Joel Fitzgerald was born and raised on the Northen Beaches of Sydney, Australia. He grew up in the Hot Buttered Surfboards factory where shaping bays were run by his father Terry Fitzgerald. Joel learned to surf and fine-tune his timeless surfing style at North Narrabeen Beach, alongside his brothers.
After travelling the world surfing on the professional tour with a career spanning over 20 years, Joel now enjoys designing and shaping his own surfboards which are widely regarded as some of the fastest in the world, and exploring new waves. Joel has a deep appreciation for the organic slowed down life and takes care in all he does. He is a soul surfer, known amongst his respected peers and fellow shapers as an innovator and talented surfboard craftsman.