Photojournalist, surfer and adventuring story teller
photos by amazingly talented photographer Ming Nomchong
Some people are really inspiring. They motivate you to go out into the world leaving behind all your fears and doubts and actually live your dreams. They make you look at your own life and want to be a better person. I know a person like this. Her name is Chrystal Dawn Fitzgerald.
Chrystal is a soul surfer, inspirational writer, engaging filmmaker, motivated conservationist, talented photographer, adventurous traveller, nature lover and all around amazing human. She is all these things and more. She dreams and then she does.
I enjoy the beauty of simplicity and believe in Kismet. ~ Chrystal
She has an incredible gift to tell a story. Her stories are often inspired by her adventures. Her adventures are influenced by her love for surf and her love for the ocean has led her to promote conservation. She shares her spectacular photos and engaging stories of travels, surf, and healthy living through inspirational films, writings, a personal blog, and posts on her social media accounts.
Her childhood consisted of natural forts, flower leis, free diving and adventuring in Ka’u, the lava desert of Hawai’i’ Island. She relocated to Australia and its easy to see why the whole country fell in love with her. She is the ultimate sea gypsy. She credits the sea as being one of her greatest teachers. If that is the case, then she is certainly one of the sea’s most elegant students. It is no wonder why she is one of my favorite surfers. Her graceful style and cheerful smile make a sunny day in Australia even brighter. She is a true ambassador of free surfing culture and constantly shows the world how one lady sliding mermaid can have a massive influence for positive change in the world.
She is an ambassador for Toms Footwear, Conner Hats and Seea Swimwear. Her writing and photography have been published in Foam Symmetry, Destinations Magazine, Surfing Magazine, and on the websites of Tourism Queensland & Deus Ex Machina. She has selflessly given an impressive amount of time and energy supporting organizations such as Save the Kimberly, Sea Shepherd, Living Ocean, Misfit Aid and Assist a Sista.
Besides her professional accomplishments, Chrystal laughs loud, smiles often and fills the room with a glowing energy. She has made an enormous impact on my life. She is sure to influence yours as well. She embodies all that Santosha Society believes in: travel, surf and a healthy yogini lifestyle. We are so very grateful to add her to the Santosha Society family and are very proud announce that she will be our “inspirational surfer” for the upcoming trip to Sri Lanka. Chrystal, you are truly one of a kind. Keep showing us the way.
The best thing you could do today is take a look at her ever popular photographic journal through stunning images on instagram: @thedawnchronicles. and read her stories on her website : The Dawn Chronicles
Crew page photo of Chrystal from lens legend Ming Nomchong