Dave Rasta on JF Sea Gypsy

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

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/