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.

Josh Hall on the road

While I was down in Byron Bay the other week for the Surf Festival, I ran into Josh Hall and his dad Dave who were in Australia for the first time. He seemed to be settling in pretty well to how things roll in Oz. They had both just been in Bali and Josh had been shaping at The Deus Temple.

 Josh is a hand shaper and was traveling with his templates and tools. He had been in contact prior to leaving home to see what the chances are of shaping a few boards while over here. I said it probably needed a bit more lead time to organise. But he is keen to come out for next years Fish Fry and so if you would like a board shaped by Josh you should start thinking about what you want  and get in touch with him.
 He loves his fishes and is pretty in tune with what Skip Frye is doing as well.
Check out what he was shaping in Bali here -

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