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.

European Fish Fry 2010

Marco who was at the Alley Fish Fry this year has just sent me a link to this short piece of film of the first European Fish Fry in Italy.

" I'm stoked about how surfers and shapers answered to the callout and I'm really glad to be there. Many people from all around Europe (France, Spain, UK, Portugal) and also from USA and Japan. Great those Italians pro shapers or simple back yard builders who have brought their boards. Lots of good stuff on the green grass and we all enjoyed the full day with Great people. Chris Christenson, Rich Pavel, Robin Kegal, Rob, Casey, Mick and much more. Simply wonderful. And when the wind begun to blow hard we sit and had a big BBQ on the sheltered beach. What's better?!?!? ;-)
Surf was great on Sunday morning with chest to head high barrels at the Northern pier in Forte dei Marmi. That's my home spot.

Rich decides together with Michele of Ola Surfboards to hand shape a few board for selected customers and it is suppose to be a great deal for both. "

Great to see the support from Rich Pavel who is willing to travel the world and promote the fish. He has been down here for all 4 Alley Fish Fry's.It's guys like him who give there time and energy that make these things happen. He is a great guy and a legend shaper.Chris Christensen also came down to the first Alley Fish Fry

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