Surfing World Camp

Five days left till the Surfing World Camp at Treachery in Seal Rocks on our own Mid North Coast.  If you don’t already know about it, this awesome event will feature live music from The Babe Rainbow and Mylee and the Milkshakes, hangs with your favorite surfboard shapers, including Joel Fitzgerald, sessions experimenting with boards, yoga and meditation workshops, surf coaching, live art, Surfing World crew, a few pros, and heaps of good folk sharing the surfing stoke.

The camp goes down on April 24th– 26th, 2015 and tickets are available now.

We hope you come and be a part of this adventure Joel and Chrystal Fitzgerald will be there with boards for you to try, smiles, and good campfire vibes!

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*Photo of Joel Fitz with his hand shaped and glassed quiver in Hawaii, taken by Chrystal Fitzgerald.

Bleach Festival Mocean Event Burleigh photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald

Mocean at Bleach Festival

(M)Ocean was a part of the 2015 Bleach Festival, held at Burleigh Heads here on Australia’s East Coast on March 22. According to creator, journalist and surfer  Tim Baker, (M)Ocean it is pronounced motion or emotion and is an experimental, cultural form that presents surfing as a performing art, rather than a competitive sport.  When interviewed about (M)Ocean by Swellnet,  Baker said he ‘envisioned a stage to be set up on the point at Burleigh, with live music directed out over the lineup.  A select group of  surfers will all be riding boards from a historic quiver, from solid Hawaiian timber slabs to 16 foot hollow ply toothpicks, balsa malibu, okapis, right through to modern high performance foam and fibreglass and everything in between.  Surfboard collector Carl Tanner has very kindly opened up his collection to us to use on the day, including Michael Peterson’s original board from Morning of the Earth – which is slightly terrifying!’

(M)Ocean went pretty much according to Baker’s vision and on March  22, 2015,  Joel Fitzgerald and myself, joined in the historic Bleach on Burleigh (M)ocean event.  We were excited to be a part of the festivities and drove up the coast from Byron to Burleigh with our friends Leah Dawson and Dave Rastovich.  Surfer Leah Dawson had the honor of riding the MP board, additional traditional and magnificently handcrafted boards were on lend by master craftsman Tom Wegener, whom was also a part of (M)ocean. Joel rode Wegener’s timber board called #1, along side surfing legends Rusty Miller, Wayne Dean, Rabbit Bartholemu, Dave Rastavoich, Neal Purchase Jr., Josh Constable and young guns Ellis EricsonAsher Pacey just to name a few.

The festivities opened with a welcome to country and ceremonial dance by local Aboriginal Australians and talented Didgeridoo player.  Ancient, timeless, cosmic healing vibrations from the ritual were carried by the sea breezes out over the pandamus trees along the black rocks to the surf break and far beyond. The pointy edged buildings of Surfers Paradise a rigid and ominous backdrop to the playful dancers of the sea. Live music played from the stage where the amazing  Band of Frequencies  cosmic waves made the tiny swells surfable.

As surfers moved in and out of the lineup, the Band of Freqs were joined by special guests Dave on the drums, Rusty on harmonica, and Leah. Whom performed some of her original songs, singing as well as playing the uke.  The fantastical event finished up with one man band Kim Chruchill jamming into the night as young and old were moving to the beats of so many beautiful artists in motion. From our hearts to yours, a very big mahalo nui loa for all who turned up to support this expressive experimental festival, and extra gratitude to Tim Baker. Thank you for conceptualizing and bringing into fruition your dream (M)Ocean, we had a blast. Here are a few photos for you all to enjoy.

Aloha
Chrystal Dawn

All photos by Chrystal Dawn

Chrystal Fitzgerald in TONGA!

Its Aloha Friday here in Oz and finally time to share Chrystal Dawn’s adventures in TONGA with you. Chrystal and friends Lauren L. Hill and Ming Nomchong took a trip of a lifetime to the Kingdom of Tonga late last year during the Humpback Whale migration. The three have had a good run with photos and blog posts sharing what magic occurred there. Chrystal recounts the trip on the SEEA Blog  that is up now with heaps of epic photos and video. Below are a few fresh pics from Ming Nomchong of Chrystal and her single fin, including another fun video she put together of their adventures, board featured is a 5’10 Sea Gypsy!

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*all photos are of Chrystal Dawn by Ming Nomchong freating SEEA swimwear, Conner HatsLay Day Towels and TOMS Eyeware original content for Summersite.com

 

1968 Old Log

We have been developing and refining this smooth new, ‘old mal’ for about a year now, working to get it just right. With much enthusiasm and stoke Joel Fitz’s would like to introduce to the public the 1968. Inspired by traditional old mals from the late 60’s, and with design help form exceptional surfer, water man Mr. Brett Caller (whom has worked with, and ridden boards for shapers such as Sage Joske, Thomas Bexon, and Chris Christensen) . The 1968 is a perfect Summer board, ideal for all all you single fin lovers who enjoy smooth glides, trims and and nose rides.

Photos here are of JFS team rider Chrystal Fitzgerald on the 1968 for women’s swimwear label The Seea, all photos are taken by Ming Nomchong. To see more photos of Chrystal on the 1968 log check out The Drifter Blog post: http://thedrifter.me/seea-x-the-drifter/

Aloha
Chrystal Dawn

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Byron Bay Surf Festival 2014

It is that exciting time of the year again where all things surf culture, creative and healthy converge  here in sunny Byron Bay Australia. Joel Fitzgerald and team are really excited and grateful to be sharing the love of the sea and crafts to ride with this community again at the Byron Bay Surf Festival.  We will have a stall in the middle of the festival, with some very creative new shapes that JF has been secretly working on.

On Saturday 25th, look out for the giant Dream Catchers and colorful retro vibe to come and meet the sharper for yourself at the Artisan’s and Surf market, or try out a board at the shapers exhibition on Sunday at Watagos beach. There will be a free shuttle bus going between Clarks beach car park and Watagos every half hour, so park and ride is by far the best option.

Joel will be in the surfing events on Sunday and have a markee set up on the beach, with boards for you to try, as well as for use in the surfing demonstrations.  Single Fins, our classic 7’7 ML42 and new Log the 1968, amongst others. The festival kicks off today with the Australia premier of “Beyond the Surface” a movie by our friends Crystal and Dave Homcy featuring local lady slider Lauren L Hill, India’s first recognized female surfer Ishita Malaviya, Liz Clark and others. Bring the family and make a weekend of it!

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Instagram Board Give Away WINNER

The response to our impromptu instagram contest to win a custom Wanderer by giving our shop dog Secrets a new nick name, was awesome. We had hundreds of entries, with some very classic names. The winner selected out of a hat at random was @whiskerfish Jake Bulgin, who elected the name Bagheera, pronounced Bagira. Which is the name of the black panther from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.  The name will suit our shop dog, Secrets very well. A massive Thank you to each and everyone of you who entered the contest, your participation is most appreciated.  Some of the names were hilarious, here are just a few we thought were classic!

Bakso, Floyd, JF Junior, Nacho, Butch, Dozer, Butter, Mojo, Rambler, Weaver, Stinger, Lennox, Axel, Shadow, Riley, Mutley, Hendrix, Briggs, Maverick, Mr. Bigglesworth, googles,  Monty, Free, Stumpy,  Thruster, Spud, Bowie, Duke, Beau, Banjo, El Burko, Sixa, China Plate, Java, Stubbz, Sultan!

We hope to be able to continue giving back to a community that has supported and inspired us to keep living the dream, shaping, surfing, and connecting with great people like your self’s.

Cheers
Joel, Chrystal and JFS Team

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Sky Bird Wanderer

These days fly past and with all the time in the bay, and out in the surf, instagram gets all the love. Ah well  were working on changing that. A few important updates SKY BIRD and WANDERER are now up. The board formerly known as the Barrel Finder is now aptly named the Wanderer, the board you can take anywhere with you, giving you that performance you need. More refinement has gone into the Wanderer and for those of you already happy with the Barrel Finder I think you will be very pleased with the changes. The Wanderer is now coming in more sizes and again can be made to order. Ozzie Wrong has just taken one of these beauties with him overseas for more adventures, the last one he had made it to Desserts. You can see the master of ariel art Mr. Wrong on his last Wanderer on the film Slow Dance, during his indo section.

Sky Bird is the big wave gun that I have been working on and refining. Its a beauty and heralds to earlier times and legendary craftsmen with my own Fitzy twist on it. Sharp, clean and a wave wrangling machine. This beauty will take you to speeds so high you’ll feel you have wings. Built to fly and also very pleasing to the eye! Please do have a look let me know your thoughts and if your keen for that extra edge place an order, you may surprise yourself this winter and paddle out the bommies!

Aloha

Chrystal Dawn

photo 1 OzPunt photo by Matt Withaar*Top photo of Joel shaping in the bay by Chris Prestidge, bottom Ozzie Wright air photo by Matt Withaar