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.

Burleigh single fin contest this weekend

Burleigh Heads, Queensland Australia
6 - 8 January 2012
Once again surfboards from before 1982 are being dusted pulled out of the garage and made ready for competition for the 2012 Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic presented by Billabong.
 Competitors in previous years include: – Mick Fanning, Occy, Luke Egan, Dave Rastovich, Cheyne Horan, Gary Elkerton, Bede Durbidge, Jay “Bottle” Thompson, Jockey Damien Oliver, and Rugby League legend, Andrew Johns just to name a few.

This year Occy, and Luke Egan will don the singlet again, but will have a troop of up and coming champions giving them a great run for their money for the Single Fin Classic Title. 2011 Champion, Clint Kimmins will be defending his title, and is keen to make it 2 in a row. Here are some of Clint’s thoughts on the event-

“The single fin is one of those events that you just really want to win. The contest isn’t about the money or the prizes- it’s about trying to surf well in front of your mates. I respect all the old boys out at the point and to surf on the boards that they use to ride back in the day is not only fun but also a great challenge.

Burleigh is a place that I’ve grown up surfing; I feel I know the waves really well so I’m hoping for a repeat performance of last years win. There’s always a great vibe on the point and the event pulls a good crowd. Everyone is hooting and cheering and it just feels good when you pull the heat jersey on. It’s an honor to be able to surf the point in a contest on a single fin. “

One of Clint’s good mates, Noah Lane, was runner-up in last year’s event, and is keen to grab a win in 2012. Noah is a Burleigh Boardrider, and has been competing in the event since he was 10 years of age. Noah’s Dad, Justin was a member of Burleigh Boardriders, and Noah is the local crowd favourite. His dynamic backhand style has earned him a wildcard to the Breaka pro for Burleigh Boardriders, and will definitely one to watch. Other Burleigh Boardriders to keep an eye on will be young guns Josh Hyland, his brother and former winner, Tim Hyland. Another former winner to keep an eye on will be ASP Australasian Pro Junior Champion of 2011, Thomas Woods,  Woodsy won the contest in 2010, at only 17 years of age.

The Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic, presented by Billabong, is to be held Saturday and Sunday, the 7th and 8th of January 2012. Limited entries are available, entry forms can be found at , competition commences 8am both days.

The Burleigh Boardriders Charity Luncheon will be held at Burleigh Bears Leagues Club, from 12pm on Friday 6th of January 2012. Tickets are $100, which includes food, refreshment, and entertainment. To purchase tickets contact Burleigh Boardrdiers Treasurer, Andrea Ford, on 0755354349, or andrea @

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