Since 1979, Chuck Ames and the True Ames Fins team have been developing the finest fiberglass fins available. Known throughout the international surfing community for innovative designs and a prowess for experimentation. True Ames continue to fulfill the mission to help surfer, stand up surfers and windsurfers maximize and manipulate the performance of their vehicles of choice. This mission began in the turbulent surf industry of the 1980's, as True Ames forged lasting relationships with notable surfers and shapers of the Santa Barbara area and beyond. True Amesworked closely with local comrade Al Merrick and Channel Islands Surfboards, producing the templates and foils that helped navigate young Tommy Curren toward the first American World Title in many years. True Ames began to make fins for Reynolds Yater, one of the most prolific and renowned figures in surfboard making. True Ames worked with cult icons the Cambell Brothers in developing fin designs for Bonzer surfboards.
ProgressionIn 1985 True Ames took hold in the technically challenging world of windsurfing. It was during this time that True Ames formed a symbiotic relationship with surfing eccentric and inventor George Greenough, who by this time had diverted most of his attention to windsurfing. Noting George's experiences and foresight, True Amesdeveloped progressive foils that set new standards for the industry. True Ames riders came to dominate course races. The first windsurfer to travel over 50 mph was propelled by a True Ames skeg!
The 1990's took True Ames in still more directions. When the resurrection of longboarding facillitated an unprecedented demand for Bane box fins, True Amesworked with surfers and shapers in creating an ever-expanding palate of longboard fin templates. Respected shapers, such as Dale Velzy, Wayne Rich, Steve Walden, Skip Frye, Greg Liddle, and the Yaters, all created True Ames signature models. In 1994, True Ames started making wakeboard fins, a move which prepared us for making today's kiteboard templates.
Today, True Ames offers a greater diversity of fin products than any other fin company. 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. Close relationships to imaginative pros, such as Danny Ching, 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