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.

The Board Room is on this weekend

Manufacturers, shapers, designers descend on Del Mar for packed show with exhibits, demos and the industries finest surfboards

Del Mar, Ca., May 11, 2015 -- -- The Boardroom International Surfboard Show will honor Gerry Lopez during the Icons of Foam Tribute to the Masters Shape-off presented by US Blanks. The Boardroom, a consumer show bringing together the surf manufacturing industry, takes place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend (May 14 & 15).
"It seems my life has always been closely connected with surfboards as well as surfboard design. I am thrilled to be an Icons of Foam honoree," said Gerry Lopez. "The list of past honorees is legendary. To be included with the likes of Diff and RB is really cool, as well as very humbling, since both were mentors to me when I started building my own boards."

Six shapers in the shape-off compeition: Roger Hinds (two-time defending champion), Timmy Patterson, Ward Coffey, Ron House, Pat Rawson, and Ryan Lovelace will be asked to replicate a classic Lopez design within the 1.5 hour time allotment.

In addition THE BOARDROOM will feature exhibits and demos:

Glassing/Laminating demos presented by industry stalwarts Douglas Surf Products a division of Revchem Composites; Emcee Greg Mungall

Young Guns of Shaping presented by US Blanks features 15 year old Zack Flores, 14 year old Koby Gilchrist and 15 year old Trevor Anderberg.

The SURFER Talks featuring discussion about Kelly’s Wave, WSL’s Future, El Nino’s Wake, Greenough’s Edge Board, and a QnA with Gerry Lopez.

Best In Show Big Wave Guns presented by Bubble Gum Surf Wax; an exhibit honoring the El Nino winter of 2016 and forward look at boards from the never ending quest for mammoth swells and heroic individuals.

DIY How-to-Shape lessons presented by US Blanks and featuring expert direction from Shaper Studios and Foam E-Z.

Art by visionaries Matt Beard, Nathan Gibbs, Wade Koniakowsky, Sarah Broome, Chris Allen and Michael Lennicx.

Guitar and Ukulele Luthiers – handcrafted instruments made by surfers for surfers, featuring San Diego’s finest luthiers including Pepe Romero Jr., Ken Minasian, Mark Hudson, Hank Johnson, Jeff Scott, Jack Stone, & Pat Hurley.

Vintage Surf Swap (SUNDAY only) – bring two of your pre-1995 boards for trade, sale or barter. Expert appraisals by Randy Rarick and Dan Pincetich.
Video premier with Mason Ho “License to Chill” …LOST surfboards presents Mason Ho and Cheeseburger cutting loose and having fun.

Plenty of surfboards and schwag giveaways including MANDA Organic Sunscreen booth I-7 offering a 5’ 4” Mannkine Chumlee, fins, traction, leash and stuff from REEF, Stance and others. XTR JHP surfboard booth D-2; JS Industries at the Bubble Gum Surf Wax insta selfie contest; COLT surfboards booth I-21; Early Bird Christenson Surfboard drawing for the first 200 paid through the door on Saturday morning, a SUPER Brand at the booth K-8. Plus, plenty of other freebies and samples being handed out.

A surfboard demo morning at 15th St. in Del Mar Sunday May 15 from 7am-10am. Featuring boards by Firewire, Tomo, Slater Designs, Machado Designs, G&S, Sole Handplanes, Future Fins, Colt Surfboards, Vulcan surfboards, Earth Technologies, Ryan Harris Shapes, Wax Surf Co.

Great deals on surfboards, fins, wetsuits and gear from a packed hall with over 165 booths.

Saturday 10am -6pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

Tickets, schedule and info at
Online $10 or $15 for both days
Onsite $15 or $20 for both days


This looks like fun

April 1st-3rd 2016 Christchurch, New Zealand.
A festive weekend bathed in surf, music, movies, art, beer and a great times!

Single Fin Mingle 2016 - Highlights from Jonathan Smit on Vimeo.

Some good news


PRESS RELEASE · Byron Bay Surf Festival · ‘surf culture now’ · March 2016

In 2015 the Byron Bay Surf Festival did not run its popular annual event of 4 years due to  unforeseen operating circumstances. Fortunately these have now all been amended!!

The Byron Bay Surf Festival began with its debut event in October of 2011 founded by two local surfers James McMillan and Vanessa Thompson, and then later joined by Michael Jahn. Along with their family members and a dedicated crew of local volunteers, each year the festival quickly grew in popularity and success as the organisers poured more and more in to the event. Last year Michael and Vanessa departed from the festival team to pursue other commitments. They both, along with James, spent much of the past 5 years contributing to the creation, direction and development of the festival and are happy to see its progression into an even more globally recognized surf culture festival.

Given these circumstances, the whole team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone, including the original landowners of Byron Bay, the Arakwal people, the local Byron Bay community, the many national and international visitors and fans of the festival, and importantly, every single supporter and sponsor, both large and small, for their generous contributions to making the Byron Bay Surf Festival the huge local and global success that it has so far become. Such a unique and diverse celebration of surf culture would not have been possible without the participation and support of all mentioned.

Looking ahead, original founder James McMillan, along with a new and experienced local team, have taken the gap year opportunity and are well into planning the next surf festival with many new innovations and ideas. The festival dates have changed to the end of February to coincide with the start of surf season and to celebrate the last days of each golden summer!! Byron Bay Surf Festival will continue supporting sustainability and the environment with a future goal of zero waste starting now and including operations and partnership alignments that support this continued direction.

Expect more surf, more art, more music and very cool vibes along with all that you have come to love about the festivals awesome atmosphere along the colorful foreshore, at Wategos beach and in the cool little town of Byron Bay!

Stay tuned to your favorite social media for updates! …Updating soon …for enquiries

Look forward to seeing you at the next Byron Bay Surf Festival February 24-26 2017

Peace, Aloha and Stoke! 

Just wanted to let you know there will be a screening of the FISH movie at the Sunhouse in Coolangtta on the 24th March. You are invited if you would like to come. Poster attached with the details. This will probably be the only Screening in OZ.

Looks like they had a great day and a great turnout at this years Cove Fish Fry

"Rare relics of surfing's yesteryear - in place of luscious servings of snapper, hapuka, and gurnard - were the order of the day as the third annual 'The Cove Fish Fry' got under way on the Waipu Cove beachfront yesterday.
Although the name suggests otherwise, no frying of fish took place. However, the appetites of hundreds of surf enthusiasts were appeased, with some travelling from as far afield as Gisborne and the South Island for the alternative surf-based event.
"I've been trying to get here for three years," James Newby, a first-timer at the Cove Fish Fry, said. "Up until last year I was working offshore in Australia, so until now it's never really worked out."
With a mass of 20-odd rare collectors' boards, some worth their weight in gold, stacked neatly into his Toyota Hilux, Newby said it was a pleasure to finally be able to travel to the Cove Fish Fry - a six-to-eight hour pilgrimage from Gisborne which, he said, was well worth making despite the 1200km round trip.
"I've met some really interesting people through this. Just seeing all these different designs - there's lots of different types," he said.
Chuffed with the turnout, Cove Fish Fry organiser Michael Cunningham said 2016's edition was one big 'shaka' of surf-infused culture, and a compliment to the event's growth since its inaugural running in 2014.
"It's one of those organic events where it kind of grows through the day, and then people slowly either get too hot or too tired and go home," he said.
"It's around about the same amount of boards as last year, [and] probably the same amount of people. We're really lucky with the weather, [and] there's heaps of diverse surfboards from all around the country. Having those unusual boards that have been stuck under peoples houses for years, and showing them and the history, is what it's all about."
By Josh Berry
- Northern Advocate

The Cove Fish Fry on this Sunday in New Zealand

Wish I could be there, but will be for sure next year. All the best and I hope it all goes well like the last ones.

The FISH movie is about to be released.

Joseph Ryan's much anticipated and now awarded documentary on the evolution of the fish surfboard is about to be released on DVD and download.
Joseph, surrounded by other aficionado's at the launch of the movie at " Birds Shed" late last year.
It has gone on to win numerous awards.

So to order a DVD or download for when it is released on March 28th go to

Third Annual New Zealand Fish Fry

The 3rd Annual New Zealand Fish Fry is on Sunday 13th of March at Waipu Cove Northland , north of Auckland. This is a great time of year for surf in New Zealand, the water is warm and the waves are uncrowded. 
So make an effort to be part of a great event that celebrates why we go surfing and what we ride.

For more info contact the main man :
 Michael Cunningham

Roger Hall surf off " The Freeway Project "

Roger Hall has quietly made innovative and beautiful surfboards for well over 40 years. He's a master craftsman swimming against a tide of mass production. In 2015 he bought together a group of kiwi surfers for a weeks free surfing on reimagined HotCurls, mutant Mini Simmons and Log variants. The Freeway Project explores Rogers' boards using a tongue in cheek contest format. Check out the video to see who takes out the 2015 The Freeway Trophy.

Ryan Lovelace discusses his shaping experience

It was great to have Ryan as a guest speaker at The Fish Fry a number of years ago when he was just starting out and now seeing where he has gone. Great guy, very talented hand shaper and we have caught up a couple of times when he has been back in Australia.

"Anything but 3 " surf culture Italian style 2015 - Forte Dei Marmi Tuscany

Marco Mazzini a local at Forte Dei Marmi in Tuscany, getting ready for his turn at the local break next to the pier where they just held their first friendly competition. Marco has been out to the Gold Coast a couple of times now and has attended our local Alley Fish Fry. It is a great part of the world where he lives on the beach in Tuscany. And as you will see they do get some fun little waves every now and then. But I must say they got lucky. The event was sponsored by Michele Puliti the local shaper of Ola Surfboards and organised by Nicola Bresciani, for


Inspired by George

George with his knee board, the spoon with the edge...

In 20011 and inspired by the Greenough spoon I saw at the Gold Coast Surf Museum , led to blending what I saw with the fish outline.

Concave deck

One long concave nose to tail with a hull entry

Takayama Halo fins

I find it frustrating to have ideas and do nothing with them. This had led me to build many boards that are too small for me to surf , but have been great experiments and a joy to share with friends. And is this not what surfing is all about.
This year Rasta rode a couple of Georges latest edge boards in Fiji after George revisited the idea himself.
I also applied this to a simmons design in early 2011.

Dave with Georges board abd 2 Dave made from Geroges moulds and a Gary McNeill version of the theme 2015

Fish Fry Bali 2015

The Deus Fish Fry in Bali: a day for the young, the old and every age in between. The event is all about appreciating and riding a vast array of different surfboards. With an eclectic array of wave riding craft planted on the grassy knoll down at Tugu Beach, board enthusiasts admired and rode through the morning. The girls and guys alike cross-stepped, trimmed and cut back on short, long, thick and thin surfboards. Once again, we were gifted with perfect surf and weather. The clean and open-faced Tugu walls were wonderful blank canvases for the various styles of riding. Along with the boards we condone sharing waves, stories and laughs. Over the years we’ve experienced a range of conditions for our event. Whether it’s lake-like, bombing or anywhere in between, the one thing that stays the same is the vibe. And if this video is anything to go by, the vibe was damn good.

The 7th Annual Wooden Surf Board Day is this weekend - Sunday 2nd August

Get that board finished for the weekend


If you build wooden surfboards, or would like to… or maybe you just have an interest in how it all happens, then come down to Currumbin Alley on Sunday from 9 to 3.

A host of board shapers from all walks of life will be on hand to showcase their designs, including the well known Tom Wegener from the Sunshine Coast and Nobby Ohkawa from Japan.

The day is all about like minded people - who enjoy the challenge of spending countless hours in a shed building wooden boards - getting together to share their passion and progress.

Even if you don't build boards but want to find out more, this is the ideal place to ask all the relevant questions, because there are many ways to build a wooden board and they’ll all be on show this Sunday at Currumbin Alley.

So bring your wooden boards, bring a picnic lunch and go for a surf. The Alley in winter is often at it's best for a slide across the banks on a wooden board. And there is nothing better than being on one you built yourself.

Looking forward to catching up with old faces and welcoming some new ones. 

 - Grant Newby

For any more info contact:

Asher Pacey loves the fish

Asher Pacey is one humble dude both in and out the water. Growing up without electricity and learning to survive off the land probably helped in that respect. It's clear Asher values the small things in life that most people take for granted. Filmmaker Matt Kleiner brings us a unique insight into the mind of one of the stylish and respectful surfers out there today.

Joseph Ryan and the Fish Surfboard Documentry premiere

Friday night was the premiere and Joseph just sent me these comments...

"The Premiere went really well, the place holds 200 and they squeezed 250 in (well there were about 20 in the car park which we left the doors open so they could watch).

Steve Lis, Skip Frye and a heap of others from the film made it along. Steve although quite shy came up at the end of the movie to thank me and said a few words to the people there.

Bird Huffman (the guy who started the Fish Fry) said he was stoked with what you said and the way you went about the Australia Fish Fry.

Now the hard bit, working out how to get it out to the rest of the world (probably going to be harder than making the film haha).

Will let you know when I am showing it on the Gold Coast or Byron Bay."

Here are some shots from the night. not sure who some of them are

 PT and Skip Fry
Joesph looking pretty pleased with the outcome

The Fish Surfboard Documentary premiere tonight

Joseph Ryans new movie will premiere at Birds Surf Shed in San Diego on the 24th of July 2015

It is a look at the origin and impact of the fish surfboard design and then how it would influence the main stream surf culture 30 years later. It stars Steve Lis, Skip Frye, Mark Richards, Rob machado, Dave Rastovich, Donavon Frankenreiter, Dan Malloy, David Nuuhiwa, Derek Hynd, Jack McCoy, Peter Townend Dick Van Straalen and more...
Can't wait to see it down here in Australia

There is a Facebook page that will have updates on where the film will be shown (after the premiere)