Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Alley Fish Fry - 2012

The Currumbin Alley Fish Fry has grown bigger each year - now incorporating more than just Fish designs. A true melting pot of innovative surf designs and a kaleidoscope of wave riding vehicles. It's on again on Sunday March 4th on the Gold Coast. Jetstar sell cheap tickets to Cooly!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Alley Fish Fry - 2012

Currumbin Alley - Sunday 4th March, 2012

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 next Alley Fish Fry will be held on Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Everyone gathers in the park opposite the beach at Currumbin as we have done in previous years. Shine & Show: So get your boards ready, bring the family and pack a picnic lunch. Look forward to meeting you all next year.

Please remember it is a non competitive and non commercial gathering of board riders and builders of these sweet craft.

It's about shapers who craft these boards and those of us who enjoy the ride. Each year we see many new ideas on the the original theme and that's what is great about the evolution of the fish. If you are not a shaper bring your fish and enjoy the stoke and celebrate the fish with everyone else who enjoys the ride.

For The Alley Fish Fry's Blogsite: Click here

Friday, November 11, 2011

New Book: Australia's Hottest 100 Surfing Legends

Queensland based, surf journalist and author, Phil Jarratt will launch is latest book, Australia's Hottest 100 Surfing Legends at the Museum of Sydney on Sunday afternoon, November 13.

Certainly in the Top 10 of 100 all time surfing
legends: Newcastle's very own - Mark Richards
Newcastle's Four times world champion Mark Richards will be on hand to officially launch the book.

MR, whose brilliant Backdoor Pipe bottom turn features on the cover of the book, will be joined by a stellar cast of champions, including Tom Carroll, Terry Fitzgerald, Simon Anderson, Mark Warren, Bruce Raymond, Rob Bain and Captain Goodvibes. Industry legend Shane Stedman [Luke Stedman's Dad] will co-host proceedings in a chat show format that is sure to produce a lot of laughs. 

The launch, to be held in the Museum theatrette, is from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and is open to the public and free.

Everyone who visits for the launch is invited to view the Museum's current Surf City exhibition, presenting the history of surfing in Sydney from the 1950s, at the lowered concession price of $5. A cash bar will operate at the lower level and guests are invited to bring the family, enjoy the show, and meet the legends of surfing over a leisurely beer or a coffee.

Author Phil Jarratt will be signing books before and after the show. The veteran surf journalist and author has written 27 books, including Mr Sunset, The Mountain & The Wave, Kelly Slater For The Love, and last year's Salts & Suits, which won him his third Australian Surf Culture Award and was short-listed for the Blake Dawson Prize. He is currently writing the official history of Surfing Australia.

Author Phil Jarratt [right] and 1978 ASP World Champion
fellow Queenslander, Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew
When: Sunday Nov 13, 2:30pm until 4:30pm
Where: Museum of Sydney, Bridge St & Phillip St, Sydney
Cost: Book Launch is free, with cash bar, Bonus offer: Surf City exhibition for a reduced entry of $5.00 per head

May we suggest: A perfect time to pick up that extra stocking stuffer for that loved one who surfs - Phil and some of the legends of the sport will be available for book signings and photo opportunities at the launch.

Website for: Museum of Sydney


Friday, October 28, 2011

CANCELLED - Deus Swap Meet No.5

(((( Flash News ))))

The Deus Swap Meet No.5 for Saturday October 29th, 2011.

Is CANCELLED due to Zoning restrictions

Venue was to be: Deus Ex Machina Sydney Headquarters
Located at: 98-104 Parramatta Road, Camperdown [Sydney].

Thursday, October 20, 2011

FREE: 18seconds Surf Magazine on-line

The cover of 18seconds - issue #7
Read it for free on-line
FREE MAGAZINE: The new Issue, No.7, of '18seconds' Surf Magazine is now available on-line. In fact you can read all previous 6 issues for free on their site.

Just in case you’re unaware: 18seconds magazine provides a rich reading experience through multimedia and interactivity, by bringing the best surfing from around the world. 18seconds can be viewed on all media devices including iPads, Iphones and Androids.

In this issue; they track down Murray Bourton of Base Surfboards and discover, after all the chaos, there are great changes in them hills.

Read it for free on a nice digital platform at: 18seconds Surf Magazine

Friday, October 14, 2011

Deus Swap Meet No.5

There is the Deus Swap Meet No.5 coming up on Saturday October 29th, 2011.

Venue: Deus Ex Machina Sydney Headquarters
Located at: 98-104 Parramatta Road, Camperdown [Sydney].

The poster for Deus
Swap Meet No.5
The details are still rolling in, but they've already got a growing list of stalls and surf vending mongers.

Marty Worthington of Hot Buttered spray fame has just been confirmed for live custom surfboard sprays, Teal Nippard will be whittling his famed wooden alaias, live airbrushing by Tony Airspeed, Andrew from Grown Surfboards will be showing off his hand crafted timber surfboards.

Graeme from Bing Surfboards will have all his latest foam mowers on show. Plus Jeff's collection of surf memorabilia and vintage bric-a-brac, Dan's retro surf wears, David 'Mexican' Sumpter's surf art, posters and groovy gear plus much, much more.

The Deus Wall Of Joy returns with pre-loved 1990s boards up for swap or sale, bring your own sticks you want to flog - we'll barter for you while you browse.

There is a Gold coin entry which goes directly to Surfaid, helping and assisting to rebuild and support coastal communities world wide.

Contact details: Please contact
Phone: 0417 217 530
Website: Deus Ex Machina

Don't forget to mark in your calendar:
Mick Mock's Vintage Surf Auction
Harbord Diggers Club
Freshwater Beach
Viewing: Saturday 26th November, 2011 - 3:00 to 5:00pm
Auction: Sunday 27th November, 2011 - From 10:30am

You may also be interested in:
Our report on Mick Mock's 2010 Vintage Surf Auction


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Vintage Swap: Coolangatta

Underground Surf
One Slightly Obsessed Collector holds his own Swap Meet

Poster for the Coolangatta event
Slightly obsessed - they're the best kind aren't they?

Co-owner of Underground Surf in McLean Street, Coolangatta, Andre 'Ondi' Marsaus has his own Vintage Swap Meet coming up on Saturday 8th October, 2011.

The highly impassioned Ondi runs the surf emporium with his partner Maree.

So if you're in the market to buy/sell/swap up any old vintage surfboards or related gear, the Southern end of the Gold Coast is the place to head on October 8th.

If you want some of idea how deep Ondi is in - you have to have a peek at the current issue of the awesome free bi-monthly surf magazine, Smorgasboarder.

They just published a two-page spread featuring Andre 'Ondi' Marsaus and his collection of over 300 boards. [see below]

Meet organisers, Ondi and Maree are on the lookout for more contributions to add to the meet. So if you have something to display or offer, consign, swap, or just want to get an appraisal done - then make sure you contact them.

Meet the Fleet: This assemblage of foam and fibreglass represents
about one quarter of Ondi's classic surfboard collection.
Above are pages 48-49 of the new Smorgasboarder Magazine
[Click to enlarge]
Should be a real fun day and a good chance to rub shoulders with many fellow enthusiasts. It's always interesting to see what gets dragged out from the rafters.

This is all part of testing the waters for the big Bleach Surf Festival that will be coming up on the Gold Coast in February in 2012.

Here's the skinny...

Location: Underground Surf
Date: Saturday 8th October, 2011
Time: 10:00am until 2:00pm
Call: 07 5599-1040 for more info or help

READ FREE: The new 164-page Smorgasboarder Magazine on-line. Click here

You may also be interested in:
Our report from Mick Mock's 2010 Vintage Surf Auction

You can purchase Steve Core's '75 Ocean Rhythms DVD at Underground Surf, Coolangatta