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.

Bob's getting funky

5ft 4" Mini Simmons

Fabric on the tail , nice ...

Spotted in Byron Bay a McTavish Simmons ?
Thanks Soul Arch

Jesse on Mr Blanc

These are some of the great images taken by Cory White of Jesse Watson of Black Apache Surfboards shaping a board for him.
Check out the others and his interview at :

Kelly Slater samples the Simmons


After snapping his board in Woolongong yesterday Kelly decided to try a mini simmons.

All photos by Joel Armstrong

Some funky shots from Mike

Mike Cunningham from New Zealand has a collection of scanned film shots to share.Check them out here: Mike's shots

Fish Fry 5 - 2011 a great day had by all once again

An early shower and a slow start before the sun popped out for the day

And then they came...

Fish of all colour and shape

All shapes and sizes...

Andrew Wells , Grown Surfboards from Lennox Heads

Sam Yoon with his new long fish

Beautiful wooden Mini Simmons by Andrew Wells , Grown Surfboards

Another long fish by Sam Yoon

Plenty going on here.

Monster Board all the way from Holland via New York.

A great day was had by all and so good to see all the young shapers there with their boards and getting together with some of the older crew.

Thanks to Jackie Forbes , Shane MacGregor and Doug Massey for the great photos

Fish Fry 5 - 2011, a great day had by all once again.

Young shaper Aaron Wordley " Zella Surfboards " from Victoria fleww up for the day with a mate to be part of the action and this is what the Fish Fry is all about , passionate guys who want shape boards and have a shared experience.

Jun and his beautifully finished boards.

Riq de Caralho with his fishy knee board by Brett Munro from Byron Bay.

Captian Sage

Jesse Watson Mini Simmons

Mia from Six Ounce , Sydney checking out one of Jordie Browns boards

Terry Glass " Fluid Journey " from Ulladulla had this great looking craft

Ronny Goddard with 2 of his beautifully finished boards. I think the Tree Frog Green simmons was a standout for me.

Ferral Dave , always a great supporter of the Fish Fry had some new technology and great boards.

Don Burford , Rich Pavel and Murray Burton casting an experienced eye over things.

Jordie Brown had a some nice boards with some great art on them

Tom checking out what Eden has been up to.

The Santa Barbara crew of ( L-R ) Miles , Connor and Ryan Lovelace from Point Concept Surfboards had a great day in the park.

Sam Yoon waxing up one of his long fishes which he builds in the garden shed at home.

Jordan Nobel Note Surfboards from Victoria with one new fishes.

Roger Hall ( NZ ) Sharon and JB from Pacific Longboarder Magazine , Tom Wegener and Mike Cunningham ( NZ )

Matthew McGregor-Mento from New York with his wife was in town to show his " Monsterboards" movie at the Byron Bay film festival.

Jun from " Surfers Country Surfboards" enjoying the day

The Japanese boys checking the finish on one of Jun's boards

Valla Surfboards , are always good to check out.

Note Surfboards

Point Concept Boards

Dick Van fish

Roger Hall , Surfline Surfboards from New Zealand , always pushing the boundaries

Early 60's Mini Simmons from Barry Bennett Surfboards from Sydney

A DVS keel fin fish and the board in the middle is Rich Pavels first ever , now famous " Speed Dailer " , then a Pavel long fish quad.

Roger Halls boards

Some of my recent boards

A 5ft 4" Mini Simmons I shaped for a mate of mine Shane McGregor and he did the artwork.