Aloha Boardshop’s Honolulu Fish Fry, presented by Oxbow, is going off this weekend at Kuhio Beach, Waikiki (Queens). This contest will showcase the classic “fish tail” surf board. All contestants will be required to compete on a fish surfboard provided by Aloha Boardshop and donated by local top custom surfboard shapers from
around the island. Contestants will draw “raffle style” from a “fish board” bowl to determine their designated ride for each heat. The ALOHA BOARDSHOP HONOLULU FISH FRY 2011 PRESENTED BY OXBOW is a celebration of the basic human drive to create. ABS wishes to shine a light on the artisans that sculpt out of nothing
an artifact, which allows the surfer to express themselves on the waves we slide. Surfing is an artistic pursuit no matter what logos are stickered on the board or in what venue these spontaneous acts take place. Beauty is a subjective thing but all surfers would agree that surfing is a creative, albeit not always conscious, interaction with nature and the energy of life itself. As a tribe, surfers are dedicated to the fleeting feeling of moment-to-moment creativity that then evaporates as the wave breaks and recedes.The shaper is the wizard that conjures from the multitudes a singular idea that becomes a shape, which we then attempt to honor by drawing beauty from a breaking wave. Surfers have to recognize the sculptors of these wave sleds. Without our amazing shapers and their dedication to the art of building surfsticks surfing as we know it dies and becomes just another sport where the tools of the trade are mass produced items that are indifferent to the amazing interaction that surfing embodies. Shapers are the shamans of the tribe. They are the ones who help guide surfing through the wilderness towards the beautiful and away from the processed junk that attempts to overwhelm the modern surfer. The ABS HFF 2011 is our small attempt to bring shapers out into the forefront to receive the accolades they so richly deserve for leading the charge for all of us that love the simple act of sliding down the face of a breaking wave.
FF 2011 SHAPERS:
Aloha Boardshop will organize a group of world-class shapers to supply contestants with equipment–
each board builder will shape one fish board (twin-fin and quad).