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.

Hollow Balsa mini Simmons by Nathan Grey

Nathan has just finished and road tested this little gem  - " 5-7" 22.5" 2.5" hollow balsa simfish, with a S deck and underneath hull up front blending to single concave. I have surfed it a few times and the thing goes like the clappers."

Hollow Cedar fish with solid Balsa rails by Nathan Grey

Nathan Grey is a great wooden board builder out of Sydney and has forwarded these pics of this  5-9" 20.5" 2.5" hollow cedar fish with solid balsa rails.

" It has got a bit of V through the nose and then flat blending into a single concave that runs through the keels. I have not surfed this one since it is for a young guy in Perth, I have been very tempted. "

Mate I would think the guy in Perth will be mighty please with his board.

Plenty on fresh fillets waiting to be battered.

Another Rocket fish crafted by Dick's talented hands.
It just goes to show if you make what people want you will always be busy.

Now here is a guy who is going the extra mile to showcase his talents and innovation for this years Fish Fry.

Now this is some serious stringer work.

All profiled and ready for hand shaping.
The start of 9 sunburst stringers being glued up.
Roger making the most of nice little local beach break at " The Race Track" down the road from his factory. A couple of rides to see where he can draw some inspiration for his new take on "The Son Of Sea Creature" Looking forward to the finished board. The original had huge concaves and a long raking single fin.

A big thankyou to Mike / Micro from Fish N Log for all the great pics.

Roger Hall out getting some inspiration for a new board to showcase his talents

Roger on his Sea Creature Fish at this local break The Racecource Tuesday morning before a day in the shaping bay. Roger brought this one over to last years Fry. Deep concaves and long fin.

Thanks to Micro for the pics

Sergio has been hard at work getting his board ready for the Fish Fry.

Sergio Gomez is a guest glasser and shaper at Surfline Surfboards in New Zealand and has been trying to find time in between their busy work load to get a board together. A Bonzer Bat Tail with some nice resin work. mate look forward to meeting you at the Fry.

Thanks to Micro for the pics

Is this taking the Mini Simmons too far ?

The Hydrofoil Paipo Board by Terry Hendricks certainly is a radical take on things.

Do you not think that this might be where it all started ?

Bob Simmons , clearly a man way ahead of his time and the pack. An inspiration to many things we see today.

Josh Hall has certainly put glide into this fish...

Josh is a great young Californian shaper who has been mentored by Skip Frye. Not hard to tell.

Ian Zamora forever the innovator

Last year Ian Zamora from California came down for the Fish Fry with Jim from Lok Box and DJ Kane another great young shaper. Ian had a couple of surfs with Daniel Thompson from Lennox while down here after meeting up at the Fry. Daniel's "Jet Tail" inspired Ian to shape this quad.
Last year Ian came with what must have been the first Mini Simmons board to Australia , a 5ft 6" version inspired by Bob Simmons balsa hulls. Here is a 9ft version he has just shaped. I know the boys at Sea Cell and Ferral Dave have since shaped a few Mini's and more recently Sean Wilde down in Sydney also. This is what the Fish Fry is all about. Inspiration and innovation.
Be prepared for more this year.

8ft nose rider / quad Ferral Dave

Nice job Dave, I think we are going to see more of this sort of concept in the future. They work seperately and together. When you nose ride you need some water over the tail to hold you in and a big concave nose helps. And when you want to jack it around , the nose is out of the water on a board this size and the fins do the work like a modern quad fish should. Seems simple enough to me Dave. Good one Mate.