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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ITEMS OF THE WEEK: Acid Washed Muscle Tees

This week in our mens and womens new arrivals, we’re loving the acid wash trend coming through on muscle tees! Our items of the week are both charcoal singlets, with a mens muscle tee from Billabong and a womens singlet from Tigerlily.

Worn with denim or leather, this wash is going to be a huge Summer trend, so take a look at some acid washed inspo and shop our items of the week on SurfStitch!

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Billabong Custom Muscle – Black

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Tigerlily Patrice Tank – Washed Black

Imagery from Vanessa Jackman & Etsy.

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Mens Trend // Stripes

Stripes are having another rapid growth in the mens fashion scene. Stripes have been a female dominated trend for the past couple of seasons, but now we are seeing an injection of stripes into the men’s arena.The stripes are almost becoming a timeless piece of clothing for any man’s wardrobe.

They are jumping onto the newest jumpers, knits and tees, and are not disappointing! The common stripe in black and white or navy and white, creates endless options of outfits. My favourite stripe outfit is a striped navy and white tee, flat blue jeans turned up and a black or navy pair of vans! But why follow my favourite striped outfit, when you can create your own at SurfStitch.

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Neuw Damn Strip Tee – White | Billabong Stripes Pack Tee – Navy | Quicksilver Ban Ban Crew Knit – Washed Navy | Burton Stowe Crew Fleece – Night Rider abb3a3101e3d977a6d0f157a127748db tumblr_m7q8g7DAKI1qhiekro1_500 tumblr_maxd4s2nqZ1rdiqtpo1_500 tumblr_mla43qQxgh1qajhjjo1_500tumblr_mp29fwRVDD1qc582uo1_500 tumblr_mqbz4z6FZm1sb8lu4o1_500B&W STRIPEThrills Stripe Tee – Black Natural | Zanerobe Derek Knit – Black Stripe | Quicksilver Ban Ban Crew Knit – True Black | Dr Denim Tob LS Stripe Tee – Dark Greytumblr_mn6idsEiYE1qfajz0o1_1280tumblr_ms9vduUCAJ1qajhjjo1_1280tumblr_mw039shgQ41qajhjjo1_5007dfc01124d7179d6966396c8a12d9efa1d77a04206d0020e14f44fda5942d601

Image Sources: Tumblr & Pinterest

 

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Womens Trend: Wistfully White

Maybe it’s because the low Winter temps are making us dream of a Summer sunshine, or maybe it’s because this colour accentuates your tan and brings a new element of sophistication to your wardrobe, but we are currently crushing on the colour white.

Top to toe or with other colours and textures thrown in the mix, wistful whites will have you thinking of Summer in the South of France! Add a fedora and a mens style leather watch to your white dress or complete for that Euro Summer look. Take a look at some wistfully white inspiration we’ve come across and shop our favourites.

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Three of Something Gradient Cami – White | Jaggar LA Pant – White Denim | Converse Womens Chuck Taylor All Star Leather Shoe – White

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Minkpink Sleepless City Tunic Dress – Off White | Windsor Smith Fend Leather Sandal – White | Minc Collections The Pendulum Necklace – Silver

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Billabong Secret Moon Top – White | Zulu and Zephyr Ethereal Skirt – White | Birkenstock Womens Arizona Sandal – White

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Imagery from Harpers Bazaar, WhoWhatWear, La Dolce Vita Blog and others unknown.

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Women’s Trend || Jackets and Knits

Winter is a time for being comfortable, relaxed and cosy around a fire. This season, comfy can be fashionable as knits and jackets are becoming more and more modern and stylish, to either wear at home or out.

Trending are the natural colours, the navy’s and the stripes. Knits are an easy throw over or can be worn as a long sleeved top. The ladies are getting a much more diverse range of knits and jackets to accompany their street style. Pairing your favourite knit with a pair of boyfriend jeans will give you a good look that will last all winter long.

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Jackets are the perfect feature to your outfit. They will keep you cosy and warm while also creating and giving you a unique style to flaunt throughout the long winter season. Jackets will be your best friend when it comes to your Friday and Saturday nights when being accompanied on that romantic dinner.

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 Roxy Remember Me Jacket – Smoke Signal | Billabong All I Need Jacket – Jungle Love | Rusty Quest Jacket – Black Marle

Check out the UNDER COVER trend video shot during the SurfStitch Winter Campaign 2014.

Undercover – Knits & Jackets from Surfstitch on Vimeo.

Image source: Tumblr and others unknown. 

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TOGETHER ONCE AGAIN! RUSTY, BILLABONG AND OCCY COLLABORATION

After a new board? Need something with more drive and control? Look no further.

Rusty, Billabong and Mark ‘Occy’ Occhilupo have all collaborated on something special. Something special indeed, and it won’t be long until you can hold one of these under your own arm. It’s now been 30 years since Occy exploded onto the World Tour, and to mark the anniversary, the three surfing icons have collaborated on a replica 1984 magic board, the same ridden by Occy himself on his maiden year. This replica board has the exact dimensions down to a tee, and through Occy’s backhand performance at J-Bay all those years ago, there’s no doubt a little magic in the template or even the fibreglass.

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The board even completes itself through original retro Rusty and Billabong logos. It’s said that this anniversary marks one of the greatest shaper and surfer combinations ever, Californian Rusty Preisendorfer and Australia’s Mark Occhilupo.

Check out Occy testing his own retro replica board, scheduled to hit SurfStitch mid to late July! Get in quick!

RUSTY X BILLABONG X OCCY from rustyintl on Vimeo.

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Key Winter Accessories

As winter approaches, no one wants to be left out in the cold when it comes to the latest accessories. Our array of new winter accessories have landed and there is certainly no need to compromise on either warmth or style. Whether you are into the printed style that gives any accessory some character or a plain and simple accessory that ties in well with anything then SurfStitch are all over it.

From Beanies to Caps and Belts to Wallets the accessories’s available will give you endless options for your wardrobe.

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To ensure your head and ears are warm throughout the chilly season, you will need to take a look at the beanies range at SurfStitch.

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Coal The Uniform Beanie – Black Marle | Coal The Uniform Beanie – Navy | Billabong Arcade Beanie – Amazon

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5 panels are on the rise, these old school hats are starting to come into their own and winter will bring in many more styles of them.

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Diamond Supply Co Rip Stop Og Script 5 Panel Camp Hat – Black Rip | Huf Quake Volley 5 Panel Cap – Gray | 5Boro Shalion Island 5 Panel Cap – Mallard Blue 

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Keeping your phone warm and charged is essential. Mophie have you covered with their range of rechargeable phone cases and other accessories.

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Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5 – Black  | Mophie Juice Pack Helium Case for iPhone 5 – Metallic Blue  | Mophie Juice Pack Helium case for iPhone 5 – Black 

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BILLABONG RIO PRO WRAP UP 2014

Monday the 12th of May saw the best surfers in the world wrap up stop Number 4 of the ASP World Championship Tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  It was profoundly evident the local crowd wanted a Brazilian to wear the crown of victory at this event, though it was Tahitian and in form Michel Bourez who took the men’s title, while Aussie Sally Fitzgibbons shone bright above Carissa Moore in the Women’s event to take the win.

The final day of competition in the Billabong Rio Pro saw competitors face off in heavy 3 foot conditions, with barrels on offer left, right and centre. The day  was full of sunshine and saw the Women’s Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Finals while the Men’s event saw Round 5 and onward. Rio’s heavy Barra Da Tijuca produced the goods for the top 34 male surfers and top 17 female surfers, and coming from the cold waters of Australia’s southern waters, the warm change of Brazil was a welcomed change.

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A-Frames for the final day of competition – photo by ASP

11 Time World Champion Kelly Slater opened Men’s Round 5 with a free fall into a no hand  heavy barrel, resulting in the contests only perfect 10 score. “I couldn’t believe I came out,” said Kelly. “That’s why I claimed it. I’ve had so many closeouts this week.” Though an amazing wave, the rude shock of reality was evident on the Brazilian spectator’s face, as Slater continued his domination over Adriano de Souza, whom only managed to scrape together a 3.37. Other standouts of Round 5 included Kolohe Andino overcoming South Africa’s Travis Logie, despite an interference call leaving him with only 1 score to work from. Logie managed to secure two 3 point rides, though in the final minutes Andino managed to score a 6.83, enough to progress through to the Quarter Finals. Tahitian and Drug Aware Margaret River Pro winner Michel Bourez also managed to overcome Joel Parkinson, while Sebastian ‘Seabass’ Zietz eliminated Australia’s Josh Kerr.

The Women’s Quarter Finals followed the Men’s Round 5, with more standout performances despite the deteriorating conditions. Lakey Peterson first overcame Pauline Ado through a close heat and trading of the lead. Heat 2 saw Hawaiians Carissa Moore and Alessa Quizon come head to head. The experience from the current World Number 1 was sufficiently evident, defeating the up and comer Quizon and eliminating her from competition. Tyler Wright also came on top over Nikki Van Dijk and Sally Fitzgibbons sent Hawaiian Coco Ho packing after a great heat of strong scores.

The men were back in the water afterwards, with Slater coming up first again, this time meeting fellow American Nat Young. Slater managed to gain scores of 7’s taking advantage of the low tide barrelling conditions of Barra Da Tijuca, while Young got his fair share, however was unable to overtake Slater’s lead. Australia’s Bede Durbidge met American Kolohe Andino in Heat 2 of the Quarter Finals. Andino broke away from the strategy of barrel riding and shifted his approach to a series of powerful turns through his backhand. This paid off in the end as he secured a few barrel scores and was able to overcome Durbidge’s efforts and progress through to the Semi Finals.

The next heat was exciting as Michel Bourez met previous event winner South African Jordy Smith. Smith has been in such good form lately and Bourez had won the contest recently in Margaret River, this heat proved one not to be missed. Smith held a close lead for the first 20 minutes with scores of 5.4 and 4.00, though in the final minutes Bourez scored high through a backhand barrel and a series of backhand snaps. The two continued to battle out and swap for first place though Bourez was too strong, eliminating the 2013 event champion. Tour veteran Taj Burrow went head to head with Sebastian Zietz next and through a series of heavy tubes and clean manoeuvres eliminated the Hawaiian, progressing through to the Semi Finals.

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The Women’s Semi Finals hit the water next and did not disappoint, throwing out powerful snaps and proving their heavy barrel riding skills. Semi Final 1 saw Carissa Moore meet Lakey Peterson. The reigning three times World Champion stuck to what she knew, producing an array of great combination scores including a 9.27, too much for the American to overcome. Previous event winner Sally Fitzgibbons met an in form Tyler Wright in Semi Final 2, and the all Aussie heat produced some great surfing. Wright has had some great results so far in 2014, though has not had a 1st place result as of yet. Unfortunately, this was the case again as Fitzgibbons unleashed a powerful wrath of scores, winning on 15.17 to Wrights 9.80.

The Men’s Semi Finals to much surprise did not include a Brazilian competitor, with many big names being eliminated early in competition. Kelly Slater came up against Californian prodigy Kolohe Andino in Semi Final 1. The two had opening exchanges of scores with Andino taking the lead from the 11 time World Champion early. The heat continued with both surfers staying busy, though it was the Californian who unleashed a solid air reverse into the flats, resulting in a 7.60, a score high enough to push him through to his first ASP WCT final.

Margaret River event winner Michel Bourez met Bells Beach runner up Taj Burrow in Semi Final 2. It was extremely evident that both were hungry for the event win, as both surfers displayed their skills, which lately had been tested in all conditions. The tide had changed, forcing both surfers to break away from the typical barrel riding approach and move into airs and powerful turns. Though Taj gained good early combination scores, Bourez took the lead with back to back scores, including the first air of the heat. This forced the Australian to pack his bags earlier than he would have wanted as he was now eliminated.

Sally Fitzgibbons and reigning World Champion Carissa Moore met in the final of the Women’s Rio Billabong Pro after the Men’s Semi-Finals. The Hawaiian wasted little time, producing a great score of 8.50 through three powerful snaps. The Aussie was soon to respond with a similar display of powerful turns, resulting in a near perfect 9.27. Moore ended up needing to produce a 7.83 to take the lead from Sally, a score which she simply could not attain.

“A lot of hard work went into this victory and I’m so happy,” said Sally Fitzgibbons. “There’s a great rivalry between myself and Carissa. We always have such great battles and I knew I had to step things up after the Semifinal to take the win. The crowd was sending me great vibes out in the water and that really helped. It’s a long year but I think I have a lot of strong surfing left in me. I’m really excited to get over to Fiji and try and get another result like this.” This win gives Fitzgibbons her first event win for the 2014 season and her second Rio Pro title. Carissa Moore continues to hold first position on the rankings, with Sally in second.

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The Men’s Final saw Tahitian Michel Bourez meet a focused Kolohe Andino, with the crowds energy used by both as motivational tools. Bourez opened his final campaign first, completing three powerful backhand turns and receiving a score of 7.17. Andino, competing in his first ever WCT Final, opened with two powerful turns, however managed to only score a 5.00. Bourez continued his selective approach, choosing only the better waves at the Barra Da Tijuca beach break. The Californian, needing a 8.84 for the win, approached the air ramps of the powerful right handers, though could not gain the score needed to take the title, allowing Michel Bourez to take home his second event win of the 2014 season.

“This win is amazing and I feel great,” said Michel Bourez. “I didn’t expect to win two events in the same year so it feels brilliant. It’s great to be here in Rio and have another win – I’m so happy. I’m really glad I came and to have a final against a good friend of mine is wonderful. He (Kolohe Andino) is someone I think will be huge in a few years. Rio is beautiful, I love this place. There’s so many things going on and so many people that are passionate about sports and surfing.”

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 Michel Bourez taking home his second event win for 2014 – photo by ASP

Though disappointed with coming so close to a win, runner up Kolohe Andino went on to say “I have so many good memories of Brazil,” said Kolohe Andino. “To make my first WCT Final here in front of the wonderful crowd is a pleasure. I’m very happy with the result.”

The next stop of the ASP WCT see’s surfers fly to the razor sharp reef breaks of Fiji. The top 34 male surfers will battle it out between June 1st to the  13th, while the top 17 women will surf between the 25th and 30th of May. Keep up to date with the World Tour here at SurfStitch Blog or the ASP official website at aspworldtour.com. SurfStitch would like to send huge congratulations to Michel Bourez and Sally Fitzgibbons on their terrific results in Brazil.

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ITEMS OF THE WEEK: The Grey Marle Sweater

This week we’ve experienced a cold snap here on the Gold Coast and it’s made us want to rug up from morning to night! For this particular reason, in the spirit of staying toasty in this early Winter weather, our items of the week are the mens and womens grey marle sweaters. Crew neck design, warm fleece fabric and a style that can be dressed up (with a collared shirt underneath and a pair of pants) or dressed down with a matching pair of trackies, this is our favourite wardrobe option for chilly days like today.

Check out our items of the week inspiration and shop our mens and womens picks on SurfStitch!

Don’t forget, today is the last day to get 20% off mens and womens jumpers & hoods and knits & cardigans, so you can use the promo code COVERUP to get your grey marle sweater at a discount! Ends at midnight AEST on 09.05.14, see site for details.

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Billabong Rangers Fleece – Grey Marle

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Nike SB Northup Crew Fleece – Dark Grey Heather

Imagery from feedly.com, thefancy.com and others unknown.

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ITEMS OF THE WEEK: Distressed Denim Jackets

Resurrected once a decade in a new shape, colour or style, the distressed denim jacket is this week’s item of the week. We’re talking the 80s cut with the sleeves rolled up and the denim looking worn – comfortable, versatile and wearable in most seasons. It’ll be a staple for the seasons to come, so check out our mens and womens picks for the denim jacket below. Enjoy some blogger and street style inspiration and get shopping!

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 Billabong Bitter Sweet Denim Jacket – Light Well Worn

With traditional worn light blue colour and cropped length, plus a traditional collar rather than the new-age hood, the Billabong Bitter Sweet denim jacket is the perfect addition to your denim collection. Pair with black jeans, a white tee, dainty jewellery and some white Converse lo pro’s and you’ll have the perfect Winter day look.

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Lee Rider Denim Jacket – Slacker Blue

Once again in just the right shade of blue, your new favourite denim jacket is from the kings of Denim themselves, Lee. Cuff the sleeves and wear undone with a white tee and some chinos for a casual day wear look.

Imagery from Sincerely Jules and Closet Freaks blogs, others unknown.

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