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.
Roger Hall of Surfline Surfboards New Zealand has been on journey of discovery for a while now and I asked him to share some thoughts with us.
" Here are some pics of my latest foray into Hot Curl design. I have been riding my Hot Curl quiver since early May exclusively. The more I ride the different lengths with their various design tweaks , the more I am enjoying this finless connection to the waves. My idea with these Hot Curls seems to be a little different to what I see happening elsewhere with finless design."
" My Hot Curls are designed to hold a line at all times. I am looking to eliminate slide whereas I see other people incorporating slide as a major part of the package. The idea of this board is to explore the ratios of some of the design components I have already proven as mainstays in my overall design. If this board teaches me what I am hoping it will, then the path forward will be about feeding the Hot Curl concept into a wider range of board shapes."
" I had some fun with the stringer arrangement. This stringer configuration has been on my mind for awhile. It is a chance to be a little bit creative but also serves a design purpose as well."
" I like the idea of some core weight and also wanted the board to be very stiff flexwise. The less flex the board has the more I can gauge how well the design components are working together to hold the board into the wall of the wave."
" I also got abit of a kick out of the fact that the Pine inner stringers came from Southland and the Redwood outers came from Northland so to combine them together is symbolic of N.Z being made up of two main Islands. Just a bit of fun on the side."
"What I am getting from riding Hot Curls is a completely new connection to surfing and riding waves. These boards respond in a different way and I have had to relearn how to surf. When I take off on a wave I am making it up as I go and it is really refreshing to be experiencing all this new stuff for the first time."
This board is 6'0" x 22" x 3 1/8" and 47 litres.
Here you can see Rogers use of his chine / bevel and concave blending on the rail line. You will agree there is a lot going on in this small board. A combination of tradition and modern ideas in the melting pot , just the way Roger likes it.
The Alley Fish Fry has been a great experience in the park opposite the beach at Currumbin, but unfortunately it has run it's course. I will put my energies into supporting others who would like to follow this successful theme elsewhere. Thanks for the ride.
It was a non competitive and non commercial gathering of board riders and builders of these sweet craft.
It was about the shapers who craft these boards and those of us who enjoy the ride. Each year we saw many new ideas expanding on the the original designs and that's what is great about where surfing is at today.
If you have pics of boards you are building please feel free to e - mail me and I will post them here. firstname.lastname@example.org
The first Fish Fry in Australia came about after checking out the one in Oceanside California in 2006. I thought it looked like fun and something we should have down here for ourselves.
And so the first Alley Fish Fry was held Sunday 4th March 2007 on the Gold Coast Queensland Australia.
The second event was probably twice the size of the 1st with shapers and surfers from all over. A great vibe with everyone embracing the spirit behind the day.
The day is held in the park across the road from the Currumbin Alley which means there are waves at the point, the river mouth or the beach break depending on the day. So bring lunch , the family and your mates with you to celebrate this fun little board - The Fish. A great day to meet shapers and swap ideas and boards. The Quiksilver Pro is on down the road at Snapper and the Noosa Longboard Festival starts a week later so there are plenty of surfers on the coast. Come along , make yourself known and I look forward to meeting you.
The links below are of people who have supported the Fish Fry and Fish related sites. Let me know if you want to be added.
Early morning at The Alley looking North to Surfers Paradise