Featured Song

WILLOW BEATS – MEREWIF

Expectations have been set quite high by the up and coming duo and their forthcoming EP. ‘Merewif’ is the lead single on the EP and it has caught listeners by storm. Pilerats Records have taken upon the duo and feel as though they are going to be a big hit on the electronic scene.willow

The intricate layers of hypnotic electronic sounds and samples gives the song an aqua theme, yet the energy it gives off is electric. The peaceful vocal sounds are quite influential throughout this song, along with the ever so beating bass line that adds another technical aspect to the song. On a whole, the track’s electronic vibe amongst different vocal layers upon splashes and aqua sounds makes it a technical yet perfect lead single making it this week’s Featured Song. Willow Beats are an exciting electronic duo to look out for; big things are set to arise when their forthcoming EP is released, so stay tuned.

Be sure to check this guys out, whether you buy their album or just give them a listen. Enjoy ‘Merewif’ by Willow Beats, here at SurfStitch it has been hot in the headphones everywhere!

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Billabong Pro Tahiti: Final Day

Congratulations to Gabriel Medina who has won the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti! Again, securing his top of the ladder position!

Mother Nature invited the competitors with a huge 10 foot swell at Teahupo’o, for all to show their barrel riding skills to the world. Gabriel remains safe at the top of the ladder, leading over Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson and Michel Bourez. The win is yet another valuable stepping stone in his World Title campaign. It’s the third event Medina has taken in the 2014 season and the opportunity to become to first Brazilian ASP World Champion is on the horizon. medina2“I don’t really know what to say,” said Medina after his win. “Before the Final I went home to talk to my mom, and the words she said inspired me: ‘No one is bigger than God.’ And I trust in God. I think that was him, I am so blessed to have these conditions at Chopes. I’m so happy right now.

“Kelly is a legend of surfing,” Medina continued. “When I fell off, I thought I had lost that heat. But I thank God. This is the best feeling ever. The waves were perfect and big. This feeling is amazing. I don’t know how to describe it. I love surfing, I love what I’m doing right now.

“I want to thank ASP to put this event on here, I love this wave now more. Thanks to the water patrol to keep us safe. I’m really happy to be part of this.”ASPfinalsmedina10542428_737215159677584_8799730863388920740_oThe final day of the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti presented nothing but epic waves and some stand out performances as the final heats were held. The day commenced with Round 4, with many amazing waves and surprising big name upsets. Although Round 4 is a ‘no losers’ round, the results can still have a major influence on overall results.ASPfinalsThe end of Round 4 saw Adrian ‘Ace’ Buchan advance over Michel Bourez and Tiago Pires, Gabriel Medina overcome Bede Durbidge and Kolohe Andino, John John absolutely kill it against Brett Simpson and Kai Otton, with Kelly Slater also advancing over inform Owen Wright and Dion Atkinson.

As Round 5 begun, it was obvious which four surfers were in it to win it. Making stand-out appearances the entire competition was Hawaiian John John Florence, Floridian Kelly Slater, Gabriel Medina, and our own Aussie charger Owen Wright.ASPfinalskellyQuarterfinal 1 saw Bede Durbidge take on fellow Aussie Adrian Buchan. It was a close heat for the entire 30 minutes, though Durbidge rose victorious over his fellow countryman. “I’m just getting more and more comfortable and wanting the bigger ones every time I paddled back out,” Durbidge said. “I caught a big flogging and after that I thought well that’s the worst it could be so I might as well go for it now.”

This was followed by Medina taking on Kolohe Andino in Quarterfinal 2. The Brazilian and the Californian went head to head as the huge sets continued to roll in, the conditions proving so perfect that both could pick and chose exactly which wave they wanted.

“I had my strategy and worked it so I’m pretty stoked,” Medina said.

Dion Atkinson really proved himself this competition, especially in Quarterfinal 3 when he took on the infamous John John Florence. Both surfers gave it everything they had, charging the bigger sets and looking comfortable when doing so. Though Atkinson got probably some of the best waves in his life including a score of 10, he could not beat the near perfect combination score posted by the Hawaiian.ASPAtkinsonKelly took on Owen Wright in Quaterfinal 4 but proved too strong for the Australian, with near perfect scores thanks to big, deep barrel rides. Semi Final 1 saw Bede Durbidge meet World Number 1 Gabriel Medina for yet another spectacular display of surfing. Durbidge had been pushing the limits the entire competition, evident when he took a wipe-out in an earlier heat. Both surfers managed to take the huge drops make the amazing tubes, though it was the young Brazilian phenomenon who stole the stage and progressed through to the Final.

We all had almost wished it was Semi Final 2 that was the Final, as John John Florence took on 11 time world champion Kelly Slater in the 10-12 foot conditions. The pair pushed each other beyond belief, making late take-offs and pulling into some of the heaviest waves the contest had seen. It was an amazing show of courage and competitiveness watching the new take on the old, with spectacular surfing from both. John Johns final score was just shy of Slater’s, as Kelly advanced through to meet Medina in the Final of the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti. Florence left the contest with 10 nine point rides, and a perfect 10.ASPfinalsJJThough getting knocked in the Quarterfinals, it was still all smiles for Owen Wright as he took home the prestigious Andy Irons Award. The award focuses on and is given to the surfer who best represents everything about Andy Irons. From charging, to the relaxed, easy going attitude, Wright proved to be a great choice and indeed the man for this amazing award.ASPfinalsOWEN3SurfStitch would like to again congratulate Gabriel Medina for taking out the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti! What an outstanding performance from all the top competitors, putting on a great display of surfing and pushing the limits of the sport to the next level! We now all wait in excitement for Stop #8 of the ASP World Championship Tour at Trestles in California!

For all the highlights from the final day of competition at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, check out the clip below!

*Imagery by ASP, Billabong

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Billabong Pro Tahiti Update

With a rising swell and after a weekend of lay days, the Billabong Pro Tahiti was called on this morning, with plenty of action going down in Round 3! The remaining surfers took to the stage once again, all eager to take the title of the event and of course ride some of the most perfect waves on Planet Earth with only one other competitor.Chopes1

Heat 1 of Round 3 saw Taj Burrow meet Tiago Pires in the pumping 8 foot conditions at Teahupo’o. The heat saw a restart and it was soon after the hooter that Pires opened with a solid score of 7.50. Burrow was soon to answer, however only managed to earn a 6.17. The head to head battle continued between the wildcard and tour veteran, though it was Pires who continued to paddle into the better waves, earning himself near perfect scores in the 9′s. Taj was sent packing as Tiago Pires gets ready to face his next challenge at the infamous reef break.

“I love this wave and it’s been a few years since I got a result here,” Pires said. “I was hoping for a good wave and I was pretty selective and it happened. It’s safe to say this is my first good heat of the year so I’m really psyched.”

An all Aussie Heat 2 was ready to tear apart the Tahitian line-up as Adrian Buchan and Josh Kerr hit the water. Both competitors knew what the were after instantly, waiting for the bigger sets. Kerr cracked as Buchan remained patient. This eventually paid off for Buchan as he scrapped into a terrific score of 9.00 in the final 10 minutes, leaving Kerr’s smaller wave selections far behind. Kerr was unfortunately sent packing, while the reigning event champion advances once again.

“I have a couple big days coming up, I’ve been surfing heaps,” said Buchan. “Being defending champ has given me the extra motivation I’ve been struggling to find this year… We’ve got a great forecast. I’m going to enjoy every moment, and try to surf some great heats.”

Local hero Michel Bourez next battled an inform Aritz Aranburu in the sudden death heat of Heat 3, Round 3. It was a close heat all the way through with both surfers exchanging perfect Teahupo’o waves again and again. In the end however, it was local lad Michel Bourez who eliminated Aranburu thanks to his clean exits of the barrel. It was a narrow win with just 0.13 separating first from second, but a win nevertheless. Californian Kolohe Andino took to the perfect waves next against Aussie ripper Mitch Crews. Though the Aussie tried to remain strong, it was Andino who wowed spectators in the pumping conditions. With a combination score of 18.10, Crews simply could not catch the Californian and was sent home.

“I was here for a week before the event started, and you start to trust yourself and trust your line-ups’ said Andino. ”I’m Just trying to push myself. Both my waves I thought were closeouts, but I felt I should go because those are the ones you can get eights and nines.Kolohe

The next heat was one to not miss as tour veteran C.J. Hobgood came up against Bede Durbidge. The waves were pumping and both surfers did not hold back, both accumulating great scores with their barrel riding skills. Durbidge took the lead first, and although it was slight, he maintained the first place position. Hobgood eventually paddled into a screamer in the final moments, getting a long tube ride and forcing a tie, both surfers sitting on 13.10. It was the comparison of the highest single wave score that pushed Durbidge through, as C.J. had to face a painful loss.

“I thought he was going to get a two,” Durbidge said of Hobgood’s last-ditch effort. “He turned a two into a 6.40 so it was a long two minutes waiting for the score to come out. It’s good to make it through. I want to get some big barrels tomorrow. I’m over the moon right now.”

We all know the efforts of wildcard entrant Nathan Hedge have been simply amazing to watch, and Heat 6 of Round 3 brought with it much anticipation and excitement as the Aussie charger faced off with the current World Number 1, Gabriel Medina. The pair lived right up to what the crowd wanted, opening the scores with 9 point rides. Medina was quick to back up with a second score of 8.93, leaving Hedge in need of another high score. A heavy wipe-out perhaps rattled the Australian, as Medina continued to clock scores onto the board, including another 9 point ride. The Brazilian World Champ proved too strong or Hedge, who leaves the competition in Round 3.hedge

Joel Parkinson next faced American Brett Simpson in Heat 7. Being on the tour for several years now, Parko was considered to have a great competitive advantage over Simpson. Although facing a wipe-out early in the Heat, Simpson recovered and was soon to post two high scoring rides, one from a long barrel ride which impressed judges. Parko seemed rattled and tried to fight back in the dying moments, though a wave score of 7.17 could not keep him in competition.

“He goes as hard as anyone,” Simpson said. “It’s almost like when the waves gets better it’s easier for me to focus on what you need to do.”

The grace of John-John Florence was next up against Sebastian Zietz. The cool, calm and collected attitude of Florence is always a pleasure to watch and he did not disappoint in Heat 8. His first wave involved him standing high and dry in a huge barrel, resulting in a 8.77. He then clocked another score of 9.67, starting strong and leaving Zietz in a tough situation. Zietz eventually found a mid range score of 6.60, though Florence bit back once again with another high score of 9.93. Zietz was eliminated as he simply could not match the near perfect scores from his fellow Hawaiian opponent.

“I just went out there, I didn’t think it would be this big,” said Florence. “To actually be on the spot for a couple sets was really fun. This wave is a crazy takeoff, it almost looks like a closeout. I just started pumping and rode the foamball and hoped for the best.”florence

Nat Young came up against an inform Kai Otton in Heat 9 of Round 3. Otton was determined to win, and this was evident with his perfect 10 ride with one of the deepest barrels of the event. Young was not intimidated and fought back with a score in the 9′s after a steep drop and successful barrel ride. Otton proved too strong for the American as Nat Young was sent packing.

11 Time World Champion Kelly Slater came up next against Jadson Andre in Heat 10. There certainly was no wasting time with the champ, as he clocked in three 9 point rides in the first 10 minutes. Andre simply couldn’t not match the performance of Slater, who in the end put five 9 point rides on the scoreboard, an incredible effort. Andre, who tried to keep up with Slater rode the same amount of waves, though could not compete.

“It’s like a crazy high,” Slater said after the heat win. “I’m trying to quell it right now, and let it simmer. This is probably the best I’ve ever surfed Chopes,” he continued. “It’s just big enough for that outside ledge to go hollow. I would say it’s almost safe out there. … [It's] taller seas, but shorter intervals. Chopes doesn’t like that 18-second interval, and this is 15 or so. This is where it gets beautiful.”Kelly1

It was an all Aussie affair in Heat 11, as Owen Wright and Matt ‘Wilko’ Wilkinson battled for a spot in Round 4. Wright made a name for himself at Teahupo’o when he surfed against Slater in the 2011 Final and though he was not victorious three years ago, the tube riding skills were not forgotten and he was back again to prove it. From the beginning, Wright was evidently giving it his all, making steep drops and exiting cleanly. With a combined score of 17.43, Wilkinson was left struggling for a strong combination score. He paddled into a few waves, though they could not match the performance of his fellow countryman.

With the swell at it’s biggest and best, Mick Fanning took to the line-up for the last heat of the day, up against Dion Atkinson. After a slow first half of the heat, both surfers finally got what they were looking for as an amazing set approached. Dion paddled into the first one, taking the huge drop and controlling his line through the huge barrel for a strong score of 9.50. Fanning attempted to bite back, though instead had a horrible wipe-out. Fanning eventually found a mid scoring wave, though could not match Atkinson’s earlier efforts.

“It feels bloody good,” Atkinson said of his win. “I’m surfing for my survival, and these guys for the title. I’m out there to win it, and I’m stoked I did, and got barreled in the process. I’ve got the lineup more dialled now,” he added. “Took a few days of floggings even though it wasn’t big when I got here. I’m stoked to be putting it together. “mick1

Be sure to stay up to date with all the action from the Billabong Pro Tahiti here on the SurfStitch Blog! With Round 4 scheduled to start tomorrow, we will all be one step closer to finding out who will be crowded champion of the 2014 event! Good luck to the remaining competitors! Until then, check out all the action from Round 3 below.


*All imagery by ASP

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Nyjah Huston wins Street League Super Crown

He’s done it again! Nyjah Huston has made skateboarding history by taking out every event on the Nike Sb Street League Skateboarding circuit, winning the fourth and final Super Crown event in New Jersey. Nyjah has blown the skateboarding world away with his 2014 efforts, and this win solidifies his name further into the skateboarding record books. nyjah32

The course for the final event of the Nike Sb Street League Skateboarding did not disappoint riders or spectators, as the top 8 skaters in the world threw their best bags of tricks into competition. Each competitor was hungry for the win, perhaps to stop the destructive competitive hurricane that is Nyjah Huston. The 20 year old proved too strong for his opponents, again winning the event, this time however on Super Crown status. Huston is the first skateboarder to win all events on the tour, making the title of ‘World Champion’ just that little bit sweeter.Nyjah1

A further congratulations to Runners Up Torey Pudwell and Ishod Wair, also presenting stand out efforts. Australian shredder Shane O’Neill also did well despite not making the top three, winning the Diamond Supply Co. best trick competition.

Congratulations to all competitors of the Nike Sb Street League Skateboarding, we can’t wait to see what is to come in 2015!

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Stussy // Bucket Hats

Stussy have made quite a name for themselves in the fashion industry. From tees to jackets, they have done it all and have done it with style! The inclusion of the bucket hat has just shown that their growing as a brand and as a fashion icon within the industry.

Bucket hats have been making their ways into children and men’s head wear this year. Its a growing trend that Stussy have been able to capitalse on. From leather to denim, you name it, they have created a bucket hat from it and they all look unreal. SurfStitch have a whole range of these bucket hats as well as more Stussy apparel to fit out your wardrobe!

BucketHats1 Stussy Snow Wash Bucket Cap – Black  | Stussy Coco Pu Bucket Hat – Black  | Stussy Solid Bucket Hat – Sand 

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Stussy Snow Wash Bucket Hat – Blue | Stussy Solid Bucket Hat – Black | Stussy Moen Denim Bucket Hat – Denim tumblr_n03afbTI7A1qlup4to1_500  tumblr_n1980sUBjk1tr5pyro1_500

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Chinos for Every Occasion

The transition into spring has been pretty good here on the Gold Coast.There will still be some colder nights, so a pair of chinos are essential for your Spring/Summer.

Chinos are an all round pant that are diverse and versatile for those cold or hot days. Whether they are rolled up, kept down or have an elastic ankle they can be worn at anytime. No matter what occasion, there is always a chance to squeeze into a pair of chinos for the day or even the week if you like them that much.

At SurfStitch, there are so many colours and styles to choose from, so make sure when searching around that you understand the fit of the chino and try and picture the style that you are after. Whether it be a drop crotch, tighter fit, rolled up look or lightweight material be sure to know what you are looking for. If you need help or advice hit up the team here at SurfStitch!

700-YESSBLU-ZANEROBE-1 Zanerobe Slingshot Denimo Jean – Salty Blue tumblr_n4xlhbcOFr1sd73gqo1_50010502201213AGRN-ILOVEUGLY-1 I Love Ugly Jonty Pant – Army Green AMPTWANCCBKH-HURLEY-1 Hurley Wanderer Dri-Fit Pant – Cardboard Khakitumblr_na2w93cFUT1s3x8b3o1_500CZP4022SLT-ZOOYORK-1 Zoo York Brooklyn Chino Pant – Slate L-605462-Q23IBLU-LEE-1 Lee Slacker Trak Jean – Infinite Blue PF029GRAV-VANGUARD-1Vanguard Underground Nu Wave Pant – Graveyardtumblr_msdgpeszXL1r3l8jno1_500

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

TODD TERJE – IT’S ALBUM TIME

Ready for some feel good beats for the weekend? We have been enjoying the electro and rhythmic sounds of the 2014 released album ‘It’s Album Time’, by Todd Terje all week here at SurfStitch. So much so, that it is this exciting album that takes the title of Album of the Week!

Terje has been praised by many European music critics and claimed as one of the best DJ’s in Europe (huge title, we know), and ‘It’s Album Time’ is the first full length studio album from the Norwegian artist, DJ and producer. The album brings some of his most exciting work to date and the upbeat tempo’s will keep your head bobbing without you even realising. With a bunch of influences and themes present, including disco, jazz, funk, lounge bar, surf instrumentals and plenty of other unique Terje sounds. ‘It’s Album Time’ put Terje on the map once again and has so since being released in April this year. The album jumps from what almost sounds like deep house music to upbeat funky tones, setting a fun and vibrant atmosphere just perfect for the weekend! Although 4 of the 12 tracks have made appearances prior to the album’s release, it’s almost hard to realise, as each track flows so well into one another and the distinction proves hard to acknowledge. TT

Excitement has been building from fans for over 10 years, all waiting for an album release from Terje since the first single dropped. He knows how to build a hype sensation and that is exactly what occurred when finally releasing ‘It’s Album Time’ early on in the year. Terje uses a mix of synthesizes, percussion, trumpets and many other musical talents to create the exciting sounds on ‘It’s Album Time’. The album cover art also proves quite interesting, full of quirky cartoon metaphorical meanings. It was designed by Bendik Kaltenborn, who also designs for New Yorker Magazine.

The album features the hit ‘Inspector Norse’, a track winning several awards including Song of the Year in 2012 by Mixmag. Clash also rated the album 8/10, with reviewer Matt Oliver stating “Its encased plasticity doesn’t mask any novelty. Athletic brightness betters gaudiness while wearing ’80s fashions well, banging out rhythms with fingers that’ve have just come from the cake bowl. It’s album time, and Terje feels epic”

With the upbeat sounds of this album, you’ll be ready to go for the weekend! Whether you are chillaxing at home, having a BBQ on the beach or cruising for a surf or coffee, let the sounds of Todd Terje and his album ‘It’s Album Time’ take the stage and get to set for a weekend full of good vibes, excitement and adventure!

What’s all the fuss you say? Enjoy hit track 12 ‘Inspector Norse’ of ‘It’s Album Time’ by Todd Terje. If you aren’t a fan yet, you soon will be.

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The Sound of Salzburg

Apart from the fact that I have had the Sound of Music soundtrack running through my head constantly for the past three days, I absolutely love Salzburg. The city is situated on the Salzach river, and like most of the smaller cities we have been to, it’s very beautiful. However, Salzburg has the extra charm of being in the mountains, creating an absolutely stunning skyline. And yes, the hills are alive with the sound of music! (Sorry, I had to!!)

We arrived late afternoon to Salzburg so a few of us just wandered the streets for a while before realising that one amongst us (Gemma) hadn’t seen the Sound of Music. Conveniently, our hostel plays the movie every night promptly at 7pm. Can you guess how we spent our first night in Salzburg? That’s right, watching the awesomeness that is the Sound of Music (much to Lauren’s dismay!).

Next day Lauren and I did our own mini walking tour to check out the sights of the city. We walked through the Mirabell gardens – in which Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp children frolic around merrily singing Doe a Deer etc. Great scene. The gardens are very beautiful and pop out right across from Mozart’a old residence. We walked through the old town and saw Mozart’a birthplace and  tried a delicacy called Mozart’s Balls. I wasn’t a fan. They’re marzipan balls covered in chocolate. Unfortunately the ones we had were a bit old (hehe). Next up was the steep trek up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, which took 600 years to build. The path up showed Lauren and I just how unfit we are, but the view from the top was worth it. You get an incredible panoramic view of the river and surrounding town on one side, and on the other, a breathtaking view of the Bavarian Alps. After the hard slog to get up the hill, we rewarded ourselves with a beer and an apple strudel at a cafe on the top of the mountain – pretty nice spot to sit and relax for a while! Had some more authentic Austrian food (aka more schnitzel and beer) at a yummy local restaurant called Die Weisse for dinner, with a group of Busabout buddies. Plus 2€ pints at happy hour in our hostel – always dangerous!image

Next day we went out to the worlds largest ice caves – the Eisriesenwelt. These caves are over 40km long, and are incredible. They are natural limestone caves located in the Hochkogel mountain, which is part of the Austrian alps. Inside are 700 stairs upwards (meaning 700 more downwards) which takes you only along the first kilometre of the caves. As the mountains are limestone there is a fairly constant flow of water in the summer time, which due to the temperatures inside the cave (0 degrees!!!!!!) constantly freezes, thus causing the caves to constantly evolve. Your guide (you can choose between German or English, sorry everyone else!) takes you through the pathways and lights up certain ice formations with strips of magnesium – it burns brightly so you can get a better look at the formations, and it brings out the beautiful blue-green colours in the ice. At one point in the cave, there was a section of ice that was 25m thick! We were especially lucky as our tour guide had a surprise for us: when we entered one particular section of the caves, the Alexander Von Mork Cathedral, which measures 70 metres by 47 metres, our guide whipped out a saxophone (something he prepared earlier) and played us a tune. It was amazing due to the excellent  acoustics. Very cool as we were the first group he had done this for! This room is called the Alexander Von Mork Catherdal, because he is buried there. Whilst Anton Von Posselt-Czorich first discovered the caves in 1879, he was forced to abandon his exploration of the cave due to the huge wall of ice in his way. Alexander Von Mork then rediscovered the cave, and further explored it’s full depth. He died in 1914 in WW2, but had previously asked for his ashes to be kept in the caves – hence the cathedral is where the urn containing his ashes resides. We weren’t meant to take photos, but Lauren managed to get a sneaky one when our guides back was turned to give you an idea of what a part of it looked like – definitely doesn’t do it justice, especially as this was one of the less spectacular parts of the cave.image

For those venturing to the caves, I would suggest gloves and a beanie and about twenty jumpers….ok well maybe just three or four…. It was so cold inside that when we came out, my iPhone didn’t recognise my fingers heat signature, due to the lack of heat in my hands. Cold!! It is definitely worth it, but doing the caves is a full day trip – you have to get out there (about 40km outside Salzburg), then trek up the mountain, wait in a very long line to catch a 3 minute cable car into the fog, the walk some more, and then wait for a tour guide. There isn’t any natural light in the caves so every fifth or so person is equipped with a candle lamp…I’d suggest trying to get one as it slightly warmed my numb hands. Even Lauren was cold and she’s not a sook like me.

A quick fun fact: a hill becomes a mountain when it is over 1000 metres high. I had been curious as to when a hill became a mountain, so now you know!

The rest of Salzburg involves heading up to the Eagles Nest and also checking out the Red Bull hangar before catching the bus to Munich!

Until then! :)

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Feature: Bags and Accessories

Bags define style, each for a different occasion and each helping put the last piece of your outfit together, giving it the finishing touch you were looking for all along. Whether travelling or simply going out for a coffee or surf, we’ve got the right choice for you at SurfStitch with our extensive range of bags and accessories. From handbags to backpacks, duffle bags to travel bags on wheels, you’ll find what you are looking for with all the latest designs at your doorstep. Read more and find your inspiration now!

Every woman needs at least one handbag. Perfect for everyday life, a handbag is a fashion symbol. Match them with another item of your outfit to create a link between colours or make it the lone stand out accessory, a handbag should be there with you catching all life’s moments, while also carrying those important daily essentials!StatusAnxiety1 StatusAnxiety2Bags1

Status Anxiety The Lair Bag – Tan | Status Anxiety Passing Moment Bag | Status Anxiety The Lair Bag – Black

Backpacks make life a lot easier with their simple over the shoulder designs and styles. From different men’s and women’s styles, to some designed for a specific purpose, a backpack is perfect for a full day of activities or as an extra set of hands for your life adventures!Herschel2Billabongvolcom1Bags2

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Duffle bags are cylinder shaped bags that are perfect for that weekend away without the big travel bags. Duffle bags are generally slightly bigger than backpack and are surprisingly full of room most of the time, allowing all your necessities to be with you, while still providing the convenience of throwing it over your shoulder.duffle1Bags4

Burton Westrick Duffle Bag | Volcom Vacations Weekender | Herschel Duffle Bag

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If you are packing all your items away and getting ready for a big trip, a travel bag is the perfect bag for you. With pockets for all products and needs, wheels and a heap of room, the travel bags at SurfStitch are something you cannot look past to take alongside your adventures!D1Bags6

Roxy Long Haul Travel Bag | Billabong Wanderer Traveller | Hurley Roller Cargo Travel Bagp083_SpitRollerBags7

Dakine Carry On Roller | Burton Drifter Roller | Billabong Commute Carry On

Like what you see? Well get ready for more! Whether you are after a little bag to throw over your shoulder, or a bag to throw your life into as you see the world, be sure to browse all bags now at SurfStitch and get your desired one today!

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Billabong Pro Tahiti: Day 1

Today saw a heap of action at the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti, as the event was finally given the tick of approval to begin with a huge swell and plenty of big rides going down on the opening day of competition. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the day we have all been waiting for was today, with one of the most anticipated events on the World Championship Tour living up to all expectations, with Mother Nature cooperating and putting on a perfect display of conditions for competitors.empty

The excitement started from the very get go, with 11 time World Champion Kelly Slater in the water first, up against Sebastian ‘Seabass’ Zietz and Glenn Hall. With pumping 6-8 foot and the sometimes even bigger conditions, not one competitor of the first heat of the event waited, all paddling in to the Teahupo’o line-up and getting a short barrel under their belts. It was Slater who led after this opening exchange, and continued to stay hungry, paddling into his next one and leaving with the contests first 9 point ride. Hall and Zietz did not throw the white towel in early, but were unable to catch the 11 time World Champion and were both knocked to the elimination Round 2.

“Right when we pulled up I saw a couple of bombs,” said Slater. “I was excited to get in the heat and get going. It was nice to get out there and get a little lineup. I’m so excited that I’m shaking. I’ve got to calm down. It’s going to be a good week.”

The excitement was far from over as Heat 2 hit the water. The crowd roared as local French Polynesian Michel Bourez paddled into position, up against Australian Matt ‘Wilko’ Wilkinson and Brazil’s Raoni Monteiro. The Tahitian was eager to prove who was boss, and finally took the lead over Monteiro after following two heavy wipe-outs. Wilkinson posted a score of 6.00 with a nice forehand barrel, though couldn’t catch the local and was pushed to Round 2 with Raoni Monteiro.

“I was really stressed out there because it’s kind of big and I didn’t surf during the free surf,” Bourez said afterward. “I didn’t realize how big it was going to be.”Wilko1

Taj Burrow hit the water next with American Brett Simpson and fellow Aussie Adam Melling. Taj struck first, though was unable to escape the heavy barrel, as Simpson and Melling did almost immediately after. It was Taj to come back laughing though, as he suprised spectators and judges with the deepest take off of the contest, resulting in a huge barrel and clean exit, scoring a 6.83. Melling followed, though wasn’t so lucky and snapped his board. Simpson continued to chase Burrow and came close, though it was the Australian tour veteran who advanced directly to Round 3.

“Today is so beautiful and I wanted it so bad,” Burrow said. “It feels nice to spread out and take your time and figure out where you want to be.”Taj

Heat 4 was up as reigning World Champion Mick Fanning hit the Teahupo’o line-up with Mitch Coleborn and Alejo Muniz. With the swell continuing to rise, Fanning was eager to push the competition to new heights. He begun by scoring a 8.83 with a huge long tube, then followed up with a mid range score of 6.00, giving him an early lead over the other two surfers. Muniz and Coleborn eventually struck, though it was short lived as Fanning fired back with an explosive 9.03, putting the others in a combination situation. Within the last 5 minutes, the reigning World Champion locked in for another 9 point ride, finishing on a near perfect score of 18.16. Fanning advanced directly to Round 3, pushing Coleborn and Muniz to elimination in Round 2.

“This morning I saw some really big thick west ones and I got tumbled,” Fanning said. “It’s straightened up a bit and conditions are just flawless. You can’t ask for anything better. It’s so clean and perfect.”

Heat 5 saw an all Australian heat, as 2012 World Champion Joel Parkinson came up against defending event champion Adrian Buchan and veteran ripper Nathan Hedge. Hedge finished runner up in the trials, proving himself worthy of a Wildcard position for this contest, something he lived up to right away as he drove through the opening barrel of the heat, locking in a score of 9.27 and taking the lead early. Parkinson and Buchan answered soon after, locking in score in the 9′s for themselves and making the atmosphere explode with interest. It was Buchan who showed his pure display of brilliance and proved to the crowd why he won the event in 2013. When asked about his high score of 9.97, Adrian said “It felt wrong taking off, I got a good pump in, for some reason I just hung on. It lifted me backwards and forwards, and I got a big projection off the foam ball. I was just shocked when I came out.”Parko1

Current World Number 1 Gabriel Medina hit the water next with other wildcard nominee and local charger Taumata Puhetini and Mitch Crews. It was quite a quiet heat until the 21 minute mark when all three surfers had a wave score locked in and were looking for another when Mother Nature answered. The wildcard began showing his local knowledge through a display of smooth rides at his home break over the next few minutes before Medina sat in one of the bigger waves of the competition, holding his arms high as the Tahitian monster barrelled over him. Medina and the wildcard battled it out toward the end, though it was the World Number 1 who progressed through to Round 3.

Miguel Pupo, Dion Atkinson and Adriano de Souza were to battle it out next in Heat 7 of Round 1. Pupo did not muck around, catching three waves within the first 10 minutes, taking the lead over the other surfers for the first fifteen minutes. Atkinson wowed spectators and judges in a big barrel following one by Pupo, as his foot slipped off and he regained composure and exited the tube cleanly for a 8.33. This stroke of luck saw Atkinson take the lead and send the Brazilians to Round 2 for elimination.

It’s been a long week waiting for this swell,” Atkinson said. “It’s pretty perfect and those are the best waves I’ve had out there by a mile. It’s good fun on your backhand and I’m stoked I got some scores.”

Everyone knows how good C.J. Hobgood can be at this wave, and it was his turn to prove it in Heat 8 against Nat Young and Tiago Pires. Young however, was the one to assert his lead early, taking two waves with one rewarding him with a high score of 9.67. C.J. struggled to find his place in the line up, having to pull off a few monster bombs that hit the reef, though gave a late comeback attempt with a score of 8.27, which unfortunately was not enough to overtake Young for the win. C.J. will have to try once again with Pires in Round 2 as Young advances to Round 3 directly.

“It’s a really difficult wave,” Young said after the heat. “It’s a lot of timing and positioning. Whether you’re goofy or natural, you have a better chance of winning if your takeoff is smart.”natyoung

Heat 9 saw Californian ripper Kolohe Andino up against Freddy Patacchia and Aritz Aranburu. Aranburu proved his skills learnt from Spain’s infamous left hander, Munduka, and overtook Andino for the lead around the halfway mark. Both Patacchia and Aranburu could not match the antics of Andino and were pushed to Round 2 as the American advanced.

I think everyone’s intimidated, even if they don’t admit it,” said Andino. “We saw Kevin Bourez get messed up the other day and it was half this size. With that said, I still would have been pissed if I lost this heat. It’s important to avoid that Round 2. I’m stoked that I dodged that and survived.”

Josh Kerr, Julian Wilson and Jadson Andre met next in Heat 10 of Round 1. Andre opened the heat, dropping into an insane bomb and standing tall for the spectators to see before Wilson followed suit, also clocking in a good score and take the lead with a 7.17. Kerr finally struck after 18 minutes of sitting and waiting, locking in a 7.93. It was Jadson Andre who in the final minutes took the lead yet again with an amazing deep barrel ride and clean exit, resulting in a 9.17.

“I was watching every heat and I didn’t know if it would be a high scoring heat or a medium one,” Andre said. “I just tried to get waves and saw Kerrsey and Julian getting bombs. I’ve been training here a lot and I was just lucky to get a wave. I am stoked to get that first heat win, but I really need a big result here and prove I can hang with the top guys.”

Heat 11 saw the destruction of Travis Logie and Bede Durbidge, as Owen Wright conquered, despite not exiting a tube. It was Burbidge who led the heat with only a 5.40, until Wright pulled into a bomb and although he did not make the wave, he pulled the necessary scores needed to pass Durbidge for the win.

“I think it was a pretty big set, it’s hard to tell because there was so much water behind it,” said Wright of his wipe-out during the heat. “I just went for it. As soon as I got to my feet, I looked up and it was a straight close-out… I enjoyed the pounding afterwards.”

Kai Otton, the exciting John John Florence and powerhouse Jordy Smith battled it out next in the Teahupo’o line up, all set to finish Round 1 with a bang. Jordy and Kai traded small scores while Florence waited for the big tubes he is so well known for.  With 16 minutes to go, Florence took one of the steepest drops of the event so far, grabbing rail and dragging stabilising for a huge tube and an impressive score of 8.83. Kai struck back, almost mirroring Florence’s attempt and rewarding himself with a score in the 9′s, though remained in second position. Jordy was caught inside and eventually picked up by the brave Tahitian Water Patrol. He was unable to catch the scores of both other surfers and joined Florence for elimination Round 2.

“The two days we had practice was all John talk. I think the whole world was talking about him so I was pretty nervous coming up against him,” admitted Otton.jordy

Round 2 began with the prediction of running up to four heats. The two man heats of elimination Round 2 begun with Joel Parkinson up against wildcard local Tuamata Puhetini. There was no waiting for the wildcard as he locked in two scores early on in the heat after back to back barrels. Parko waited over ten minutes before locking in his first worthy ride as he locked in two scores of 7.40 and a 9.00 to take the lead. Puhetini pushed himself to his limits at his local playground, though came up second best after a second one made it apparent he was unable to continue. We will keep you updated on his condition.

Heat 2 of Round 2 then saw runner up wildcard and all round charger Nathan Hedge up against the one and only Adriano de Souza. The Brazilian scored best after the opening exchange, though Hedge showed nothing but determination to once again prove himself in at the world famous reef break. Hedge mucked around with some smaller waves, though eventually blew everyone away with an absolute killer barrel, riding it deeper than ever and clocking in with the contest’s first 10 point ride. Hedge will now advance through to Round 3 as Adriano de Souza is sent packing earlier than he would have wished.8-19-2014 5-16-13 PM

Tune in tomorrow as we bring you the most up to date action news from Stop # 7 of the ASP World Championship Tour, the 2014 Billabong Pro Tahiti! For more action from day one, check out the incredible highlights below!

*Imagery by ASP, Pat Stacy, Kirstin Scholtz, Tim McKenna, Unknown

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