Surfing World Camp

Five days left till the Surfing World Camp at Treachery in Seal Rocks on our own Mid North Coast.  If you don’t already know about it, this awesome event will feature live music from The Babe Rainbow and Mylee and the Milkshakes, hangs with your favorite surfboard shapers, including Joel Fitzgerald, sessions experimenting with boards, yoga and meditation workshops, surf coaching, live art, Surfing World crew, a few pros, and heaps of good folk sharing the surfing stoke.

The camp goes down on April 24th– 26th, 2015 and tickets are available now.

We hope you come and be a part of this adventure Joel and Chrystal Fitzgerald will be there with boards for you to try, smiles, and good campfire vibes!

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*Photo of Joel Fitz with his hand shaped and glassed quiver in Hawaii, taken by Chrystal Fitzgerald.

Bleach Festival Mocean Event Burleigh photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald

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

All photos by Chrystal Dawn

Joel Fitzgerald surfing in the tube at Teahupoo, Tahiti, 2003

Tahiti

After about a ten year lapse I am back in Tahiti again. My wife and I arrived Saturday and we will be here for a few weeks. I started surfing here about 20 years ago…when there were far fewer surfers in the water. Before leaving I shaped some special boards for the trip.  Sean Davey  award winning photographer and friend of mine took this photo of me below last time I was here. Really hoping I can get some more waves like this again and looking forward catching up with some old friends….

photo of Joel Fitzgerald by Sean Davey   www.seandavey.com

Channel Bottoms at Raised by Wolves

Ahoy! New Channel bottom Barrel Finder’s, Log’s, Smog, Sea Gypsy and Gun’s are now in the Raised By Wolves  Flag ship shop 1, 212 Pittwater Road Manly NSW 2095

Here are a couple of shots to get your taste buds flowing…

Pop in and say gooday to Kye Fitz and the boys in the shop, they are always happy to have a chat and help you get the right surfboard an gear. They also stock a rad range of Skating hardware and apparel too. You can place an order for a board through the shop and of course though Joel here on the site. Order forms are on the right side of the Boards page. Cheers!

the Sea Gypsy funnest board ever!

This little numbers called the “Sea Gypsy“. At 7ft this mid-sized board is made for having a lot of fun. If your looking for an all-rounder she’s the one. Made to ride in large or small surf. The Sea Gypsy is a single fin drifter with a double concave bottom, this board as with all Joel Fitzgerald Surfboards is handcrafted.

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to make an inquiry or place an order please fill in the contact form below, stop by the shop or email us: joel@joelfitzgeraldsurfboards.com. Thank you.

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Sugarmill Sale Success

Thank you to everyone who came down to the Sugarmill Garage Sale this weekend, we appreciate your support, an extra big mahalo to those of you who became new owners of JF boards. It was an awesome day, great people, good food and lots of rad stuff to buy. It is awesome to be a part of a community that cares. There was a epic mix of really talented and creative people, vendors and art. On the day we sold long boards, a love bomb, a square tail Magic Pod and a Barrel Finder. As with the other vendors at the sale, and in the spirit of the movement Garage Sale Trail,  Joel Fitzgerald Surfboards donated a portion of our proceeds to the charity Misfit Aid in support of the amazing work they are doing.  Good stuff! Hope everyone is out getting some surf on their new surfboards, looks to be a good week of wave riding.

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Garage & Board Sale at the Sugarmill on Saturday!!!

This Saturday, May 5th from 9am till 5pm at the Sugarmill Fine Surf Emporium in Narrabeen is an opportune time to pick up a new or new to you JF Surfboard.  If you live in the area you may have seen the write up on the Rad sale in the  Manly Daily over the weekend. There will be lots of cool stuff and entertainment. Come down for some fun, bring your baby, lady or pram, check out the boards.  Joel will have a few Fishes, Pods, Logs and Bigboards for sale, great time to pick something up at a discount and put your orders in. See you there!