Irie Fitzgerald is the Latest Addition to the Pit Viper Team

Irie Fitzgerald Pit Viper

Irie is the newest addition to the Pit Viper Staff. Picture: Ray Blas.


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Irie Fitzgerald resides the nice existence in relation to youngster freesurfers. At 18 (19 in two weeks) she lives at the south shore of Oahu, is backed through Tokoro Surfboards, Syndicate Japan, and naturally, Pit Viper. She attends faculty on-line, and when wintry weather comes, she takes her 1969 Chevy van to the North Shore so she will be able to surf with out “paying for the costliest Airbnb of (her) existence.” Final yr noticed Irie dip her ft into the big-wave scene for the primary time as part of the Pink Bull Magnitude contest, and he or she has her attractions set on towing Jaws within the close to long term. I were given to talk with the teenager about that gigantic wave browsing debut, van existence, and the way she landed her Pit Viper sponsorship. Learn on beneath.

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This has been a reasonably large yr for you. First Pink Bull Magnitude, First Triple Crown. The place are you hoping to take issues within the subsequent yr?

Neatly I principally began browsing large waves final yr proper sooner than the competition, so I in point of fact need to push that subsequent wintry weather. So far as large waves cross, I’ve solely surfed Waimea. I in point of fact need to take a look at to surf Jaws if I will make it occur. I simply want to to find any person that may educate me tips on how to tow. Competing in Pink Bull Magnitude opened a brand new global of browsing for me. I in point of fact need to focal point on large waves.

I additionally really feel find it irresistible suits my taste of browsing. I’m a beautiful well-rounded surfer. I will experience longboards, shortboards, dual fins, and put taste into all of it. Including large wave browsing used to be simply checking off a field to start with, however I’ve learned I additionally revel in it. I really like the adrenaline and I completely didn’t be expecting the extent of beef up I were given after I began, in order that used to be tremendous superior to enjoy.

Irie Fitzgerald

“Including large wave browsing used to be simply checking off a field to start with, however I’ve learned I additionally revel in it.” Picture: Irie Fitzgerald.

So, Jaws this season?

I’m nonetheless build up my braveness. I need to cross surf Himalayas first. I imply, I’ve been doing this large wave factor for this kind of couple of minutes. I began browsing Waimea most likely a month and a part sooner than I entered the competition. I used to be nonetheless studying to surf large waves throughout the development. It used to be such an excellent enjoy, although. I were given to borrow any person’s better single-fin Waimea board, were given out on a larger day, and stuck 3 waves and were given out sooner than I used to be caught in the market. Jaws is other although. It’s scarier and more difficult and the entire towing factor is solely other. You in point of fact have to coach for it and the entirety previously. I’m excited to peer extra younger other folks like myself getting in the market although, it’s tremendous inspiring.

What have you ever been as much as this summer season?

I’ve been on Oahu most commonly. I went to Fiji in reality at the start of the summer season as a result of my dad lives there now. I were given to surf Cloudbreak, and it used to be in reality in point of fact enjoyable. Kinda like a kick back, at ease, “have-fun” surf commute. I surfed at Cloudbreak for 2 days then stayed with a chum extra against the center of the island and surfed all of the spots round there. Then I stayed with my dad within the town and surfed there too. The entire commute I used to be fiending for brand spanking new waves, so I used to be like, “I wanna surf a brand new spot, I don’t care if it sucks I simply wanna cross!” I surfed principally all over the place at the island.

How have the waves been at house? It feels just like the south shore has observed some lovely excellent swell this summer season.

Just right! I’ve been browsing Kewalos so much as a result of I reside in point of fact shut and because I’ve been putting in place my time there, I’ve been ready to get extra waves. However at the larger swells I’ll cross to Bowls as a result of Kewalos doesn’t in point of fact hang as properly. It’s extra aggressive, however more often than not I’ll simply take a seat at the shoulder and watch for a nug to come back via after which swoop into the group and take it. [laughs] A few the uncles in the market know me too and some of the Smith brothers that bodyboards, he’s at all times in the market at the large swells and can name me into waves.

Irie Fitzgerald Stylin' at Kewalos

“I will experience longboards, shortboards, dual fins, and put taste into all of it,” says Irie. Picture: Ray Blas.

Let us know a little extra about your new sponsorship with Pit Viper. How did all of it cross down?

It’s in reality a beautiful comic story. I used to be at a chum’s birthday and he or she used to be dressed in Pit Vipers and I believed they have been tremendous ill and sorta was obsessive about them. My dad purchased me a pair pairs for my birthday and I handled them like my young children. One in all my pals from Northern California is helping them with their occasions. I used to be chatting with him at some point and requested him who I will have to communicate to about sponsorship. He gave me any person’s e-mail, and I despatched them an essay about why they will have to sponsor me. Mainly simply fan-girling and pronouncing that Pit Viper shades shouldn’t simply be for motorcross, a large number of other folks put on them on the seaside and being a surfer, I in reality do issues at the seaside as an alternative of simply sitting. They appreciated it and despatched me my first Pit Viper bundle with a ton of sun shades. And now a yr later I’m getting additional into the staff. I simply joined their Key Avid gamers program a month in the past to begin generating content material for them. I additionally simply put on them so much usually. It’s superior as it began off with a emblem that I actually appreciated after which I someway were given onto their staff.

They’ve were given to be stoked together with your push into large wave browsing. That turns out find it irresistible suits the Pit Viper mentality lovely properly.

Yeah, it completely suits. I believe they recognize that I’m tremendous random however even have a excellent sense of favor. I force a 1969 Chevy van, and every now and then I’ll movie content material for them in it. It’s simply enjoyable.

Irie Fitzgerald Van

“North Shore experience” comprises inflation vest, Tokoro gun and Pit Viper sweatshirt. Picture: Irie Fitzgerald.

Is that your around-town form of experience?

It’s in reality my North Shore experience. I convey it down there throughout the wintry weather season and camp out in it so I don’t need to be paying for the costliest Airbnb of my existence. I’ve had the van for a yr and a part now. It popped up on Craigslist with a brand new engine with solely 8,000 miles on it. The internal used to be stripped, and there used to be no rust any place so I bought my automotive and acquired the van. Everybody assists in keeping telling me to construct it out however I’ve simply were given this bed that folds right into a sofa in there and don’t in point of fact need to do to any extent further as a result of this can be a 1969 van. Who is aware of how lengthy it’s gonna final? And the bed works nice and feels tremendous spacious. I will even are compatible my filth motorcycle in there if I would like.

What’s subsequent at the listing for you? Any surf trip?

Now not an excessive amount of. I’m heading to California quickly for the Tremendous Woman Professional contest in Oceanside. I really like that tournament. They’ve the most efficient snack bar ever.

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