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.

" Keeping the old girls wet "

The Australian Old Mal Club is a great institution for those of you who not only like old boards , but may like to compete of them as well. They conduct contests up and down the coast and have weekends and longer trips away like heading to Double Island Point for week of camping and surfing.

                             Old Mal Australia -  Double Island Expedition 2012.
A fatality occurred on the first day of the Double Island Expedition.We lost the Late Great “ Peter Cocky Stannard” who suffered a heart attack in the water.The next 6 days of this years rally was about coming to grips at the loss of our long term mate.Surf was consistent over the week with some days better than others but generally as always midweek surf is uncrowded & always worth the drive.
The weather this year was a little indifferent with Saturday night festivities coming to a grinding holt just on sunset as a low pressure system buffered our Beach Camp Location. Beach Camping had some positives & negatives with the women & kids looking forward to a return next year to Freshwater Campground with it’s new refurbishment.
A ceremony was held Saturday afternoon in Honour Of “ Cocky”. This was attended by Karen & all of Cocky’s children which helped the healing process.
Many thanks to all who attended as this was a group effort that unfolded as it happened with no plan or structure & the end result was stunning.

 “ Cocky’s  spirit will always be with us all & Double Island is the Sacred Place”.

Till next time,“Keep your Old Girls Wet”.

This is the Old Mal Charter : 
" It is for all people who collect, surf or own pre 1975 surf craft including Timber solid and chambered boards, pre 1969 old mals, transitional boards 1969 - 1971, and pre 1975 twin-single fin short boards.
Our charter is to encourage and promote the restoration and surfing of all relic surf craft.
Check out the many sections that will in time appear on our website from up to 12 contributors from all states of Australia.
Old Mal Australia: Rob West Dunga Day 2012

The Rob West Dunga Day was yet again another success for 2012.
We had good surf for the whole day with yet another jam packed program & some excellent surfing.
Yet again the Original single / twin fin division was impressive to watch with some stand out performances. The Old Mal division was battled to the last few minutes of each heat & the Timber Masters glided through some trying conditions.

The Round Robin 2 round format allows all surfers to get out there & have a fair go which we are continually final tuning year after year.
Many thanks to late great Cocky Syannard, Spider Smith, Camel Gleave, Manso, Teddy Kabbout, Mick Hoskings, the ever important kitchen crew & all those involved in continually keeping the cogs going every year.

Many clubs were represented with the Sawtell boardriders filling the field yet again. It is nice to combine predominately a short board club such as the Sawtell crew & the Yuraygir boardriders with so many Longboard clubs surfing a memorial for a great mate with the profits going to a great charity.
This year’s Club Tag Team Event was won by the Woolgoolga crew who narrowly edged out last year’s champ’s Sawtell.

The preso was held at our usual location, many thanks to Ian Reeves from the Wooli Hotel Motel, the Crew from The Clarence Coast Holiday Real Estate, the Aqua Kats who yet again played up a storm on the night, The Sunpatch Surf Shop Sawtell, Joy West & the Cosmetic Gift Packs, Maclean Variety Meats who are continually an awesome sponsor for DSA, Spar Maclean, Chuzy Surf Maclean & all sponsors who helped make this day yet another outstanding success.

Results will be listed on the

If you want to find out more , the go to man is Daffy Chisholm :

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