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.

If you didn't get to this years Byron Bay Surf Festival - This is what you missed.

Three days of music, art, crafts, film, lifestyle, tipi markets, shaper displays and a whole array of activities from woodwork fin and hand plane workshops to free beach yoga & pilates classes, health and fitness presentations, indigo tie dye board bag making and surf literature talks, book launches, discussion panels, interviews, short film comps and freestyle surf sessions proved delectably exhausting. There was a hell-of-a-lot going on which created a buzz in town that lasted well beyond the festival weekend.
The 2014 Byron Bay Surf Festival received high praise of surf industry veterans, including Tom & Nick Carroll, Nat Young, Jack McCoy and Albe Falzon describing the surf culture festivities as a very unique one of a kind gathering.

Keep your eyes on all the creative and innovative developments for BBSF 2015

Wanda Fish Fry coming up

22nd November // Wanda Fish Fry 2014 -The 3rd Annual Gathering!

"This year we have approached things a little differently in the hopes of making the event better then ever.

Firstly this year we re-labeled the day, this was done to help broaden the audience and crowd that attends.

Wanda Fish Fry now present the SURF SWAP MEET 2014 - Annual Gathering!

The focus is still the same as all other years. “alternative” but i say “alternative to what? a 6’2 thruster?”

-Twin fin fishes, Single Fin 7’0-10’0, Fish Quad, Bonzer’s, Knee boards, Fin less, Mini- Simmons, Eggs, Alaia, Paipo, Handplanes, Soaps, Spoons, Logs, Dogs, Guns, Trackers… anything but three

Also changing the location to Oak Park, this has a BBQ area (bring some food as the shops are a little drive away), kid friendly, plenty of parking, rest rooms and a reef break 30metres away!!!! This change was made to make the event more surf focused, no comp but just some fun waves on different crafts. I encourage people or shapers bringing boards to bring some demo boards down.

I have also had feedback that having it at Oak Park was a bad idea, that its going to bring a new crowd to this ‘secret spot’ anyone with access to a computer could find this spot within a matter of clicks. We live in a day and age where secret surf spots is dying. The intentions isn’t to fill this surf spot full of kooks, this event is for like minded people with intentions of having fun and surfing with respect.

This is also an open invite to any garage shaper, master crafter, collector or enthusiast to bring your boards down to join in the fun. Its a free event to join, attend, share ideas, designs and thoughts."

****Special Coffee Company Guests attending*****


Where:   Oak Park, Cronulla.
When:    Saturday 22 November 2014
Time:      From 8:30am - till whenever
Cost:      Free
Insta:    @wandafishfry

Paddle out for Geoff Moase this Sunday

A paddle out for Geoff is planned for this Sunday 21st September at Tallebudgera Beach, meeting at 8:30am out the front of the surf club.

Byron Bay Surf Festival - 6 weeks to go !

Spring has arrived and the Byron Bay Surf Festival, beginning October 24th, is budding with exciting new announcements. With a traditional opening ceremony by the Arakwal Bundjalung people followed by a free outdoor screening/Australian premiere of the Beyond the Surface film and raging launch party by NZ blues rock band Bonjah at the Beach Hotel, the festival kicks off with a BANG.

Saturday 25th absorbs the seaside with a beautiful, rambling market hub bursting with surf-inspired creative initiatives, ideas, arts, music, workshops, demos and delicious edibles. Some of the highlights include health and wellbeing seminars such as that of raw chef/nutritionist Samantha Gowing, surf injury expert/physiotherapist Ryan Huxley and Yoga sage Geoff Brooks. Selected stalls will showcase some of the best and most innovative brands in surfing such as the newly launched Banks brand, international labels like Sanuk, Moonjelly and Free People. Additionally, there will be an entire arena on the northern end of the festival site dedicated to charities, sustainability and gift clothing initiatives such as Smile, Hippy Tree, Kiss Max and Toms. Down the way will be many small local and international artisan and surfboard shaper stalls to browse upon, design workshops, large surf culture art show and also a special retro/rockabilly area, 50's cars and bikes hosted by Uppercut Deluxe. Here you will also find a special Golden Breed surf history display with surfboard evaluation area. Sublime tastes will be found throughout the market hub with an array of local cooked, cut, raw or organic cuisines by the likes of AllPress Espresso, The Chia Co, Santos Organics and Loving Earth just to name a few. With two music stages onsite, there will be plenty of sweet tunes to listen, alternatively you might like to tune into some of the mind tweaking all-day presentations in the popular ‘Surf Literature Lounge’ featuring speakers, stories, far reaching ideas and chaired discussions by experts, writers, publishers and surf legends such as Tom & Nick Carroll, Brad Gerlach, Duct Tape surfer Pascale Honore or giant wave photographer Russell Ord.

At night, keep your eyes open for key events in town. Some of these include a presentation by freesurfer and activist Lauren Hill on ‘Third World Girls, social justice and surfing’ discussing seedlings of surf culture around the world, a special GoPro youth comp hosted by renown photographer Willem Ungermann, a last screening of the GoPro surf shorts film comp finalists, feature film premiere yet to be announced and even more music acts into the night.
For Sunday 26th, Wategos beach hosts its annual surf swap meet with shapers from all around the world, surf demo sessions and quirky surf-off-sessions. The infamous Corona Party Wave $1000 dash for cash event will round this off as a memorable and fun day by the ocean. This is the day to get wet, to be inspired by surfing, shaping and to simply chill out… until yet more nighttime festivities begin with indie rockers Griswolds at the Beach Hotel after party.

Get amped and keep your eyes out for the latest program at

Wooden Board Day on Slide magazine site

Check out the wooden board day HERE on Slide magazines web site

2014 Wooden Surfboard Day this weekend


6th Annual Wooden Surfboard Day - Currumbin Alley , Gold Coast, QLD.

Saturday 2nd August @ Gold Coast Surf Museum from 6.30pm

Guest Speaker: Sergi Galano from Flama Surfboards in Spain

Come along for a BBQ and a few beers at the Surf World Surf Museum. This is a great way to connect with other board builders and like-minded people prior to the day in the park, hear from an innovative board builder from Spain, and enjoy the wonderful display of boards and surfing history. Check out

Sunday 3rd August in the Park @ the Alley from 8.00am

Bring along your wooden surfboards. Whether you have built a board yourself or if you have a great looking board built by someone else. If you would like to know more about wooden boards of any kind and the various building methods, then this is the day for you to meet some very talented people and share your experiences.

Remember it's a non-competitive and non-commercial get together of like minded people.

If you would like to know more contact :

VINTAGE SURF HAPPENING IN HONOLULU Saturday, July 26 ~ 9am-3pm at Hawaiian South Shore

Hawaii's vintage surf aficionado Randy Rarick will be turning back the clock on Saturday, July 26th, at Hawaiian South Shore on Ward Avenue, 9am to 3pm, with a VINTAGE SURF HAPPENING, presented by Vissla: a free gathering for those with a soul for surf !
Featuring collectors from around the Islands, the Vintage Surf Happening will offer a Buy-Sell-Trade of:

Wood boards from the '30s and '40s; balsa boards from the '50s,
and '60s tankers and guns.
Books, posters, decals, trophies, surf magazines, photographs and more.
Paipo boards, knee boards, hand boards and other early vintage surf craft.
**All items must be 25 years or older - ie. pre-90s.

Also check out:
The Vissla Short Board Experience
Featuring short boards from the psychedelic '60s; early '70s single fins; Lightning Bolts, Aipa Stings; '80s Twins; and first generation Thrusters.

Free Appraisals
Want to know what your surf stuff is worth?
Bring it down for a free appraisal by onsite collector specialists.
Sell it - Trade It - Take home something new!

Legends Special Autograph Session.
Food Trucks, Displays, Fun and Camaraderie!
Live music set by Tiki Taboo, vintage surf music at 12 noon. 

HAPPENING at Hawaiian South Shore: Mauka Parking Lot
320 Ward Avenue, across from Sports Authority
For More Information: or call (808) 587-9055.
Produced in conjunction with Hawaii Surfing Promotions.
For vendor registration and display requirements: or call (808) 638-7266
FREE for all to attend

2014 @ByronBaySurfFestival Surf Shorts Film Comp presented by @GoPro.

Entries are officially open for the 2014 @ByronBaySurfFestival Surf Shorts Film Comp presented by @GoPro. This year we’ve upped the ante on prizes, sponsorship and media coverage including a GoPro cash/prize package of $3000 and more. The clip time limit is TEN minutes and the theme ‘Citizens of the Sea’. Also is a new ‘democratic’ online voting format; the most voted wins! So, the earlier you enter, the more time you have to accumulate votes and to be featured with our worldwide media partners and all social network platforms. Everything weird & wonderful welcome.

Get shooting and enter

Wooden Board Day 2014 , 1st weekend in August

This years Wooden Surfboard Day will be held on Sunday 3rd of August in the park at Currumbin Alley as usual. On the Saturday night before we will get together for a few beers and a BBQ at the Surf World Surf Museum. The gathering is a great way to conect with other board builders and like minded people  prior to the day in the park and enjoy the wonderful display of boards and surfing history at the museum.
I have organised a guest speaker for the night, Sergi Galano from Flama Surfboards in Spain.
Sergi GalanĂ³ was born by the Mediterranean Sea in Barcelona (Spain) in 1974, and he has been involved in surfing for more than 20 years. 

In 2002 Sergi quit his job as a graphic designer and moved to a lost valley in the Spanish Pyrenees, where he opened the Tacita hostel. Living in a low budget style brought him to discover a new passion: woodwork. There he rehabilitates a house, builds a kitchen, bunk beds or whatever is needed. He even builds start to finish a two storey wooden house. Also, together with some friends founded the association AVF, to fight against a proposed Ski Resort to be built in their valley, and he ended being elected councilor at the local council for four years.

Creativity has been a constant through his life: music, graphic and industrial design, woodworks of any kind, or anything as long as there is a creative challenge invlolved.

In 2009 Sergi built his first wooden surfboard with agave wood, and after meeting Tom Wegener during his European tour and discovering the possibilities of paulownia wood for building surfboards, he decided to fully devote himself to his next project: building a 100% organic surfboard.

After dedicating a full year to experimenting and mixing different hollow-box building techniques, Flama was finally presented to the surfing world in the Salinas Longboard Festival in Spain, 2011.

Although they sell finished surfboards, Flama focuses on building wooden custom blanks for shapers or anyone eager to shape his own board. They want to introduce a slight variation in the surfboard manufacturing process: instead of making a custom board out of a standard foam blank, now the shapers can also offer hollow wooden surfboards made from custom blanks. Flama blanks come with its final outline and foil, and are shaped with the same tools and techniques, with the only difference being that after the shaping process the board does not need to be fiberglassed.

Today Flama is sharing its facilities with Montjuich Surfboards –one of Spain’s most respected longboard shapers, speciallised in surfboard replicas from the 1960 to 1972 period– which allows the possibily to work closely with him and offer some of his models made with wood.

Flama’s latest projects include some tow boards for the Spanish charger Axi Muniain, as well as a few big wave guns, some of wich have been made with chambered construction techniques. The results have been mesmerizing, and demonstrate once again that the possibilities of paulownia wood seem endless.

 Sergi will be talking about his expeience in setting up his business and his method of building wooden boards. I am sure you will have plenty of questions for him and experiences to share.I look forward to meeting you and our day in the park with your boards and stories. This is a great way to learn about what others are doing and how theyt are going about building wooden boards. If you have built a wooden board you will now know there is no easy way to build one.So no matter what the experience or outcome, bring your board and proudly share the journey.We have been there to.

 "Remember we Wooden Board Builders and Surfers are a splinter group"

If you like your board with grunt

Hiltons side cut simmons

 Hilton Fletcher likes to experiment and think outside the box and this is his latest version of his side cut simmons at  '5'10 x 19 N x 18 1/4 x 19 T x 2 5/8.

 This is his first one that I have seen him surfing at the Alley on the Gold Coast and it was 5ft 3"

Fish Fry New Zealand at Waipu Cove

Rich Pavel from San Diego, who has been to the 7 fish frys that I have organised on the Gold Coast was at Waipu to support Mike Cunningham and his first one. Rich was looking more like the old man of the sea after 2 months in Japan

Rich with local Ruakaka shaper and great mate Roger hall of Surfline Surfboards. as you can see in the background it was a classic day surf wise waist to shoulder high at times.

Classic Roger Hall craftmanship on one of his modern take on the Hot Curl.

Now that is a coffin box

Von Sol Surfboards by Sean Mattison from San Diego
Back yard shape with lots of stories attached for sure
Classic NZ brand

Great looking Del shapes

These brothers have been surfing and shaping their own boards all their life. Don and Ross Edge , locals from Whangarei know Waipu as well as anyone.They have been surfing for over 50 years.
 Don and Ross after a few waves on their self built boards

Thomas Bauer from the Netherlands was there with some nice hollow wooden boards. He is a furniture maker and looking at staying in New Zealand to work.
Thomas Bauer boards

Justin Tilly form the far North with a great looking board he had just finished building on the farm. Japanese Cedar.
Smithy for down south had a great aray of very different and innovative shapes that he has built himself.

Sean Mattison from California was at Waipu which was great to see. Sean was the guy I contacted about the whole Fish Fry movement prior to going to one in Oceanside California in 2006.When I got home and thought it was a great idea to start one on the Gold Coast he gave me his support and turned up at my first Alley Fish Fry. I have since held 7 of them.He exports his Von Sol brand boards to New Zealand and loves the surf there.
The other connection for me is that I grew up in New Zealand at Dargaville on the west coast within an hours drive of Waipu Cove. When I was a teenager my dad would go deer stalking each Easter and mum would take us to Waipu to stay in a cabin at the beach to go surfing. We surfed the all day and even in the moonlight one time I remember. So this day here was very memorable for me.

Sean with one of his boards.
This guy had a number of nice wooden board , some vac bagged over EPS.
Gold Coast local Jason , an avid body boarder , hand planer and all round fun guy was there as well.
Jay Jackman from Sadhana Surfboards from Christchurch in the South Island on the left with Roger Hall in the middle and Jackie enjoying a catchup on a great day at the beach. Thanks Mike for putting it on.

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