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.

Byron Bay Surf Festival 2013 October 25 - 27

The annual Byron Bay Surf Festival focuses on the creative culture within surfing. 

A 3-day fusion of ’Surf Culture Now’, featuring surf art, photography, live music, films, history, workshops, literature, markets, presentations, youth art, swap-meet, surfing and lifestyle.

" We believe Byron Bay is the perfect venue to showcase all that is unique and attractive about surfing, drawing from the rich local and national surfing heritage, the creative energy and natural surfing location that is Byron Bay."

October 25 - 27 2013

Fish Fry New Zealand , Sunday 9th of March 2014

Good mate and supporter of my Fish Fry Mike Cunningham from New Zealand has taken the plunge and will organise a Fish Fry in New Zealand next year. To be held at Waipu Cove in the North of the North Island at a beautiful spot where I used to holiday and surf as a school kid. The Cove is just south of the city Whangarei in Bream Bay. Great East coast beach with a nice wave . I look forward to sharing more details as they come to hand. I will be there for sure.
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Festival of Surfing in Italy 27, 28 & 29 September

This years get together is looking like being bigger than ever. It is on again at Pietrasanta on the coast in North West Tuscany. They have a great place to hold the event on the beach and have 3 days of activities for you. Local shaper Michele Puliti of OLA Surfboards will be celebrating 15 years of his brand and and 30 years of shaping. A great guy who makes a very nice board. I was lucky enough to meet him 2 years ago in his shaping bay.For more info contact :  and

This years Wanda Fish Fry

Sunday 15th of September at Wanda Beach, Cronulla , NSW

For more info check with Ben Di Donato -

Saying goodbye to a legend shaper and mate to many

AB will be missed but his boards and what he stood for will last for ever as a mark of the man.

R.I.P Al Byrne

We have lost a great guy and a legend shaper today.