True Ames - Weber Hatchet
The Dewey Weber Hatchet was designed by iconic surfer, shaper, and businessman Dewey Weber himself. Like the Yater Spoon, this is another transition era fin from the D-fin to something that would turn. Originally designed in 1965, the original template was 18” measured from leading edge to tip and was called the ‘Turn Fin’, before adopting the nickname, the ‘Hatchet Fin’.
Dewey was not only of the first inductees into the International Surfing Hall of Fame, but with his shaping skills he also founded surf industry powerhouse Dewey Weber Surfboards. A little guy among big lads and even bigger boards in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Dewey was well known for his quick feet and ability to leverage the weight of the board to turn harder and faster than what his stature seemed to allow. This is in part thanks to his Hatchet fin, which gave him such maneuverability. It wasn’t long before his innovation caught on. Dewey’s Performer model boards, with their big Hatchet fins, exemplified the noseriding era.
These days, we offer the Hatchet in sizes much smaller than the original template, and it continues to perform very well in many traditional style longboards. Its large surface area will hold you on the nose, while its big rake, swept back, and relief in the trailing edge will all help your surfboard to turn with much more grace and ease than its predecessor, the D-fin. Take the Hatchet for a spin at your favorite logging wave–it is sure to provide a unique feeling that you can only get from the classics like this.
- Unique and classic design meant to pair with traditional longboards
- Its large surface area makes it great for noseriding, while its swept back and relief in trailing edge make it more maneuverable than a traditional D-fin
- Solid fiberglass construction, gloss finish