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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Desert Point Indulgence with Ozzy Wrong and his Tomahawk

On his recent adventure Ozzy Wright surfed his  6’8″ Tomahawk at one of the worlds longest and gnarliest left handers in the world- Desert Point, Indonesia . The photos and stories of which are slowly being released. We are excited to share a look though photographer Diogo d’Orey lens here.

Waterman and photographer Diogo d’Orey had the following to say on his recent Magicseaweed photo story “Ozzie was riding a 6’8 Joel Fitzgerald twin fin and was going faster then anyone out there he would fit himself on the mid-size ones and just make wave after wave the longest/fastest barrels of the day.”

Ozzie sure is one of a kind, talented, super stoked and ever humble, it is a true delight and honor to be collaborating with him, even more so to see Ozzie still frothing like a grom and doing what he loves. Surfing, Art and Rock & Roll!!

Artwork on board is a colab between Ozzy (inner cosmic rainbow waves) and  Otis Carey (indigenous Australian designs on outer edge). You can see more photos from this trip on Magicseaweed. To see full specs on Tomahawk click here.

 

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Chrystal Dawn in NALU Magazine

Our own lady of the lens and team rider Chrystal Dawn is featured in the latest volume of Nalu Magazine.  Nalu is well established and reputable Japanese longboarding magazine. Dawn is featured in vol. 104 with her JFS quiver accompanying an interview by Hiromi Shibasaki, about Chrystal’s passion driven life.

Photos of Chrystal surfing are by Joel Fitzgerald, and JFS is excited to share this news and congratulate Chrystal on not only being featured as a surfer, but also as a photographer with 21 of her photos printed in the magazine in articles including a feature about the Byron Bay Surf Festival 2017.

Check out Nalu online and comment for questions on Dawn’s quiver, or head over to her website for more on women’s surfing, yoga and natural health.

 

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All Boards

You can now find all boards on one page, make sure to check out the BOARDS page with the drop down menu. Now you can see all of Joel’s beautiful shapes at once, notice the newby? Yes that’s right there is a new board in the mix. Look out for our next blog post on said sled.

 

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.

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

Rasta & Joel surfing

The past week we have been blessed with swell here in the Northern Rivers of NSW, and JF has been getting out amongst it all doing some R&D. One of the true joys of  being a surfer/shaper is testing your own craft. Joel joined mate Dave Rastavoich, Hilton Dawe and others for a fun surf over the weekend. Videographer Harry Triglone got the footage below, which is featured on Coastal Watch. Take a look, JF is riding a 5’10 Sea Gypsy trading off waves for the first 1:30 of this vid. Click link below to watch.

Cheers!

Rasta and Joel surfing the Northern Rivers

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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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