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.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all for supporting me with the Fish Fry. Lets hope the year ahead is a little better than what we have endured this year. Fish Fry six next year, how time flies.  I hope you and all your families have a great year ahead.

The Brazilian Simmons

These two boards are built by Bernardo Sodré from Brazil. Red: 5´3'' X 21'' X 2 3/4'' Yellow: 5'5'' X  21'' X 2 3/4" , both with S-deck and Paulownia wood fins.

Check out his other projects at :

Wild old day at the Alley , Christmas Day Cyclone swell

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of you who have supported me this year. There have been some great boards built and many guys experimenting and trying new things. Looking forward to what you come up with next year.

Have a safe and happy time with family and friends where ever you are.


Tristan, the little Frenchman

Tristan Mausse is a very talented and very busy little guy. He is the artist who created this years illustration for the Fish Fry. He is also a fantastic glasser and polisher , who travels the globe plying his trade. On the way he is documenting his travels and producing a film of the glassers and some of the unsung heros who help create those wonderful boards we all admire. I first bumped into him in Byron a couple of years ago as he came in to introduce himself to Evan at North Coast Surfboards looking for work. He later did a stint at Classic Malibu in Noosa and then moved back to France to work with good friend and fellow artist Paul Lefevre. He is soon off to California to work at Lost Surfboards.
Here he is working on the Fish Fry art. Thanks Mate.

I first knew of Tristan with his very popular blog Mini Simmons Religion which was a great window to what was happening with the simmons in the very early days. He has a number of blogs to his name

" Hey, this is a trailer of my film documentary as i'm doing right now! It's a trailer with the Australian part only, because I'm actually doing this film, so my travel / film is not finished yet.

Next week I leave Australia, for go film in California, and after Canada, Nicaragua, Costa Rica."

SACRE BLEU is a documentary film of 1hour 30min, which calls the best glassers / shapers / artists / photographers around the world to tell their story, it is also a travelogue, which traces the 8 months of my experience going through the world to work myself in all these workshops surfboards, since I am myself Glasser. Starting with Australia and California, Canada, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the film not just talking about "glassing" because it incorporates many different images lyfestyle, surfing (many images aquatic ), skate, music and landscape. The soundtrack is composed entirely of small independent artists, who explore the roads of the "post-rock", "instrumental hip-hop", "punk-hardcore" or "folk"
I am currently filming the movie, the release is not expected before summer 2012."

SACRE BLEU Trailer, Séquence Australie from No pain in Dream on Vimeo.

That home built enthusiasm is great...

 Keith Nevelee ," Tiki " to his mates is a keen back yard shaper who loves to build boards for himself and his mates. I first met him at this years Wooden Board day.

 " Had these two to make and, as you might know I still work fulltime and do boards after work, so , production for me is 6 a year, they are both quads the shooter is 6' 3 and the Pocket rocket is 5'1x 201/2". The 5' is for my eldest son who is a shortboarder of a young 40 years of age , his feedback has been great with the board excelling better than the last one I made him which was 4'9  x 22" and was a twinny, I hope to make it to the fish fry next year but I'll have a few hurdles to get over to make it but, I will try. "

 Not sure what is with the nose horn here Tiki ?

  " I am making 2 boards that are very similar , they are both longboards 9'6"  and 9'8' but are reverse templates off Roy's Velzy Jacobs Balsa one is a pintail the other a squaretail...."

" Hope everything is good up your way and until next Cheers and Aloha "


Where it all started...

I just love the look of hand foiled ply fins and resin tint fishes. To me a classic look that evokes the art and romance that made the fish the board of choice to bring us all together in the beginning of the Fish Fry. This interest and experimentation has been the driver for the great wave of innovative shapers to keep the ball rolling and apply their skills and passion onto other shapes. And this is what you will see at the next Fish Fry on Sunday the 4th of March 2012.

The other great thing is that there are so many guys out there having a go at shaping a board themselves and experiencing the thrill of surfing something they made themselves. There may be mixed results , but don't judge till you have had a go yourself.

So if you are one of these experimenters , the invitation to share the passion goes out to you to bring whatever you have built along.

George Greenough

This blue surfboard was the first standup surfboard George Greenough made for himself, 1957, while he was still at high school and not yet a dedicated kneeboarder. He rode it as a stand up surfboard in small surf and said it went really well in small waves up to about shoulder high. George cut it in half to make it LONGER because he got too heavy to knee paddle it.

1959 saw the creation of his first kneeboard, made of balsa, then also painted baby blue.

Looking at this first blue surfboard with the pulled in tail, it looks really functional, like all of Greenoughs designs. This blue surfboard was almost a decade before the so called shortboard revolution of 1966 1967. By the time of 1966 George was on a lightweight fibreglass spoon and getting deep in tubes.

Great pictures and words thanks to Andrew Crockett from his Hodaddy Newsletter

Single fin action

Alex Knost: Single Fins from Taylor Bonin on Vimeo.

The Alley as we wish it was

It would be nice to have swell and some south or west in the wind. We are over the hot northerlies.

Nacho's Gold Coast Simmons

Nacho Agote from Spain has arrived on the Gold Coast with his girlfriend Peti and they needed some boards. Now was the best time to shape some new boards as we have had 2 + weeks of warm Northerlies and no surf to speak of. So I took Nacho to Burfords and he selected his blanks and headed straight to DMS to get shaping.

The Spanish Simmons , Queensland style.

Nacho was pleased with the outcome and can't wait for some waves. He is here for 3 months and is keen to have a look at what the surf industry is like down here. He works by himself and hand shapes and finishes over 100 a boards a year back home.

Italian Surf Culture is well and truely alive

Good friend Marco Miazzini in Pietrasanta Italy was lucky enough to have a great single fin surf festival on his local beach last month. The guys have been given a nice slice of land right on the beach between all the exclusive beach clubs and have built a club house , surf school / surfers drop in that was the hub for the festival.

Local shaper Michele Puliti put on a shaping demo and others shaped alaias.

Marco came out to last years Fish Fry here and then helped organise one at this same location when he got home from 3 months enjoying the Byron Bay Gold Coast waves.The local boys are very passionate about their surfing and boards.We had a great time there in June although the surf is not very consistent.

Jelle's simmons

It's 5'3" x 20.5" and made from XPS and epoxy. No stringer. Pretty light.

Nice looking board that should fly down the line and hang on for grim death with those fins

He is looking forward to the ride.

Tints and colour

A blaze of colour from Thomas surfboards on the Sunshine Coast.

He is also known for great shapes of course

LinkJason 'Salsa' Salisbury and The " Bat Tail Simmons " from Deus Bali

A mixed bag from Thomas Bexon, glassed by Jake Bowrey

Let's go surfing

Hey Ho Let's Go Surfing is a salty surfing adventure, featuring the slipperyisms of Sage Joske, Brett Caller & Jake Bevan, brought to you by the good folk at The Critical Slide Society.

The "Fish Finger" from More Surfboards

" Here's my latest version of a design I call "The Fish-Finger". Dims are 5'10" x 20" x 2 3/4" . It can be ridden finless, or with multiple options with the long and low keels that we are calling 'training keels' . These keels are reversable depending on how much or how little hold you want. They are a great board for those guys who struggle with going totally finless coz they give you alot of the same feelings and freedom to spin, slide and drift but with just enough hold for some down the line projection ....super FUN and the biggest problem is they make a standard board seem quite dull afterwards.... "

Mark Pridmore of More Surfboards from the Sunshine Coast

" The Art of Surfing" exhibition

The Gold Coast Surf Museum currently has a great collection of art on surfboards on display from all sorts of shapers and artists. So if you would like to check them out the museum is in Tomewin Street opposite the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctaury.

" This surfboard is exhibited by the Surf world museum now. It is the special surfboard work in collaboration with Dick Van Straalen. I would like to inherit his soul and spirit."

Shoji Muto

The Mini Sea Creature

Roger Hall in New Zealand is ever the innovator and his own man when it comes to creating interesting boards. This is his latest the 5ft 7" x 23" x 3 3/8" moni version of his Sea Creature.

It has a lot going on but never the less a great board performance wise. I saw Roger ride one at the Pass down at Byron after this years fish fry and he was all over it.

Roger loves wood and couldn't resist adding some detail to the stringer of this one. The added weight will give it the momentum he is used to in his woooden boards. Thanks to Mike Cunningham for the pics.

Check out what Roger is up to at : or

4ft 2" Shovel Head Simmons

My latest Simmons 4ft 2" x 22 1/2" x 3"

Pretty simple really hull to flat under front foot and 5mm of concave out through the tail

Just love fresh cut foam ready to finish

A lot happens on the rail line over a very short distance. Plus I like to keep the S deck and it is a great way to keep the thickness out of the nose.It is pretty chunky in the tail to keep some float in it. Rasta Keels will finish it off nicely.