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

The Land Of Chapter 2

Chapter two of director Stefan Hunt’s film The Land Of, which features our mates, Ed Worland, Jack Entwistle and Nick Riley. ‘Chapter 2 follows the three to the region of Phuket, an area of Thailand known for its tourism and party scene. Days after arriving the boys find themselves assisting with the relief effort for Bangkok after severe floods hit the capital city. After scoring some fun waves they head north to remote communities where they partner with Waves For Water distributing clean water filters to remote communities. Nick sums up the experience best by saying “We saw a whole other side of Thailand that people don’t see”.
Words by Stefan Hunt www.stefanhunt.com
Stay tuned for Chapter 3 where Chrystal and Joel Fitzgerald meet up with Ed, Nick and Jack to do some outer island adventuring and more purposeful traveling.

The Land Of chapter 1

“The Land Of is an entirely independent production that follows a group of surfers on a journey through Thailand as they gain new perspectives on travel that extend far beyond simply riding waves.

In chapter one we find Joel Fitzgerald and Chrystal Jameson Fitzgerald in Phang Nga visiting the grommets at Baan Santisuk orphanage. During their time there they were able to assist in a building project as well as taking the kids surfing at local beaches helping to build their confidence in the ocean. Chrystal sums it up best saying “everything we do matters” reminding us of the value of traveling with a purpose”

Words by Director Stefan Hunt

Please enjoy this first chapter of a 3 part series Chrystal and Joel Fitz were a part of. Boards surfed are the Bombora log, Magic Pod and Dreamcatcher.

ML:42

Not all boards are created the same, the  ML:42 is such a case. Created after a trip to inner limits of pure bliss and extra ordinary fun, shape shifter Joel Fitzgerald has come up with another unique craft built for your gliding pleasure. At 7’7 the ML:42 Mid Length singlefin, is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and every wave in between.

Now as you savvy board riders already know life in the universe is not always sunny and bright, but we don’t get down and bitter about how small the waves are, and how it always rains on the weekends, why we didn’t get a closer park, and have to wear crazy rubber suits, we just get on with things, pull on our wetties, wax up and get in.

Se La Vie, such is life. Whether its sunny and pumping or gray and small the universe goes on and so does JF. I think he’s figured something out because he’s always in a good mood lately and takes that ML:42 with him everywhere, it never leaves his sight. Well if I had the answer to the universe I would hang on to it too!

Here are a few pics of JF on a less then perfect day enjoying the benefits of being content with life no matter the circumstances or conditions. To enjoy this kind of inner peace and get though the inbetweeness of the short and the long check out the new ML:42

Aloha

Chrystal Dawn

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*all photos are taken and copyright by Chrystal Dawn

Long Weekend Points

Welcome back from the double dose of long weekends and some pretty fun swell. Besides being in the bay and shaping up new single fin crafts, Joel Fitz and Chrystal enjoyed the festivities in the sea.  Here is a sweet look at what we got up to.

Aloha

Chrystal Dawn

Wave by Chrystal Fitzgerald Wave by Chrystal Fitzgerald Waves by Chrystla Fitzgerald JF 7'10 Midnight Lightning photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald goose over water photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald Joel Fitz setting up photo by Chrystal Fitzgerld JF grab rail photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF grab rail2 photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald Sets by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF dropping in photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF setting up photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF top turn photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF bottom turn photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF bottom turn2 photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF taking the high line photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald JF paddling back out photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald Birds in Migration photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald Joel Fizt photo by Chrystal JF Turning back in Photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald Chrystal Fizt and the 7'7 photo by Joel Fitzgerald Chrystal Fizt and the 7'7 photo by Joel FitzgeraldChrystal Fizt and the 7'7 photo by Joel Fitzgerald Open Lineup photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald

*Photos copyrighted by Chrystal Dawn and Joel Fitzgerald, Chrystal wears the Seea San O’ suit and rides 7’7 Single Fin, Joel wears Patagonia and Tiki and rides 7’10 Midnight Lightning all boards pictured are available for custom order.

Vignettes of the Slide video

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The Vignettes of the Slide is a project team rider Chrystal Dawn started last year. In her words:

Vignettes of a Slide is a film and multi media project for and about the love of the sea and the joy of the glide from a woman’s perspective. Snapshots of the dream scape and culture that we live and slide in. The Vignettes are short films or scenes that focus on one moment or give an impression about a surfer, place, idea, wave, or board, these moments are self contained and yet make up a whole from which ‘Vignettes of the Slide‘ is organically growing, and ever evolving. Our mission is to capture and share moments of joy, wonder and fun from the surf to the sky with others who are interested. We seek to grow and inspire, create and express our love for life, for the sea and all the wonderful life in it, as well as to help connect women who surf to one another.”

VOS first video installment is a short film titled ‘the Duette‘ featuring surfers Lauren L Hill and Maddie Gross long boarding in Byron Bay. The two women share briefly on what it means to be women, what they do to maintain their connection to their nature and the wild. All filming and editing by Chrystal, some music by Mylee Grace and Ozzy Wrong. Maddie rides a 9’2 single fin Bombora log.

Have a watch of the link above, to check out more on VOS visit: http://vignettesoftheslide.wordpress.com/

 

Quiver shot

Since moving to the far north coast, Joel’s been busy, shaping, researching, designing,  refining and getting back to basics with a simple good life. When he’s not in the shaping bay he’s out testing each craft and as the Goodwins say, slowing him self down. Indicative of the Byron shire life is the off the gird lifestyle, a veggie patch, water tank, worm farm, and good ol shed. Our mates have all of that and an old Queenslander to got with it. We set up at their farm one arvo with as many boards as could fit across the tin shed. As you know every surfer, is working toward, has or dreams of a good quiver, here is Joel’s. As an added bonus  we have included a break down of each board pictured,  all words and thoughts by Joel Fitz himself, enjoy!

Joel Fitzgerald Surfboard Quiver

Joel Fitzgerald Quiver shot with Chrystal Fitz

::Description of the Boards pictured from Left to Right of this photo:

5’10 Magic Pod.

This is a quad set up with a sexy round tail. I have been using this board for three years. Fastest board I have ever ridden. Well not quite there is the original yellow 5’10 swallow at the end of the line in this pic against the shed. The magic pod has a flat rocker with a single concave and if it works don’t try and fix it.

 

7’0, 6’8, 6’8 Midnight Lightning

The Midnight Lightning boards have been designed around the early 70’s wing pin Hot Buttered Boards that my father Terry Fitzgerald has been shaping for some 40 years. The original outline has proven the test of time and I am still using these rail lines in my single fin collection. I have found that by lowering the nose entry the speed is pushed forward and you can ride high on the nose. I like to extend the curve through the tail and open it up for some really big turns. I like a single to double concave or I push a double right through the whole board.

 

9’2 Mystic

Well if you want to get serious about your surfing then you better get a log. These boards were designed around Robin Gato Heroi Kegal daggers that made there way to the shores of Manly. The Mystic is super pointed nose and tail it has a single tri plane concave in the nose with a hard vee in front of the back fin. Super fast speed killers.

 

9’0 Bombora

The Bombora got its name from Sydney’s Queens Cliff Bombora. There was a huge 15ft swell in winter and my only board in the car at the time was an 8’11×20 ¾x 2 ¾ long board that I shaped from a Barry Bennet 60’s blank. I felt like Greg Knoll taking on the Makaha or Waimea Bay. I was watching the swells standing on the beach with short shorts on and a log under arm and I had these flashing images of Knoll standing there at the pipe pondering, am I crazy. I was humbled by a 45minute paddle out through the shore break and a long walk of shame up the beach to paddle out at kitty’s corner. This surf changed my life and dropping into that first wave at the Queens Cliff Bombora on that log was such a thrill. My appreciation for board’s big small and all sizes has grown since this day and the designs from these boards from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s can teach me a little about where the designs came from and how to build surfboards for today’s surfers and conditions.

 

9’1 Sky Bird

This is my 9’1 triple stringer that I have wanted to shape for some time now. All the right templates and boards of reference came to me to make this magical board. I found a Barry Kanaiapuni that Derek Hynd brought back from Hawaii and 8’6 Dick Brewer that Murry Fraser got of Dick himself. So with some designs passed down from the elders I went to work on my own craft. With the right blank and a lot of planning I started to see this board come to life. I actually rounded the pin more like the Brewer as the BK was like a spear and might shoot me off into another galaxy. Glassed in Volan by my mate Shoey Glassing Division.

 

7’3 Midnight Lightning

Glassed by my mate, shaper and laminator Matty Yeates. One of the many benefits of living in the Byron Shire is being around enthusiastic and creative people like Yates. His laminated bolt designs are inlayed and polished and made with more love then you could give you mum. Happy to have one of this bolts of my own.

 

Sea Gypsy 7’0 x 2

This is a mid length for the high line and glide. There is no trying with the Gypsy she will surf and turn for you. This board was a challenge to get right and I did got a lot of influence from Ian Chisholm, South Coast Surfboards. More fun then you could imagine on any wave any day anywhere. 2+1 fin set up.

 

Dream Catcher

Quad or sometimes friction free or keel fin set up. It’s a fun board plenty of thickness and really fast. It has a super hard rail and single concave. Matty Yeates glassed this one and it looks awesome. These boards are a dream at the Pass.

 

Alia Ancient Craft

This beauty was shaped by Teal Nippard of Ancient Craft and it flys! Good length and classic shape, a must have in any quiver to keep your core switched on, and take your surfing to new heights.

 

6’3 Midnight Lightning

Clouds in the sky board, I shaped this is one especially for my brother Kye. He likes the traditional boards. It has a hard vee and is really thick. Looking forward to getting him on this modified version of the Midnight Lightning soon.

 

5’10 Sea Gypsy.

This particular size is my favorite 2+1 Sea Gypsy. I rode this one at Desert Point last year and surfed it in Seven Signs through indo. It is my everyday board, I love the 2 + 1 set up as you can widen the tail and even round the tail to open it up and make it easy to turn. It has a huge double through the board and nice full rails. Super thin in the tail, makes it tough for fin boxes but the reward is great.

 

5’7, Love Bomb

Keel fin with a closed tail. Deep single, made this one at the temple in Bali for Chrystal. Super fun on the points and beach breaks.

 

5’7 Dream Catch

The Keel fin swallow is a board I made for Chrystal that will keep her loose in the pocket and speeding down the line at the pass in Byron Bay. The orange keel fins were hand made by a good friend Wizz from Mc Tavish and the board was glassed by MYC. There is a great feeling of support in the industry here in Byron. We all share one thing in common, hand bloody made and not from China.

 

5’10. The original quad fish.

One of my first fishes, its still my favorite and I am surfing it once again. The fastest board I have ever made, and the base of all my short board and fishes.

 

5’9 Speed Monkey

This is a great little twin that Chrystal rides. Chrystal has an exceptional eye for design and color with fabric inlays and tints and fins, I appreciate her influence in and out of the water. The Speed Monkey was also designed with the help of my mate for Beau Young, inspired by one of his favorite a Donald Takayama boards that Huncho shaped for him.

 

Paipo

The most fun you can have laying down, well almost. Hand shaped on the Northern Beaches of Sydney by Rob Monty at Chrystal Mountain Surfboards. Rob is a very dear friend of ours, and made Chrystal and I a board each. Made with Love and hand drawn logo, you just don’t come across this kind of one off treasure anywhere. Check out his site: www.chrystalmountainsurfboards.com or on instagram: crystalmountainsurfboards

 

6’5 Barrel Finder with six Channels and Round Tail

Can’t beat a good old trusty tri fin 6 channel. This one is glassed strong as you don’t want to break your favorite board in 6 ft surf. I was influenced a lot by Rod Dahlberg and his incredible channel bottoms through my professional career. Thanks Rod for your amazing boards.

That’s my Quiver minus a few that didn’t fit across the shed, I’ll save those for another day!

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Photo’s by Chrystal and Joel Fitzgerald, photo of Chrystal and Joel together is taken by Michael Hodgson, a big thank you to Daniel, Hodge and mates for letting us set up at your rad shed. Chrystal wears the Seea suit, a Fallenbrokenstreet Hat and Bahgsu Jewels, Joel wears Saltys Short Supply shirt and shorts with a vintage hat from Alaska.