Joel Fitzgerald on Midnight Lightning

Son of the Sultan interview in DZG Magazine

Five years on and DZG mag from the Land of the Long White Cloud, is alive and well! Massive congratulations to Damaged Goods Magazine (DZG) heralding from New Zealand, for this monumental achievement, we are very happy that print is not dead!

As part of the 5 year anniversary the guys at DZG have put together a issue commemorating the road. Included in this issue are excerpts from an interview with Joel Fitzgerald represent issue 10. Full interview with JF about growing up in North Narrabeen, what it was like traveling with his brother Kye, and father Terry Fitzgerald, why he stared shaping and what he thinks of the future of surfing are all included.

Joel says  it is an honor to be featured and sends a big thank you Skip and Jerry founders of the magazine. Special thank you to Murry Fraser from Sprout Daily and Wilderness Caravan’s whom were responsible for the NZ trip featured in the mag.

Head over to DZG to see the latest issue, or pick up a copy of Issue 20 at your local News agent here in Australia.

Chrystal Dawn

*All photos by Jereme Aubertin (DZG)









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!

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


ROAR profile Chrystal Fitzgerald

Rebel on a Rainbow

Chrystal Dawn and Joel Fitzgerald were in Bali last year  shaping and designing boards at the Deus Temple of Enthusiasm when they met Jess and Jonny Dustow.  The Dustows are two soulful vanlife adventurers from Rebel on a Rainbow or ROAR. They were enjoying the warm Indonesian waters andtraveling inter island when they met the Fitzgerald’s. The four connected straight away.  Instant kinship and sense of mutual appreciation for all things creative, salted and free were present. C & JF enjoyed sharing their creative board making processes at the Temple with ROAR and thought it a most serendipitous encounter.

When you meet good people you stay in touch, and usually your paths cross again. It is some kind of law of friendship that our divine universe has. Since returning to Australia Chrystal and Joel have kept in contact with ROAR. Enjoying the blog, website, and video channels ROAR keep as well as sharing on emails here and there. JFS have a deep appreciation for these like minded individuals living the dream, treading lightly, giving back and uplifting others.

Recently ROAR connected and did a Profile on Chrystal, her experiences, creativity and passions. It is an honor for Chrystal to be profiled by ROAR and we are happy to be sharing this good news with you.  Please take a moment to find out a bit more about our nature child, whom is responsible for much of  the color/fabric inlay combos, creative designs and heaps more here at Joel Fitzgerald Surfboards. Pop over to the ROAR site and read their Profile on Chrystal today.

Happy Travels Fellow Dreamers!

Jonny and Jess Dustow Rebel on a Rainbow

Tahitian Bliss

Over the years Joel has frequented the Islands of Tahiti many many times, along with his father Terry Fitzgerald, and brother Kye Fitzgerald the three have made very dear friends and unforgettable memories. Summing up a these memories or trips into words is near impossible. As is the case with a trip that Joel and I took to Tahiti last year.

Words do little to communicate or encapsulate the Majesty and true beauty of Tahiti or her people. It is a feeling. The connection to the land and culture is still very much alive. Everything is still Wild and alive there, one false move and you could lose your head. Lose your self in the beauty of the sea, the outer reefs and underwater caves, the rich abundance of fish, fresh fruits, beautiful tan Polynesian skin, smiles, crispy bread sticks, Tahitian limes, hand painted sarongs, colorful music, Polynesian music, tribal ink, rhythmic drums, hips hitting the beats, volcanic craters, coral gardens, cool mountain breezes,  sweet smells of the rainforests and the tastes of raw natural beauty, the nectar of life just oozes out of everything and you can’t help but be in it.

Easy on the eyes, heart, and spirit, Tahiti is. Yet it is like all places of power, an place of reverence, where respect and honor play a vital role in everyday life. Tahitians are strong and proud people. They are creative, intelligent, free spirited people with a keen intuition. In Tahiti as in Hawaii (from my expediences) you must be honest and pay your respects. Otherwise mother Nature, the powers that be and your own karma will put you in your place, pull you up on your distructive behaviors and demand an answer. No easy outs. Yet forgiveness is ever present and part and parcel with the territory.

As our divine Creator had it, on this special journey to these sacred isles, Joel and I were taken in by a wonderful Tahitian family, Ralph and Cathy Ho.  With a mix decent and direct relative to Michale and Derek  Ho in Hawaii, Cathy is a beautiful and talented Tahitian woman. Her aloha is second to none and genuine smile melts away barriers. Cathy makes one of a kind hand crafted jewelry and unique carvings from shells, bone,  and home grown black Tahitian Pearls  cultivated by her husband. Ralph is the epitome of grace and strength, a true gentlemen and an outstanding waterman. He is a leader and in times past would have been a chief.

Ralph and Cathy took us in, shepherded us, shared their home, beautiful family, meals and lives with us. Joel and I had the time of our own lives with them and will never ever forget their generosity and friendship. They saved us from the pension, the express packaged experience we may have had and opened our eyes and souls to the real Tahitian way. We decided to stay on our new Ohana’s island for longer then originally planned, we did not take any photos of the surf in respect to their wishes and way. The only photos we did take in the surf were on an island well known for its surf, with spots already on the ‘map’. The photo’s below help to share what we were blessed with. Our deepest gratitude goes out to Cathy, Ralph and family. Me Ke Aloha, with our Love xx


Chrystal Dawn

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Thomas Campbell & the Desert

A couple of months ago,  when Joel Fitzgerald was shaping some boards at the Deus Temple in Bali, he shot over to Lombok with Ryan Burch, Jared Mell, Jessy James, Bryce Young and a few Deus crew to get a swell that was on the rise. Once on the neighboring isle, Joel reunited with his good mate and world renowned painter, sculptor, photographer and filmmaker Thomas Campbell at Desert Point. Young, Harrison Roach and the Deus crew  left the next day in hopes of getting some secret spot, JF, Mell, Burch, James and Campbell stayed put. Posting up for a few days of big windy lefts they enjoyed one another company, some very close encounters with the reef, open face wounds and to many good times to recount.

It was divine timing and although the conditions were not perfect the crowd was and the company unbeatable. Campbell took some great 35mm shots of JF, Burch, & Mell getting a few fun rides. These are a couple of those photos. To see more of Campbell’s art, photography, and films, and find out when he is exhibiting his creative um yeah imaginings near you, go to:

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JF_profile_by Thomas Campbell JF_BT_by Thomas Campbell

Se7en Signs

Earlier this year Joel Fitzgerald traveled by air, land and raft with Harrison Roach to a remote jungle wave and scored some big barrels all to themselves. This trip was part of an epic surf travel doco by Nathan Myers supported in part by Deus Ex Machina.  We are very excited to announce that this new Nathan Myers, travel documentary ‘Se7en  Signs’ is now available on iTunes.  The film is a collaboration of six talented filmmakers, Joao Rito whom filmed/directed JF & Harry’s section is amongst them. We think JF & Harry’s section as well as the rest of the film is epic. Its a radical journey to some far out places with great characters and waves we’ve never seen before.  To enjoy the stoke and take the adventure down unbeaten paths to new places click on the link below.

JoelFitzbarrel_Se7enITunes3 *Joel Fitzgerald bottom turning, photo by Anthony Dodds for Se7en Signs film

Se7en Signs on iTunes

Joel surfed all of his own shapes for this film, the featured boards are 7’3 & 6’8 Midnight Lightning, 5’10 Sea Gypsy, 9’2 Bombora.  In our next post Joel will share some behind the scenes photos and stories. Head on over to itunes to watch ‘Se7en Signs‘  see if you can spot each board and let us know what you think 🙂


Joel Fitzgerald and Ryan Burch do Desert’s!

Last month Joel Fitz was in Bali shaping some boards at the Deus Temple, as chance would have it a swell jumped up a few days in. Joel, Ryan Burch, Thomas Campbell, Jimmy James and a few others made the trek out to Dessert Point.  To the crew’s surprise it was empty, not perfect but empty none the less.  JF and Burch made the most of the surf that came through and withstood the winds, scoring some epic rides. Carlos aka the Sultan of Spin, a traveling yoga teacher/cameraman put together this short film on the delights of Desert’s being Deserted, featuring Ryan and Joel.

The boards that Fitzy rides through the video are the 6’6 Midnight Lightning in a Black Beauty tint, 7’3 Midnight Lightning with a Matt Yates polished inlay, and a 6’0 Sea Gypsy in Volan by Glassing Division. All models and lamination’s are available on our site.


Surfing Life Magazine on Joel Fitz and the Sev7en Signs trip

Issue 299 Aug 2013 of Surfing Life Magazine has published an article by surf journalist/filmmaker Nathan Myers on a recent trip Joel Fitzgerald and Harrison Roach embarked on, as part of the new Taylor Steel film Sev7en Signs. Both Fitzy and Roach rode single fin’s and got epic barrels. Photographer Anthony Dodd from Deus Ex Machina, film maker Jaoa Rito and team along with Myers were  on the trip as well.  In the article Myers recounts  the journey eloquently with a mad sense of humor, making it a good read with lots of laughs. If you haven’t already got a copy of Surfing Life’s latest issue, have a read though below. Joel rode his own shapes during the trip. Opting for his 6’8 and 7’3 Midnight Lightening wing pin Swallow tail most often. You can purchase the mag online to see full article.


Road Trip with Deus

Thank you to everyone who made it to the Deus Swap over the weekend. We were really happy with the turn out and had a great day. Joel and Chrystal Fitzgerald  along with the Speed Stripe quiver are now on the road to Noosa with the Deus Ex Machina team. The Deus team is an eclectic ensemble of photographers, surfers, and other moto crew including  Dustin Humphrey, Harrison Roach, Matt Cuddihy, Husni Rihwand, Ben Munro, Anthony Dodds and a few other raddsters. Here are a couple shots from the first day on the road trip.

Deus Ex Machna Motor Bikes on Road camp_harrybike

Dustin Humphrey photographs Harrison Roach leaving camp

*all photos by Chrystal Fitzgerald