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.

Rake Surfboards and the Mini Simmons

Adrian Knott from Rake just sent these shots of their latest batch of fish and mini simmons.

The new 5 foot Shovel Nose Simmons

Oh and the odd fish as well.

These guys at Rake , Dan MacDonald at DMS here on the Gold Coast , Murray Burton at Base and Sean Wilde at Wilde Shapes are the only regular Simmons shapers here in OZ that I know of. Ian Zamora from California was the first person to bring the Mini Simmons to our shores at the Fish Fry 3 years ago.They have taken a while to filter into our waves. But I am sure there will be more this summer as everyone who rides them can't believe how much fun they are.I shaped one for a mate and he is taking it to Bali next week.
These Rake boards look great and if you go to teir site you will see they make great gaer all round. Adrian said they will have a great range of boards here next March for Fish Fry 5 at The Alley.

Check them out at :

Oh did I tell you Adrian is a great artist / designer and has a great range of T Shirts and art as well.


kombi said...

beautiful mini simmons, nice work!!!love the mini simmons in swallow tail and beautiful d├ęcor...

FeralDave said...

its been a standard model in the DIVERSE line-up too, since Ian Zamora left his at the Diverse shop after the fish fry.

Juz and Nez said...

Yeah Wilde!! Your the best!

jesse said...

hey buddy those are some sweet pigment jobs. I just started my blog. mabey you can throw some fish pickies up here
thanks jesse