a shot of a few of our single fin selection. Just some of the good ones hanging on a sheet of wood. check out our website for all of the fins we have to offer.
Check out our latest fin designs at SURF EXPO this Sept. 6-8th 2012. Orlando, FL
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.
Lake Tahoe, CA (August, 24th 2010) In windy, cold and over-cast conditions, paddlers at the 2010 Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP event still took to the water. As the weather service predicted, a summer storm brewed on the lake resulting in consistent 25 MPH wind gusts. The event coordinators decided that the Elite SUP race would be run in a similar fashion to the world renowned Battle of the Paddle event. Athletes participating in the elite event were required to paddle .5 miles straight upwind, turn 180 degrees on the Quiksilver buoy, and surf their way back to the beach for a 100 yard beach run. This course was completed four times. As one of the premiere paddling events at Lake Tahoe, Vertra’s Paddlesports Team performed top notch!
Vertra’s own Danny Ching paddled to an impressive and comfortable 1st place finish in the men’s elite SUP race taking home 2500$. In his normal fashion Ching got out to an early lead, and built the gap on the rest of the field on each turn. “I just went out hard, and tried to hold on,” commented Ching. Danny is considered by his peers as being one of the sports best and is second to none in paddling in all types of weather conditions. This weekends 25 MPH wind gusts proved to be no different as he powered his way up wind, and used his surfing knowledge from years of paddling the OC1 to build a sizable lead on the rest of the competitors.
The young sixteen-year-old Matt Becker battled his way in the top of the pack throughout the entire race. “It was tough to push it up wind,” commented Becker. Matt who just returned back to the States after a SUP surf expedition in Colombia found the best parks of the race surfing the .5 mile downwind leg of the race. “It was a great event today, a good starting point as I prepare for the Hennessey’s International Race and Battle of the Paddle in a few months.”
On a 5 day trip down south in the dusty desert, the surf was plentiful and inspirational. Here are a few pics from along the drive and the makeshift camp set up. Glad I had extra fins to choose from and plenty of time to try them out.
On the Drive South: The road was a long one and after plenty of near misses with on coming semi-trucks, I was glad to finally set up camp in front of some good looking surf. With dust and desert conditions you begin to feel dried out quickly when out of the water, It’s a good thing the swell kept going and I could stay hydrated in some refreshing long tubing waves that eventually walled up and raced along the inside section.
Day 1: My fins selection on this day was the YU- Fcs
compatible setup. These fins are awesome. The side fins provide nice drive and the trail fin works as a stabilizer. I was able to stay loose on the wave’s critical sections but keep a good driving bottom turn going when I needed to generate speed. Once you get used to this setup you can begin to experiment and get the fins free when you want and hold a solid bottom turn when you need the drive.
When the swell maxed out and sets were pumping I decided to try a bit bigger board and change out to the Channel Islands fins setup, which I felt were much more stable and also maintained their speed through all of the sections. The CI fins were a good choice for these waves and with the swell pumping a perfect combination for fun sessions.
Reeling from a burgeoning fish revival, Hobie surfboards has chosen this twin fin template to fervently guide its Circa ’71 fish model. Just for kicks and industry bravado, we decided to grind off a few extra sets and push the addictive little bastards upon the world. As any drug dealer with good product would say, this s#*t sells itself! With a blunt tip, 7″ base, and a full leading edge, the Hobies are now our most traditionally styled and popular twin template. Also available in RTM composite.