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.

"Anything but 3 " surf culture Italian style 2015 - Forte Dei Marmi Tuscany

Marco Mazzini a local at Forte Dei Marmi in Tuscany, getting ready for his turn at the local break next to the pier where they just held their first friendly competition. Marco has been out to the Gold Coast a couple of times now and has attended our local Alley Fish Fry. It is a great part of the world where he lives on the beach in Tuscany. And as you will see they do get some fun little waves every now and then. But I must say they got lucky. The event was sponsored by Michele Puliti the local shaper of Ola Surfboards and organised by Nicola Bresciani, for


Inspired by George

George with his knee board, the spoon with the edge...

In 20011 and inspired by the Greenough spoon I saw at the Gold Coast Surf Museum , led to blending what I saw with the fish outline.

Concave deck

One long concave nose to tail with a hull entry

Takayama Halo fins

I find it frustrating to have ideas and do nothing with them. This had led me to build many boards that are too small for me to surf , but have been great experiments and a joy to share with friends. And is this not what surfing is all about.
This year Rasta rode a couple of Georges latest edge boards in Fiji after George revisited the idea himself.
I also applied this to a simmons design in early 2011.

Dave with Georges board abd 2 Dave made from Geroges moulds and a Gary McNeill version of the theme 2015