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.

Italian Surf Culture is well and truely alive

Good friend Marco Miazzini in Pietrasanta Italy was lucky enough to have a great single fin surf festival on his local beach last month. The guys have been given a nice slice of land right on the beach between all the exclusive beach clubs and have built a club house , surf school / surfers drop in that was the hub for the festival.

Local shaper Michele Puliti put on a shaping demo and others shaped alaias.

Marco came out to last years Fish Fry here and then helped organise one at this same location when he got home from 3 months enjoying the Byron Bay Gold Coast waves.The local boys are very passionate about their surfing and boards.We had a great time there in June although the surf is not very consistent.

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