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Meet Glowing Visual Storyteller in addition to Aussie Seeababe Chrystal Dawn Fitzgerald!

Chrystal Dawn Fitzgerald photographed past times Ming Nomchong. 

Certain people possess got a natural gift of glowing happy seat out energy in addition to Chrystal Dawn Fitzgerald’s positive vibes are similar a radiating halo of light. We’re addicted to bouncing off her contagious warmth that y'all can’t assist but experience happy when you’re around her.

Seea in addition to Chrystal came to run into through mutual Aussie-loving friends in addition to we've been uplifted in addition to inspired past times the aesthetic beauty in addition to feminine aura of Chrystal’s photography in addition to displace pictures ever since. We felt blessed to observe out that Chrystal enjoyed surfing inwards Seea too. “I appreciated the classy cuts in addition to prints I thought it was rattling original in addition to unique,” says Chrystal of her initial impressions of Seea. “The commencement i I seat on, [The Hermosa,] check similar a glove in addition to felt amazing… They give extra coverage where needed in addition to do thence inwards an elegant way.”

Originally from the Big Island of Hawaii, Chrystal came to Sydney, Commonwealth of Australia nearly 8 years agone to written report for a master’s bird inwards Media Arts in addition to Productions at the University of Technology Sydney. Both Hawaii in addition to Commonwealth of Australia part the characteristics of beingness sparsely populated naturally wild islands, in addition to Chrystal speedily adapted to coastal Commonwealth of Australia every bit her 2d home. She similar a shot lives inwards Byron Bay, located on the eastern Gold Coast part of Australia, with her hubby in addition to surfboard shaper Joel Fitzgerald.

Life inwards Australia. Chrystal Dawn Fitzgerald inwards the Palmas with a board shaped past times her husband, Joel Fitzgerald. Photo past times Joel Fitzgerald. 

Byron Bay’s famous betoken breaks, natural environs in addition to tight knit community are a magnet for open-minded surfers desiring an escape from metropolis life. “Here inwards the Byron Bay area, people are supportive of i some other in addition to accept fourth dimension to connect, every bit opposed to the fast measuring of Sydney,” Chrystal explains. “Australia is wild inwards many places in addition to nature comprises most of the infinite here. I dearest Commonwealth of Australia for her space, for the amazing long white sand beaches, long betoken breaks, for the wildlife, trees, sunshine, deserts in addition to people."

Please welcome Chrystal to the Seeababe identify unit of measurement every bit she shares with us why she loves the unique civilization of Byron Bay, her piece of job every bit a adult woman filmmaker in addition to the perks of having a surfboard shaper for a husband.

The glorious wild oceans of Australia. Chrystal paddles with dolphins! 

What’s unique in addition to special nigh living inwards Byron Bay? 

Byron is a rattling creative in addition to inspiring identify to be, with an ever-expanding community of writers, artist,s activists, raw foodists, organic farmers, complimentary thinkers, fashion designers in addition to filmmakers all living, grooving, in addition to surfing together. There are also 2 world-class betoken breaks here: Lennox Point in addition to The Pass at Byron Bay are less in addition to thence xxx minutes apart. On whatever given afternoon at The Pass y'all tin terminate regard the widest multifariousness of surfing crafts I possess got ever witnessed inwards a unmarried lineup. Finless, alaia's, paipos, unmarried fins, logs, surf mats, twin fins, the occasional thruster, in addition to much much more. Its a hub for choice craft, shapers, in addition to riders, addition in that location are ever interesting people to run into inwards in addition to out of the water.

When in addition to where did y'all start surfing? 

Although I grew upwards inwards the islands I didn’t start surfing till I was inwards my belatedly teens. I learned to surf at Lymans in addition to Pinetrees on the Big Island of Hawaii where I grew up. My best friends Heather Alley in addition to Brittnay Wood were my inspirations in addition to helped me along the way.

Chrystal with her only a sampling of her identify unit of measurement surfboard quiver. 

What does an average solar daytime of piece of job await for y'all piece y'all are inwards Australia? 

With a creative media background I observe myself wearing many dissimilar hats for work. An average solar daytime inwards my mobile operate consist of checking my emails, responding to inquires for my hubby Joel Fitzgerald's surfboard business, updating in addition to maintaining the blogs in addition to sites I manage, creating content, in addition to doing research. When I am hired out I am either editing, or videoing, lately I possess got also been doing a lilliputian fleck of photography.

When I am traveling I only accept my piece of job with me. The most challenging constituent is finding a identify with a practiced network connexion every bit most of my piece of job is spider web related or dependent. Uploading projects to clients for feedback or managing sites all require a high-speed network connection. If I am going to live without it, I only piece of job on gathering stuff in addition to storing it on my portable difficult drives inwards grooming for the side past times side Wi-Fi spot.

Crystal layers a neoprene jacket nether the San-O inwards Limestone to hold warm. Photo past times Nathan Oldfield.

We loved your curt film, The Duette! And give thank y'all you for featuring the Hermosa :) What’s the floor behind how it got made? 

After a meditation circle at she in addition to Dave Rastovich's house, Lauren L Hill asked me if I would similar to brand shore cinema for 'Women of the Seven Seas,' which was to live the commencement ever women's surf cinema festival inwards New York. Lauren had been invited past times the festival manager to submit, in addition to at the fourth dimension Lauren in addition to I were newly acquainted. We had only a few weeks to prepare. I said yes, in addition to nosotros embarked on the journeying together, which alongside other joys a deep friendship was born. We didn't acquire much swell thence nosotros did our best with the waves in addition to fourth dimension had.  During my afternoon sessions at the Pass, I had witnessed in addition to enjoyed the surfing of local glider Maddie Gross who alternated betwixt a fun sized mid-length in addition to longboard. She had a peachy mode in addition to practiced vibes thence approached her nigh getting involved inwards the short. This is how the Duette was formed.

the Duette from Sea Gypsy Films on Vimeo.

What was your thesis for the cinema in addition to what do y'all promise your audience gets from it? 

The Duette is a curt cinema nigh how 2 women nurture themselves inwards in addition to out of the sea on a daily basis. I am interested inwards human experiences in addition to our deep eclectic wild nature every bit women who surf. It was filmed exclusively inside the Byron Bay expanse hither inwards Australia.

The argue I made this curt cinema in addition to volition brand a longer characteristic length cinema is because I desire to participate inwards the sharing in addition to telling of stories nigh our culture.  As a adult woman in addition to a storyteller I intend it is incredibly of import in addition to empowering to accept an active operate inwards sharing my unique sentiment in addition to experience of the world. This helps on a global scale, adding a sentiment to our collective medias that is non every bit oftentimes celebrated. I possess got a vox in addition to I am using it to part what I see, in addition to what I love. To me it is a means of giving dorsum to a community in addition to civilization that I am a constituent of in addition to possess got been nurtured by.

The Vignettes I am working on are for in addition to nigh the dearest of the sea in addition to the joy of the glide from a woman's perspective — snapshots of the dreamscape in addition to civilization that nosotros alive in addition to slide in. My mission is to capture in addition to part moments of joy, wonder in addition to fun from the surf to the sky.

Quite perhaps the raddest quiver shot ever. Chrystal in addition to Joel Fitzgerald with their babies.

You are also rattling much apart of your husband's surfboard shaping business. What's it similar having unlimited access to surfboards? 

It has been a existent privilege in addition to bonus for me to possess got a wider attain of surfboards to ride since Joel in addition to I got together. Joel has ever ridden all types of arts and crafts in addition to grew upwards inwards a surfing family. Joel's mode in addition to experimental border has influenced my surfing in addition to board choices dramatically. Working with him on what boards I desire for differing conditions, in addition to objectives has been exciting in addition to rewarding. My quiver at the minute consists of a 9'0 unmarried fin longboard, 5'9 keel fin fish, 6'1 twin fin swallow tail curt board that tin terminate live ridden every bit a thruster, a 7'0 midlength drifter,  5'6 egg, in addition to a 5'7 quadfin pod. These boards back upwards me through the twelvemonth in addition to our travels internationally.

Chrystal with i of her magic carpets shaped past times Joel Fitzgerald. 

What’s the dynamic of y'all working together? 

Being a constituent of Joel Fitzgerald Surfboards has been a most enjoyable experience for me every bit nosotros go on to grow into what the fellowship is becoming. Joel has a lifetime of surfing noesis in addition to deep passion for shaping. He crafts each board with care, with the sole intention that they are practiced boards that ride good thence people volition bask the stoke of surfing every bit much every bit he does.  I dearest this nigh him in addition to acquire inspired past times that too. Myself, I dearest color, textures, fabrics, in addition to stories. With our passions combined together in addition to the assist of some rattling creative laminators, nosotros possess got been able to make some particular one-of-a-kind boards that await in addition to surf actually well.

Chrystal does a spot banking enterprise check inwards the San-O inwards Limestone. 

You've gotten to go around a lot! What are some of the of import lessons that you've learned piece traveling?

Yes, it is a approbation in addition to privilege to go I never forget this in addition to praise God for the opportunities that I possess got been given to do so. Some of the of import lessons I possess got learned whilst traveling are to ever rest open, live humble take away heed in addition to give of what y'all have. When on the route I ever accept organic kokosnoot fossil oil with me, I exercise it for fossil oil pulling inwards the mornings, on my pilus in addition to peel every bit good every bit ingesting it.

Again I possess got a deep affinity for textiles, if I do buy souvenirs I select the manus dyed, manus made items, unique sarongs, wall tapestries in addition to fabrics that are locally available made.

Chrystal trims in addition to glides inwards The Hermosa. Photographed past times Ming Nomchong. 

What do y'all regard are mutual values of surfers y'all possess got met all around the world? 

What I regard every bit mutual values of many surfers around the globe is the celebration of the uncomplicated life. It is platitude but that thought of surf, eat, slumber remains prevalent inwards my journeys. The dearest of opportunity in addition to reverence for nature is also there. The nitty-gritty values are honour in addition to freedom.

You are rattling passionate nigh sea conservation. What are some of the projects y'all are working on in addition to why are they important? 

With passion in addition to teaching comes responsibility. I am passionate nigh my piece of job with the non for turn a profit arrangement Living Ocean in addition to their No Plastic Please campaign. I am also a supporter of Sea Shepherd. I admire the piece of job that Patagonia, in addition to the Take iii are doing in addition to intend that nosotros tin terminate all live the change. Reducing our intake of products that are disposable in addition to plastic-based is a big start. One of the things I collect most of on my beach walks are plastic bottles in addition to plastic straws. I intend that the to a greater extent than aware i becomes of their enjoyment the to a greater extent than probable they are to attention for it. To me it is the local grass roots movements that affair most, nosotros must start local to go global.

Chrystal inwards bloom. Photo past times Bethany Ryles.

Chrystal waxes upwards her fish inwards The Hermosa. Photo past times Chris Prestidge. 

To regard to a greater extent than of Chrystal’s visual storytelling, banking enterprise check out her Vignettes of the Slide blog!

Shop Chrystal’s favorite suits: The HermosaThe Palmas and the San-O!