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 Sun has set on another Alley Fish Fry

Yes another great day at the beach with a bunch a talented , innovative and passionate shapers , board builders and craftsmen. A good vibe and some nice waves. To all that came , a big thanks go to you. A number of shapers made boards just for the day and that is a real compliment to the day. The shapers that were there on the day are the thinkers and innovators in the industry that will be the survivors of the tough times. Lots of them are hand shapers and make a whole range of boards , and have been doing it for along time. This has proven to be a great forum for them to get together and show case their skills and ideas. I don't know of a better way of meeting such a great bunch of guys with this much talent in this non competitive and non commercial environment.

If you have pics to share send them to post on the blog. If you think we should do it again or have any ideas to put forward email me.

Remember lets keep it simple and it is for Fish Boards only and not a trade show ( Brands or logos) but a show of skill and innovation that is thriving and will continue to .

Thanks guys , it would be good to see you in the park again next year.

Great photo by Lincoln Williams of the Alley looking North to Surfers Paradise.  

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