Wrap Up: Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro

South African Jordy Smith has taken out the Hurley Pro in California! The natural-footer took a little time to find his composure in the Final of the world famous event in Southern California’s San Clemente region, though eventually overcame Hawaiian rival John John Florence in an epic Final of competition. The win is his first of the 2014 surfing season.Jordy2Jordy6Smith overcame reigning World Champion Mick Fanning in the Quarterfinals and continued to answer back to every turn, air and hack his competitors threw at him. John John lived up to his usual antics, posting a near perfect 9.17 in the Quarterfinals before overcoming 11-times World Champion Kelly Slater by a narrow score of just 1.00 in the Semi Finals for a spot in the Final. JJThe huge crowds gathered for what would be an amazing Hawaiian vs. South African showdown. Though he was dominated by Florence throughout almost the entire Heat due to falls and insecurities, Smith eventually found his form and posted a crucial score in the dying minutes to secure his win at Lower Trestles. Smith finished his Hurley Pro campaign sitting on a comfortable 16.50 to that of Florence’s 15.87. Now a local of the region, Jordy has proven he deserves a spot out in the infamously crowded line-up.Jordy3Stephanie Gilmore also overcame fellow countrywomen and good friend Sally Fitzgibbons in the Final of the Swatch Women’s Pro, also held at Lower Trestles. The 5-times World Champion proved simply unstoppable as she concluded the event on a near perfect score of 19.50, just 0.50 shy of a perfect result.

“I wanted to get Sally back from Fiji because I had a tough performance there,” said Gilmore. “Whoever won that heat there, I thought was a definitive moment for the year.”Sally Sally2 Sally4SurfStitch would like to congratulate both Jordy Smith and Stephanie Gilmore on their wins in California! Bring on Stop #9 of 2014 ASP World Championship Tour in France, due to start on the 25th of September.  Stay tuned for all the latest news, action and updates!

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Roaming Rome

Let me begin by saying this: two days in Rome is not enough! It can be done – you can see all of the big sights that we all hear about, but they will be two very full on days! Rome is an incredible city with the history literally surrounding you – everywhere you look there is bound to be something interesting. And a warning: this is a long one – and I barely even touch on the history of the Roman Empire…I’d be writing for days if I did!

We decided that we have made the ultimate itinerary for those who have limited time in Rome. And when I say we made it, we were told by our Busabout guide what to do…but hey it worked for us therefore I will claim it.

DAY ONE: We kicked off our day with a visit to the Roman Forum. Hot tip: the tickets for the Roman Forum are valid for the Colosseum and vice versa for the same day – so instead of waiting for upwards of 2 hours for entry into the Colosseum, take a two minute walk down the road to the entrance of the Roman Forum and wait in line for about 5 minutes and get your tickets there! 12€ for entry into both sites – and absolutely both worth it! We spent about an hour and a half wandering around what could be called the epicentre of Western Civilisation. We thought the ruins were spectacular, so we could only imagine how impressive it would have been thousands of years ago. I absolutely loved the Forum – I didn’t really know what to expect but overall I was just so amazed by the Roman civilisation and what they achieved so long ago – a running trend for my time in Rome. Next up was to meet our walking tour group. We did a tour with the Rogue Historians – it was called the All Over Tour(21€ with Busabout) and that was exactly what it did. We met at 1pm at the Circo Massimo (the worlds largest stadium where chariot races were held – used to hold upward of 200 000 people!!!) and went from there. Our tour guide, Justin, was a hilarious and cynical Canadian – made the day ten times better. He told us two versions of  the history of Rome – the Romulus vs Remus twins born from a Vestal Virgin who had been raped by the God of War, Mars. In summary, there was a fight between the twins, Romulus won, hence ‘Rome’…. and thus all Romans were descendant from the God of War and thus could conquer everyone. The other version is far less exciting; Romulus was a trader and was wealthy and thus began a community which attracted more and more people, thereby creating the city of Rome.

We walked both Palantine and Aventine hills, saw the Teatro Marcello (in which people now live, and the top level is for sale for a casual 32 000 000€…pocket money), the national monument (which the Italians hate!), the Palazzo Venezia and of course, the Pantheon. This building is spectacular – the 16 columns in the front were taken by the Romans from Egypt (because why not) and transported all the way from there into Rome – via slaves and elephants. The outside of the building does not represent the inside – the dome is amazing! To make it even more amazing, you can think about how long ago it was made!!!!!! The Romans may have been crazy with their gladiator fighting and so on, but they definitely were an impressive empire.

The tour ended by the Colosseum where Justin made us all squirm with gory stories of a day in the life of the colosseum when games were on (which were all free, by the way!). Think animals versus animals, then animals versus men/slaves, then public executions for fun, then think gladiator fighting…. I won’t go into details but it was disgustingly gory and detailed! The walking tour took about 4 hours and did go to a few other sites, but for the sake of brevity I won’t go into details – but it was absolutely worth it and if you’re pushed for time in Rome I’d definitely suggest it. We then used our pre-purchased tickets and went into the Colosseum. Another tip is to do this in the afternoon – we went about 5/6pm and there was barely anyone there. If you think the outside of the Colosseum is awesome – wait until you go inside! I’ll let the pictures describe it:image

We finished the epic day by catching up with a friend of ours, Mel, from uni and having dinner with her and her family in the Piazza Navona.

DAY TWO: Another hot tip: pre book your Vatican museum tickets online!!!!!! DO NOT  forget – the line is disgustingly long….hours long. Meanwhile, we just waltzed right in past those line suckers… Very satisfying! The Vatican museums are insane – I had absolutely no idea how much would be in there. Here I was thinking we would just waltz into the Sistine Chapel…wrong! There are 20 exhibitions in total, one of which is the Sistine Chapel, and 14 of which are before the chapel!  Prepare yourself for an intense day! We opted for the audio guide which was a good call as it gave us a bit more information so that we were able to appreciate everything we were seeing a bit more, but we could do it at our own pace. Another tip: don’t skip an exhibition that you want to see, because you can’t go backwards. Well technically you can, but have fun battling against those crowds! There are exhibitions covering absolutely everything – my favourites were the ancient Egyptian exhibition, and the Galleria dele Carte Geografiche – I.e. A map gallery. As strange as it sounds, the roof was the most impressive part of this exhibition – as with many of the rooms – the detail of the paintings were incredible. This of course brings us to the Sistine Chapel. Unfortunately no photos are allowed in there, so I can’t share them with you. However the Chapel was not at all what I was expecting. Having only ever seen the infamous photo of God and Adam reaching for each other, I assumed that covered the roof….wrong again! This part is only one small part of a larger collection of images – it is an amazing piece of artwork, just completely not what I was expecting! The photo below is of another fresco in one of the exhibitions.image

After finding our way out of the maze that is the Vatican museums, we made our way to St Peters Square, because little to our knowledge, even though you bought a ticket to the museums you still have to exit the Vatican, walk around to St Peters and join the queue there. Luck was on our side as we arrived at about 12.30 to find the square closed (the Pope had been speaking earlier that day so it had been closed off to the audience). We were told it was to re open at 1pm so we just planned to hang around with the crowd and fight our way in, but a few minutes later they opened the gates and we were able to scramble into the line, relatively close to the front. Still thinking we’d have to wait 30 minutes to get in (in 30 degrees, not so fun), but knowing this was shorter than any other time, we were very patient (well Lauren was). But 10 minutes later they opened the lines and 2 minutes later we were in!!! Ridiculously lucky as when we came out sometime later, the line stretched aaalllllllllll the way around the square – about a 3 hour wait!!!! I’m not going to lie – I laughed at them :) . Anywhoo, St Peters Basilica is absolutely gigantic, and incredible beautiful. I knew it was one of the largest churches in the world but that didn’t prepare me for how huge it was! Everything about it was beautiful – floor to ceiling, the whole thing is an incredible work of art! If you get there and the lines are disgusting, you can pay 15€ for a ‘tour ‘ that can help you skip the line. Either way, you definitely have to go in!image

We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around, eating and just taking in the smaller sights we had missed before. Unfortunately, the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps are completely covered in scaffolding (as is most of Europe it seems!), and aren’t due to be uncovered until May next year. Good timing!

So in a nutshell that was our two days in Rome! Hectic, exhausting, hot but amazing. This is definitely a city I will come back to – even if I didn’t get to throw a coin in Trevi fountain! We head off tomorrow morning to Orvieto,  a small city in Umrbia! Then we move onto Siena and then onto Florence! Successfully eating my way through Italy so far!

Until then!

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Featured Song

FEED ME & CRYSTAL FIGHTERS – LOVE IS ALL I GOT

After an amazing, upbeat track to get you through the working week? We’ve got you covered! Go no further than this week’s Featured Song at SurfStitch, ‘Love Is All I Got’ by Feed Me & Crystal Fighters! yewReleased in October 2012 under Mau5trap and Sony Records, ‘Love Is All I Got’ continues to reach wider audiences all over the globe, now having over 5 million hits on YouTube alone. It is a collaboration between the artist Feed Me and the group Crystal Fighters, and is a track not to be missed! The song was written by friends Sebastian Pringle, Gilbert Vierich, Graham Dickson, and Jon Gooch (aka Feed Me) after touring together in Australia for the Parklife festival in 2011. Since then, ‘Love Is All I Got’ has grown to become a key track the group of artists are known for, and one of the most popular releases of their individual careers.

The amazing collaboration of the two create a sound that is simply irresistible and not to be missed. The only question we now have to ask is ‘when are we getting more from this incredible collaboration of artists?!’ Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later!

Ready to hear what the fuss is about? Go ahead and sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s Featured Song, ‘Love Is All I Got’ by Feed Me & Crystal Fighters! We promise you won’t be sorry after tuning into this audio gold!

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Hurley Pro Update

Though the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles has been on standby status for the past few days, Round 1 saw plenty of explosive action and some surprising big name upsets we did not see coming. Competitors have been training hard throughout the waiting period, tearing apart the waves of the Southern California region and getting in plenty of practice.Trestles2The world’s top surfers awoke to fun 3-5 foot clean conditions for Round 1 and the excitement that the ASP World Tour was back in town was evident. With a tonne of local spectators, the day saw plenty of action as well several huge upsets including; 2013 event champion and tour veteran Taj Burrow going down to Adrian Buchan and Travis Logie, Kelly Slater being defeated by the local Tanner Gudauskas and Carlos Muniz making history by out-surfing current World Number 1 and 2014 Teahupo’o champ, Gabriel Medina.

Defending event champion Taj Burrow struggled to find his composure in the second half of the first heat of the competition, after posting a strong first score of 7.67. The veteran couldn’t pull together a winning score combination or match the antics of Adrian Buchan and Travis Logie and was pushed to Round 2, where he will once again get a chance to prove himself to the judges. After his impressive winning performance last year, Burrow is eager to once again push through to the final Rounds.

The Gold Coast’s Mick Fanning overcame the dangerous surfing of Miguel Pupo and American Brett Simpson in Heat 2 of Round 1. The reigning World Champion traded small scores with the others for the first half of the heat before paddling into a perfect shaped wave and executing several incredible manoeuvres for a 7.17, sending Pupo and Simpson directly to Round 2 for one final chance to stay in competition.

Tahitian, Michel Bourez was able to out-surf popular contenders Filipe Toledo and Jeremy Flores in Heat 3, moving directly through to Round 3 and pushing the others towards the elimination round. Bourez attacked the right handers like no tomorrow, throwing out powerful turns and hacks and impressing the judges. “I was talking to my coach before and was thinking maybe it’s better just to stick to my game and go 80 percent, but I couldn’t do that,” Bourez said. “You never know surfing against Toledo because he can throw airs so easy. I guess I got lucky he didn’t get the score.”TrestlesMichelJoel Parkinson overcame Raoni Monteiro and fellow Australian Kai Otton in Heat 4 as the waves continued to produce fun and punchy conditions. Parkinson tore apart the punchy a-framed waves at Trestles, proving to the ASP judges why he remains close to the top of the competitive World Championship Tour (WCT) ladder.

Heat 5 saw another of the three major upsets, as local surfer Tanner Gudauskas defeated 11 time World Champion Kelly Slater and Aussie Matt ‘Wilko’ Wilkinson with his powerful backhand approach at his home break. “I don’t usually go right — I’m like a Zoolander surfer — but it felt good,” Gudauskas said of his winning ride. As for the crowd roaring on his behalf, ”I over-froth in general so I really got to watch it down here.”

Heat 6 immediately followed with the third major upset, as current World Number 1 went down to Carlos Munoz. Munoz made history with the tremendous outcome, becoming the first ever Costa Rican to win a ASP World Tour heat, and his face showed it all, filled with pure happiness and disbelief. “I cant believe how everything happened,” said Munoz after his win. “I got this chance, I prepared myself mentally. When I heard the score, I started crying. I heard everybody screaming, and I knew I needed a score. I gave my heart to that [last] one, so I’m glad the judges liked it. I can’t believe it.”TrestlesMunoz1TrestlesMunozThe dangerous competitive Brazilian Adriano de Souza wowed spectators yet again, as he turned the Trestles line up into his playground and defeated Aritz Aranburu and Sebastian ‘Seabass’ Zietz in Heat 7. Hawaiian Fred Patacchia pushed Kolohe Andino and Jadson Andre to elimination Round 2 in Heat 8, coming a surprise to some given the recent attention his younger rival has been getting over the past few weeks. “Kolohe’s a really nice kid,” said Patacchia. “But I really, really wanted to beat him after he beat in me in Tahiti, and I did it!”TrestlesDSCalifornian Nat Young scrapped past veteran C.J. Hobgood with a narrow win of jsut 0.47 in Heat 9, impressing the local crowds. “I’ve had the same confidence all year: it was nice getting those early results but lately I’ve been struggling,” Young said of his mentality coming into the event. “I just want to get back to what I was doing.” His determination to do well at Trestles is clearly evident, as we wait to see what he can do in Round 3.

Aussie Owen Wright’s performance in Tahiti was simply incredible to say the least, and it looks like Trestles will be much the same way as he out-surfed fellow countryman Julian Wilson and Spain’s Alejo Muniz with a steady win of 17.43. TrestlesWright

South African ripper Jordy Smith was a stand-out in this year’s Billabong Pro J-Bay event, and Trestles was no different as he overcame Tiago Pires and Josh Kerr in Heat 11 with his controlled and styled approach.  “I was waiting in the lineup and there was an amazing wave I was able to work with,” Smith said. “I made some mistakes with priority so I’m stoked to make it through.”

The outstanding performance of Hawaiian John John Florence showed up Australian’s Mitch Crews and Bede Durbidge in the final heat of Round 1, with a winning score of 15.27. The Hawaiian secured a few mid-range scores and was then going for his usual explosive aerial tactics, though could not stick a high score. “For consistency I guess I have to stop trying to go all out on every turn I try,” Florence said with a sheepish smile. “Nothing I do out there is conscious. It just sort of happens.”TrestlesJJ

With a predicted swell ready to hit Trestles in the next few days, get ready for more explosive action from the world’s best surfers! One thing is for sure, if you are taking part in the ASP Fantasy Surfer League and had some smaller name surfers on your team, you’d be quietly cheering right about now as we approach the elimination rounds!

Enjoy the Round 1 highlights of the Hurley Pro below and be sure to stay tuned for all the latest updates on the competition right here on SurfStitch!


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Croatia Sailing

What a week!!!! Words can’t even begin to describe how much fun we have had over the past 8 or so days. I last left off in Venice where we spent the last few days eating gelati, having romantic gondola rides (go in a group – far far cheaper!!) and visiting the outlying islands (you can get an all day ticket for 20€ – cheaper option as each individual ferry costs 7€ so it adds up). I’d definitely visit Murano and Burano – islands famous for glass blowing and colourful housing respectively, both pretty cool! You can also head to Tido island – it is the island with a beach if it’s nice weather! We didn’t make it out there unfortunately, but from photos it looks beautiful!imageWe headed to Split on an overnight ferry from Ancona, and it was an interesting ride… Turns out that even if you print off your e-ticket, you still need to go and redeem it for an actual ticket and check in… We found this out when we tried to get onto the boat at boarding time – would have been very helpful to know earlier seeing as we had 6 hours to kill in Ancona and there is not much to do there… Lonely Planet says the best thing to do in Ancona is leave… Ouch! We only paid for “deck chairs”  as opposed to a cabin which resulted in Lauren and I sleeping on the floor – which wasn’t too bad actually. The crappy part was the fact that we were in an area with about 50 17/18 year old school children who thought it would be funny to keep blowing an air horn… Fun night! Overall the ferry was pretty fancy – so anyone looking for a cheap way to get to Croatia I would definitely look into the ferry option. Cabins are pretty expensive and if you want a private one you have to pay for the four beds so it can add up. Tough it out on the floor for a night to save some money!

This brings us to our week sailing Croatia on a boat… And it was amazing! We had 18 people on our boat – the Delija – with ages ranging from 18-32. I can’t even begin to break it down – I’d be writing for days! There was a lot of swimming, sun, tanning, banter, drinking and eating. We saw some of the clearest and bluest (is that a word??) water I’ve ever seen. We started in Split and sailed to Hvar (which I’ve been pronouncing wrong my entire life – typical Australian), then we moved onto Mljet which had the most incredible national park where the lakes/river met the ocean – beautiful swimming spot. Next was Dubrovnik where I could quite happily live – it’s stunning!  I released my inner Khaleesi in Kings Landing. We went to an awesome bar inside the walls of the old town – called revelin – fun night!  We then sailed to Korčula (went to a fun three level outdoor bar called boogie jungle – we had a great boogie!) and then to Makarska which had an awesome inflatable water park – we lost all grace and dignity trying to get back onto the inflatables once we fell off!  Also visited a rave in a cave – its exactly as it sounds! Unfortunately we had one stormy day in Pučišća – but that ended up being ok as everyone needed a day out of the sun and just sleeping/watching movies to recharge our batteries! Our second last night saw us having a pirate party – two people even got married….sort of! We all woke  up in Omiš – just a small little town – before heading back to Split for our last family dinner! It was actually really sad to leave everyone – we had a pretty intense period of time together, and considering how much we were going out we got to know each other preeeettttyyyy well! Our days consisted of eating a three course lunch every day (we were spoiled for food!), swimming in crystal clear water, comparing notes from last night,  sleeping, drinking and listening to music in the sun! Paradise!! Our tour guide was by far the best – his name was Alex (aka Panda) and he made our week hilarious with his impressive singing voice and funny banter. I could not recommend this trip more highly – it’s called the 8 Day Island Hopper and is done through Busabout. If you’re thinking about doing it – stop thinking and book now! Early bird offers are applicable and worthwhile! Truly words cannot describe how good it was (unfortunate seeing as I’m writing a blog!), so I’ll leave you with some photos instead! A picture says a thousand words….right?

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The family on The Delija in Hvar.

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Kings Landing! AKA Dubrovnik in the Common Tongue.

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Lauren in paradise in Makarska.

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National park in Mljet where the lakes/river meets the Adriatic Sea.

We’re still in Split at the moment, and it’s a really cool city! There’a lots of twisting streets with cool things hidden around every corner. Diocletian’s Palace makes up the old town city centre – and they have literally used the palace as their foundation – it is a really cool effect having a city made from a palace! The limestone blocks that make up the floor are smooth from years and years of wear – and extra slippery for it, just a warning! As an added bonus, Game of Thrones is currently filming in Split  - we’ve seen many extras, some of the Unsullied, but day 3 of Khaleesi hunting and still no sighting. For anyone coming to Split and looking for a good meal – I had the best cheese burger of my life at a restaurant called 07….it was amazing!

We hop on the ferry back to Ancona and then will be in Rome from Monday!

Until then!

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Featured Song

BLUEJUICE – I’ll GO CRAZY

Alternate indie-rock band Bluejuice have broken hearts all over the world with the announcement of their end of year retirement, especially after dropping their amazing new single ‘I’ll Go Crazy’. The track lives and breathes the summer beach party atmosphere and its positive vibes bring almost too much fun to any occasion.

Believe it or not, the group from Sydney has been around for over 13 years, and boy has it been one heck of a ride. From crazy antics and on-stage outfits, to fun and outgoing film clips, ‘I’ll Go Crazy’ ensures Bluejuice will be remembered for what they are, something special.BJIf you’ve heard them before and find you can’t get enough of Bluejuice and want to catch them live before they throw the towel in for good, we’ve got some amazing news! The band will be embarking on a nationwide farewell tour of Australia starting later this month, playing their best hits over their career and thanking the fans for being a part of the epic musical journey! Their closing show will be at the Falls Festival, though if that’s not your cup of tea, click here for tour dates and check out a show near you.

Until then, get through the working week by enjoying the Featured Song at SurfStitch, ‘I’ll Go Crazy’ by Bluejuice!

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Hurley Pro: Our Picks For The Prize

The Hurley Pro will take over Southern California’s Lower Trestles this week. With all the big-name surfers we’ve seen competing in the warmer water events, Trestles will be a whole different ball game – no grinding 10 footers at Teahupo’o.

The big question is, who is going to take out Stop #8 of the 2014 ASP World Championship Tour? We’ve put together some of our favourite surfers for the event title contention. It’s a mixed bag with some obvious big names and others you wouldn’t have guessed.

Mick Fanning
Growing up with one of the best right-handers in the world in his backyard, Mick Fanning knows how to read a line-up correctly. Though Trestles may not have the power or long barrels that the Superbank is well known for, the open walls will provide great opportunity for Fanning to draw those long lines and controlled, powerful turns and hacks. Fanning desperately wants to win the World Title and Trestles may be the event that helps him move up from 5th on the ladder.Mick1

Kolohe Andino
Kolohe Andino continues to prove that he wants to take surfing to the next level. From huge airs to controlled tube rides and aggressive manoeuvres, Kolohe has his surfing game on point. It’ll be exciting to see what he does in the Trestles line-up to distinguish himself from other competitors. On home surf, the Californian is no doubt ready to show the world what he can do in his backyard!Andino

Gabriel Medina
Having just won the Billabong Pro Tahiti, the young Brazilian is a favourite for the Hurley Pro. Medina proves strong in all conditions, whether it be 10 foot Teahupo’o or a 2 foot beach break. From aerials to playful on-the-face manoeuvres, Medina is a huge threat to the other competitors. A win at Trestles will push Gabriel one step closer to becoming the first Brazilian surfing World Champion, and we’re pretty sure he’s hungry for it.gabs

Josh Kerr
Yep, Josh Kerr. He hasn’t had the best run this year, but don’t let that fool you. Josh prevails in all conditions and is known for his ability to make something out of nothing. An obvious strong aerial game, the Australian will be eager to prove to world how he can tear apart Trestles. Currently ranked at #11, a good result could significantly buff up his position on the ladder.JK

Jordy Smith
South African shredder, Jordy Smith is another favourite to take the event to the finish line. With plenty of cold water experience and those long right-handers at Jeffreys Bay, Jordy has a strong advantage over some of his warm water rivals. It was obvious at this year’s Billabong Pro at J-Bay that Jordy is capable of anything and everything. Standing at 6 foot 2, bigger surf would help Smith showcase his true raw power.jordy

Julian Wilson
Wilson has been taking the surfing world by storm since a young age. Known for his technical surfing skills and trademarks, Wilson will no doubt throw out a bag of goodies at this year’s event. He is also one of Hurley’s top team riders, so chances are he’ll be looking to impress his boss.Julian

Competitor rivalry aside, Trestles is one of the most amazing events on Tour. It may not have the perfect crystal clear waters of Fiji or Tahiti, but the wave itself proves a challenge,not to mention the raw competitiveness that the American’s bring.

Be sure to keep up to date with all the news from the Hurley Pro here on the blog! With the recent fun run of waves over in California, let’s hope for some epic days during the competition! Stay tuned…

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New Brand: Broken Homme

Bursting fresh onto the SurfStitch scene is Californian brand, Broken Homme. The leather label creates high quality footwear that looks good and is built to last! Finding a pair of shoes that are durable, comfortable and fashionable often proves to be quite a challenge, and Broken Homme have officially filled this gap in the market. They’re versatility makes them a timeless addition to any wardrobe.

Broken Homme is sold exclusively by SurfStitch in Australia! Shop the collection here!broken6

 

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Album of the Week

THE ROSEBUDS – SAND + SILENCE

This week we have been enjoying the fresh indie sounds of The Rosebuds, and their amazing 2014 album entitled ‘Sand + Silence’. The 11 track album brings the upbeat sounds and atmospheres of Summer straight to listeners ears, and will set the vibes perfectly for a positive and sunny weekend of adventures!

‘Sand + Silence’ is the North Carolina duo’s sixth full length studio album, the first under new label Western Vinyl after a three year hiatus. Released in August, the comforting, yet fast rhythms portray the sounds of The Rosebuds perfectly and keep listeners engaged and interested, managing to not go too over the top. The mix of drum lines, piano chords and guitar riffs all come together like a happy family in ‘Sand + Silence’, and the album can truly be played at any occasion or event.rosebuds-2014-press-650x400Throughout their 13 year career, The Rosebuds have had their ups and downs. The pair debuted while dating, married while at the height of their success and divorced soon after. Nowadays however, the duo seem calm, collected and comfortable as they seem to have finally found the sounds they want to be remembered for. Both members, Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard, seem to draw inspiration from many sources throughout the album, particularly that from their own youth. From the melodic sounds of George Harrison, to sounds more from the ruthless 1980′s, The Rosebuds have created their own unique sound and persona in the indie-pop music scene. “From the beginning we knew we weren’t going to be a regular band, that we wanted to keep it fun and creative, like an ongoing art project,” said Crisp.

The opening track of ‘Sand + Silence’ is one that really catches the ear. The amazing hooks and guitar sounds scream the name Rosebuds and at though at times repetitive, is a great opening track for the album and one of our favourites at SurfStitch. Each song seems to flow effortlessly into one another, and at stages it’s even hard to stop listening to as the positively echoes and brightens any day.

‘Sand + Silence’ is available now on digital download, vinyl or CD. There’s still plenty to come from this band so get in quick to ensure you don’t miss some of the duo’s best work to date! For more information on The Rosebuds, check out their official page or their Facebook. The weekend is now only around the corner, so why not get in early and enjoy the opening track off The Rosebud’s new album ‘Sand + Silence’, entitled ‘In My Teeth’.

Stay tuned here on the SurfStitch Blog as we bring you the latest music and artist news from around the globe!

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Feature: Zanerobe

Leading Australian menswear label, Zanerobe continues to live up to its reputation. SurfStitch.com has recently received an exclusive collection, as well as a large selection of pieces from their new season! From their unique tee designs, to styled pants and chinos, it’s no wonder the Sydney based brand is one of the leading labels in the street style realm. Zanerobe’s aesthetic continues to push boundaries with each collection appealing to those looking for a casual, paired back look, as well as the very fashion savvy. Guys, it seems Zanerobe has you all covered! zanerobe3Zanerobe7Zanerobe5Zanerobe

SOUL CLAP RECORDS TEE | LINEBACK TEE – WHITE | TALL TEE – LIGHT GREY MARBLE

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EIGHT FT LS SHIRT – WHITE OXFORDSEVEN FT SS SHIRT – CANDY STRIPE | SEVEN FT LS SHIRT – BBALL PRINT

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SOUL CLAP HOOD SWEAT – BLACKFLIGHT CREW – WHITE MARBLE | ZR GRAFF CREW – BLACK

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