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.

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Dave Rasta wins comp on Sea Gypsy

is a true honor and delight for us to share this news;  respected waterman, and soul surfer Dave Rastovich (Rasta) has won the Four Season’s Resort Maldives, ‘Surfing Champions Trophy’  2014 Single-Fin event, held at Sultans riding a 5’10 Sea Gypsy.  In a friendly, yet competitive final with Hawaiian surfing legend Sunny Garcia, Rasta rode the Sea Gypsy to victory.

According to the online article for the Surfing Champion Trophy 2014,  Kuda Huraa, Maldives

“The embodiment of the spirit of the single fin, Rastovich’s cool, relaxed approach hearkened back to the early days of the 1970s when a premium was put on style and clean, smooth lines. Posting a heat total 18.37 (out of a possible 20), “Rasta” was in complete rhythm with the Indian Ocean swells…..

“That was pretty special,” said Rastovich after the win. “The timing today for the final was perfect with the winds and the island currents. It just got better and better all day, yeah it was dreamy.”

…..”Riding a board shaped by iconic Australian craftsman, Joel Fitzgerald, “Rasta” relished the rolling 1.5 meter (3-5ft) reef break waves to claim the first of the three board discipline event. The top two surfers of the three divisions – single-fin, twin-fin and triple-fin thrusters – will qualify for the Grand Champions Final that crowns the overall winner of the week-long event.”

Rasta is a personal friend of Joel Fitzgerald, and we are really over the moon to be sharing in his celebrations of surfing. Joel’s primary mission with each surfboard he shapes is joy. Rasta completely embodies the joy of surfing and continues to take the art of surfing to new heights. To see Heat Results, a full write up, photos and video from the event please click here.

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Dave Rasta wins comp on Sea Gypsy

POSTED ON AUGUST 8, 2014
It is a true honor and delight for us to share this news; respected waterman, and soul surfer Dave Rastovich (Rasta) has won the Four Season’s Resort Maldives, ‘Surfing Champions Trophy’ 2014 Single-Fin event, held at Sultans riding a 5’10 Sea Gypsy. In a friendly, yet competitive final with Hawaiian surfing legend Sunny Garcia, Rasta rode the Sea Gypsy to victory.

According to the online article for the Surfing Champion Trophy 2014, Kuda Huraa, Maldives

“The embodiment of the spirit of the single fin, Rastovich’s cool, relaxed approach hearkened back to the early days of the 1970s when a premium was put on style and clean, smooth lines. Posting a heat total 18.37 (out of a possible 20), “Rasta” was in complete rhythm with the Indian Ocean swells…..

“That was pretty special,” said Rastovich after the win. “The timing today for the final was perfect with the winds and the island currents. It just got better and better all day, yeah it was dreamy.”

…..”Riding a board shaped by iconic Australian craftsman, Joel Fitzgerald, “Rasta” relished the rolling 1.5 meter (3-5ft) reef break waves to claim the first of the three board discipline event. The top two surfers of the three divisions – single-fin, twin-fin and triple-fin thrusters – will qualify for the Grand Champions Final that crowns the overall winner of the week-long event.”

Rasta is a personal friend of Joel Fitzgerald, and we are really over the moon to be sharing in his celebrations of surfing. Joel’s primary mission with each surfboard he shapes is joy. Rasta completely embodies the joy of surfing and continues to take the art of surfing to new heights. To see Heat Results, a full write up, photos and video from the event please click here.

Dave Rasta on Joel fitzgerald Sea Gypsy

*photo of Dave Rastovich on the 5’10 Sea Gypsy taken by and copyrighted by Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champion Trophy 2014

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Liquid Salt

Joel Fitz was recently interviewed by passionate surfer, writer, and visionary Glenn Sakamoto, for his epic online magazine Liquid Salt. For those of you new to this stoked filled community:  ‘Liquid Salt is an online-only magazine that celebrates the culture of surfing. We highlight and give voice to surfers, photographers, shapers, writ­ers, painters, film­mak­ers, and eco-warriors  — the creative individuals who keep surfing vibrant and alive.” (Glenn Sakamoto).

Since its initial beginnings, 4 years ago,  Liquid Salt (LS) has continued to grow into a hub for our collective and creative surfing culture attracting over 28,000 supporters.  With its exponential growth,  LS wanted to continue bringing great content to a community of ocean goers with a more functional approach, this required a new website. For the past few months, LS has been upgrading the site and adding new video features, made possible by their Kickstarter campaign.

This month is the first edition of Liquid Salt’s new site and format, featuring a great new look and epic videos.  We are grateful and honored to be featured in the premier edition of LS V2  alongside some amazing humans whom we respect very much. The edition includes Australian legend Wayne Lynch, ‘Slow is Fast’ Dan Malloy, and surfer/shaper Josh Hall just to name a few. To find out what’s inspiring Joel Fitz right now, who he thinks is shaping epic boards, see some of Chrystal Dawn’s photos, and get more great insights check out LS.  Again we are grateful for this opportunity and forward to hearing your responses and to the new sensations of Liquid Salt and the team there.

Cheers!

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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

Joel Fitzgerald and a Wanderer

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