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.

Wood to foam

Andrew Wells from Lennox Heads is well know as a great builder of wooden boards through his brand Grown Surfboards. Head a a couple of great looking boards at the Fish Fry the other weekend. Well he has been turning his hand to foam and these are the results. They are a 5' 2" simmons style fish,  a 5' 6" pintail hull, and another 5' 6"  mini simmons. I think it is a great learning experience to shape in foam as well as wood , as it gives you a better feel for the whole shaping process. It is also a far cheaper and more cost effective way of checking out a design in foam before committing to wood and all that is involved there.

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