WINNER: STA COMPETITION

Congratulations to the winner of our STA Competition:

CARL IRWIN 

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Carl and a friend are off to Vancouver, Canada for 5 days with a Burton bag and $500 worth of Burton gear!

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for future competitions for your chance to WIN!

Congratulations once again Carl, from everyone here at SurfStitch!

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FEATURED SONG

MODEST MOUSE – FLOAT ON

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

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

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

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MICK TAKES JBAY IN COOLIE KIDS FINAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*All images by ASP

 

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In Bruges

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

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

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

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

Next stop is Amsterdam so – until then! :)

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Happy Sunday!

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

*Images by Willem Ungermann and Jack Sheard

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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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Image sources: Tumblr and others unknown.

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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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