It all started with the fish when the innovative shapers and board builders out there decided to revisit the past for some inspiration. In doing so they brought back some lost skills such as resin tints and hand foiled fins.The Fish Fry has been a place for these fine craftsmen to showcase their skills. We have seen some amazing boards as shapers have pushed the boundaries over the last few years. As this new look at the fish has evolved to its many forms, it has influenced other shapes and designs along the way.This has spawned a renewed interest in other board forms by this same group and a wider following.Notably the Mini Simmons, Hulls, old school Logs and Pigs. It is pleasing to note that there are an increasing number of people building their own boards as well.All of this is to be applauded and celebrated as a positive for surfing.So it is only natural that these shapers and board builders continue to share their skills with us and include these other shapes at the Fish Fry.It has truly become a melting pot of ideas for like minded people.

6ft 6" finned or finless

Made to be finned or finless , will have to wait and see how she goes.

6ft 6" x 22" and 1.5" on the stringer

The nose is inspired by a Greenough spoon , hull entry and full length concave.

The tail is inspired by the Alaia and flaired rails like a body board

It all blends together to make an interesting fun board. The fins are 6" long and 2" tall 5" up from the tail.

Full concave deck and side cut rail line.Some ideas I have had an thought why not just build it and see how she come out.

Mini Simmons for Shane

I shaped this 5ft 4" x 22.5" Mini Simmons for a mate of mine Shane
and he then did the art on it.

All ready for the Fish Fry next weekend

An insight into Ryan Lovelace

Ryan Lovelace - InnerViews from on Vimeo.

This is a short clip filmed by Cyrus Sutton of Korduroy Tv on Ryan who is coming out from Santa Barbara for the Fish Fry this year. He will also be a guest speaker on next Saturday night at the Surf Museum. Cyrus will just miss being here himself , but will be at Noosa the following weekend to show his new movie Stoked and Broke.

Roger Hall from New Zealand gets ready for the fry .

When it comes to going the extra mile and effort for the Fish Fry , Roger surely sets the bar pretty high.Here below is the workings of his latest board for this years Fish Fry.

A combination of foam and wood like you have never seen. As if it is not hard enough to work with the differing densities of a variety of timbers and then to add the foam as well.

How the resin brings it all to life...

A sanding nightmare for most of us , but just something to be done for Roger.

Roger builds beautiful detailed custom boards all day and this is him just stepping it up for the Fish Fry in his own way. Mate my hat goes off to you once again and like everyone I can't wait to see it in all it's glory next week.

A lot of planning and time goes into a project like this especially when you are running a small team building great boards all day. Check out what Roger calls his regular boards :

A big thanks to Mike for the pics above. He will be coming with Roger once again and just fizzing for the opportunity to surf without a wetsuit after a summer in the land of the long black raincoat.

2 weeks today until this years Fish Fry

Well it is two weeks away and summer surely is upon us. The water today was 26.5c on the life guards board at the beach this morning and 34c in the shade on my back deck this afternoon.
The Gold Coast is a great place to live for sure. This the Alley looking back to Surfers Paradise.

You have to love the resin tints that the fish has brought back to boards and hand foiled fins as well.

This is a shot taken buy Danny Hess's wife Erin in 2007, the first Fish Fry.A great outlook from the park across the road to the beach.

Pick your flavour...

Andrew Wells from Grown Surfboards has been busy building some boards for the fish fry.

5ft 8" chambered Paulownia with airbrushing by Shane Martin

This is the sort of boards that will be at the Fish Fry in a couple of weeks.I know of a number of guys who are building boards especially for the day. Which is unreal ans shows the commitment out there. Thanks Andy for the effort and support .

Check out what else he has been up to -

Richard Kenvin's slide show

Richard Kenvin's Hydrodynamica Slideshow Oct 2010 from Matthew McGregor-Mento on Vimeo.

Stephane's new Mini Simmons

Just got these great shots from Stephane Guillaume in France of his new board shaped by Terry Surfboards in Biarritz.

Just love the graphics and all the colour , very different I must say.

2011 European Fish Fry date set

If you want to know more about this or organise a trip over for the event contact Rob Lion at :

Great to see that they are keeping the flame alight and all the best for the day guys.

Sergio's fish with style and colour

Sergio treats his fish as if it was a religion...

He loves colour and does great resin work to compliment his shapes

I first met Sergio Gomez when he came to the Fish Fry a couple of years ago with Roger hall from New Zealand where he had been working with Roger at Surfline Surfboards.He is a great guy and a great shaper. Not long after he headed off to France where he has set up business and continues to shape and live.If you are over that way and want a nice board he will look after you.
You can check him out at :

The Mini Simmons story

I have posted this before , but it is interesting . So here it is and let me know what you think.You will see many of these little guys at the fish fry , from many different shapers. Try one and see what all the fun is about. Yes they are different and a little hard to get you head around , but try one and answer it for yourself.

Looking for something a little different ?

Ryan Lovelace from Point Concept Surfboards in Santa Barbara will be here for the Fish Fry and is available to shape you a board while he is here.Check out his sites to see what he builds :

Remember that the Fish Fry brings together the best of shapers and the innovators of the shaping world so if you are interested in a new board this is the place to see what is out there.It is also you best opportunity to meet these great guys and even have a surf with them or try a board. Bring along the fish you have and compare it or swap with someone else on the day. This is what the whole day is all about and what makes it so different.

More big fish

Skip Frye the master with a board to glide the point and slide the bay.

John Cherry shapes a great board and the finest fins to go with them.

It would be great to have both of these gentlemen join us at the Fry one year. They sure have inspired me over the years.