Joel Fitz Music Video

Elstow new Music Video featuring Joel Fitzgerald and Chrystal Dawn

Elstow Band
If your following our social media links you may have seen the teaser video we posted for Elstow’s hot new single
Who?
Elstow according to Elstow are a five-piece band from Sydney’s Inner West, founded on songwriters Jared Shaw and Chel Browne’s obsession with the melodic pop and psychedelic sounds of the sixties and seventies, as well as the alternative neo-psychedelia of the nineties.
What’s the great news?
This talented band have just released a new single for the upcoming album, on which Joel Fitz and Chrystal Dawn collaborated with, basically Jared did the work we just supplied some video footage which he artfully used to create what we think is an epic music video and even more amazing track.
Joel Fitz Music Video
Chrystal caught up with Jared Shaw- Elstow’s co-founder and here is what he had to say…
How long have Elstow have been together as a band?
Jared:
We’ve been together since 2012. We formed as a duo to play Peats Ridge Festival, and expanded over the following year to five members before releasing our debut EP As the Sun Falls.
And How did you get your name Elstow?

Jared: It’s actually the name of the house we lived in in Sydney. It was an old Victorian home from the late 1800s turned into apartments.. I’m guessing whoever came over and settled there was from Elstow, in England.
It was where the band was born and we just liked the name 🙂

Can you please tell us a bit about your new Album that you have been working on?
Jared:
After our EP and single Evil Dreams, we took a break to make a full length album together. I wrote all the songs and reworked some old demos and we got together and jammed them out and then started recording them. There’s a lot of 70s sounds in there and I found inspiration in John Wyndam’s science fiction writings as far as thematic and lyrical content. And so Planets Away has ended up a quasi-concept album. Its all tied together by cosmic imagery, but underneath it all there’s some very personal stuff, just hiding beneath the surface.
And this particular Track ‘For So Long’ how did that come about?
Jared:
For So Long developed slowly. I had an earlier demo that sounded quite different and it was cool but it was just missing something. Toby (my brother and our lead guitarist) rewrote the bass line, and I changed the structure, and the it just transformed into what it is now. It was only going to be a 4 minute track but the outro sounded so cool I just didn’t want it to stop, so we embraced that and let it become its own fully fledged section. The song touches on the idea of immortality, but I don’t like explaining the lyrics too much – I think its cool that people can find their own meaning in it.
We love your music, it has a very ethereal quality to it and we think surfy vibe, curious are you a surfer?
Jared:
Yes, my parents owned a beach house down near Bells Beach so I learned on our summer holidays way back when
What is your favorite type of board?
Jared:
I ride a semi-fish mostly, but my favourite board at the moment is a very fast and loose little twin fish I got off someone down the coast recently. Its super fun – its only 4 foot 9!
Favorite phrase or life motto?
Jared: Let the water do the work.

 To find out more about Jared and Elstow check out these links, and watch the music video below, Joel rides the Space Hawk and Chrystal the Bombora.

Music: by Elstow
Album: Planets Away (due to be released 1st Dec)
Track name: For So Long
Video: Chrystal Dawn and Joel Fitzgerald
Edit: Jared Shaw

*top photo of Elstow, interview by Chrystal Dawn for JFS

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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.

aloha
Chrystal Dawn

*All photos by Jereme Aubertin (DZG)

 

 

 

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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

 

Brett Caller by Chrystal Ftizgerald

Brett Caller and his 7’2 Midnight Lightning

Our friend Brett Caller is a one of the kindest, happiest, and most surf stoked souls we know. He owns an exciting quiver of surf crafts and rides each with unmistakable skill and style. Brett’s stoke for life and all things salty is contagious, you just have to froth when your around him.  He is a great friend, true waterman, and connoisseur of surfboards.  When Joel Fitz and Brett fist met there was an instant connection and the two have nurtured a deepening friendship sharing a passion for life, and exceptional wave crafts.  Joel shaped Brett a 7’2 Midnight Lightning, single fin wing pin, that he took with him to Hawai’i.  After fun waves at Sunset Beach and Pipeline, Brett and the 7’2  made their way back to Oz.  This past weekend Brett and Joel met up for some Northern Rivers sessions, we thought we would share a few pics of Brett and his 7’2 with you. All  photos below are of Brett Caller, each is taken by and copyright by Chrystal Dawn.

 

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Maldives Video

After winning the Single Fin event during the Four Seasons Surfing Champion Trophy comp, Dave Rasta went on to win the entire event having the highest overall score! A massive congratulations to our dear friend Rasta and his lovely lady Lauren L Hill for their Maldivian success. It looks like an amazing trip, and we wanted to share the video of Rasta surfing the JFS 5’10 Sea Gypsy to victory during the Single Fin event. For extensive coverage, photos, and more video of the 2014 Surfing Championship Trophy click here.

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

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

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.

Surfing World mag article on Joel and Terry Fitz

We’ve been slack at posting blogs but that’s just what happens when your moving factories and shaping boards, not to mention getting a few barrels here and there. If you have a chance to pick up the latest Surfing World Magazine, Issue 341 to be exact, you will find a tasty article on Joel and his father Terrry Fitzgerald.  Nathan Myers writer/filmmaker whom Joel traveled with and worked on the Sev7en Signs film shoot with in Indonesia,  wrote the story and did a darn good job of it. Told though a Q&A the piece is loaded with great info and insights on the Fitzy’s long standing relationship with Indonesia, travel, shaping and riding Single Fins.  The article also starts with a photo of Joel doing a Fitzy signature bottom turn taken by his wife Chrystal Fitzgerald.

Pick up the mag at your local news agent, or buy it online to see the whole thing, here’s a sneak peak to get you frothing! Happy Friday!

Yew!

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*Joel Fitzgerald on his 6’8 Midnight Lightning Single Fin, photo by Chrystal Fitzgerald