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.

Tim Stafford and his "Freak Fish "

Tim Stafford is from Cornwall in the UK and a designer of many things , from houses to websites . But he designs and shapes boards with a passion. His first love is the Bonzer and from this original 3 fin bonzer has spawned the " Freak Fish" , concaves and channels. Then there are the fins. He seeks inspiration from many sources and has created a blend that works.
I hope he keeps working and evolving his ideas as he plans to come to next years Fish Fry. Be great to see him here with a few boards. Thanks Tim.

1 comment:

Tim Stafford said...

Thanks for the post Grant. Some of the picks are of my EVO6 6 fin Freak Fish (in the foam) and the yellow rail is the original EVO4 quad. Both are inspired by the bonzer concepts of Malcolm Campbell, then shaken and stirred with my own blend of ideas. Really happy with how they ride so if i can make it over next year it will be great to let you loose on them. Thanks and catch you soon.