Byron Bay Surf Festival

We are super excited to be part of the Byron Bay Surf Festival 2018 ! Come find us at the Surf Art Markets on Saturday Feb 24th, Joel will be set up in the markets with some epic new boards, logo shirts, stickers, and good vibes all day. Team rider Chrystal Dawn will be speaking in the Shaka Yurt at 12:15-12:45 with Oceanographer Malia Rouillon form Protect the Reef so don’t miss that.

On Sunday 25th find us at Wategos beach for the “freestyle & stoke” event where we will have boards for you to try! Full program below, family friendly event so bring the whole crew!

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End of Year Secondhand board sale

We have a few gems in our end of year secondhand board sale, see our Instock page for more details and be sure to subscribe at the bottom of the page, so your first to know when deals like this come up before they go live!

Happy Holidays!

Boards in order of appearance from L-R in top photo of tails:

Dreamcatcher; 5’3 x 20 7/16 x 2 5/16  black & grey resin tint: $495

Spacehawk; 5’5 x 20 1/2 x 2 1/2 Clear: $440

Tomahawk Channel Bottom; 5’11 x 19 3/4 x 2 5/8  clear: $495

Tomahawk; 6’2 x 19 1/4 x 2 1/2  clear: $495

Bombora; 9’4 x 23 x 3 1/4, sea foam deck with Jumanji bottom : $800

 

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Free JFS Singlet with every new Board

Tis the giving season, and for every new board purchased though our website you receive a Free Joel Fitzgerald Surfboards  logo Singlet

How to?

Choose your board, send  us your order and we will get your custom board and singlet out to you asap.

*Valid for new boards/custom-orders placed before Dec.31st 2017, Why wait, put your order in today and make it a very Happy Chrissy!

 

 

 

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Headland Flowers from this Painted World

Always a pleasure working with friends and even more so to see their dreams come to fruition. The infamous Headland band, have released their new album, “Flowers from this Painted World” for which filmmaker Stephen L. Jones has created a visual album. Joel Fitzgerald collaborated on this project with Stephen as a featured surfer in his poetic film which is now available for pre-order via direct download. Check out the link below and fall in love with the Headland tracks & film like we did.

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Joel Fitz Music Video

Elstow new Music Video featuring Joel Fitzgerald and Chrystal Dawn

Elstow Band
If your following our social media links you may have seen the teaser video we posted for Elstow’s hot new single
Who?
Elstow according to Elstow are a five-piece band from Sydney’s Inner West, founded on songwriters Jared Shaw and Chel Browne’s obsession with the melodic pop and psychedelic sounds of the sixties and seventies, as well as the alternative neo-psychedelia of the nineties.
What’s the great news?
This talented band have just released a new single for the upcoming album, on which Joel Fitz and Chrystal Dawn collaborated with, basically Jared did the work we just supplied some video footage which he artfully used to create what we think is an epic music video and even more amazing track.
Joel Fitz Music Video
Chrystal caught up with Jared Shaw- Elstow’s co-founder and here is what he had to say…
How long have Elstow have been together as a band?
Jared:
We’ve been together since 2012. We formed as a duo to play Peats Ridge Festival, and expanded over the following year to five members before releasing our debut EP As the Sun Falls.
And How did you get your name Elstow?

Jared: It’s actually the name of the house we lived in in Sydney. It was an old Victorian home from the late 1800s turned into apartments.. I’m guessing whoever came over and settled there was from Elstow, in England.
It was where the band was born and we just liked the name 🙂

Can you please tell us a bit about your new Album that you have been working on?
Jared:
After our EP and single Evil Dreams, we took a break to make a full length album together. I wrote all the songs and reworked some old demos and we got together and jammed them out and then started recording them. There’s a lot of 70s sounds in there and I found inspiration in John Wyndam’s science fiction writings as far as thematic and lyrical content. And so Planets Away has ended up a quasi-concept album. Its all tied together by cosmic imagery, but underneath it all there’s some very personal stuff, just hiding beneath the surface.
And this particular Track ‘For So Long’ how did that come about?
Jared:
For So Long developed slowly. I had an earlier demo that sounded quite different and it was cool but it was just missing something. Toby (my brother and our lead guitarist) rewrote the bass line, and I changed the structure, and the it just transformed into what it is now. It was only going to be a 4 minute track but the outro sounded so cool I just didn’t want it to stop, so we embraced that and let it become its own fully fledged section. The song touches on the idea of immortality, but I don’t like explaining the lyrics too much – I think its cool that people can find their own meaning in it.
We love your music, it has a very ethereal quality to it and we think surfy vibe, curious are you a surfer?
Jared:
Yes, my parents owned a beach house down near Bells Beach so I learned on our summer holidays way back when
What is your favorite type of board?
Jared:
I ride a semi-fish mostly, but my favourite board at the moment is a very fast and loose little twin fish I got off someone down the coast recently. Its super fun – its only 4 foot 9!
Favorite phrase or life motto?
Jared: Let the water do the work.

 To find out more about Jared and Elstow check out these links, and watch the music video below, Joel rides the Space Hawk and Chrystal the Bombora.

Music: by Elstow
Album: Planets Away (due to be released 1st Dec)
Track name: For So Long
Video: Chrystal Dawn and Joel Fitzgerald
Edit: Jared Shaw

*top photo of Elstow, interview by Chrystal Dawn for JFS

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Joel Fitzgerald on Midnight Lightning

Son of the Sultan interview in DZG Magazine

Five years on and DZG mag from the Land of the Long White Cloud, is alive and well! Massive congratulations to Damaged Goods Magazine (DZG) heralding from New Zealand, for this monumental achievement, we are very happy that print is not dead!

As part of the 5 year anniversary the guys at DZG have put together a issue commemorating the road. Included in this issue are excerpts from an interview with Joel Fitzgerald represent issue 10. Full interview with JF about growing up in North Narrabeen, what it was like traveling with his brother Kye, and father Terry Fitzgerald, why he stared shaping and what he thinks of the future of surfing are all included.

Joel says  it is an honor to be featured and sends a big thank you Skip and Jerry founders of the magazine. Special thank you to Murry Fraser from Sprout Daily and Wilderness Caravan’s whom were responsible for the NZ trip featured in the mag.

Head over to DZG to see the latest issue, or pick up a copy of Issue 20 at your local News agent here in Australia.

aloha
Chrystal Dawn

*All photos by Jereme Aubertin (DZG)

 

 

 

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Desert Point Indulgence with Ozzy Wrong and his Tomahawk

On his recent adventure Ozzy Wright surfed his  6’8″ Tomahawk at one of the worlds longest and gnarliest left handers in the world- Desert Point, Indonesia . The photos and stories of which are slowly being released. We are excited to share a look though photographer Diogo d’Orey lens here.

Waterman and photographer Diogo d’Orey had the following to say on his recent Magicseaweed photo story “Ozzie was riding a 6’8 Joel Fitzgerald twin fin and was going faster then anyone out there he would fit himself on the mid-size ones and just make wave after wave the longest/fastest barrels of the day.”

Ozzie sure is one of a kind, talented, super stoked and ever humble, it is a true delight and honor to be collaborating with him, even more so to see Ozzie still frothing like a grom and doing what he loves. Surfing, Art and Rock & Roll!!

Artwork on board is a colab between Ozzy (inner cosmic rainbow waves) and  Otis Carey (indigenous Australian designs on outer edge). You can see more photos from this trip on Magicseaweed. To see full specs on Tomahawk click here.

 

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Wood Sniffer by Stone and Wood

Check out this touching short film by Stone and Wood, about our talented friend Andy Ceglinksi, a fifth generation master craftsman and ‘Wood Sniffer’, Andy is the founder and proprietor at Wooden Anchor-a family owned, environmentally conscious sawmill and timber business which is home to the growing collaboration project Wood Surf Co and Galapagos fins among others.

*Joel Fitz rides his timber 7’0 Sea Gypsy , the Gypsy along with some of the other timber boards featured are JFS original board designs in collaboration with Wood Surf Co. The surfing section is chock full epic water footage from our friend Mick Waters so be sure to check it out and tell us what you think.

CREDITS:
Production: Dane Pitman & Jasmin Daly
Director/DOP/Editor: Pete Rogers (Cape Productions)
Water Footage: Mick Waters
Music: MT Warning
Sound Design: Jordan Power
Colour Grade: Tim Wreyford
Board Designs: Joel Fitzgerald & Dana Watson.
Legends: Stan Ceglinski & Family
Surfers: Joel Fitzgerald, Dana Watson, Andy Ceglinksi

*Featured image of Joel provided by Stone and Wood

Chrystal Dawn in NALU Magazine

Our own lady of the lens and team rider Chrystal Dawn is featured in the latest volume of Nalu Magazine.  Nalu is well established and reputable Japanese longboarding magazine. Dawn is featured in vol. 104 with her JFS quiver accompanying an interview by Hiromi Shibasaki, about Chrystal’s passion driven life.

Photos of Chrystal surfing are by Joel Fitzgerald, and JFS is excited to share this news and congratulate Chrystal on not only being featured as a surfer, but also as a photographer with 21 of her photos printed in the magazine in articles including a feature about the Byron Bay Surf Festival 2017.

Check out Nalu online and comment for questions on Dawn’s quiver, or head over to her website for more on women’s surfing, yoga and natural health.

 

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Joel and Ozzy at the Byron Bay Surf Festival

Fresh back from Hawaii and straight into the 2017 Byron Bay Surf Festival. The festival runs from Feb.24th-26th, with surf, art, music, workshops, talks, live events, yoga classes, yummy food and more. You can find Joel at the Surf Art Market on Saturday Feb.25th along Main Beach from 9am-4pm. Look for the Tipis and shaper stalls.

Joel will be there with the new Space Hawk, as well as some of the boards he and artist/professional surfer Ozzie Wright have be collaborating on. At our shapers stall you can also check out the sustainable timber surfboards JF has been working on with the Wood Surf co. Come down to see what all the fuss is about, go for a surf, do some yoga, stop by meet this rad surfer/shaper, and pick up a new Joel Fitzgerald Surfboards singlet. Limited supply of singlets at the market, more on the website soon. See you there!

 

*photos from top to bottom, 1.Ozzy Wrong boards  3. JF shape, Ozzy and Otis Carey art colab 4. JF singlet

 

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