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.

The Vans Simmons

This year for the Fish Fry I was asked by The Vans Surf Team manager John Parmeter to shape some simmons for the boys to experiment with and see how they felt surfing something different from their normal comp boards. Team rider Caleb Reid-Boquist was very keen to be part of this challenge and spent hours colouring his board and personalising it.

This is what he had to say after heading home with the board and surfing it at his local break and getting the feel of it. " The board has been going really good and my whole outlook on surfing has changed,  it makes surfing big fat waves that you can't usually turn on a normal board , fun"

hope all is well

Judging by the pics below he is getting to grips with it and having fun.

 Caleb cranking a bottom turn at Bronte - Both these pic thanks to Aquabumps

These two shot of Caleb at Bronte are from Frothers

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