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.

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

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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