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 chance encounter ...

From Left to right - Lopez, Ron Adler, Jack McCoy and Mick Dibetta
You can bump into all sorts of people when out surfing and this week was like that for a number of us. On Wednesday morning we were lucky enough to share our local break at the Alley with the great Gerry Lopez on his SUP. He sat on the point and spoke to a number of us about how blessed we were to have so many waves in such a great part of the world. Then out came Jack McCoy with his fins for his morning swim. He was keen to catch a few waves as well , so I donned his fins while he paddled in on my board. They were both here for Patagonia's launch of Gerry's book at the Surf Museum on Monday night which was a great evening and thanks to Keith from the Burleigh store.

That was my encounter , but for a far more entertaining rendition you need to read Tim Bakers version that was on Coastalwatch.

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