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.

Best of luck from our mates in the States.

Sean and his mate Mike Hynson checking the finer points of one of Mikes quads.
Just got an email from Sean Mattison from San Diego to say hi and wish us all the best with this weekends Fish Fry. Sean and Scott Bass are the two guys that got me started with the whole Fish Fry thing after checking out their 4th one at Oceanside Beach 3 years ago. As you can see Sean is a hell of a surfer and a fish nut to boot.These are some shots by Michael Delanzo of Sean cutting loose on one of Mike Hynson's Black Knight Quads. A big thanks must go to Sean and Scott for their support with holding the Fish Fry concept down here on the Gold Coast. They have both been down here in the past which was great and have helped spread the word back home. Scott has taken things more than one step further with organising the Sacred Craft event . A great concept and another way of showcasing the craft of board shaping and building.   May 16 & 17 2009 Ventura County Fairgrounds.

1 comment:

pushingtide said...

Great first pic! Fishin'!