Slater Kicks off 2014 with a Bang

The Volcom Pipe Pro came to a close last week and saw Mr Robert Kelly Slater start his 2014 campaign in the most perfect fashion of fashions.

Winning his 66th ASP tour win, 8 of which have been at the infamous Banzai Pipeline reef, Kelly Recorded 5 of the top 10 highest scoring rides of the event to win the 5-star rated event and take home a sweet cheque for $20,000.

After taking the win, Kelly declared that “This was some of the best Pipe I’ve ever surfed in my life.”, and watching the highlights from the comp you can understand exactly why he feels this way. As if his near perfect ride in the final of the Billabong Pipe Masters against JJ Florence wasn’t enough, Kelly showed just how comfortable he is at the pipeline with a hands-free drop in his Round 4 clash that earned him the only perfect 10 of the event and will surely go down as one of the most critical rides ever seen at Pipeline. See the 1.37 mark in the Day 3 Highlights video below for the amazing ride.

The wave was incredibly reminiscent of two Tahiti bombs he has caught previously, one in 2005 and the other in 2010, where the Floridian free fell, hands free, catching his rail and his line before being spat out into a perfect ten point ride. We will point out both waves somewhat triggered his momentum towards winning the world titles those years……is this a sign?

While the Volcom Pipe Pro is not a 6 start or even a prime rated event, the location of the event ensures it is stacked with a strong mix Hawaiian and Global Pipe Specialists and it was far from an easy road to the final for Kelly. Having to get past surfers such as Dusty Payne, Chris Ward and Alex Gray en route to the final, then having to get past fellow WCT surfer Adriano De Souza and his Brazilian Countryman Wiggolly Dantas and local hero Mason Ho in the final.

However it was in Mason Ho that the surfing world held sentimental hopes for a finals upset. With a family pedigree as good as any other (Father in Michael Ho & Uncle in Derek Ho with charging sibling Coco Ho), Mason has an almost cult following these days, and had a significant portion of the Ehukai Beach Park crowd cheering him on. While he didn’t hoist the trophy, his reputation as one of the world’s most exciting surfers continues to grow!

No Volcom Pipe write-up would be complete without a special shout out to Gold Coast local Brent Dorrington who would have clearly taken out any Bravery award that was on offer during the event. While not the largest in the field in stature, no one pushed themselves over the ledge with more commitment than the little fella! Finishing with a  solid 9th placing, and more thankfully all limbs intact, we hope to see more of Brent at the upcoming Quicksilver Pro where he took out the trials last year.

Kellys World Title Momentum-Gathering rides…

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Final day highlights using epic red slow mo cameras

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Day 2 – aerial footage

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Item of the Week: New Year, New Accessories

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I don’t know about you but one of the top things on my resolutions list for 2014 was to invest in some quality and timeless accessories. I seem to always be buying an endless stream of clothes and neglecting the small things that can change one outfit into something else. Sometimes it’s not about the big picture but the small details that count. Got your favourite dress? Pair it with sandals and a cute bag for day or for night add a bold ear cuff and heels. For the guys they can change with shoes, hats and watches. Take your pic and make it your goal this season to have pieces that will last a lifetime.

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Recipe: Recovery Juices & Smoothies

There may be a few weary eyes and sore heads hanging around today as the New Years celebrations come to a wind down and the office seems to be nearing closer. There is nothing better than to scare off a hangover and bounce back into it than with a cleansing juice or soothing smoothie. Luckily for me I received a new blender for Christmas so I’ve already been taking mine for a spin (literally) and been blending up those delicious summer fruits. Take a look at a few of my favourites below and fill your body with nutrients to get you feeling your best in 2014!e68f6a0a78ca6d1bcbeb59f8b19e2e9b

THE GREEN JUICE- First recipe is the essential green smoothie and a favourite of health advocate Lorna Jane.-2031387220Blend together 1 apple, 1 lemon, 1/4 cup parsley, 1 cup spinach or kale and add 2 cups of water for blending or leave the water if juicing.

“Nothing beats nourishing first thing in the morning with a zing of lemon and some fresh green apple – now this is my way of waking up.”

 

THE BERRY SMOOTHIE- This next smoothie is a little bit more fun, it’s a delicious non-dairy breakfast smoothie from Body + Soul.25323-1_nBlitz together in a blender 1 banana, handful of almonds, handful of blueberries, handful or organic oats, sprinkle of chia seeds, 1 cup of skim milk and a few ice cubes.

 

THE BANANA SMOOTHIE- This is no ordinary banana smoothie with added nutrients with pineapples and orange it incorporates your favourite summer fruits. From the Edible Perspective._MG_8153Blend up, orange juice (add in depending on how thick you like it), plain yoghurt, 1 banana, 1 pineapple, sprinkle chai seeks, sprinkle maca powder and handful of ice.

 

BOOSTER JUICE: This recipe I got from our lovely friends at Free People. With immune boosters like carrot and ginger this will have you fighting fit in no time.

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Enjoy!

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Perfect Picnic.

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A favourite pastime of many, picnics are enjoyed by the young and old. Whether you prefer a rooftop, sandy beach or countryside, picnics are a great way to come together with your friends for a day of eating and socialising. My three essential tips are: be prepared, have easy finger food and choose the right spot. You always want to be accompanied by a good picnic blanket, some beats and a basket of all your favourite treats. Whichever spot you prefer make sure it’s on steady ground and out of the wind, there’s nothing worse than your food and napkins flying all over the place! Picnics are a time to relax and enjoy the warmer months so take a look at our inspiring pictures below and shop our picnic essentials!2d1a73922b8fe63397d0ea57863c1b541d7b0d390acd137ac72b53dd24907d46f4610156e23434668d1d7fc7a344e321654143af9f68d9646e9d5b733c64aa31

The Three Picnic Essentials

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Cute Food Ideas

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All Images: Pinterest

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How to Bake: Chewy Chocolate Chunk Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

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Ok, so the moment I read this heading I was sold, no pictures required! It’s pretty much all my favourite ingredients mixed in one: chocolate, oats and coconut, that makes for a sure hit in my books. And what better way to spend a lazy Sunday than with a little bit of afternoon baking where the smell wafts through the house and you enjoy a freshly baked cookie with your afternoon cup of tea.

Theambitiouskitchen is one food blog I look at almost weekly to find the latest healthy dinner and lunch options and maybe a sneaky treat too! These chewy chocolute chunk coconut oatmeal cookies have a rich chocolate oozing out of a delicious oatmeal and coconut goodness. By using coconut oil instead of butter it makes them that little bit more health conscious. Feel free to add in some walnuts or other nut alternatives to make them a little more nutty. My advice would be to make an extra batch because these will be gone before they’ve had time to cool!

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Shopping List

  • 1 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened is fine)
  • 3.5 oz semi-sweet 60% cooking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. In large bowl whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In bowl of an electric mixer beat together melted coconut oil and brown sugar until smooth. Add in egg, milk and vanilla; beat again for 2 minutes or until smooth.
  4. Add in flour & oat mixture to the wet ingredients; mixing until well combined. Slowly add in coconut and chocolate chunks.
  5. Drop dough with cookie scoop or by large rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes or until edges just being to turn a golden brown. Do not over bake; unless you want crunchy cookies! Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes on baking sheet. Transfer to wire rack to finish cooling. Makes 2 dozen.

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Images & Instructions The Ambitious Kitchen

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Emmys 2013: Best Dressed

The glitz and the glam were out on show last night as the leading ladies of the small screen hit the 2013 Annual Emmy Awards. From fun and feminine, to sexy and sleek there were some clear winners on the carpet with their dress of choice. Major trends shining through the gowns were pastels, full skirts with just the right amount of sexiness showing whether it was a midriff or high thigh split. Designer gowns, glamorous hair and enviable outfits everywhere- we swoon over these Emmy Awards!main.original.466x530 (1)

Claire Danes dazling in nude Armani.main.original.466x530 (2)

Allison Williams being bold in a Ralph Lauren dress.main.original.466x530 (3)

Elizabeth Moss shined in a classic black and white Andrew Gn strapless gown.main.original.466x530 (4)

Kiernan Shipka looked cute and vibrant in her Delpozo flared dress with silk skirt.main.original.466x530 (5)

Aubrey Plaza shone in her sophisticated Marios Schwab gown.

main.original.466x530 (6)Kate Mara displayed white on white in her J. Mendel graphic lace long sleeve gown.
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Rose Byrne showing off her sleek and sexy custom Calvin Klein Collection sleeveless wrap halter top and skirt.

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Michelle Dockery of series, Downtown Abbey dazzled in her Prada two-town gown.

Choose either fun and flirty florals, sleek and sexy or classic black and white for your Emmy inspired look.

Emmys ProductMinkpink Digital Floral Dress | Isla Treat Me Dress | Shakuhachi Serpent Print Midi Dress | Rusy Cha Cha Dress

Images: whowhatwear.com

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Fashion Week Street Style

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The fashion week circuit time of the year not also welcomes spring here in the Southern Hemisphere it also means the street style shots start flooding our feeds. Through New York to London the fashionistas were showing us the latest styles and trends not only on the catwalk but on the sidewalk. Bright splashes of colour, white on white and boyfriend jeans are still in the limelight and set to continue on. Look on, enjoy and get the shopping list started!1971821c386d27e222ae3372af213c64

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Images: Harpers Bazaar & Oraclefox

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SURFSTITCH CELEBRATES 500 BRANDS

Reaching the 500 brand mark on SurfStitch is certainly a good reason for a party! All the SurfStitch crew got together for a drink and a good time in Surfers Paradise.

It is hard to believe our journey has come so far from a simple garden shed in Mona Vale to reaching 500 brands in five years.

We wanted to share a few of the pics from the night with you, check them out below!

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Janelle, Taegen and Karla from Marketing did an awesome job of organising the night’s festivities.

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A chalkboard for everyone to write what they love about working for SurfStitch

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Maria, Cheryl and Lisa from our Accounting team

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The venue decorated in blue and white SurfStitch colours

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Some of the lovely ladies from the Customer Service team

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Marketing and Content ladies have a cheeky drink

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The hardworking warehouse staff enjoying the night

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The infamous shed where it all began…

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This cute SurfStitch cake complete with miniature Justin and Lex, SurfStitch founders.

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Speech time with the party organisers

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The SurfStitch staff letting loose and having a good time

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Lately on Pinterest…

Follow SurfStitch Pinterest for a collage of pins that are inspiring us creatively & stylishly each day. From lovely quotes, to flowers in hair and great fashion ensembles SurfStitch showcase a range of pins to get you motivated every day. Follow us, like us & re-pin us!

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SurfStitch Festival Lookbook.

“As we make our way into the season of music and memories, ignite that festival feeling with our new lookbook. Shop the latest trends and inspire your next festival look.”IMG_5931b

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SHOP TEGAN’S LOOK

Outfit1Premonition Terrestrial Titan Top | Lee Mid Skinny Jean | Stussy Polka Dot 5 Panel Cap | Roxy the Foxtrot Sunglasses | Jelly Beans Sandal
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SHOP NICK’S LOOK

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Stussy Skulls Crew Fleece | Zanerobe Slapshot Tracksuit Pant | Herschel Classic Backpack | Nike Paul Rodriguez Shoe | Stussy Reign 5 Panel Cap
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SHOP THESE LOOKS FROM NICK, STEPH & TEGAN

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Thrills Military Bomber | Dr Denim Snap Jean | Komono Wizzard Printed | Dr Martens BootOutfit4

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SurfStitch Festival Lookbook 2013The Festival Feeling

Splendour in the Grass kicks off this weekend and with that so does the summer vibes, rock chic attire and sweet sounds of your favourite bands. If you’ve left your outfit options until the last minute, then never fear, shop the lookbook just in time for Splendour! Taking inspiration from the overseas festival fashions the festival uniform consists of rock tees, ripped jeans, florals and easy accessories.

Take a look at our FESTIVAL LOOKBOOK to shop all looks or take a peek at our FESTIVAL page for a range of festival inspired pieces.

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