The Italian bar of soap
He took us to meet his good friend Michele Puliti who is the one man band at Olo Surfboards.
Just prior to us heading off Marco had sent me this video of Michele shaping his first Mini Simmons. So it was good to see first hand how it had come out .
Check out his handy work : www.olasurfboards.com
Thanks to everyone
Well the journey of the Earthquake Surfboard has now had a happy ending. We wanted to thank everyone for the support and well wishes over the past few weeks.
We were amazed at the unfolding events of the auction. This resulted in having 9974 hits on Trademe with over 100 people watching the auction, which far exceeded all of our expectations. The final bid was $2061.00 NZD, which will be making its way to the Red Cross.
The winner of the Earthquake Surfboard and handmade wall racks is a Cantabrian surfer. It is pretty fantastic to think the board will go to someone who has personal attachment to the City of Christchurch.
We are eternally grateful to those in the surfing community both in New Zealand and internationally who embraced this cause. It was also humbling to get so many heartfelt messages from those people who told us they were not from a surfing background, their sentiments expressed to us greatly contributed to the significance of the Earthquake Board.
Once again we wanted to thank everyone!!
Jelly Bean Simmons
4ft 11" Velosim from Ryan Lovelace
Ryan , a guest speaker at this years Fish Fry is one of the new wave of innovative , young gun hand shapers. Yes the future id in good hands.
Fish Fry Japan 2011
He loves to experiment and test ride all sorts of craft. His other job is as a paid lifeguard on our beaches. Check out what he is doing : www.deadkooks.com
Surfboard shapers woorkshop
" The Surfboard Shapers Workshop ® has found a location in Melbourne to hold an Introduction & Orientation course. It will run for three hours on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, at a date yet to be set, but will most likely be in August - September. The Introduction & Orientation covers Unit 1 of the Surfboard Shapers Workshop, plus a little more.
For those wanting to register their interest in the workshop please email for an information pack to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "Melbourne Surfboard Shapers Workshop"
Outline of the course
SURFBOARD SHAPERS WORKSHOP
UNIT 1: THE SHAPING BAY - INTRODUCTION & ORIENTATION
3 hrs - Group Session
• The shaping bay layout with lighting, stands, racks and benches.
• Tools, what they do, how to use them and how to select yours.
• Building your own Shaping Stands
• Understanding the custom order form.
• Design elements.
• Understanding the fundamentals and character of boards and fins.
• Selecting the correct blank shape for your design.
• Creating templates
• Translating measurements
• Creating your own logo
A notes folder containing, tool lists, information on setting up a shaping bay, safety equipment, a set of diagrams for building your own shaping stands and a Surfboard Shapers Workshop DVD's (retail value $30) will be also be included.
Surfboard Shaping Stand kits and T-shirts will be available for order on the night.
For those interested this will then lead onto Unit 2 and 3 resulting in a surfboard that you have shaped for yourself from scratch. (see details below)
UNIT 2: DESIGN & PLAN SHAPING & ROUGH SHAPING
3 hrs - Individual Session
• Drawing & cutting your plan shape
• Using the planer - Safety ckeck list
• Rough shaping the bottom
• Rough shaping the deck
• Rough shaping the rails
UNIT 3: FINE TUNING YOUR DESIGN & FINISH SHAPING
4 Hours - Group Session
• Fine Shaping
• Rail shapes
• How to shape Channels and Concaves
• Tucked under edges
• Checking for bumps
• Gauze rails
• Stringer heights
• Marking fin positions
• Final dimensions check and ID
• Shape ready for glassing
" As I have had interest in the Surfboard Shapers Workshop from other areas, if you are from either Sydney, Adelaide or the Sunshine Coast and are keen in attending a course in your area then please email with the subject heading of your city, example: (Adelaide - Surfboard Shapers Workshop) and if there is enough interest for your city then I will investigate a suitable location and time."
To contact Richard :
0414 557 624
Now this is a fish
The Balsa fish for the Earthquake appeal
For more details on the board , bidding for it get hold of Jay :
Ph/Fax: +64 (3) 389 5611
Michael Lim's Nice quiver
New York Fish Fry # 5 - 2011
Weekend of May 14-15 2011
9:00 am onward
Long Beach NY
*The 14th or 15th will be chosen a couple of days prior to take advantage of weather and surf conditions.
For updates or more info check : fishfryny.blogspot.com
Great to see the tradition kicking on in the Big Apple.
New Kiwi Simmons being tested
A Hollow wood Mini-Sim made in Singapore & finished in Bali.
I be a follower of your "The Alley Fish Fry" blog & is smitten with all these alternative boards porn. I myself have quite a few fish type shape in my bunch. That's will be another mail altogether."
" Anyway,I thought I would share with you & the other devotees the stoke of my 1st hollow wooden mini-sim shaped and built by a buddy of mine Capt Tien aka Ali Bob as he was known in the FaceBook world.
Tien is a full fledge Singapore Airlines Pilot that where he get the Capt namesake from. True to his heart, he a tinker & all around Mr Craftsman, plus a pioneer figure in our minuscule Singapore surfing tribe.
So when he signed up late last year for the Grain's build your own workshop, I knew the end result from Maine will definitely sprout some wood seedling in our local water."
"So true to my believe, Tien has begun to start build his own hollow wooden boards after Maine. His 1st sole board on his own was a copy of his wifey's high performance fish shape which came out awesome looking in terms of built quality & shape but it didn't surf as well to his expectation due to some over-jess on the single to double concave bottom.... think bonzer on steroids!! Haha.."
"From the time he return from Maine, I have been implanting thoughts of a hollow wood Mini-Sim shape in his mind, knowing that he gravitate to the challenges of the shape's hull entry to single concave bottom & the scoop nose design. Tien bite the bait, took up the challenge last Nov & we started working on a Mini-Sim shape for me. I did most of the research/inputs from the internet, also asked my California shaper Yuta from the Shaka Stics label for his thoughts, advise & tips..."
"Got on Tien's Ass of the project management. Insist of having it at 5'2" & the scoop nose feature even though Tien thinking it will not work.
80% of the board structure form was build in Tien's spare bedroom apartment converted wood workshop. The balance rails, final finishing & epoxy glassing was done in Bali where he is based in when not flying."
" Board's dims is 5'2" x 21 3/4" x 2 5/8".
Deck strips are all in pine w/ 2 red cedar stringers.
Bottom are 2 stripe of pine, sandwiched w/ 2 red cedar stringers, finished w/ a local Indo wood similar to balsa. Rails are all Balsa. Hardwood tail block."
Twin keel fins in Birch plywood custom foiled by Yuta of Shaka Stic : http://shakastics.blogspot.com/
" Board is still in Bali now & I will be making a trip over end of May to fondle her rails & taking my 1st slide on her."
"Thanks for reading my long winded email. Hope you like how my board turned out & it will be great to be feature in your Alley Fish Fry blog."
Thanks Mike , it just shows where there is a will there is a way of building your dream board and it may be a little further to the beach than it is for most of us , but the wait will be worth it.We look forward to the surf report from Bali.