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 10 foot Simmons for summer...

Full width concave out through the tail with the chine just visible.

S deck and hull entry...

It all flows together pretty nicely...

Chine running on up from the tail and blending into the roll of the bottom and the concave.

Just finished shaping the 10 foot Simmons as my summer experiment. 10ft x 24". Looks good and can't wait for Dan to glass it. Have gone with a rolled entry and a full length concave with a chine in the back 1/3. The fins will sit on top of the chine. So there is quite a bit going on on the underside. Have a nice smooth S deck and it all blends pretty well.I have designed some double foiled cut away bamboo traditional Simmons fins. I have been inspired by what John Cherry has done with his balsa replica Simmons and he has been very helpful with sharing ideas and things that he has learnt from his experience and feedback from riding his board. I wanted to keep as much of the original Simmons outline rocker and fin shapes as possible. But with a tweek of some of what I have learnt with the Mini Simmons I have made.

2 comments:

micro said...

i am so jelly(ious)

Rui said...

Wow, That's is looking pretty cool. Can't wait to see it finished.