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.

The 7th Annual Wooden Surf Board Day is this weekend - Sunday 2nd August

Get that board finished for the weekend


If you build wooden surfboards, or would like to… or maybe you just have an interest in how it all happens, then come down to Currumbin Alley on Sunday from 9 to 3.

A host of board shapers from all walks of life will be on hand to showcase their designs, including the well known Tom Wegener from the Sunshine Coast and Nobby Ohkawa from Japan.

The day is all about like minded people - who enjoy the challenge of spending countless hours in a shed building wooden boards - getting together to share their passion and progress.

Even if you don't build boards but want to find out more, this is the ideal place to ask all the relevant questions, because there are many ways to build a wooden board and they’ll all be on show this Sunday at Currumbin Alley.

So bring your wooden boards, bring a picnic lunch and go for a surf. The Alley in winter is often at it's best for a slide across the banks on a wooden board. And there is nothing better than being on one you built yourself.

Looking forward to catching up with old faces and welcoming some new ones. 

 - Grant Newby

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Asher Pacey loves the fish

Asher Pacey is one humble dude both in and out the water. Growing up without electricity and learning to survive off the land probably helped in that respect. It's clear Asher values the small things in life that most people take for granted. Filmmaker Matt Kleiner brings us a unique insight into the mind of one of the stylish and respectful surfers out there today.

Joseph Ryan and the Fish Surfboard Documentry premiere

Friday night was the premiere and Joseph just sent me these comments...

"The Premiere went really well, the place holds 200 and they squeezed 250 in (well there were about 20 in the car park which we left the doors open so they could watch).

Steve Lis, Skip Frye and a heap of others from the film made it along. Steve although quite shy came up at the end of the movie to thank me and said a few words to the people there.

Bird Huffman (the guy who started the Fish Fry) said he was stoked with what you said and the way you went about the Australia Fish Fry.

Now the hard bit, working out how to get it out to the rest of the world (probably going to be harder than making the film haha).

Will let you know when I am showing it on the Gold Coast or Byron Bay."

Here are some shots from the night. not sure who some of them are

 PT and Skip Fry
Joesph looking pretty pleased with the outcome

The Fish Surfboard Documentary premiere tonight

Joseph Ryans new movie will premiere at Birds Surf Shed in San Diego on the 24th of July 2015

It is a look at the origin and impact of the fish surfboard design and then how it would influence the main stream surf culture 30 years later. It stars Steve Lis, Skip Frye, Mark Richards, Rob machado, Dave Rastovich, Donavon Frankenreiter, Dan Malloy, David Nuuhiwa, Derek Hynd, Jack McCoy, Peter Townend Dick Van Straalen and more...
Can't wait to see it down here in Australia

There is a Facebook page that will have updates on where the film will be shown (after the premiere)