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 Fry # 7

This year we were very lucky with the weather as we have had a week of heavy rain , flooding, huge seas and beach erosion. The weather sure had an impact on the numbers as well as we had the smallest turnout in 7 years , a little disappointing and yet still a great way to show case your boards for very little effort. So a big thanks to those of you that did come and enjoyed a great day in the park.
 Surfboard laminated with a fabric, Abaca made from the fibres of the banana palm trunk
 Shoji Muto's stringerless EPS creations
 Sam Yoon's new Steve Lis fish he had shapedfor him on his recent 6 week + trip to Hawaii and one he has had for some time - Timeless
Nice spray job on a Retro fish
 Another Abaca laminated board

 A great day in the sun finally
 Rich Pavel and local legend shaper Rooster check out one of Rich's long fishes

 Travelling Japanese soul surfer , musician and board builder in town for the day , was a hit with the local Japanese girls.
 One of my glassless Paulownia simmons getting the once over

 Very talented local shaper and glasser Jun with one of his boards

 A nice mix of boards from Feral Dave at Diverse surfboards
 Local shaper with one of his creations
 Local life guard and shaper Eden Saul of Dead Kooks with a few of his great boards
 Duncan with a hollow wooden board he had just finished.
 Rich passing on his knowledge to young Melbourne shaper Carl Jurkschat who was up for the day

 Sammy Yoon , local shaper and talented all round surfer
 Jackie kicking back for the day
This lady from the Sunshine coast with a great voice was in the park to entertain us as part of the Bleach Festival.
Local shaper Jun with a range of boards
 One of Daves cork covered boards

Young Melbourne shaper Carl Jurkschat does a great job for a self taught hobby shaper.

Always things to discuss and meet new people

Some of my Paulownia simmons

 A real character

Always good to see people interact and bridge the cultural void.

Thanks to Johnny T and David Kirk for some of the photos above.

So a big thanks to those of you that turned up and took a punt on the weather. Your support is what makes the day and the reason we have it at all.

The Salty Merchants

 Check them out at the Fish Fry next weekend.

Frothing on the Gold Coast

Cyclone Oswald as it headed our way captured by our good friends at Foto Media.

Bob's in town

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Learning the trade

Corey Munn embodies what the Fish Fry is all about. A young guy who loves his surfing and building his own boards . He hand shapes them , glasses them and hand foils his fins. He can't wait the build the next one for his mates. His day job is at DMS  where he is learning the craft , but his spare time is where he expresses his creativity.
 He likes old school and adds his touch to it.

So look out for Corey at the Fish Fry in a few weeks.