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.

Gettin flexy with Bob

Bob Mc Tavish has been working on a stand-up Spoon concept Flex-tail. " Something that flexes and winds up like a Spoon, but you can stand up on it and paddle it in with ease. Heres a few progress shots, its got a groovy swirl on the bottom too!!"

I love the way Bob is forever experimenting and taking time out to look back at his shaping and surfing past to bring us a new round of thinking. His wealth of knowledge , experience and the little guys unbelievable energy are to be admired.

Mick Mackie and Roger Hall have both had a lot of success with flex tails on boards over the years. Roger has even experimented with a detachable flextails so that he could literally screw on different tails with different flex patterns and shapes to see what the outcomes would be. Flex of any kind is an interesting aspect of surfboards as it is very hard to quantify and measure. It is more of a seat of the pants feel thing for most people. I also believe if we knew how much some things flex with loads and pressure we put on our boards and fins we would be amazed.

1 comment:

Mick said...

Don't forget Jed Done at Bushrat too.