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.

Project "MORE the merrier"

Mark Pridmore has designed and shaped a surfboard that is being passed from surfer to surfer along the coast of Australia ( it has also been to some Pacific Island that will remain nameless and may be heading to Vietnam soon...) He has accumulated details of about 30 - 40 surfers who want to be test pilots from all around Australia . It was  quite a challenge to create a board to suit everybody as I had weights that vary from 65 - nearly 100 kg's but that was to be part of the fun. It has been a great experience for all involved and a great chance for surfers to try out a board that they would not normally consider riding .Each test pilot has the board for a few days or a week maximum and its up to him or her to arrange delivery to the next surfer without damage, there will be a board cover supplied too.If any damage occurs then the test pilot who had it at the time is responsible for getting it repaired asap and then passing it on to its next surfer... Test pilots have been arranged by Mark and on RealSurf ( surfing forum-site )...The board began its journey approximately mid June 2008 on the Sunshine Coast and then headed South from there. Some will like and some will dislike the board and thats to be expected. It has been very interesting to follow its journey and listen to all the comments and stories along the journey. The feedback from a wide range of surfers has been invalueable for Mark as a shaper too.There is a  travel diary that surfers can leave info and comments in and it should be very interesting reading when this journey finishes, and when that will be, not sure but maybe 12 months from now ?????  But he very keen on getting the AquaBat back to take to the Fish-Fry in March on the Goldy.Photos and regular updates are posted on his web-site @ and also on RealSurf. "So please keep checking and enjoy the experience with us, you might even see it around the waves near you , if you do feel free to have a few waves on it, after all it is called 'MORE the merrier' , cheers."
                                                                                                      Mark Pridmore