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Fish Fry night @ The Gold Coast Surf Museum


January 19, 2011 | Words By:

Celebrate the fish surfboard at the 5th Annual Fish Fry at Currumbin on the Gold Coast, Sunday March 6th 2011.


Rock up with your old boards and new shapes, swap ideas and boards, and spend the day surfing at the Alley. Each year brings more shapers and enthusiasts from across the globe showcasing their interpretation of this versatile board.

This is great opportunity to meet other people interested in the Fish surfboard and other alternate boards that have spawned from the innovative shapers of our surf community. It is also a chance to hear from some very talented individuals who build them. The Fish shape has led to a wider interest in alternate shapes from the past, such as the Simmons, finless boards and other planing hulls.

Rich Pavel, Jordan Nobel and Ryan Lovelace will give a brief overview of their various backgrounds and experiences with shaping these boards. This will be followed by an open question and answer forum
with the guys. Just a sample of the talented shapers you’re likely to meet at the Fish Fry in the park at Currumbin Alley the next day.

See you in the park on the 6th March.

For more information contact: grantnewby@bigpond.com or visit www.thealleyfishfry.blogspot.com.

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