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 to run again

An alternate surfing competition is growing in New Zealand. The second Anything But 3 event will be held at Ocean Beach, Whangarei Heads on New Zealand's north-east coast on Saturday May 5.

The rules for the competition are simple: Ride any sort of surfboard but a thruster, which is a board with three like-sized fins.The first Anything But 3 competition was held in Mangawhai (also on NZ's north-east coast but not as far north) 

The second event will be hosted by Ocean Beach Board Riders Club and was timed to co-incide with the full moon because this generally brings more settled weather patterns and good waves.
Competitors from as far away as Taranaki and Christchurch entered the first event and about 60 were expected for the second.

Anything But 3 aims to embrace different surf designs and board styles.
Another attraction was the log division for surfers riding traditional single fin longboards.

Entries close May 1 and are available from & The Surf Emporium and Nudge Custom surfboards at Ocean Beach. Numbers are limited.

"It also will be a great spectator sport to come and see different surfboards, the quality surfing and enjoy the sausage sizzle put on by Ocean Beach Board Riders."

- Report by Denise Piper and Pacific Longboarder Magazine

Event: Anything But 3 event 2
When: Saturday May 5, from 7am
Where: Ocean Beach, Whangarei Heads, NZ
What: Open, women and junior Anything But 3; log open.

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