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.

Italian Surfing Festival 21 - 23 September

Good friend Marco Mazzini has just given me the heads up that another Fish Fry inspired surfing festival is planned this year at VERSILIA ( NW TUSCANY) ITALY. They have a great location right on the beach at Pietrasanta which is just 30km north of Pisa. I was there last June. The local Govt have given them a prime spot right amongst the beachside resorts and sports clubs where they have built a club house meeting place for local and visiting surfers to meet and hang out. Last Saturday they kicked off their season with a great shaping clinic from Chris Christenson , as a Pre-FEST happening. Marco said  " It was great! You should like his live shape of a  5.4 ocean racer (simmons meets twin keel)." They have a very passionate local surf culture and wait for wind swell big enough to chase waves near the local pier. If you are traveling and are near Tuscany this time of year , you will have a great time in a beautiful part of the world.

The programme so far is ...

- Arranging the spaces for shapers in the morning
- Gates open at 2PM to the public
- ART EXHIB. ( free spaces please contact us before to exhibit )

- 60's & 70's VW Beat explosion
- Pinstriping & Kustom live art
- Live Music
- Free BBQ

- Exhibitions
- Shapers Gathering
- Prizes for audience
- Festival epilogue...
... and more

To stay in touch with what they have planned :

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