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.

Kiwi " Anything but 3 "

The Inaugural “Anything But 3” surf contest kicked off in slightly average waves at beautiful Mangawhai Heads on the NZ North Island's east coast on Saturday 23rd March 2012. The brain child of surfboard shaper Steve Morris, in collaboration with Tony Baker from Mangawhai Board Riders, saw over 40 surfers compete in the alternative event.

The rules were quite simple: Ride anything but your thruster. Boards of all shapes and sizes were laid out on the lawn overlooking the beach, ranging from Mini-Simmons hulls, handcrafted Kauri twin fins, and old school logs from the 1960’s to modern quads, eggs and fishes. 

 Local Mangawhai Heads wooden board builder John Sutcliffe , who is a regular to the Wooden Board day here on the Gold Coast competed on two boards that he has built. An old school log and a modern fish.

Looks like they had a cracker of a day and fun by all. The only way to go bro.

Thanks JB for the intro stolen from Pacific Longboarder

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