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.

Grown knee board

 Andrew Wells at Grown Surfboards has been making foam dust instead of wood shavings of late. Here is his latest, " a 5'10 fish kneeboard and was a custom order for Keith down at Deus. It has got a really deep double concave out through the tail with a bit of a dome up near the middle between the convaces. It has a really nice magenta resin tint with hand foiled green fins."

Fun in Noosa

TK // JULY 2012 from tyson kozuszek on Vimeo.

Nice to see a young guy like Tyson ripping on boards from two different shapers who both make great boards. Never met Adrian from Rake , but we stay in touch with our blogs and I love his art and passion for what he does. Eden is local here on the Gold Coast and I bump into him in the shaping bays of Currumbin. A paid life guard who now shapes boards most of the time. Both guys love to experiment and do different things which is what I love to see. Thanks guys for mixing it up and keeping it interesting for us all.
Eden Saul -     
Adrian Knott  -

And now for some surf culture of a different kind " The Reef "

A musical surfing odyssey to the reefs around Gnaraloo in Western Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and finless surfers Derek Hynd and Ryan Burch. A behind the scenes look at the making of The Reef.
All music by Australian Chamber Orchestra, Steve Pigram and Mark Atkins

Chusma Surfboards from North Western Spain

 Chus , just sent me a link to some of his latest boards for summer. I have featured some of his boards before and they standout as great workmanship in hand shaping , glassing and finish. I am sure you will agree he does a great job.So if you are in this part of the world and looking for something different he is your go to man.

Check out more of these great boards :


We are in interesting times where nothing is out of the question in terms of what people are willing to shape surf and experiment with. I think this is a pretty diverse lineup. If this guy is riding all of these he is an all rounder in the true sense of the word.

Italian Surfing Festival 21 - 23 September

Good friend Marco Mazzini has just given me the heads up that another Fish Fry inspired surfing festival is planned this year at VERSILIA ( NW TUSCANY) ITALY. They have a great location right on the beach at Pietrasanta which is just 30km north of Pisa. I was there last June. The local Govt have given them a prime spot right amongst the beachside resorts and sports clubs where they have built a club house meeting place for local and visiting surfers to meet and hang out. Last Saturday they kicked off their season with a great shaping clinic from Chris Christenson , as a Pre-FEST happening. Marco said  " It was great! You should like his live shape of a  5.4 ocean racer (simmons meets twin keel)." They have a very passionate local surf culture and wait for wind swell big enough to chase waves near the local pier. If you are traveling and are near Tuscany this time of year , you will have a great time in a beautiful part of the world.

The programme so far is ...

- Arranging the spaces for shapers in the morning
- Gates open at 2PM to the public
- ART EXHIB. ( free spaces please contact us before to exhibit )

- 60's & 70's VW Beat explosion
- Pinstriping & Kustom live art
- Live Music
- Free BBQ

- Exhibitions
- Shapers Gathering
- Prizes for audience
- Festival epilogue...
... and more

To stay in touch with what they have planned :

Longboarding in Townsville

If you head too far north looking for surf and end up in Townsville you can always look up a new bar that will welcome you for sure. The Longboard Bar and Grill may be a little distant from a surf beach but a cold beer is a cold beer and up there it can wash away the heat of the day year round.

Owner Chris Haddad says  "the name Longboard itself is a brand concept that was conceived by ex-ironman and good friend of Chris, Jonathon Crowe and his surfing buddies. “So we carry the brand, stock the boutique Longboard beer and also support the venue with a range of Queensland favorites supplied by Lion including their iconic XXXX brands, Hahn Super Dry, Heineken and the James Squire range. This ensures we are offering a wide assortment of local and imported beverages for all tastes."
So if you are in town check them out:

The French Bonzer

I just got sent these shots from Stéphane from France. "this is my new surfboard, Bonzer Bumblebee 5'10 X 20.75 x 2.65 shaped by Malcolm CAMPBELL in surfshop UWL to (Angoulin)FRANCE ...."

" Remember the spirit surfing of 1973 ....  the past has never been this présent "

It's on again , a great weekend in Byron Bay

“It’s about time that there is a Surf Festival in Byron Bay.” 
 Bob McTavish.
What more is there to say, Byron has had a profound impact on generations of travelling, crafting and searching surf & ocean enthusiasts from all around the globe.
This is how the local and international acclaimed surf legend Bob McTavish opened the inaugural 2011 Byron Bay Surf Festival and was honoured to be part of this 3day fusion of community focused events pertaining the creative culture within surfing including surf – art, music, film, photography, surf markets, workshops, surf history display, kids stART me up events, surf swap meet, freestyle&stoke expression session, surf demo’s, mermaids, charities and more… ‘SURF CULTURE NOW’ 
After a huge success last year with surfing legends like Dick Hoole, George Greenough, Alby Falzon, Taylor Steele, Tom Wegener, Andrew Kidman, Neal Purchase Jnr, Rusty Miller, Danny Wills, Johnny Abegg, Mick Waters, and the like contributing to a very special festival and raving about the great vibe it created amongst likeminded people around town it is fantastic to see that this year’s festival October 26-28th is determined to put another icing on the cake.

The Opening Ceremony Friday 26th Oct will be presented by international surfing and ASP legend Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew, held at the Byron Bay Brewery & Buddha Bar, which is shaping up to be a night not to be missed – with presentations, the ‘Surf Culture Now – Art & Photography Show’, renowned surf bands and more.
So, what’s new, well besides other additions like beach debris environmental art creations, more surf legends, art and fun, educational kids projects, this year there will be a ‘Surf Shorts’ short film competition where budding surf film makers get a chance to present their 7min short films to a esteemed panel of judges. The final 5 entrants will be shown on the Saturday night 27th Oct at the Byron Community Centre before the Taylor Steele film premier“This Time Tomorrow”. For the winner and runner-ups there are some amazing prizes up for grabs, including a film mentorship by renown surf film maker Taylor Steele, a McTavish surfboard, GoPro Camera and a screening at the 2013 Byron Bay International Film Festival. Contact the Byron Surf Festival crew – for details.

 This year the surf workshops will feature a special surf literature workshop by Tim Baker, a Tom Wegener history take on his ancient Alaia discovery and resurrection of belly boards, Shaun Levings from World Surfaris will take us to the top 5 surf destinations plus much more.
Make sure to bring your boards down to the Surf Swap Meet on Sunday Oct 28th. The Swap Meet will be open to all keen collectors and swappers with some hand selected shapers from AU, Japan and California exhibiting their unique craft. The ‘Freestyle&Stoke’ event is open to all square-thinking wave fanatics and will see some vibrant surf craze happening in and out of the water.

See you at the 2nd Byron Bay Surf Festival 26-28th October 2012…where most events are FREE just like surfing is…!
Stay tuned for further additions to the program on

Guys I had a great time there and I am sure it will be bigger and better this year.

Fun in Noosa

New Zealand 1965

Surf Safari, Newdicks Beach 1965

Onboard are local Maketu surfer Niven Ray, Rotorua team Roger Edwards, Lindsay Sundgren and Chris Blincoe along with driver, Jimmy Isdale and on roof - Chris Wells.
The van was stacked with Roger Land and Bob Davie mals.  I believe the photo was taken by Rotorua surfer journalist Philip Smith.
The boys chased the surf all the way up to Little Waihi by driving along the beach. Weekends were spent bunking down in Niven Ray's parents garage at Maketu.