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 Bali

Hydro Simmons

 5ft 6" x 22 1/2" x 2"
 Plenty of options
 An extension of what I have been doing with the simmons
 Full length concave
 From full width concave funneling into an exit out through the fins with a chine on the outside

Early 60's Gordon Woods

 I found this board today in Byron Bay. Early 60's Gordon Woods single fin with fully rolled bottom.

 A wide tail and very simmons outline. Very cool looking board.

Carl J. Home Grown Creations.

 I first met Carl Jurkschat at the Fish Fry a couple of years ago when he was just starting out. He had his first board with him that he had brought up from Victoria . Rich Pavel was blown away by what he had done. The finish on the board was quite remarkable for a young guy who is self taught at hand shaping and glassing boards. He will have a go at anything and has now created an impressive collection of boards for friends and himself. Check them out below.

1st Bali Fish Fry

It seems as the support for the Fish Fry here has died off, it has taken off in Bali. Nice to see.

“What’s half of a 9ft log? Why that’s 4.5ft, Well that sounds like a fish to me…”

The annual Deus Ex Machina 9ft & Single Fest is scratching at our doorstep like a dog wanting to come in from the rain, and we could not be more happy to let it in. While in one of the now infamous “Think Tank” session (really just beers in the shaping bay) someone’s wizmodic tongue spoke out to the group and said, “What’s better than one day of logging and beers on the beach?” We all looked towards the lone speaker in wonder, “three” he said. And so it began the “9ft & Single, Art, Music & Log Fest”, starting 7am Friday 31st with a good fashion “Fish Fry” this year marks numero dos for the Deus Bali charter and you know it’s gonna be held down at our local beach in Canggu. If it’s short, fat, wide, quad or twin bring it down, ah hell why not, mini Simmons, logs, bonzers, finless, and mid lengths or anything else of this ilk. For the expression session is open to all, any fish you wish or slider you desire, there is no right or wrong board in this open forum in the waves. Good fun in the sun-n-sand (and a couple of cold brews if I know the crew). Once we’ve “fried” enough for the day, the actions continues up at The Temple with a gallery opening by our good friend and local hero, Mr. Drew Wellman. So scrub up and put on some fresh duds and grace our gallery halls and peer at the amazing art that will hang on our walls.
As the evening continues, we will all spill out to the back yard (remember there’s a bar and BBQ out there now) where we will be premiering “Come hell or high water” Keith Malloy’s new movie. All about the joys of body surfing. And that, will be our segway to Saturday’s events as the “9ft & Single, Art, Music & Log Fest” weekend continues…
Stay tuned my children of the earth, for this is just the beginning. The weekend of mayhems all gets under foot Friday the 31st and flows through Sunday the 2nd
*And yes some words will be made up to describe the events at hand*