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 Mini Simmons

This has to be the board for this summer. The Simmons is such a fun board that attracts such a lot of attention. Especially from the guys on the white 3 fin set ups.Know what I mean. They look at them and just can't work it out until they are smoked by one in the lineup.

5'4" x 21 1/4" x 2 5/8" - of fun and function .

Go make one or get one made and have more fun than you can imagine.This one is by Jesse Watson from Black Apache Surfboards here on the Gold Coast. I have made a few now myself.They are short and wide with simple fins , but have a fairly complex rail and bottom over a very short distance. But even fairly simple ones seem to work well.