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 art of the Fish

Artist Luke Taaffe and local shaper Dan Mac Donald have teamed up to create some boards for the new Roxy shops here on the Gold Coast and in Victoria.

The boys at Deus in Bali have been adding a bit of batik and colour to some of the boards shaped by another local Gold Coast shaper Chris Garrett.

Nice so see art and craft mixing as it should to complement each other.There are some nice things happening out there. Ah the Fish has become the little craft that has changed the way we look at our surfing , express ourselves and personalise the things we love.

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