A boil up means pork bones, puha, watercress and anything else you’d like to add. It’s therefore reasonable to assume that a Fish Fry is something akin to ‘out of the water and into the pan.’
Not so. Much like a swap meet is to petrolheads, a Fish Fry (named after the Fish surfboard) is a surf carnival with a difference – non-competitive and non-commercial, with lots of people who love surfing, surfboards, and the surf ethos.
Organised by surf enthusiast Michael Cunningham (and based on similar overseas events) New Zealand’s first Fish Fry was held on Sunday March 9 at Waipu Cove attracting boarders of all persuasions from as far afield as Riverton in Southland, Japan, the Netherlands, Indonesia and even Sam Mattison of San Diego, the founder of the Fish Fry movement.
The hundreds of boards on display were as varied in age and style as the surfers themselves and the talk centred around the surf encountered around the country and the world, and the boards best suited to handle different conditions, plus a whole lot of weird and wonderful ‘fishy’ tales.
Branding and graphics were prominent just as they are with shoe or clothing labels. Whangarei surfer Ross Edge, with over 50 years of surfing behind him, displayed four boards, the oldest being a 1965 longboard which created plenty of discussion between surfers and shapers.
Though techniques have changed with time, surfers are still in search of the board that will take them just that little bit closer to nailing the big waves and with all the conversation happening at Waipu Cove there are bound to be some improved performances around local beaches in the near future.
Mr Cunningham was thrilled with the response to the first event and has already confirmed planning for a second event in early March next year.
Check out Fish Fry comments, images and updates at thecovefishfry.blogspot.co.nz.