Joel and Ozzy at the Byron Bay Surf Festival

Fresh back from Hawaii and straight into the 2017 Byron Bay Surf Festival. The festival runs from Feb.24th-26th, with surf, art, music, workshops, talks, live events, yoga classes, yummy food and more. You can find Joel at the Surf Art Market on Saturday Feb.25th along Main Beach from 9am-4pm. Look for the Tipis and shaper stalls.

Joel will be there with the new Space Hawk, as well as some of the boards he and artist/professional surfer Ozzie Wright have be collaborating on. At our shapers stall you can also check out the sustainable timber surfboards JF has been working on with the Wood Surf co. Come down to see what all the fuss is about, go for a surf, do some yoga, stop by meet this rad surfer/shaper, and pick up a new Joel Fitzgerald Surfboards singlet. Limited supply of singlets at the market, more on the website soon. See you there!

 

*photos from top to bottom, 1.Ozzy Wrong boards  3. JF shape, Ozzy and Otis Carey art colab 4. JF singlet

 

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Ride the Rainbow with Ozzie Wright

Ride the Rainbow

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The true romance that underlines our creative expression between surfing and art would be lost without the courage to follow your heart and Ride the rainbow !

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Ozzie has been lighting up the world with his own unique style of art from a very young age. His works range from the Anti Bad Vibes slogans to death punk rock goth eagles snakes and fun drawings from all dimensions. His art has covered album covers posters books skate boards surf boards and hats shirts and all sorts of paraphernalia. There is no box for this creative soul his passion flows through every brush stroke or wave of his hand to brighten up the blank canvas we call life !

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The house of simple pleasures, Ozzie with his new board ready to ride !

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Myley Grace Fitzgerald and Ozzie are both parents of there two beautiful children. Rocky 8 and Goldie 2 1/2. When you get a break there is nothing like sitting down and crafting together..

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Creative ideas come like a soft breeze for Ozzie. He never struggles to have fun and open the channels of creative freedom. His vision was something we shared from the first time he mentioned we should make some boards.  The concept was to develop our own collection of boards that would be like nothing else out there ! This was true to the Hot Buttered Surfboard Range by Terry Fitz and Martin Worthington. Ozzie sent me a photo of a image he really liked of two guys sitting with these amazing twin fins and a singe fin. He said we are going to do this ! If there was anyone that could take on such a challenge I am sure Ozzie and Myself would be the ones to give it a go ! The collection that Terry and Martin put together could never be replicated but what we found through this undertaking is that we have our own unique style of art and surfing. The best thing is we get to surf these beautiful boards and and have fun doing something we love.

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Ozzies creative flair and vision materialized through this psychedelic creation of pumping Lennox point with eagle serpent and rainbow in the cosmic sky.

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Two Birds one stone and serpent in space ! Wow

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Double wing swallow with twin fin and stabilizer

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Riding the rainbow of art and surf culture by creative spirit Ozzie Wright.

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Photographing boards is always fun.

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Nothing beats creating your own boards and getting to surf them  ! Ozzie Pads up with Gorilla Surf signature grip.

To order a SPACE HAWK  or see more click here.

Europe Shaping Tour 2016

Shaping

We are excited to announce that Joel will be shaping in Europe this year with the reputable international team at UWL Workshop France, in late August.

Joel is really excited to get back to Europe and will be  releasing his official dates soon. We are now currently taking orders for Europe, to place your custom order please visit the official JFS and UWL website for France.

Get in early to ensure your order is in the cue! Yew 🙂

*photo above taken by Chris Prestidge

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.

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Chrystal Dawn

All photos by Chrystal Dawn

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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*all photos are of Chrystal Dawn by Ming Nomchong freating SEEA swimwear, Conner HatsLay Day Towels and TOMS Eyeware original content for Summersite.com

 

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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