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.

Fish and Simmons from Chus in North Western Spain

Mini Simmons Quad 5' 5" x 22" x 3"

The big Simmons 7' x 22" x 2 3/4"

Mini Simmons 5' 6" x 22 1/2" x 3"

6' x 22" x 3" keel fin fish

The big fish - 7' x 22" x 3" quad fin fish

5' 6" x 22 1/2" x 3" Mini Simmons

5' 4" x 20" x 2 5/8" Mini Simmons

It is great to once again see a range of boards from Chus in Spain. He has a nice mix of influences in his range of boards . He has mixed them up nicely and created some interesting boards.

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The "Tiki" Simmons

5ft x 24" x 2 3/4" Bamboo Quad

Nice little board by Keith "Tiki" Nevelee...
" I personally prefer quads for wide tail boards both short and long and after making twin fins for the first two simmon's I made, the quads seem to go better with more drive with the wider tails."

The Dim Sim

Mark Pridmore and his latest Dim Sim

Fabric inlay

Mark hales from the Sunshine Coast -

Wooden Board Day this weekend

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This weekend is the wooden board day at the Currumbin Alley. I hope you can make it. Sounds like we have some interesting people with a great deal of talent planing on being there. It will be a great opportunity to meet other board builders / shapers and see what they are up to. Or if you are interested in starting a project you couldn't be amongst a greater talent pool. So if you have built a board or would like to, come and join in the spirit of the day. Bring your board , your picnic lunch and have a surf. Low tide first up , some nice banks at the moment.

Don't forget if you are in town Saturday night head over to the Gold Coast Surf Museum and hear from 3 greatly talented speakers on wooden board building.
6.30pm at Surf World Museum
Tomewin Street opposite The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

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