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.

This Time Tomorrow

Byron Bay Surf Festival welcomes Taylor Steele Premiere
The extensive program of events for the Byron Bay Surf Festival is already expansive. But, to add yet another layer of delectable icing onto the already heavily adorned cake, renowned surf filmmaker Taylor Steele has been invited to utilize the event in his adopted hometown to screen his latest cinematic creation, This Time Tomorrow.
The film tracks a single, epic swell as it traverses the Pacific Ocean, its reverberations felt across three continents and its shore-bound repercussions surfed by some of the world’s finest surfers in Dave Rastovich, Craig Anderson, Kelly Slater, Chris Del Moro, Alex Grey and Dan Malloy.
Spanning eight days and 18,000 miles of travel, the film, as is so often the case with Steele’s creations, breaks new grounds and opens new concepts in surf filmmaking.
Steele is using this opportunity to screen his latest odyssey as part of the Australian launch due to his involvement in the Byron Bay Surf Festival and, more specifically, in Surf Shorts, the festival’s short film competition.
Surf Shorts is challenging anyone with the slightest inkling towards cinematography to create a short film of between five and seven minutes on the theme of “Surf Culture Now – experimental surf designs.” Entrants may interpret the theme however they see fit, with parameters limited only by their imaginations.
The rewards for their efforts are extraordinary – not only are a host of incredible material prizes on offer, such as a handcrafted McTavish surfboard, a Go Pro HD2 surf camera and Skullcandy Mix Master Headphones, but Steele is also offering a mentorship to the lucky winner.
Taylor Steele has been creating groundbreaking surf films for over two decades and his accumulative knowledge and influence will prove invaluable education to the lucky winner. Such a unique opportunity could easily provide the launch pad for the talented winning individual’s film career.
The Australian premiere of This Time Tomorrow takes place on Saturday 27th October in conjunction with the screening of the five finalists’ Surf Shorts creations, the winner to be announced on the night. A stellar panel of judges, including Johnny Abegg, Justin Gane, Dick Hoole and Mick Waters, shall select the winning film, the public invited to join the evening’s exciting events, to be held at the Byron Bay Community Centre.
Submissions for the Surf Shorts film competition should be in DVD format and of between five and seven minutes in length and presented by no later than 14th October. For full information, terms and conditions, visit and view Saturday’s events.

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