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.

Irish Fish Fry

Great to see the Fish Fry is kicking on all over the world. Keep it simple keep it pure.

The Alley this morning

A great day at The Alley, offshore winds coming down the valley -  got to love this time of year.
Shot by Lincoln as he cruised the coast this morning.

Great new movie The Present is about to tour Australia

Just click on the title above to link to the site for all the details...
This is a great new Thomas Campbell movie that is sure to inspire you.

Wooden Surfboards of any kind...

As you know there were many great wooden fishes at this years fish fry and also at the AB3 in Oceanside. Wooden boards are becoming popular and there are some great builders of them out there. Danny Hess , Tom Wegener and plenty of good old boys as well. So I have decided to have a Wooden Surfboard Day , just like the Fish Fry. Non competitive , non commercial, old new , modern , vintage , any size any shape , just wooden. So if you have made one , own one or would like to try one then this is what it is all about. Come along and check it out.I have also filled the wooden board building class that Paul Jensen will be running at the Currumbin Eco Village. 10 guys will be building hollow wooden surfboards for the week leading up to the Sunday 9th August get together in the park at Currumbin Alley. Guys flights all over the world are cheap at the moment and its a great time of year with settled conditions and cool offshores at the Alley in winter. Think about it and if you want to see more check out my 

More fish

Nice hollow wooden board pic sent to me by Paul Jensen on his travels.
Good friends Pepa and Kale were down in Costa Rica for a surf trip recently and fish were the board of choice. 

Jesse Watson who works at Classic Malibu surfboards in Noosa just finished making a nice little fish for himself. Jesse will be joining us for the wooden board building classes in August.
He will be a man of many talents.

A swell old time at the Alley lately...

The Alley held some pretty nice waves over the last 4 weeks as the Gold Coast just kept getting swell after swell thrown at it. Paddle in gave way to tow in when it got bigger as there was little chance of making it out through the sweep. It has finally died down and left the banks pretty stuffed as so much sand has moved . 

For lovers of big fish

The Mirandons and the Twin Pin. An interesting board .

Wooden board building class on the Gold Coast

Paul Jensen from Washington will be conducting the classes at The Currumbin Eco Village Monday August the 3rd to Friday 7th 2009.
Paul has held classes in a number of countries and now is your chance to learn these skills.

 The date will be Monday 3rd of August through to Friday 7th of August for the classes, Saturday will be a day to surf and Sunday 9th August will be the Wooden Surf Board gathering in the park at Currumbin Alley. With the kind offer from Chris Walton from The Currumbin Eco Village we can have the use of their workshop / recycling centre to build our boards.

A rough outline is as follows.

The five day Class will be at a cost $700 per person , with materials extra, typically about $45 per foot of board length.

The " How To " CD and a frame kit will be included in the cost of the class.

A deposit of $100 by the 1st of May will be required to secure a spot - It is not refundable after the 1st of May .

You choose one of 3 board designs to build - A 5ft 10" fish  - A 7ft 3" mid length board or a 9ft longboard.
This would need to be known at the time of booking your spot as Paul will need to cut the frame and allocate materials for that board for you.

Paul has a minimum number of 6 people to make the trip viable for him and a maximum of 10 people so that you all get the attention you deserve to do the classes.

There are a minimum of tools required to build boards in Paul's classes and what you will need will be on hand. But if you were to do the class a dozen spring clamps each would be of great assistance . If you plan to take the next step and embark on your own projects after the class you will need these at some point. Readily available at Bunnings everywhere.

At the end of the class you will have a board you have built yourself ready to take home to be glassed.

If you are interested in the classes could you please send me your contact details including phone number so that we can make this happen as smoothly as possible, given that time is fast closing.

If you have any questions please contact me. I look forward to sharing this great experience with you.

DVS Mini Simmons

Dick Van Straalen has just made a great little Mini Simmons. Stringerless styrene , epoxy and carbon fins. The bottom is a very mild version of his now very popular Hydro Hull. Hull entry to reverse V and chines though the back half. It looks like a flyer. And as Dick said the hull is really suited to the dynamics of styrene. Up on top and fly . Rasta is going to have fun on this little puppy.

These look like a collection of Eli Mirandon twin pins
The Deep swallow tailed finless fish ?
Rasta Pavel by the looks of things. Rich is a cool dude.
The funky footballer - some interesting fin set up.
This is an  Ambrose Sputnik.

The AB3 / Fish Fry Oceanside Beach California.

Last Sunday was the Oceanside Beach AB3 / Fish Fry. A mate of mine Kale Gray sent these pics to share. This is not just a Fish Fry , but a mix of boards with anything but 3 fins.

Plenty of good looking quads in various sizes
They hold their event on the beach just down from the jetty next to the harbour.
Great looking wooden board.

This looks like a deckless Grain kit in the making and really nice wooden speed dialer.