ITEM OF THE WEEK // Rain jacket

Rains blue jacket is this weeks item of the week, for the simple fact that it is a rain jacket. Rain jackets have always be considered cheap and most of the time a one off thing. But now Rains have introduced a rain jacket that is stylish comfortable and attractive, which means that it isn’t limited to just going out the in the rain.

This jacket offers high quality rain protection at an affordable price that will keep everyone warm and dry as well as their wallet.

Either long or waist length, you will be able to find a colour and a length for you. These jackets can be worn wherever and whenever. SurfStitch have these jackets in various colours and for various showers!

4JAC-BLU-RAINS-1_400X500Rains Jacket – Blue 

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SPITFIRE PRESENTS JACK FARDELL

Jack Fardell is leading the new generation of hungry Australian skateboarders. His skills and unbelievable ability to pull off some of the best tricks in sport are only a small justification of this, with Jack making the move to skate hub San Francisco to only further his opportunities. The release of exciting new clip presented by Spitfire Wheels showcases the Gold Coaster’s skills, and due to being available for stream since only last week, the worldwide skateboarding community has been in awe.

Fardell’s controlled mix of both street skating to pools and big bowls is what makes him so exciting to watch. Before making such a major appearance in the international scene, Jack would tear apart the world famous Pizzey Bowl, and in the saying that, the rest of the skatepark that comes with it. Though originally focusing on pure street skating, Fardell soon learnt to adjust and throw in more and more influences of vert skateboarding, with another huge bowl (Elenora) only a stone throw away from his old house. His ability to take full advantage of all skate environments was no doubt a main contribution to Fardell taking out the Slam Magazine 2014 Skater Of The Year in March, an award that all young Australian skateboarders one day wish to hold. To further his success, Jack has also graced the cover of Transworld Magazine in February this year.jackpizJackElenoraJackframeJack2

Since making the move to San Fransisco late last year, Fardell has only opened his game to more opportunities. It’s a well known fact that skateboarders from all over the globe move to the United States to chase their dreams, as this is the Mecca of skateboarding worldwide. Jack not only made the move to America, but also to the city that boasts some of the best skateboarding spots on the planet. The video shows these amazing spots, and Jacks ability to tear them to shreds.

Watch the latest clip ‘Hit and Run’ presented by Spitfire Wheels.

Like Jack’s style? Shop some of his sponsors: Hurley, Spitfire, Independent, Globe and Anti Hero

*Imagery by Rome Tori, Dave Adair, Hurley and unknown.

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SurfStitch Swim Preview 14 Has Landed

As we wait for the weather to heat up, brand new drops from the biggest and best brands in swimwear keep turning up. We’ve done you all a favour and put them together on display on incredible models Kate and Zoe, styled to perfection and shot on the sunny Gold Coast.

Follow us from dawn to dusk with your first look at Summer swimwear that’s new to SurfStitch, with the SurfStitch Swim Preview 2014. Get a taste for what’s to come with some of our favourite shots from the campaign, plus the full video. Check it out!

Love what you see? Shop the entire campaign here.

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

THE WAR ON DRUGS

Philadelphia based, 1970′s styled rock band ‘The War On Drugs’ have some great tunes, and that’s saying the least. Their new album ‘Lost In The Dream’ was released in only April this year and through its unique sounds, takes this weeks ‘Album Of The Week’ here at SurfStitch. Recorded and produced under the label ‘Secretly Canadian’, the 4 piece indie rock band took over 2 years to record the new album, and it will sure impress, debuting and ranking at #26 on the Billboard 200.

It’s the 3rd studio album for The War On Drugs, this time portraying the groups clear influences from Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and even a bit of Bob Dylan. Through constructive, raw lyricisms to the bands use of synthesizes, horns and ambient guitars, ‘Lost In The Dream’ differentiates from previous records as it also contains just one instrumental track, something listeners seem to find very appealing compared to the bands last release.thewarondrugs

Though their last album may have been appealed to few and far between, ‘Lost In A Dream’ is the complete opposite, already claiming to be one of the most exciting albums of 2014. The album consists of 10 tracks, all running close to over 6 minutes long, all telling a different story. One thing is for sure, this album is of true Americana style. Whether you are listening to the epic guitar solo’s, or the raw vocal talents of lead man Adam Granduciel, ‘Lost In The Dream’ will make you want to fly to the States, hire a Chevrolet, drive West to East and experience all the movie moments of the classic ‘American Dream.’

Check out ‘Eyes To The Wind’,  track 6 off ‘Lost In A Dream.’ The album is available on iTunes, CD and vinyl for all your musical wants and needs! Don’t have a record player? Not to worry we’ve got you covered! Check out all of our audio products and accessories! The sound of pin on vinyl is a sound simply unbeatable, especially when The War On Drugs are gracing your eardrums.

For more information on ‘The War on Drugs’ check them out on Facebook or their official band page! Be sure to stay tuned here on the SurfStitch Blog for all the latest featured albums, artists and news!

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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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London Baby!

After a gruelling 24 hours of no sleep and constant travelling, I finally arrived in London! And much to my pleasure, it’s been sunny and hot every day so far (hopefully I haven’t jinxed it for the next 24 hours). Like the true party animal I am, after arriving at my hostel in Victoria (it swaps about 9.30pm London time), I promptly fell asleep. Raging first night in Europe!!

As a European first timer, I’ve found starting with London very nice – everyone speaks English, everyone drives on the same side of the road (but they walk on the righthand side – confusing!) and, after being initially intimidated by the tube system, I’ve discovered that it is incredibly easy to get around! I would definitely suggest investing in an Oyster card, or if not, a weekly tube pass – saves you money in the long run, and makes it far easier and faster getting on and off the tube.

As I’m limited on time in this beautiful city, I’ve jam packed my days with all the touristy things I can possibly fit in! Yesterday involved the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park, Oxford street, Parliament House and. Big Ben.  Unfortunately I was not aware that most of the big tourist places that you might want to see charge through the teeth to let you in.

The London Eye is a definite tourist trap – one that I thoroughly enjoyed. It costs £21 and takes over an hour between buying tickets and completing the full rotation, but it really was a spectacular view. Probably not something I’d do twice, but I definitely don’t regret doing it.

Getting an Eye-ful

The Buckingham Palace was quite cool to see, but then again I’m a bit of a fan of the royal family (yes, I watched the wedding, and the mocumentary on Kate and William the night before). I would suggest timing it for the changing of the guard, just adds a bit more excitement to the whole experience.  As it’s such a beautiful city, my days have been filled with walking – we walked all around the city, all the way down Oxford st ( did you know there are 6 Zara’s and 4 H’n'Ms on the one road? Ridiculous.) across Hyde Park, which included a spot of paddle boating, and then a slow walk back to our hostel.

Day two was spent primarily by myself and again, involved more exercise than I have down for a very long time! I started my adventure by getting the tube to the Tower of London. I initially was hesitating as to whether or not I should go in, as it costs £22 ($40 Aussie), but eventually I bit the bullet and went – again I would definitely recommend it. You can join a tour for free with one of the beefeaters, but it just chose to wander around by myself, and I’m glad I made that decision. I was able to walk around at my own pace, stop where I wanted to, skip what I didn’t want to see. All along the walls are bits and pieces of English history mainly surrounding past kings and queens. The Crown Jewels were my favourite part- one of the diamonds weighs over 530 carats! My suggestion for how to spend a day in London (if it’s not raining!) would be to start at the Tower of London, walk over the Tower Bridge (I was thinking of the Spice Girls movie the entire time), and stick to the Queens Walk which takes you along the Thames River side. I walked through the Borough Markets – really good street food, cheap and easy (I had a strange looking Indian dish which was delicious!), Sticking to this walkway takes you past the Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, and if you duck across the Millennium Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral. I chose not to go into St Paul’s, purely because it costs £16 and I had preferences over this, but from what I hear it is spectacular. From there you can either catch the tube back into Westminster, but as it was such a beautiful day, I chose to walk along Southbank. It’s a bit of a trek, but it was well worth it. Apparently London is having a heat wave (it’s about 27 degrees), and everyone has come out to enjoy the sun – I even saw someone sun baking on the banks of the Thames!

After making you way back into the heart of London, I would definitely recommend entering Westminster Abbey. It costs £18, but it is truly amazing. The sheer size of it alone is spectacular, but when combined with the incredible stain glass windows, intricate sculpture on the roof and the amazing names of people who are buried in the abbey, the experience is one that is not to be missed. Some of the names of people who have been buried that I saw include; Shakespeare, Chaucer, Isaac Newton, the Brontë sisters and many many many more. Again, it depends what sort of history you are interested by, but it truly is a spectacular place.

Now I know I said I was doing Europe on a budget, and I am, but sadly London has already blown that initial $100 a day (maximum) goal that I had. Accommodation isn’t the cheapest, and all of these tourist attractions eat my money up like nothing else.  Whilst I was debating about what site to see and what to miss, I decided just to bite the bullet – how many times will I be in London? Maybe I won’t get another chance like this to see the sights! So I just sucked it up and paid the entrance fee. So sadly I can’t give you money saving tips right now, except that the street food I’ve seen so far has been delicious and cheap.

My final quick tip before leaving you is this; load up a map of the city you’re in on a wifi network, and then use it out and about in the city. Both my sister and friend   Michelle here in London suggested this to me, and it was an excellent idea. I was unaware that GPS didn’t use data (make sure you’re data roaming is turned off of course). I was able to navigate my way around London without looking like a complete geek by getting my foldable map out every two minutes!

So that’s all from me at the moment! Still trying to get into the swing of things over this side of the world, but hopefully should be in tune very soon!

Next stop is Paris, but only over night, and then onto Bruges, so will probably post from there!

Until next time :)

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ELEMENT PRESENTS MAKE IT COUNT

This Saturday the 19th of July see’s the ‘Make It Count’ skateboard competition hit Geelong, presented by our friends at Element. The event is part of an international series, with other rounds of competition being held all over the globe, including Europe and both North and South America’s. With a heap of great prizes on offer, this opportunity is huge for skateboarders everywhere, and now it’s Australia’s turn to show the rest of the world what we’ve got! Here’s a few images from last years Global Final!element1element2

In the words of Element:

‘Make it count is a series of amateur skateboarding events throughout the world designed to seek out new talent and promote the element message of social awareness, environmental stewardship, and positivity. Rather than a cash prize, the overall winner is awarded unforgettable memories, a taste of culture from around the world, and a newfound vision for a career in skateboarding…truly an experience of a lifetime.’

To learn more about ‘Make It Count’ visit their website here. Watch the awesome highlights from the Global Final of last year’s ‘Make it Count’ Competition! If that was a year ago, it’s scary to think what this year’s event holds! Enjoy!

* All imagery by Element

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Audio // Mayhem

Whether your a baseline junkie, a Sunday vibes person or just someone that enjoys listening to music on the go, SurfStitch have the range of audio accessories for you!

If you’re after records or record players, there is something for you. Crosley’s products have been around for nearly a century, innovating and diverging into new ventures. Their latest product recaptures those old vinyl’s that hold the crisp sound of your favourite 90′s hits. These now preserved memories can be re-incarnated and you can flash back to your finest hours as a teen.

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Universal The Beatles – Abbey Road – Vinyl | Inertia Music Iron & Wine – Ghost on Ghost – Vinyl | Inertia Music Beirut – The Riptide – Vinyl 

On the run portable speakers are a must for desks or even just for the lazy afternoons sipping on your favourite cider and even for the baseline junkies. Kakkoii have innovated a cool and durable design that belts out a massive 85 dB sound from just a Bluetooth connection.  Also, Nixon’s exciting range of portable speakers, can last a whole day from just one charge.

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Kakkoii WOW Speaker – Black | Nixon Blaster Portable Wireless Speaker – Surplus Black | Kakkoii WOW Mini Speaker – Blue 

Now, Headphones or Ear buds. The choice is yours, but here is a range of products that we here at SurfStitch have for your eargasms to begin.

For the Headphone lovers, SkullCandy are pushing the limits when it comes to their range of headphones. They have your favourite basketball teams to even headphones that have a removable earphone to use as a speaker. Marshall provide for the quality lovers of music, with their love for music production and sound, they are leader in the sound department.

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For the Earbud lovers, Marshall have a great quality sound perfect for your recording sessions in the garage as well as your jam outs! Nixon have a crisp clean design and sound also Marley have entered the audio race with their cool, Jamaican designed ear buds.

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Images sourced from: Tumblr and others unknown. 

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FEATURED SONG

RISE AGAINST – I DON’T WANT TO BE HERE ANYMORE

Rise Against. What more is there to say? The American alternative band play some of the best punk rock music in the business, and its their track ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’ from their latest album ‘ The Black Market’ that takes this weeks ‘Featured Song’. The groups music brings back the 90′s and 2000′s real punk rock sounds, you know… before all that screaming hardcore music and songs about girls saturated the industry. While the band continue to have little hints of political views influenced through their lyrics, ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’ also tells listeners a story.

“Rise Against has always been a political band, but also a personal band,” says lead singer Tim McIlrath. “We’ve always had songs that have a foot in both worlds. This album is a lot more introspective to me.”

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While Rise Against continue to grace us with more music, they are also cementing themselves further in modern day punk rock. The Chicago band might have influences from other earlier punk bands including Bad Religion, Thrice and Millencolin, though nowadays have completely made their own sounds and rhythmic styles, something that shows the Rise Against’s true colours. You can almost picture ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’ in a surf or skate movie from the early 2000′s, when punk music was the main soundtrack for many surfers and skateboarders and VHS was the only viewing option.

Enjoy ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore,’ this weeks ‘Featured Song’ from Chicago punk band ‘Rise Against’ below! Remember to also stay tuned on the SurfStitch Blog for weekly music updates!

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J-BAY ROUNDS 3 & 4 UPDATE

Plenty of action went down overnight as Round 3 and 4 got under way at the J-Bay Open 2014. With the swell filling in throughout the day and weather conditions holding up, a great day of waves graced the Supertubes line-up, perfect for competition. The day saw many highlights and upsets, with some of the bigger names sent packing from the event.

The day begun with the start of Round 3 where Joel Parkinson met fellow Aussie Adam Melling. Both surfers have been on fire this competition, gaining strong composure and comfort in the earlier Rounds. With the swell still sitting around 4 foot and continuing to build, Melling wasted little time attacking the line up. It was after 8 minutes in when Parko finally struck, living up to his typical form and belting the line up with style and grace for a smooth opening score of 7.00. Melling was chasing Parkinson the entire Heat, needing a 4.83 to best the World Number 5 and despite a late long barrel ride, Adrian was unable to exit allowing Parko to advance.JbayJoel1

Joel Parkinson sitting in the sweet spot – photo by ASP

The level of surfing in all Heats was simply mind blowing, as the remaining competitors continued to battle it out in Round 3. Heat 2 saw Josh Kerr take down Brazilian Miguel Pupo, Taj Burrow overcame fellow countryman Adrian Buchan in Heat 3 and Adriano de Souza continued his strong forehand attack in Heat 4, defeating Hawaiian Sebastian ‘Seabass’ Zietz.

For J-Bay, I really work on flow between turns,” said De Souza. “If you lose your momentum, the rest of the wave is going to be bad. I think that’s really important. Once you get that flow between turns, it’s easier to surf out at J-Bay.”JBayAdriano

 Adriano de Souza knocks out Seabass – photo by ASP

Californian Kolohe Andino met Julian Wilson in Heat 5 of Round 2. The battle of the next generation proved very interesting to watch as both threw everything they had at the long, open walls of Supertubes. Andino proved too much for the Australian, at one time throwing a huge forehand punt, something rarely seen at J-Bay.

Something many weren’t necessarily expecting was the elimination of 11 time World Champion Kelly Slater in Heat 6. Slater dropped to Aussie Matt Wilkinson in an exciting round of competition. Wilkinson lead the first half of the Heat, with Kelly throwing together a terrific combination of turns and snaps to shorten the gap the Australian had created through his powerful backhand attack. Wilko soon answered back to Slater, continuing his campaign to post an impressive 9.33. Kelly, needing a strong combination score, could not match Wilkinson’s performance and was the first major knock out from the 2014 J-Bay Open.

“No one likes their odds against Kelly,” Wilkinson said. “My backhand and my boards are feeling solid, the judges are rewarding my turns and that always feels good. Kelly always gets big scores, so I waited for the biggest waves of the set and it worked out.”Jbaywilko1JbaySlater1

 Wilko and Slater go head to head – Photo’s by ASP

Competition continued with current World Number 1 Gabriel Medina eliminating Aritz Aranburu in Heat 7, with the World Champ gaining a first wave score of 9.43 through powerful backhand manoeuvres. Heat 8 saw Aussie Owen Wright defeat Hawaiian wonder child John John Florence and Freddy Patacchia Jnr. continued his strong campaign in Heat 9, overcoming Nat Young.

Reigning 3 time world Champion Mick Fanning took to the water in Heat 10, facing off with fellow Aussie Kai Otton. Fanning did not muck around, instantly paddling in to  wave that would reward him with  a strong score of 8.50 through his technical forehand approach. Otton eventually fired back with a 7.00, though overall could not catch Fanning as the reigning champion delivered more strong scores in the high 7′s.

“I just didn’t stop catching waves,” Fanning said. “That’s the way you want to have heats, really.”JbayMick1

 Fanning and his flawless forehand style – Photo by ASP

The next huge upset of the day was the elimination of local and contest favourite Jordy Smith. That’s right, we can’t believe it either. The South African and 2 x event winner was knocked from the event by C.J. Hobgood, causing a huge disappointment to local crowds and supporters. Hobgood started his scores early, having a combined score of 9.50 in the opening minutes. Jordy almost seemed rattled until finally finding form and delivering a series of controlled turns, eventually taking the lead with 8 minutes on the clock remaining. A crucial exchange of waves was next for the pair, both giving it their all. Both surfers drew controlled long lines delivering hacks and snaps, though it was C.J. who bettered from the exchange, as Smith fell on his final manoeuvres and Hobgood was able to exit cleanly. Unluckily for the local crowd, Jordy Smith was eliminated from competition.

The final Heat of Round 3 saw Michel Bourez come up against Alejo Muniz. Muniz opened the scoreboard until Michel took the lead on his third wave with a 5.33. The Heat continued to be quite slow, as both surfers did’nt post scores above the 6.00 mark. Muniz eventually got luck in the final 4 minutes, gaining the best score of the Heat, proving enough for the win and the elimination of the Tahitian.

“I think maybe we weren’t having the heat we were expecting but I’m happy to get through,” Muniz said. “This is a big step for my career and my year so I’m happy to be doing well in J-Bay.”JbayMuniz

 Alejo Muniz comes up with the goods – Photo by ASP

The three man heats of Round 4 begun with Joel Parkinson, Taj Burrow and Josh Kerr. Parko blew his fellow Aussies and natural footers away, using controlled rail work and strong completion of waves to add to his campaign. Though Burrow and Kerr tried to match Parkinson, they were unable to find clean exits from their waves allowing Joel to advance directly to the Quarterfinals.

Heat 2 of Round 4 next saw Matt Wilkinson take on Adriano de Souza and Kolohe Andino. Wilkinson continue to surf amazing, maintaining his confidence from earlier Heats and came out with guns blazing, securing a 7.67 in the opening minutes. Kolohe fought back through a great display of airs and power turns, briefly stealing the lead from the Australian. As de Souza struggled, Wilkinson again fired back through his powerful backhand technique, taking the Heat and advancing through to the Quarterfinals.

The swap from three natural footers to three goofy footers happened for Heat 3, as Gabriel Medina, Freddy Patacchia and Owen Wright hit the Supertubes line-up. The waves were continuing to grind down the point, something all surfers were eager to hit. As Medina and Wright started trying to scrape into any wave possible, Patacchia stayed calm and collected, waiting for the right wave to start his Round 4 efforts. He was instantly rewarded with a high score of 8.17. Wright soon answered to the Hawaiian, putting together a series of carves and long turns, stealing the lead with a 8.67. He then backed up with another score in the 6′s proving too strong for his other competitors.

The final Heat of the day was Heat 4 of Round 4. After a long day of competition, this last Heat saw Mick Fanning, C.J Hobgood and Alejo Muniz come together to battle it out for a spot in the Quarterfinals. With the sun almost setting, Alejo was able to produce the first major score of the Heat, a 7.00 to take the lead over Hobgood and Fanning. Fanning struck back, taking the lead, before Muniz paddled into another set wave, achieving a score high enough to defeat the other competitors.

Tune in later today on the ASP website for the latest on competition status, or check out the SurfStitch Blog for the latest news on the 2014 J-Bay Open! SurfStitch wishes all the remaining competitors good luck in the final stages of the prestigious competition! Check out all the highlights from Rounds 3 and 4 below.

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