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.

Mick Mackie and " Lost in the Ether "

Mick Mackie is a very innovative individual and loves to do his own thing. It has been a pleasure to have him at past Fish Fry. And Andrew Kidman has brought us some very special movies in the past. So am looking forward to this one.

Mick at work on a stringerless Simmons in styrene.

Side cut , big butt crack , flex tail , all things Mick likes to explore.

Jordan Nobel and Rake

Jordan Nobel the shaper of the great looking Rake mini simmons and fishes will be a speaker at the Fish Fry night as well.

Jordan is the owner of Note Surfboards on the Victorian coast. He was the 2009 Victorian Old Mal champ and is an avid surfer of all craft. He, like many other young shapers spent time at Classic Malibu at Noosa learning the ropes with Peter White, he later moved back to Torquay and started his own brand. He shapes a wide variety of boards but has a passion for the Mini Simmons and Fish that he builds under the Rake Label. He builds boards that are beautifully crafted with great glassing and finish. I am sure you will see why he is one of the new generation of Aussies leading the way out there doing what they love.

Great to have Ryan Lovelace @ the Fry

Ryan is a great example of the new young guns out there hand shaping and experimenting .He hails from Santa Barbara and is the owner of Point Concept Surfboards.

“He shaped his first board in Santa Barbara on his 19th birthday because he didn’t have enough coin to buy a Fish off the rack. What started as a one-man operation along with the help of best friends, namely Connor Lyon, Ryan has managed to turn his art, skill and energy into a dynamic business that creates between 5 and 20 boards a month for surfers who drool over his creative shapes and attention to detail”. He is self taught and willing to experiment with shapes, designs and materials which has led him to explore many aspects of board design and building. A shaper of the future with a keen following of young guns that inspire him to push the boundries.
It will be great to have Ryan , Connor and a number of mates come down for the Fry this year.Ben at Six Ounce in Sydney is stocking some of his boards and Ryan is keen to shape a few while here so get hold of Ben to line one up.Ryan is also one of our guest speakers the night before the fry at the Gold Coast Surf Museum. Be sure to book a space and get to hear from Ryan about his take on things fishy.

There is a chance Robin Kegel may make it to the fry

Robin Kegel form Gato Heroi built these boards for Japan and he emailed to say he hopes to make it out this year. Be great to have him as part of the mix.

Fish Fry night @ the Gold Coast Surf Museum

Once again the Gold Coast Surf Museum around the corner from the Alley is hosting a night for the Fish Fry. It is on Saturday night the 5th ( the night before the Fish Fry )If you click on the image you will be able to read it or email me and I can send it to you.A great night to be had for sure.

Rich Pavel

Rich Pavel has been a supporter of the Alley Fish Fry from the very beginning and each year he has traveled out here from San Diego. An interesting guy with a passion for shaping and passing on his knowledge to others. He is very supportive of young shapers and has mentored many of the young guns that are leading the way today.So it is great that he will be with us once again this year.He is keen to shape some boards while here , so if anyone is interested in one of his hand shapes let me know or contact him direct. Rich will also be a speaker on the Saturday night at the Surf World Museum. So this will be an opportunity to meet him along with many other shapers and to hear his background and take on the fish. He was one of the original San Diego fish shapers. An intriguing and generous man , that has an interesting story to be told.So come on the Saturday night before the Fish Fry the next day in the park to hear his story or ask him about the fish.

Finless fun machine

I found these shots on a site the other day and it looks like Daniel Thomson getting into a little finless action.I would like to see what he comes up with as he is a very talented surfer and shaper.

Derek Hynd at J Bay a true finless freak

At the Fish Fry we have seen the emergence if the finless board, starting with Tom Wegener and his Alaias. And then last year Bob McTavish turned up with his "Twin Hot Curl" which was his first finless experiment of recent times I understand. The innovative shapers that have advanced the twin keel fish to what we have today are the ones that are going finless as well. Pushing the boundries of bottom contours and rail shapes that allow this style of surfing. There is no denying that you also have to be a great surfer to start with to get the most out of a finless experience. But the ultimate might have to be the " Yard Possums ". These guys take the cake , as they surf on unglassed pieces of foam with little or no shaping at all.

You can check them out in " The Surfers Journal" Vol 19 number 5 where Tony Alva said " They're the future primitive of surfing. Little , hairless cavemen riding spaceships". I am sure you will see some finless boards at the Fish Fry . Tom Wegener is to be there with a range of his Sea Glass boards to demo.

A New Year and another Fish Fry coming up soon...

This is the original Fish Fry that Jackie and I went to at Oceanside Beach 2006 that set the ball rolling for us to start one here on the Gold Coast the following year

This years Fish Fry is shaping as an interesting one, in that there is a renewed interest from a number of younger shapers. Hand shapers , that you might say are the next wave to bring creativity and innovation to surfing.There is no denying that there is an under current of young guys that are into surfing, art and music that want to express themselves individually in what they do. They are visiting surfing's roots and re evaluating things from the past and putting their own spin on it.The Mini Simmons is a classic example of this. Inspired by Bob Simmons from the late 40's early 50's to create a modern day rocket ship that is more like skate boarding on water. A planning hull that just flies. It's all about having fun and mixing it up. There are no rules to fun. The Fish I believe was a catalyst for this way of thinking that inspired the creative and innovative shapers out there to experiment freely and soon found a following that didn't want just a 3 fin white board for everything.The Fish Fry is a venue for those that want to showcase their experiments and experience what others are doing. A place where shapers have a chance to shine . A chance for you to meet these guys one on one and talk to them .These are the guys that have the experience and skills and are now able to share their ideas. A chance to take a new shape for a ride , feel it out , what is new and then talk to the shaper and share the experience .
Yes there are still plenty of new things happening and it will be an interesting day for sure.