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.

Roger Hall surf off " The Freeway Project "

Roger Hall has quietly made innovative and beautiful surfboards for well over 40 years. He's a master craftsman swimming against a tide of mass production. In 2015 he bought together a group of kiwi surfers for a weeks free surfing on reimagined HotCurls, mutant Mini Simmons and Log variants. The Freeway Project explores Rogers' boards using a tongue in cheek contest format. Check out the video to see who takes out the 2015 The Freeway Trophy.

Ryan Lovelace discusses his shaping experience

It was great to have Ryan as a guest speaker at The Fish Fry a number of years ago when he was just starting out and now seeing where he has gone. Great guy, very talented hand shaper and we have caught up a couple of times when he has been back in Australia.