Corona Moments: Harrison Roach and Joel Fitzgerald Discover Untapped Barrels in Java

Welcome back to Corona Moments, a Garage x Corona video series.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be hand picking and serving up the best moments of Taylor Steele’s film collection, featuring sunset barrels, all time boat trips, and perfect dreamy surf sessions. You know, those moments you reminisce about with your buddies over a cold beer.

Surf Film Director Nathan Myers (production partner of Taylor Steele) continues his pioneering adventures in collaborative filmmaking with the release of Se7en Signs, a film about travelling in search of waves…and everything that happens in between, from secret Indonesian adventures to hidden Tasmanian gems and the untouched waves of Taiwan.

Nate Myers and Surfer Harrison Roach and Joel Fitzgerald find their Corona Moment on a secret strike mission to Java during the making of the film.

‘Harrison Roach and Joel Fitzgerald had both shaped their own boards and tuned their own Deus bikes for this trip. The plan was to get up to a region they knew a bit about in Java, then wait for a big swell before heading out to a series of breaks that hadn’t been filmed before. A completely new wave.’ Said Nate

“We’d heard through the grapevine there was a wave on Java that was like Pipeline. On one of the biggest swells of last year, Joel Fitzgerald and I went to find it. It was in the middle of a national park, a six-hour motorbike ride from the closest little town. It was absolutely insane. A mix between Pipe and Teahupoo, although nowhere near as perfect. It was huge and gnarly—probably the heaviest surf I’ve ever had and some of the biggest barrels I’d ever seen…”  

“Joel was incredible, absolutely ruling. We camped behind the dunes with no one around for miles. While it wasn’t perfect Lennox, it showed me that surfs like that can still happen. If you want it bad enough.” Harrison told Surfer.


You can see more adventures of Harrison Roach in Deus Ex Machina’s South To Sian, coming soon to Garage.

Photo credit: Anthony Dodds

Watch Se7en Signs now on Garage: