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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

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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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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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Glassed by Joel Fitzgerald

Joel Fitz has been in the bay glassing a couple board to take with him to Aotearoa, aka New Zealand, for an adventure road trip with renowned photographer Murry Fraser from Sprout Daily.  The freshly glassed  6’8Midnight Lightning and 7’0 Sea Gypsy are off to the Land of the Long White Cloud early tomorrow morning. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @joelfitz_boards for JF’s exclusive updates from the road!

 

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Rasta & Joel surfing

The past week we have been blessed with swell here in the Northern Rivers of NSW, and JF has been getting out amongst it all doing some R&D. One of the true joys of  being a surfer/shaper is testing your own craft. Joel joined mate Dave Rastavoich, Hilton Dawe and others for a fun surf over the weekend. Videographer Harry Triglone got the footage below, which is featured on Coastal Watch. Take a look, JF is riding a 5’10 Sea Gypsy trading off waves for the first 1:30 of this vid. Click link below to watch.

Cheers!

Rasta and Joel surfing the Northern Rivers

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Brett Caller by Chrystal Ftizgerald

Brett Caller and his 7’2 Midnight Lightning

Our friend Brett Caller is a one of the kindest, happiest, and most surf stoked souls we know. He owns an exciting quiver of surf crafts and rides each with unmistakable skill and style. Brett’s stoke for life and all things salty is contagious, you just have to froth when your around him.  He is a great friend, true waterman, and connoisseur of surfboards.  When Joel Fitz and Brett fist met there was an instant connection and the two have nurtured a deepening friendship sharing a passion for life, and exceptional wave crafts.  Joel shaped Brett a 7’2 Midnight Lightning, single fin wing pin, that he took with him to Hawai’i.  After fun waves at Sunset Beach and Pipeline, Brett and the 7’2  made their way back to Oz.  This past weekend Brett and Joel met up for some Northern Rivers sessions, we thought we would share a few pics of Brett and his 7’2 with you. All  photos below are of Brett Caller, each is taken by and copyright by Chrystal Dawn.

 

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Maldives Video

After winning the Single Fin event during the Four Seasons Surfing Champion Trophy comp, Dave Rasta went on to win the entire event having the highest overall score! A massive congratulations to our dear friend Rasta and his lovely lady Lauren L Hill for their Maldivian success. It looks like an amazing trip, and we wanted to share the video of Rasta surfing the JFS 5’10 Sea Gypsy to victory during the Single Fin event. For extensive coverage, photos, and more video of the 2014 Surfing Championship Trophy click here.