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 5ft 4" "Velo" Simmons

This is a little demo experiment that I have been toying with for a while - 5ft 4" x 23" x 2 1/2" I did a fish with this bottom a while ago and thought it well suited to this outline.

Velo bottom inspired by Greenough spoon

I still have the hull entry but with a full length concave nose to tail. The edge tapers to the tail and blends in to a slight chine out through the tail.

Concave deck as well

Futures " Rasta Keels" to hang on and do the job

UK Fish Fry report

Rob Royal who put the Fish Fry together this year at Crackington.

Crackington central

Check out the festivities via Marco Mazzini's blog report :

Marco was out here for last years Alley Fish Fry and I stayed with him in Italy this June. Great guy and a great surfer. He and good friend and shaper Michele Puliti of Ola Surfboards have a loyal group of surfers at there local beach at Pietrasanta. They both traveled to the UK Fish Fry as well. Thanks guys for keeping the ball rolling.

New " Velo" Simmons on the way

This is a fish I did early last year that has been an idea of mine for a while and just had to see how it would come out and perform.

And this is a Simmons that I have built quite a few of this year.

I have been playing with this idea for quite some time and it seems to be a great fit with the shovel nose Simmons I have been making of late.

I was inspired by the Greenough spoon and a couple of " Wilderness " boards I have seen.

Concave " S " deck and fine rails through the tail

Should be fun. Just wish I was a lot smaller guy to give it a run myself. 5ft 4" x 23" x 2 1/2" with Rasta Keels from Futures

Brad Kelley's quiver

Brad hales from Los Angeles and has been experimenting with a few shapes of his own that he would like to share.

" A yellow 4'10" mini-simmons with a spoon nose, a 5'10" double wing quad swallow-tail fish with a double stringer, a 6'0" single wing quad dove-tail fish, and a 6'0" regular foot asym-tail."

A pretty nice selection to have some fun waves on for sure. Mixing it up and feeling out these different boards is a great experience. Thanks mate for the pics.

A little Simmons action in Cornwall yesterday

4 ft 10" of fun

Nathan Tummon taking his little snub nose Simmons for a local blast.

" Here are a few pics from my surf this morning which I have literally just got back from! its just a beachy next to where I live in Cornwall called Harlyn Bay......its a fun wave, bit of a close out at low tide but can get really fun."

Looks like a fun morning and a great way to start the day for anyone.

The " Dumpling " is evolving

" This is a Dumpling which is one of my designs, its evolving alot lately from its original form which was basically a big mini-simmons with a quad fin set up and some tweaked bottom contours but recently I have been looking for more performance and making some super fun variations...this one is 5'5" x 20 1/2" x 2 3/4", it'll be a quad and I'm glassing it super light for maximum liveliness and resposnsiveness in the small stuff. I have been playing with some different rails in the tail of a few boards recently too, looking for MORE realease so I have been doing them with hard, sharp and bevelled angles and they have been going good, less hold but more release, just playing with different stuff to get em going as good as I can..."

Great to see guys experimenting and being inspired by things from the past. We are living and surfing in great times. Just need some waves this week.

Mini Simmons for the UK Fish Fry

Nathan Tummon just sent these shots of a couple of his boards that he took to the UK Fish Fry last weekend.
"Hey here are couple of recent Mini Simmons ive been playing with the one above ^ is a 4'10 x 20 x 2 stub nose and also a 5' x 20 x 2 1/4 swallow tail Simmons "

Check out his other boards :

I believe the boys had a good turn out but got rained out and had to move inside. Got to love the English weather.

Dick's new toy

Dick Van Straalen is not a young man and he loves his surfing , so is always experimenting with new boards and ways of enjoying the waves. Here is his latest creation a 5ft belly board. Kind of Simmonish and kind of small, but fun.Nice one Dick.

A new season for Rake

New season stringerless Trash Can 5' x 21 1/2" x 2 3/4" - light strong and double foiled fins

Gearing up for summer as it is nearly here.

A bit of road testing in Bali on the 5'0 Cookie

The Trash Can Simmons with new rocker , new refined foil, new fins . narrower outline , Arctaill, new logos . Shaped by Adrian Knott 5'0 x 21 1/2" x 2 3/8".

Adrian Knott from Rake has been busy with new models for this summer and created a new line up of his great little craft.Look forward to seeing them out and about.