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Since the beginning of The Deus Ex Machina Temple of Enthusiasm in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia we have been keen to check it out. After spending a week in Lombok surfing, snorkelling and exploring on motorbikes, we got the chance to head to the Deus Temple. When you arrive at Deus you are instantly awe struck by the coolness and quality of their motorbikes, clothing, art gallery and restaurant. The bikes are beautiful, they started one up while we were there and she sounded amazing, defiantly wish we could buy one. Deus clothing is made from 100% cotton, they are so soft and comfortable, we scored a sweet bounty of t-shirts and shorts. The art gallery is filled with alternate pieces that seemed to be inspired by surfing, skating, music, bikes and women. After looking around be sure to try the restaurant, the food is so tasty especially the chicken Quesada’s, which we could have eaten all day long. On Sunday night they have live music and Tuesday night free tattoos of a small size. We absolutely loved our time here, which was most of the day. 

 

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The section that I was most excited to enter was the board shaping and glassing area. I was instantly in my element walking through the different huts with fin design, glassing and sanding. We met the glasser Victor who gave me a short rundown of glassing, mixing colours and inlaying designs. We also met Riman, who is a local shredder supported by Deus. You will see many shots of him on their Instagram and Facebook. Deus get some of the best shapers around the world to come and stay at the Deus Temple and shape surfboards for their store. These include Bob Mctavish, Ellis Erricson, Thomas Bexson and Alex Knost. We couldn’t believe our luck when we spotted Joel Fitzgerald, famous Australian surfer and shaper and his wife Chrystal, who is also an absolute shredder and rad all round person. Chrystal helps with the business and design of Joel Fitzgerald. Jess has been keen for a new board and this was the perfect opportunity to talk dimensions and design. It is such a great experience to talk with a shaper about what you want, they are able to give you advice and guidance. Jess talked with Chrystal about colours, design and inlaying fabric in the board while I chatted with Joel about the right dimensions for what Jess wanted. It was so great to talk with this beautiful couple, they were so humble and welcoming. We can’t wait to catch up and surf with them next time we are travelling on the North Coast of NSW near Byron Bay. Thanks again guys.

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A fresh Joel Fitzgerald board about to be finished

A fresh Joel Fitzgerald board about to be finished

Victor the local glasser

Victor the local glasser

Joel showing us his Rasta inspired board

Joel showing us his Rasta inspired board

Chrystal talking design with Jess and Sam

Chrystal talking design with Jess and Sam

Riman local shredder supported by Deus

Riman local shredder supported by Deus

If you would like to check out more of Joel Fitzgerald's boards and Deus information click the links below.   

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