ALBUM OF THE WEEK

Modern Baseball – You’re Going To Miss It All

Modern Baseball’s ‘You’re Going To Miss It All’ is an amazing mix of indie-rock and it is with great excitement that the 2014 album takes ‘Album of the Week’ here at SurfStitch. If you’ve heard some of their earlier stuff, you’ll know exactly what we mean by mix of indie-rock and other music styles. The album features anything from slow tempo’s to faster indie-punk music, while still throwing in other surprises here and there, making ‘You’re Going To Miss It All’ such an exciting album. Released on February 17th this year, the album is only the second full recording album by the four young college students from Philadelphia. It hit #97 on the Billboard 200 and its indie-punk sounds continue to reach new audiences all over the world, with Modern Baseball playing a huge European tour later this year to simply meet demand. ‘You’re Going To Miss It All’ features 12 different tracks, all with their own feel, helping ensure something for everyone.

Though the captivating rhythms, catchy chorus’ and matching drum beats might initially be attractive aspects to continue listening, the deep lyrical meanings hold strong value for most, reminding listeners of life during their 20′s, or getting others ready for these years if the audience is a little younger. A time when relationships are coming and going for some, new responsibilities in life are expected and new opportunities and changes hit life everyday. Modern Baseball have once again been clever in mixing the good times with the emotional roller-coaster that is these years in life, with younger audiences relating directly, and older audiences reminiscing on these times in their own life.

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‘You’re Going To Miss It All’ is a great album full stop. It’s one you can put on, listen to from start to end and manage to not skip one single track. Modern Baseball seem have taken influences from many different bands and musicians, combining them all for an awesome combination that is their own. Some of the faster tunes hold strong similarities to older Blink 182 music, while the slower tracks sound a little like Kings Of Leon or Weezer, although still remaining completely unique.

A language warning is recommended for this album. Although not in every song, there are a few words some may find offensive that slip through the cracks. Enjoy Track 4 from ‘You’re Going To Miss It All’,  called ‘Apartment.’

If you like the new sounds from Modern Baseball, you are not alone. ‘You’re Going To Miss It All’ is available on iTunes, Vinyl and CD for your listening convenience. For more information on Modern Baseball, check them out on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. If you are lucky enough to be travelling to Europe later in the year, be sure to check out their tour dates so you can catch plenty of the hit tracks off ‘You’re Going To Miss It All’ live in person!

Enjoy the music and be sure to keep up to date with everything else here on the SurfStitch Blog

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Boarding on New Zealand’s South Island

Are you off to the snow this season? If you are venturing to our neighbour to the East, then this new clip featuring some New Zealand’s best snowboarders will ensure you get that little boost of extra excitement. New Zealand is known for having some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and even the raw footage in videos can do no justice when compared to seeing it all with your own eyes.
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Lucky for us, this clip is probably the next best thing. Join Jake Koia, Christy Prior, Sean Thompson, Nick Brown and Nick Hyne as they take you on an adventure and a look at the world through their eyes, and what a beautiful world it is. This latest episode of the series ‘Diaries Down Under’ will have you desperate to book that last minute trip to the snow and have you ready to attack a heap of fresh powder. The crew describe why they love Queenstown and Remarkables, while showing off the area’s new high powered chairlift, terrain and another way of getting to the top of the mountain all together.

One thing is for sure, this clip highlights New Zealand’s true natural beauty and feeling of adventure. If you haven’t experienced it yourself, New Zealand’s South Island is definitely one to tick off your bucket list.

If you have now been convinced to pack up and go experience the mountains for yourself we don’t blame you. However, ensuring you have the right equipment to do this successfully like the ‘Diaries Down Under’ crew is another thing all together. Don’t go under prepared, SurfStitch has you covered with all the best Snow products available.

Shop all Snow now by clicking here

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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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GOALS WON’T WORK UNLESS YOU DO!

Leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t about one-week fads or being good when you can. It’s about a total lifestyle change, where your health is the number one goal. Take a look at some inspiration, the SurfStitch Active Lifestyle Rules to live by, a fun, two simple and nutritious recipes and some exercises that you can do daily to keep fit, even if you’re time poor. LOOKBOOK-GALLERY-OF-8 RULES TO LIVE BY 1. Forget the scales. The change to a fresh and healthy lifestyle isn’t about your weight or the size of your waist – it’s about how you feel, fueling your body with nutritious foods and staying active. LOOKBOOK-GALLERY-OF-7 2. Hydrate, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Drinking water is crucial to your blood, your organs, your digestion, your skin and so much more. 8 cups of water a day is widely recommended, but if you’re sweating excessively or working out, you will need more! For extra electrolytes and hydration, try organic coconut water. LOOKBOOK-GALLERY-OF-13 3. Eat, always. Skipping meals helps nobody, and will actually do your metabolism more harm than good. Just replace the foods that contain unhealthy products such as simple sugars and saturated fats with foods that have plenty of fibre and nutrition so that you always feel full. Check out our recipe for breakfast on the go as just one of the nutritious and filling recipes you can take with you on the go! 14_Active_InstagramPosts_ABD2 LOOKBOOK-GALLERY-OF-11 LOOKBOOK-GALLERY-OF-1 BREAKFAST ON THE GO (NO COOKING INVOLVED!) Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup ground Chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1/2 cup Chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup raspberries

Directions:

  1. Mix yoghurt and honey in a bowl. Put one third into a tupperware container.
  2. Layer a dusting of ground Chia and then 1cm of granola.
  3. Layer another third of the yoghurt mixture.
  4. Layer Chia and granola in the same quantity.
  5. Layer the final portion of yoghurt and then cover in berries.
  6. Put the lid on and take it with you! Don’t forget a spoon.

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Keep your core strong and get your heart rate going every day with these two quick and easy exercises! Perfect whether you’re travelling, home or don’t have much time.

Leg Raises

  1. Lie on your back with your legs straight up in the air and your arms out straight beside you
  2. Slowly raise your legs (straight) to a 90 degree angle and hold for 2 seconds
  3. Lower your legs slowly until they are 5 centimetres above the ground and hold for 2 seconds
  4. Repeat 5 sets of 10 reps

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Plank

  1. Lie down on your stomach
  2. Lift your body up using your toes and forearms
  3. Keep your back straight
  4. Hold for 30 seconds. For an extra challenge, increase your time by 10 seconds every week

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Time to Skate ||

It has come that time in winter that staying out of the water would be advised, unless the surf is pumping and you have your wetty prepared. If you haven’t already tried skateboarding, now would be a good time to pick up a board and give it your best shot.

We can’t help you with your skills to skate but we can certainly help you look your best at the skate park. From completes to accessories, SurfStitch have it all. Simple or busy designs, the fastest bearings to the loosest trucks.

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Or this could more your style of skateboarding ….tumblr_n8hov0azvL1s6w1c4o1_1280

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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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FEATURED SONG

MODEST MOUSE – FLOAT ON

Like indie rock music with a catchy tune? What about some fun lyrics and great use of instruments? If these aspects are right up your alley, then look no further. This week, it’s Modest Mouse’s ‘Float On’ that takes our Featured Song, and if you haven’t heard it before, you are in for a treat. The track is a main driving factor in the success of their 2004 album ‘Good News For People Who Love Bad News’ with ‘Float On’ being rated as one of the best songs of the year, worldwide. This brought unheard of audiences to the Modest Mouse scene, who originally were quite a specified fan base.
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A mix of their own indie sounds, ‘Float On’ has put Modest Mouse on the official map and has itself, been very successful. The track got all the way to #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Charts, and was played almost on repeat on MTV when music was their main focus. While the song is catchy and really engaging, the humorous lyrics can often be forgotten. Modest Mouse front man Isaac Brock sings these in his quirky upward tone, a prime example being “a fake Jamaican took every last dime with that scam, It was worth it just to learn some sleight-of-hand.’

‘Float On’ is not only a headline song for Modest Mouse at every show, it has also been cemented as a great ‘Summer anthem’ for listeners all over the globe. If you are keen to get the positive vibes flowing, go no further than this amazing tune! Want more information on the band? Check out their official website here or have a scroll through their Facebook page! Be sure to keep up to date with everything music here on the SurfStitch Blog!

While we all patiently wait to see some of our favourite musicians and bands at Splendour In The Grass this coming weekend, be sure to check out this weeks Featured Song, ‘Float On’ by Modest Mouse below.

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MICK TAKES JBAY IN COOLIE KIDS FINAL

In fine form the entire competition, reigning World Champion Mick Fanning has taken out the J-Bay Open 2014 in an explosive Final again fellow Cooly Kid and good friend Joel Parkinson. After days of postponing, officials and surfers finally awoke to what they had been waiting for, solid swell lines, cooperating winds and great shape. The pair battled it out in a solid 6-8 foot swell at Jeffreys Bay, throwing on their game faces and going head to head in an impressive display of competitive surfing.Jbayfinaldaymickjbayfinaldaymick2Jbayfinaldaymick3

The much anticipated final day of the J-Bay Open started with Round 5 with some surprising results. The day begun with Josh Kerr taking on Adriano de Souza in the early, cross shore conditions. Though Kerr battled hard and surfed well, he was unable to complete crucial turns and exits on the long, grinding J-Bay walls. De Souza also struggled at some stages, though scored some mid range scores early, eventually proving enough to advance, knocking Kerr from competition.

“I was really excited because I’ve been watching this forecast the last few days,” said De Souza. “As soon as I woke up this morning, I saw beautiful waves, beautiful lines, because this is J-Bay. Every competitor in the world has luck, today was my lucky day.”

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Taj Burrow took on Californian Kolohe Andino in Heat 2 of Round 5. Burrow was first to strike, paddling into a solid bomb and working the open faces through Supertubes. A opening score of 7.00 helped Burrow with his combination scores, as Andino struggled to match the Aussie veterans early performance. As the final minutes approached, Andino was still in need of a 7.86, a score which he was unable to find and was sent home, with Taj advancing through to the Quarterfinals.

Gabriel Medina next took on Tour veteran C.J. Hobgood. With conditions improving and the swell on the rise, the pair struggled to lock in a worthy score by half way through the Heat. C.J. eventually managed to scrape into a larger set, belting out backhand manourvres and a barrel, though slipped on his final turn. This perhaps was the wave that cost Hobgood his advancement, unable to find another wave and score of just 5.25 to overtake Medina and advance.

“It was a huge opportunity for me. Apples to apples, I felt like I needed a special wave, but I don’t think that was the case. Sometimes I have trouble finishing waves out here. But the flip side is, the waves are pumping, I’m a fan of surfing, and I’m grateful to be here.” said C.J.JbayfinaldayMedina

Reigning World Champion Mick Fanning met Hawaiian Fred Patacchia in Heat 4 of Round 5. Solid sets rolled in instantly after the hooter sounded, allowing both surfers to attack the J-Bay line up. Fanning in typical form smashed the open faces of the long right hander, with his opening ride notching a 7.50. Though Patacchia managed to obtain some mid range scores, he was unable to match Fanning’s performance, with Mick advancing with a combination score of 15.67

“This is what we live for, epic J-Bay,” Fanning said. “For me surfing out there is just having fun. I was trying to channel a bit of Tom Curren from the Search days.”

The Quarterfinals began instantly after the conclusion of Round 5 with Joel Parkinson meeting Adriano de Souza. Parkinson did not waste any time, tearing apart the long open walls and posting a strong mid score of 6.83. De Souza found his form around the 20 minute mark, posting a mid score in the 5′s and enough to take the lead from Parko. Joel soon answered, pushing his board to its limits through a series of forehand manoeuvres for a 7.67, stealing the lead and proving too strong for the Brazilian.

An all Aussie Heat for Quarterfinal 2 saw an in-form Matt Wilkinson battle Taj Burrow for a spot in the Semi Finals. With some great surfing from both competitors and high scores being posted left, right and centre, the two went head to head for the entire Heat, impressing judges and spectators alike. Though Taj managed to post a score in the 9′s, Wilkinson proved too strong with his great backhand attack, being rewarded with his best performance on tour this year and a spot in the Semi Finals.JbayfinaldaywilkoJbayfinaldaytaj

Current World Number 1 Gabriel Medina next came up against Australian Owen Wright. Excitement began as the two backhand surfers hit the empty Jeffreys Bay line up, everyone ready to see what the two could produce. Wright struck almost instantaneously, posting two mid range scores to begin his campaign. Medina was chasing Wright from the get go, as the two competitors went crazy on the fast and perfect solid walls of water. Wright managed to scrape together a strong combination score of 17.40, and although Gabriel was only a point behind, he could not match the Owen’s collected final scores.

Mick Fanning had surfed well the entire competition, and it was unfortunately Alejo Muniz who had to feel the World Champions wrath next in Quarterfinal 4. Although opening the scoreboard, Fanning soon left the Brazilian behind with an array of strong scores thanks to a powerful forehand attack. Although defeated, the result is still Alejo’s best result on Tour to date, which is surely something to be proud of.jbayfinaldayalejo

Then there were 4. The all Aussie Semi Finals began with Parko meeting Wilkinson, and Fanning taking on Owen Wright. Joel won J-Bay in 2009 and began strong yet again, posting a 6 and then a high score in the 8′s for good start to his campaign. All thought it was over for Wilkinson, who surprised everyone and dropped a 9.77 in the final minutes. Though posting this strong score was like a light at the end of the tunnel, Matt was unable to back up and Parko moved to the Final. Owen Wright also came off second best to the powerhouse performance that is Mick Fanning. Though no doubt burnt out from the days competition, the two struggled to find composure early on, with Mick being pinched on a barrel, allowing for Wright to take an early lead. Both eventually found their feet, though it was Mick Fanning who stole the show, linking together turns and cutbacks with barrels and anything else that could be thrown into the line-up. This now made for a close friend and Coolie kid Final between Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning.

With the title already in Australian hands, it was now up to the Coolie kids to decide who would add the trophy to their personal collection on home soil. Friendship was left on the sand as both surfers struck instantly as the hooter sounded, Joel taking the first of the exchange. Parkinson destroyed the open faces opting for a strong opening score, before getting pinched on an inside barrel. Making things worse, he came up to watch Fanning tear apart the next wave of the set, getting a double barrel and being rewarded with a 9.00. Joel was not intimated, eventually paddling into a bomb and getting a long barrel and once again being in a position to take the win. Both surfers looked to be enjoying themselves, something different from the 1000+ line up they are used to at their local break Snapper Rocks. Fanning lead the scoreboard with a combination of 17.00, leaving Joel in need of a near perfect score to take the win. After a gruelling battle with his childhood friend, Parkinson eventually opted to come in early, unofficially handing Mick the title for J-Bay 2014.

“I never dreamed that I would get to surf a J-Bay final with Joel,” Fanning said. “Joel is one of my favourite surfers and my best friend, we’ve known each other since we were kids.”

“It was an amazing heat and Mick is such a good tactician,” Parkinson said. “I made a couple of bad decisions and I just didn’t get the right waves. It would’ve been nice to get a win but that was a brilliant day of surfing and it was so wonderful to be part of it.”Jbayfinaldayjoel Jbayfinaldayjoel2

The win now puts Mick at #3 on the World Championship Tour and one step closer to holding onto his World Title. All of us at SurfStitch would like to congratulate Mick Fanning on this great win! A further congratulations to all other competitors on their outstanding efforts and for defying the infamous waters of South Africa!Jbayfinaldaymick4

Bring on Teahupoo! Stop #7 of the ASP World Championship Tour is set to commence August 15-26. Check out the Final Day highlights of the ASP J-Bay Open 2014 below!

*All images by ASP

 

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In Bruges

Our last day in London was spectacular weather and involved a lot more walking – Lauren (travel buddy for the duration) and I had a £10 lunch in a park on South Bank under London eye before heading off to meet some friends of mine from my Vietnam Contiki. We met them in Hyde Park before strolling around the more fancy parts of town – Mayfair (all I could think of was Monopoly!), Regent street, around the SoHo area and towards Convent Garden. I would definitely suggest Covent Garden to any London visitor. The two friends we were with are from England – not specifically London, but closer than we are to it – so they were able to show us the areas we probably wouldn’t have gone to on our own, including Covent Garden (which isn’t actually a garden). There were lots of cool markets, both food and clothing, with street performers and lots of people just milling about. After having a good look around there we went to meet oh with another friend from Contiki for dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant called Cay Tre – very yummy and reasonable prices! Whilst we knew the address of the place, it did take us a few trips up and down Shaftesbury avenue to find the right side street – not that I minded as Shaftesbury avenue is mentioned in Harry Potter…. :)

But now we have officially started our Busabout section of our tour! We arrived to Paris at about 7pm after a roughly 8 hour bus ride from London (in which the older man sitting across the aisle from us did not stop staring at us – creepy! (But also solid effort for maintaining this for 8 hours)). The bus is a good option if you’re on a tight budget (which we are!). Whilst it’s longer than the train or plane, it is a couple of hundred dollars cheaper! Apparently there is a bit of a heat wave happening in Western Europe at the moment because it was 35 degrees that evening in Paris, and yet again, no air con! Next morning was a 5 hr bus ride to Bruges, in which we watched the move ‘In Bruges’ (it was weird,..). We arrived in the afternoon and immediately fell in love! Lauren described it as quaint, and she was spot on in my opinion! The cobblestone streets, the winding canals and the gothic architecture all combines to make a beautiful town. Not to mention that Belgium is famous for its chocolate, beer, waffles and apparently French fries dipped in mayonnaise – you can be sure we will sample all of these local delicacies. Call it cultural eating. In fact within half an hour of arriving we had already picked up a waffle from the street vendors – apparently these are the best (and cheapest!) places to get them – for only 3€! Bargain! And yes, it was delicious. This particular waffle came from a man in a van opposite the City Hall (Burg).

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Our first full day involved a bike tour around the outer borders of Bruges. The company we went with was called QuasiMundo, and they run multiple bike tours and normal tours around Bruges – I would highly recommend it! Our tour guides were Jana and Joss (pronounced yana and yoss) and they were hilarious. It was a beautiful day with beautiful scenery – but it is also the best way to get around. I’m not the most competent bike rider, but the wide streets make it easier to avoid running into things, as I am very likely to do. Although Bruges is beautiful, we booked one too many nights here – I think an ideal amount is two or three nights! However, I would definitely suggest our hostel – it’s called The Bauhaus, and it’s got good rooms and a great atmosphere!

My final quick tip for today that I would suggest for the frequent traveller is to invest in a good set of earphones before you jet off. I would doubly suggest noise cancelling ones , because when you’re on that noisy bus or noisy hostel room, it’s nice to have the option to not hear some things! The ones I’m using at the moment are Marley - they’re super comfortable, cancel out any noise around me and as an added bonus (and my good deed for the day) are Eco-friendly!

Next stop is Amsterdam so – until then! :)

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Happy Sunday!

Happy Sunday everyone! Don’t stay curled up inside for the rest of the weekend! Get on down to your local beach, take a paddle or a dip in our big beautiful ocean and enjoy the remainder of your weekend! If you can’t get down to the water, not too worry! We’ve  got you covered with some of our favourite empty shots going around!  Jack5Jack6willem2jack7Jack1Willem4jack5 jack6WIllemwillem3

*Images by Willem Ungermann and Jack Sheard

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