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.

Fish Fry 2012 done and dusted

Colour was sure everywhere this year. Here are some Diverse boards with cork decks at one end and some of his other boards using all sorts of high tech composites below. There were just lots of different things going on , which is great to see.

A time for old mates to catch up and spend a day together. Nice to see. Tiki and Roy from way back.

Nice graphics on an old timer.

Mark Riley sent up some nice Balsa boards from Sydney

A couple of likely lads catch some shade. The sun was so hot , thank god for the nice sea breeze to save the day. Mind you it poured with rain all day yesterday. No complaints.

 Rich Pavel with a baord I shaped for the Vans surf team.

Eden and Sam looking forward to a surf.
 A nice little Simmons shaped by DMS for the Vans guys.

 11 year old Kyuus King from Byron is part of the Vans Team and here he is with the board I shaped him . Then he coloured it up big time. 3ft 8: x 19" x 2" Micro Simmons.

 A 5 footer I shaped for Caleb from Sydney another member of the Vans Team.

Mexican blanket , Poska camo attack
A big thanks from me to Rich Pavel who has been to all 6 Alley Fish Frys.

A great day had by everyone I am sure . Lots of different boards and lots of new faces.

1 comment:

handsome Rob said...

Wow what can i say first time at the fish fry. Cant believe how open and friendly everyone was.Was totally amazed at the works from so many and skill levels Thanks for an awesome day.
Rob and Micky. Cheers