WINNER: 2 X THREDBO DAY PASS

That’s right! We are still handing out 2 x Thredbo Day Passes to a lucky winner every Wednesday until the 13th of August! Remember, you have to be in it to win it! Simply visit our Facebook page and follow the prompts, or click here to enter now. You could be up in Australia’s beautiful mountains before you know it!

This weeks winner is Georgia Lye. Congratulations! We hope you enjoy your time at Thredbo!thredbo1

Stay tuned here on the SurfStitch Blog every Wednesday, as we announce the winner for that week!

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WINNER: STA COMPETITION

Congratulations to the winner of our STA Competition:

CARL IRWIN 

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Carl and a friend are off to Vancouver, Canada for 5 days with a Burton bag and $500 worth of Burton gear!

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for future competitions for your chance to WIN!

Congratulations once again Carl, from everyone here at SurfStitch!

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WINNER: 2 x THREDBO DAY PASS

That’s right everyone! It’s that time to announce this weeks winner of the Winter Wednesday Thredbo 2 x Day Pass Competition! Again, thank you for all your entries. Remember the competition is running until the 13th of August, so be sure to enter! Simply follow the links to on our Facebook Page for your chance to win this great prize. We’ve had plenty of snow this season, so be sure to get in now!

This weeks winner is Danielle Slattery. Congratulations! We hope you enjoy your time at Thredbo!Thredbo1

Stay tuned here on the SurfStitch Blog every Wednesday, as we announce the winner for that week!

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WINNER: 2 X THREDBO DAY PASS!

If you are looking to hit the slopes in Australia this season, look no further. If you haven’t heard already, SurfStitch are giving away 2 x Thredbo Day Passes in our Winter Wednesday special to one lucky individual every Wednesday until the 13th August! For your chance to get involved and try score yourself this awesome prize, visit the SurfStitch Facebook page and follow the prompts, it’s that easy!

Congratulations to Cameron Rodgers! Cameron is the first of many winners for this awesome competition. Don’t miss your chance to hit the awesome snow at Thredbo this season and enter here now!

Good luck!

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Winners: Reef Boardshorts Competition

That’s right guys! The Reef ‘Win A Pair Of Boardies A Day’ competition held on our Facebook channel has concluded! In saying that, its time to congratulate the 7 lucky winners! Thank you for all your creative responses in answering our competition question ‘Where would you wear your new Reef boardies?’

Our winners are:

- Kobe Harper

- Dean Lovegrove

- Nick Valentine

- Celine Luddington

- Brendan Roy

- Brenda Pevitt

- Joe Wallace

Congratulations once again! Enjoy your boardshorts! Be sure to keep entering all of our competitions held on our social media channels for your chance to win in the future!

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DAY 3 WINNERS: 600 BRANDS CAMERA COMPETITION

Congratulations to the below Day 3 and final winners of our 600 Brands Camera competition on Facebook! Winner’s cameras will be sent to their nominated postal address within the next 7 business days. Thank you to everyone who entered and enjoyed the 600 Brands video!

Rachel Duggan

Nicola MacDonald

Stephanie martin

Meg Attwater

Kathryn Price

Kiarni Mannell

Tiffany robertson

Madeleine Wall

Samantha Curran

Karen Connolly

Fiona Tierney

Ashlee Williamson

Renee Brogden

Sarah Grundy

JANELLE SMITH

Jacqueline Williams

Kaitlin Chambers

Elise Vinson

Chelsea George

Amy Riordan

Rachel Owen

Hannah Martens

Rae Graham

Daniel Collier

Clyde Overton

Hannah Lambert

Jane Alanthwaite

Farrah yusoff

Wendy Christidis

Letisha  Burton

Michelle Truong

Laura Gifford

Nadija Ogden

Rory okane

James Cameron

Aimne Ghazzawy

Ahmad Yassin

Laurine Cholet

Jamie Smith-Morvell

Zack Jones

Jasmine Hines

Fiona Costantino

Andrew Buchanan

Ella Zadow

Danielle Milliken

Brigitte Hoath

Anita Cooney

Mitchell Young

Kirby Forbes

Kaitlyn Bennett

Brenton Osborn

Shanae Turner

James pizzey

Jason Bond

Renee Buxton

Dannielle Crawley

Kristoferson Morte

Daniel Pisani

Emin Bitiktas

Steph Marris

Luke Brock

Scott Eng

Allison Mildren

Adam Parker

Kyla Upton

Jessica Rennison

Nick Snibson

Dorothy Ann Crockett

Chloe Lincoln

Alesha Davison

Matthew Casamento

Chris Johnston

Kyle McGrath

ZOE ANDERSON

Ashleigh Davies

Sarah Morrison

Jess Munro

Kaitlin Scott

Simon Greening

Nikki Littler

Jessica Danckert

Shani Cresser

jeanne  greene

Jasmine Nelson

Jo Blanchard

Logan gubb

Kathryn Perry

Kaitlyn  Spargo

Tegan Porteous

Melissa Wilkes

Amelia bryan

Kat Magree

Charlotte Scotton

Jessica  Burns

Megan  Canfarini

Kierra Fordham

Kate Warby

Chas rogers

Nicole Furman

Dana Reid

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DAY 2 WINNERS: 600 Brands Camera Competition

Congratulations to the below Day 2 winners of our 600 Brands Camera competition on Facebook! Winner’s cameras will be sent to their nominated postal address within the next 7 business days. If you haven’t entered, make sure you enter here.

Bridee Gaillard

Madison ford

Darin Brown

Taylah Okely

Ross Shaw

leah pirie

Rianna Kirkham

Sam Hubbard

Callum Marcus

jakson white

Georgia Edmonds

Carly Avery

tony robinson

Kristine Klungerbo

Jake Turnbull

fiona ellis

Sherise Linden

Isabella Kimonides

Keith Marriott

Jessica Treweek

Holly Thompson

Meagan Cooper

Caitlin Martin

jessica golding

Kaitlen Cox

Kirsten Byrne

alice hughes

Joseph  Van Der Meer

Meriel   Farr

Rebekah Kent

Chris McDiarmid

Elyse Di Stefano

Leah Soccio

Jasmine Carter

Michaela Linton

Rose Pater

olivia fogarty

Callan Brine

Amelia Chin

Kim Woolcott

ron buzza

Khrystel Santos

Luke Crellin

Alyssa Mahar

olivia fitzgibbon

Hannah Wardle

sophia culic

Brooke Leddin

Giorgia Floyd

Ashleigh Davies

meg leurs

James Smyth

P Howard-Clinton

Chanelle Gabriel

Brooke Jones

Joanne Jones

Aaron Turville

Thomas Lam

Jordan McCurry

Emma Keddie

Tyson Peters

Shanae Okeeffe

Georgia Fellows

Katie Debondi

Gabi Rinaldi

Kelli Gurney

Nicole Camm

Maria Mihalakopoulos

sha bana

vanessa hopper

hend porter

John Cilione

Samantha Sidiroglou

Emily Ellson

Veronica Paterson

Adele Nakad

fiona goode

Aaliyha D’aguiar

Louise Broeng

lola sader

kathy johnson

Ash McMorrow

Will Powell

Christopher Martin

Hayley Machon

imogene fairhall

Sarah Saunders

vicky mycio

Ann Maree Sculley

Marnie Fontana

Arika Hussain

Amber Bonanno

aaron douglas

danielle hand

Belinda Bonello

Kelly Macdonald

Anna Kennedy

Ebony Marinoff

Kate Cully

katrina Walkling

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DAY 1 WINNERS: 600 Brands Camera Competition

Congratulations to the below Day 1 of our 600 Brands Camera competition on Facebook! Winner’s cameras will be sent to their nominated postal address within the next 7 business days. If you haven’t entered, make sure you enter here.

Nicole-Irene Economos

Magda  Ruzickova

Stephane Maquet

Jacky Mak

Stephanie Stewart

Lenny Wang

Haley Donald

Carly Goodwin

joanne  shaw

Chiara Smyth

Grace Tan

Lana jamieson

Peter Buchanan

Demi Williams

Kimberley Hampton

Trudie Long

Claire Deane

Katrina  Tomaszek

Abby Walsh

Julie Menzies

Alexander Tomasiello

Petula Pini

Suzie Love

Hayley  Rogers

Kate Young

Sami Kabaha

Raina Nissan

Emily Morgan

Astrid arbon

Stacia Poulos

Wendy Field

Mel Stinson

Cristen  Milonas

Lisa Crowley

Jack Herdman

Toni Rowley

Jeff Schorr

Kelly Paul

Rebecca fett

shari mills

Claire Fenoughty

Joanna  Little

Suzy swords

anthony hinton

Sari French

debbie  taylor

kylie cox

Kelly Evans

Rebecca Sharp

Osanne Pangilinan

Monique Sleight

Thomas Abraham

Ebony Charlton

Bhavna Saxena

Kyle Montgomerie

Anna Savos

Kate Rethus

John Dean

Stephanie young

Lauren Watson

Chloe Morrison

Beryl Hartmann

Shaunee Robb

Kirsty mcclure

Josh Simon

Amanda Bartlett

Emma Gibson

Alexandra Pettigrew

Jackie McKenzie

Dylan Smith

Hollie Thomas

Anna Campbell

Jade Ling

Jacinta Gibson

Katie Kerr

Isobel Pino

Michael Giuffre

Sam Bradford

Angela  Hogan

Storm Rowe

tommy henshaw

Kristal Stow

Dakota  Taylor

Kate Lindrea

Anna Sims

Brett Neville

Sara mckay

Jenna Saunders

Sarah Conroy

Callum Herron

Freya Chesterman

Brendan Williams

Sam Garside

Rachel Te Puia

Shane Gabel

Aaron Watts

AlannahGrimm

Anh Tran

Sophie  Harris

Melissa Davis

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BILLABONG RIO PRO WRAP UP 2014

Monday the 12th of May saw the best surfers in the world wrap up stop Number 4 of the ASP World Championship Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  It was profoundly evident the local crowd wanted a Brazilian to wear the crown of victory at this event, though it was Tahitian and in form Michel Bourez who took the men’s title, while Aussie Sally Fitzgibbons shone bright above Carissa Moore in the Women’s event to take the win.

The final day of competition in the Billabong Rio Pro saw competitors face off in heavy 3 foot conditions, with barrels on offer left, right and centre. The day  was full of sunshine and saw the Women’s Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Finals while the Men’s event saw Round 5 and onward. Rio’s heavy Barra Da Tijuca produced the goods for the top 34 male surfers and top 17 female surfers, and coming from the cold waters of Australia’s southern waters, the warm change of Brazil was a welcomed change.

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A-Frames for the final day of competition – photo by ASP

11 Time World Champion Kelly Slater opened Men’s Round 5 with a free fall into a no hand  heavy barrel, resulting in the contests only perfect 10 score. “I couldn’t believe I came out,” said Kelly. “That’s why I claimed it. I’ve had so many closeouts this week.” Though an amazing wave, the rude shock of reality was evident on the Brazilian spectator’s face, as Slater continued his domination over Adriano de Souza, whom only managed to scrape together a 3.37. Other standouts of Round 5 included Kolohe Andino overcoming South Africa’s Travis Logie, despite an interference call leaving him with only 1 score to work from. Logie managed to secure two 3 point rides, though in the final minutes Andino managed to score a 6.83, enough to progress through to the Quarter Finals. Tahitian and Drug Aware Margaret River Pro winner Michel Bourez also managed to overcome Joel Parkinson, while Sebastian ‘Seabass’ Zietz eliminated Australia’s Josh Kerr.

The Women’s Quarter Finals followed the Men’s Round 5, with more standout performances despite the deteriorating conditions. Lakey Peterson first overcame Pauline Ado through a close heat and trading of the lead. Heat 2 saw Hawaiians Carissa Moore and Alessa Quizon come head to head. The experience from the current World Number 1 was sufficiently evident, defeating the up and comer Quizon and eliminating her from competition. Tyler Wright also came on top over Nikki Van Dijk and Sally Fitzgibbons sent Hawaiian Coco Ho packing after a great heat of strong scores.

The men were back in the water afterwards, with Slater coming up first again, this time meeting fellow American Nat Young. Slater managed to gain scores of 7’s taking advantage of the low tide barrelling conditions of Barra Da Tijuca, while Young got his fair share, however was unable to overtake Slater’s lead. Australia’s Bede Durbidge met American Kolohe Andino in Heat 2 of the Quarter Finals. Andino broke away from the strategy of barrel riding and shifted his approach to a series of powerful turns through his backhand. This paid off in the end as he secured a few barrel scores and was able to overcome Durbidge’s efforts and progress through to the Semi Finals.

The next heat was exciting as Michel Bourez met previous event winner South African Jordy Smith. Smith has been in such good form lately and Bourez had won the contest recently in Margaret River, this heat proved one not to be missed. Smith held a close lead for the first 20 minutes with scores of 5.4 and 4.00, though in the final minutes Bourez scored high through a backhand barrel and a series of backhand snaps. The two continued to battle out and swap for first place though Bourez was too strong, eliminating the 2013 event champion. Tour veteran Taj Burrow went head to head with Sebastian Zietz next and through a series of heavy tubes and clean manoeuvres eliminated the Hawaiian, progressing through to the Semi Finals.

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 Taj locked and loaded – Photo by ASP

The Women’s Semi Finals hit the water next and did not disappoint, throwing out powerful snaps and proving their heavy barrel riding skills. Semi Final 1 saw Carissa Moore meet Lakey Peterson. The reigning three times World Champion stuck to what she knew, producing an array of great combination scores including a 9.27, too much for the American to overcome. Previous event winner Sally Fitzgibbons met an in form Tyler Wright in Semi Final 2, and the all Aussie heat produced some great surfing. Wright has had some great results so far in 2014, though has not had a 1st place result as of yet. Unfortunately, this was the case again as Fitzgibbons unleashed a powerful wrath of scores, winning on 15.17 to Wrights 9.80.

The Men’s Semi Finals to much surprise did not include a Brazilian competitor, with many big names being eliminated early in competition. Kelly Slater came up against Californian prodigy Kolohe Andino in Semi Final 1. The two had opening exchanges of scores with Andino taking the lead from the 11 time World Champion early. The heat continued with both surfers staying busy, though it was the Californian who unleashed a solid air reverse into the flats, resulting in a 7.60, a score high enough to push him through to his first ASP WCT final.

Margaret River event winner Michel Bourez met Bells Beach runner up Taj Burrow in Semi Final 2. It was extremely evident that both were hungry for the event win, as both surfers displayed their skills, which lately had been tested in all conditions. The tide had changed, forcing both surfers to break away from the typical barrel riding approach and move into airs and powerful turns. Though Taj gained good early combination scores, Bourez took the lead with back to back scores, including the first air of the heat. This forced the Australian to pack his bags earlier than he would have wanted as he was now eliminated.

Sally Fitzgibbons and reigning World Champion Carissa Moore met in the final of the Women’s Rio Billabong Pro after the Men’s Semi-Finals. The Hawaiian wasted little time, producing a great score of 8.50 through three powerful snaps. The Aussie was soon to respond with a similar display of powerful turns, resulting in a near perfect 9.27. Moore ended up needing to produce a 7.83 to take the lead from Sally, a score which she simply could not attain.

“A lot of hard work went into this victory and I’m so happy,” said Sally Fitzgibbons. “There’s a great rivalry between myself and Carissa. We always have such great battles and I knew I had to step things up after the Semifinal to take the win. The crowd was sending me great vibes out in the water and that really helped. It’s a long year but I think I have a lot of strong surfing left in me. I’m really excited to get over to Fiji and try and get another result like this.” This win gives Fitzgibbons her first event win for the 2014 season and her second Rio Pro title. Carissa Moore continues to hold first position on the rankings, with Sally in second.

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 A stoked Sally Fitzgibbons – Photo by ASP

The Men’s Final saw Tahitian Michel Bourez meet a focused Kolohe Andino, with the crowds energy used by both as motivational tools. Bourez opened his final campaign first, completing three powerful backhand turns and receiving a score of 7.17. Andino, competing in his first ever WCT Final, opened with two powerful turns, however managed to only score a 5.00. Bourez continued his selective approach, choosing only the better waves at the Barra Da Tijuca beach break. The Californian, needing a 8.84 for the win, approached the air ramps of the powerful right handers, though could not gain the score needed to take the title, allowing Michel Bourez to take home his second event win of the 2014 season.

“This win is amazing and I feel great,” said Michel Bourez. “I didn’t expect to win two events in the same year so it feels brilliant. It’s great to be here in Rio and have another win – I’m so happy. I’m really glad I came and to have a final against a good friend of mine is wonderful. He (Kolohe Andino) is someone I think will be huge in a few years. Rio is beautiful, I love this place. There’s so many things going on and so many people that are passionate about sports and surfing.”

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 Michel Bourez taking home his second event win for 2014 – photo by ASP

Though disappointed with coming so close to a win, runner up Kolohe Andino went on to say “I have so many good memories of Brazil,” said Kolohe Andino. “To make my first WCT Final here in front of the wonderful crowd is a pleasure. I’m very happy with the result.”

The next stop of the ASP WCT see’s surfers fly to the razor sharp reef breaks of Fiji. The top 34 male surfers will battle it out between June 1st to the  13th, while the top 17 women will surf between the 25th and 30th of May. Keep up to date with the World Tour here at SurfStitch Blog or the ASP official website at aspworldtour.com. SurfStitch would like to send huge congratulations to Michel Bourez and Sally Fitzgibbons on their terrific results in Brazil.

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Billabong Rio Pro 2014 Update

Yesterday saw the world’s top women surfers complete Round’s 2 and 3 of the Billabong Pro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The crowd watched on as the women went head to head in the crucial elimination stages of Round 2, with winners of Round 1 also ready for their Round 3 opportunities to progress further. Stand out performances were in the air, though upsets also occurred for some of the favourites to win.

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 The contest arena – Barra de Tijuca – photo by ASP

The biggest upset of the day went to Stephanie Gilmore, losing her fight for domination to Brazilian Silvana Lima in Heat 3 of Round 2. “When I saw Silvana in the draw, I knew she would be dangerous because she’s hungry for a win and she’s been injured for a while,” said Gilmore. “She’s also one of the few girls that can do airs consistently.” Ones things for sure, she was right about the airs. Lima pulled off a perfectly executed air reverse in the 2-3 foot conditions at the Barra de Tijuca beach break, the wave that eliminated the 5 times ASP world champion from competition. Other upsets of the Women’s Round 2 saw Alana Blanchard knocked from competition by fellow Kauaian Malia Manuel and Aussie underdog Dimity Stoyle fall to Alessa Quizon.

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 Brazilian Silvana Lima impressing the local crowds – photo by ASP

Round 3 was also held for the Women’s competition, with crowds going crazy especially for the Brazilian competitors. Silvana Lima used the crowd as a motivational tool going into her heat against American Lakey Peterson and Round 2 winner Malia Manuel. Lima, still feeding off the win over Gilmore, opened strong with a 7.00, creating a strong lead over her opponents. It was Peterson however, in the final 10 minutes who overcame Silvana Lima, boasting a huge turn combination and producing a score of 9.03, enough to take out the heat.

Heat 3 of Round 3 was an all Aussie affair, with Tyler Wright up against Nikki Van Dijk and Laura Enever. Conditions started to fade, with offshore winds flattening a lot of the good waves that had previously come through on offer. Tyler managed to scrape some mid-range scores together through a series of small turns and floaters, overcoming her fellow countryman and progressing through to the Quarter Finals.

Another stand out performance was Sally Fitzgibbons in Heat 4. Fitzgibbons overcame Hawaiian rippers Coco Ho and Tatiana Weston-Webb, helping to keep the Australians in competition. “It was exciting out there today,” said Sally. “I’ve got a few things to work on, but I was really happy to get that 7.00 mid heat and shut it down at the end using my priority well.”

The Men’s competition was on hold yesterday as the Women’s Rounds 2 and 3 ran in the smaller conditions. Heat 1 held on the previous day saw 2011 event winner Adriano de Souza hit the water with Portugal’s Tiago Pires and Hawaiian Sebastian ‘Seabass’ Zietz. Though the crowds support may have been for the Brazilian de Souza, it was Pires who shined, making 2 powerful turns. De Souza and Ziess continued to battle throughout the heat, though managed only to put together combinations of mid-range scores. Pires’ turns proved too much for the other competitors, forcing them to the elimination Round 2 and he progressed directly to Round 3.

Current ASP World Number 1 and a big crowd favourite Gabriel Medina took next to the water in Heat 2 coming up against fellow countryman Roani Monteiro and Aussie Adrian Buchan. Medina wasted no time and exploded into the scene, producing a pair of 6 point rides and a display of great aerial manoeuvres. This proved too much for Monteiro and Buchan, as the World Champion advanced directly through to Round 3.

Aussies Taj Burrow and Adam Melling would next face off with American Brett Simpson in Heat 3 of the opening day. Taj used his veteran tour experience and overcame the others through a series of mid-range scores and powerful turns.

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 Taj Burrow in Heat 3 – photo by ASP

Heats 4 and 5 proved successful for Aussies Joel Parkinson and young gun Mitch Crews. Joel came up against Jeremy Flores and Ireland’s Glenn Hall in Heat 4, leaving the water victorious and moving through to Round 3. Crews shocked crowds by defeating 11 time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater and Brazilian Peterson Crisanto, and was over the moon with his result. “I knew I had really nothing to lose in that heat and I just wanted to go and surf and I’m just stoked to get my first, first-round win of the year, hopefully it’s (the first) of many” said Crews.

Heat 8 saw defending event champion Jordy Smith face off with Fred Pattachia and Travis Logie. An in form Smith went absolutely mental, tearing apart the small beach break and showing why he is the defending champion of this event. Jordy locked in a combination score of 13.67 through a series of airs, turns and powerful carves while the other two competitors managed only to score mid-range combinations. This allowed Smith to advance directly into Round 3 and continue chasing the vent title for the second year in a row. These days if you want to win you really have to do everything and throw the kitchen sink at the judges” said Smith, having a sneaky laugh at his own comment.

Other stand out performances included Brazil’s own Filipe Toledo, who absolutely dominated his heat and provided some entertaining surfing for all to enjoy. Toledo blitzed his competition by pulling out two full rotation airs, the two biggest scores of competition so far in Rio. Aussie Julian Wilson did his best to keep up with Toledo, trying to throw out some big punts and airs, though it was simply not enough for the Brazilian, who seemed to be drawing energy from the local crowd.

Aerial master John John Florence also managed to continue to wow audiences through his display of aerial acrobatics. The Hawaiian threw together airs and combinations to wipe tour veteran C.J. Hobgood and Australian Matt Wilkinson in Heat 12.

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 Hawaiian John John Florence with some aerial acrobatics – photo by ASP

Stay tuned as we keep you up to date with everything from The Billabong Rio Pro. The swell is predicted to continue to rise and this weekend should allow more action to go down at the heavy beach break of Barra de Tijuca. Watch it live at aspworldtour.com or get all your information straight from us at the SurfStitch Blog!

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