Michel Bourez Wins Drug Aware Margaret River Pro 2014

Tahitian Michel Bourez has claimed the win at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, stop number 2 on the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT). Bourez blitzed his way through all heats, tearing apart the right hand open faces at Margaret River’s Main Break and eliminating some of the sport’s biggest names. This is the Tahitians first WCT event win, and his emotions continue to run high coming into the next stop at Bells Beach, scheduled to start tomorrow.

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Michel Bourez beats Josh Kerr and claims victory at Margaret River – Photo by ASP

The Final Day of competition saw overcast skies and the remaining competitors face off in 3-5 foot conditions at Margaret’s Main Break. The day was scheduled to hold the Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Finals, with a winner crowned by the end of the day. Spectators observed from the beach and online viewers tuned in from all over the world to watch once again, a great day of surfing with many standout performances all across the board.

Quarter Final 1 was first in the water, seeing Aussie Bede Durbidge face off against the in form Jordy Smith. Though Smith has been pleasing audiences with his explosive surfing over the past week, it was Durbidge who managed to overpower the South African and take the win with a 15.30, to Smith’s 14.00. This saw Bede advance and Smith get knocked out. “Jordy and I surf very similar. We both try to use our power and our big frames” said Bede. “I know I can still do it, and it’s good to be winning heats. I just want to keep going now.” Although not overwhelmed by the result, Jordy seemed content after having such a bad result on the Gold Coast a few weeks earlier.

Quarter Final 2 followed and saw danger man Gabriel Medina versus air fanatic Josh Kerr. Kerr has a lot of experience in the South-West corner of Western Australia and Medina is leading the rankings, which when combined create a great heat of surfing. The crowds watched on in anguish as the two went head to head. It was Kerr who would get the result needed to advance, knocking out current world number 1 Gabriel Medina and advancing to the next round.

11 time World Champion Kelly Slater met Joel Parkinson in Quarter Final 3. Both have had a great deal of experience surfing in these cold waters and it was evident in this heat. Slater struck first with a rapid display of manoeuvres on the right hander. Parko answered well with an array of scores, but came 0.10 shy of taking the win, a devastating upset. “I like surfing against Joel,” Kelly said. “It’s fun. I don’t go out there having to wonder what he’s going to do. I always feel like Joel’s going to put in a good heat, and that forces me to just have to surf better.” Quarter 4 saw event winner Michel Bourez face off with American Nat Young. Young struggled with the choice of equipment changing boards twice, leaving the door open for Hurley team mate Bourez to take the win and advance to the Semi Finals.

Semi Final 1 was an all Aussie affair, with Bede Durbidge coming up against Josh Kerr. Both competitors were hungry and traded first and second positions throughout the entire heat. Kerr detonated first with a show of scores, a 5.50 and an 8.83. Bede however, was not intimidated, locking in a 7.07 and a 7.80. These scores were eventually deemed as not good enough, as Josh Kerr managed to scrape into one last final wave and secure his name in the Final of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro for the second year in a row.

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Josh Kerr flying high in Semi Final 1 – Photo by ASP

Semi Final 2 was a match up of the great Kelly Slater and Tahitian power surfer Michel Bourez. Whoever would win this heat would face Josh Kerr in the Final and have a shot at winning the entire event. Bourez almost struggled to find his rhythm as Slater locked in some valuable scores through a display of controlled, powerful turns. It was the dying minutes yet again which then saw retaliation, with Michel smashing the open faces and scoring a 9.37, the highest score of the day. This wave was a key component, and pushed Bourez into the Final of the competition, meeting Josh Kerr and eliminating Slater completely. “I didn’t underestimate Michel before the heat because I know this is a wave that really suits his style.” said Slater. “You’d think he’d be a good tube rider, but his best results have come in turns.”

So there it was, Australian aerial master Josh Kerr battling against Tahitian power surfer Michel Bourez, in an all-in Final with both hoping to be crowned winner and take home their first WCT career win. Though many had great anticipation for the final to be held at the infamous right hand slab ‘The Box’, Margaret’s Main Break would be the wave to present victory, providing much better conditions. Bourez was given the option of postponing the heat for 30 minutes time for a well-deserved rest period, a decision he declined due to worries about the strengthening onshore winds. Kerr is known for his skills in onshore, messy conditions and this was a door Michel Bourez did not want to open. As said, both competitors have never won a WCT event, and this heat would determine and give name to ‘the best guy to have never’ title.

The pair took to the water, with Margaret Rivers Main Break continuing to produce a great 3-5 foot of swell, a perfect playground for competition. After a long, uneventful few minutes, Michel Bourez opened the scoreboard with two consecutive waves scoring a 6.33 and a 7.57, pleasing judges and all spectators. Kerr fired back, attacking the right handers with full force and completing several big turns, also wowing onlookers as the battle continued. Kerr’s scores were evidently not enough, as Bourez continued to build his campaign with an 8.33 through his attacking forehand surfing. The siren sounded and the results were written, Tahitian Michel Bourez had just won the 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro and his first ASP WCT career win. “It’s such a good feeling to win, it’s a dream come true. Making the Final here and surfing against such an amazing person was wonderful,” said Michel Bourez.It’s a long year and there are still nine contests to go so I need to focus on the next one and relax. I can’t wait for Bells now, I have always liked that wave.”

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Michel Bourez during the Final of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro – Photo by ASP

Kerr was undoubtedly upset and disappointed with this result, coming so close to a win at Margaret River two years in a row, particularly with this year being on WCT status. “It was a rough heat but I wanted to put a show on for everyone. It hurt last year getting runner up and it hurts even more this year”, said Kerr. “I made a few errors at the start of the heat by falling on the inside and I definitely didn’t choose the right waves” he continued. “I’m happy we have a WCT event here and it was great to surf at The Box. I’m going to take the year event by event and I’m excited to move on to the next one.”. Though coming runner up at the event two years in a row, Josh Kerr still did not go home completely empty handed, winning the Go Pro Challenge (a sub event) and a sweet $10,000 in cash.

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Josh Kerr congratulating Michel Bourez on the win – photo by ASP

Stop number 3 on the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour is scheduled to start tomorrow at Bells Beach, Victoria. The forecast is looking promising as the World’s best 34 men and 17 women surfers travel back across country to compete in the last competition in Australian waters for 2014. At this stage, the World Title is still up for grabs for any of the competitors, which in turn will drive all harder, pushing their own limits of performance. The top contenders at this stage include World Number 1 Gabriel Medina, Joel Parkinson, Josh Kerr and Kelly Slater, with Michel Bourez also becoming an immediate threat thanks to this great result in Margaret River.

Surfstitch congratulate Michel Bourez on the victory at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, and all the other surfers on their amazing efforts. Stay tuned for all the latest news and results from the ASP World Tour and for all the action from day 1 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach here on the SurfStitch blog or on the ASP official website http://www.aspworldtour.com/

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2014 Locked and Loaded

So 2013 is done and dusted, Mick Fanning has an extra trophy to dust, Kelly Slater has a self-proclaimed renewed competitive flame and another Pipe Trophy and the ASP has a locked down 2014 schedule and full roster of ready and armed athletes.

The final event of the year, The Billabong Pipeline Masters presented by Billabong, plays a vital role in the requalification and qualification dreams of many surfers, and this year was no different. The last two days of the event saw dreams rise and fade for some surfers, who came incredibly close to requalifying, but have sadly been relegated to compete on the 2014 qualification tour. Still, travelling the world surfing has to be better than sitting behind a desk right?

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The top 22 from the WCT placing’s have joined the next top 10 (Barring double qualifiers) from the 2013 ASP Qualification Series’ and 2 ASP injury wildcards to make up the 2014 top 34.

2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) Top 22:
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Mick Fanning (AUS)
2. Kelly Slater (USA)
3. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
4. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
5. Taj Burrow (AUS)
6. Julian Wilson (AUS)
7. Kai Otton (AUS)
8. Nat Young (USA)
9. Josh Kerr (AUS)
10. John John Florence (HAW)
11. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
12. Michel Bourez (PYF)
13. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
14. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
15. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
16. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
17. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
18. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
19. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
20. Fred Patacchia (HAW)
21. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
22. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)

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2013 ASP Qualification Series (QS) Top 10 (barring double qualifiers):
- Adam Melling (AUS)
- Kolohe Andino (USA)
- Alejo Muniz (BRA)
- Jadson Andre (BRA)
- Mitch Crews (AUS)
- Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
- Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
- Travis Logie (ZAF)
- Dion Atkinson (AUS)
- Brett Simpson (USA)

December was a tough month for some, sitting back and watching the final events unfold, unsure as to whether they would secure an ASP injury wildcard or not. In the end, the ASP allocated these two ASP Wildcards to Owen Wright (AUS) and Tiago Pires (PRT). There was such a high number of surfers requesting consideration for these slots that the ASP has in fact allocated the first ASP replacement slot to a unsuccessful injury wildcard candidate, Glen Hall (IRL). The Irish natural, with an Australian heart the size of a lion injured himself surfing in the Volcom Pro at Fiji this year, and has been out of action since. SurfStitch wishes him all the best in 2014 and looks forward to catching up with him soon for some insight into his rehabilitation and 2014 preparation plans.

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This final moves confirmed the ASP replacement surfers to be:
- Glenn Hall (IRL)
- Mitch Coleborn (AUS) – next in line on 2013 ASP QS rankings
- Patrick Gudauskas (USA) – next in line on 2013 ASP WCT rankings
- Willian Cardoso (BRA) – second in line on 2013 ASP QS rankings

This decision by the ASP did however make a birth at 2014 CT events a little harder for Mitch Coleborn, who would have otherwise been the first replacement. Mitch came agonisingly close to qualification, missing the qualification cut-off by a single spot, pipped at the post by Brett Simpson who had to requalify through his QS ranking. Being an enormous fan of Mitch’s surfing personally, it’s a real disappointment he isn’t a confirmed starter for 2014, but with such an arsenal of moves it’s just a matter of time before this Sunshine Coast local is lighting up the tour!

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The first ASP event kicks off on the Gold Coast in just under 2 months, with the window running from March 1st through to March 12th.

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A Champ Is Crowned.

Surfing fans were treated to a feast today, with the ASP crowning a new ASP World Champion, a new Vans Triple Crown Champion and a new Pipe Master (for the seventh time).

In the space of 30 minutes, Mick Fanning pulled his second come-from-behind heat win of the morning, giving him enough points to secure his third ASP title. John John Florence sent Mick packing in the semi-finals and in doing so secured his second Triple Crown, and Slater upheld his end of the title race scenario card by winning the competition in what is arguably the most memorable day in modern surfing history.

It was an early rise for the thousands of loyal surf fans in Australia, with the competition kicking off just after 6am AEST, and by 9am, we had an Australian hoisting the ASP Championship Trophy above his head. Facing CJ Hobgood in Round 5 Heat 1 in shifty 12 foot Pipe, Mick was able to find the highest scoring wave of the heat with only seconds on the clock handing him the heat win, a feat he replicated in his next heat, downing fellow Australian Yadin Nicol. With less than a minute on the clock, and while the entire Australian surf community was holding its breath, Mick stroked into another pipe beast. A second reef roll in allowed for the cleanest of set ups before riding the foam ball to a 9.70 and the history books.

Nowhere erupted louder than the Gold Coast of Australia, where Micks home town of Tweed Heads immediately transitioned from sleepy Sunday morning into the headquarters of the international celebrations. However it was the beach of Pipeline, Oahu that was Fanning HQ, with his Mother, wife and close friend Joel Parkinson (2012 ASP World Champion and Reigning Pipe Champion) that were first on hand to share the momentous occasion.

In summarising the day, Fanning noted “The world title is something that takes a whole year, but sometimes it can feel like it boils down to the final day and the final heats, I’m sure I gave my wife Karissa and my mum enough stress today to last a lifetime. I was never worried myself now that I think of it. I knew what I needed to do and if the opportunity came, I knew I could do it. That opportunity came in both heats today. It’s an incredible feeling. I’ve been having fun all year and to clinch on a day like this at Pipeline makes it that much more special.”

Congratulations from the team at SurfStitch, Mick – good things come in three’s.

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However, in one respect this was a dream outcome for surf fans, with White Lighting securing the title, Mick has quite literally poured a giant can of petrol on the dwindling competition fire that burns inside Mr Robert Kelly Slater. Speculation was mounting in the days approaching the finals that the Floridian would be unpacking his travel case in 2014 and abandoning the tour he first started  competing on over 20 years ago should he clinch the title. As the youngest ever, and oldest ever, his mark on professional surfing is unquestionable, and it seems the idea of not finishing on top, has fired him on to kick on for another year.

“Last year, someone asked me what excited me in the end years of my career and I said I would like to surf a Final at Pipe against John John (Florence) so that’s pretty special today,” Slater said. “To win is even better. I want to surf against the best surfers at the best waves – that’s why I’m on tour. I was obviously emotional today, especially after Mick (Fanning) clinched the title in the Quarters. I don’t know what happens for me in 2014 but I think that has pissed me off just enough to come back.”

“Today was one of the most special days in my life,” Slater continued. “It’s a day I have dreamed about since I was a little kid – big, perfect, West-angled Pipeline and a showdown at the Pipe Masters. If I had stepped away from the sport five years ago, I wouldn’t have had today. I want more days like this so I’m definitely back next year.”

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The pipe final was very much a battle of the Master and Apprentice, with Mr Florence long touted as the next man to carry the burden of the sports progression, and he did not disappoint. Although today was not the day he would hoist the Pipe Trophy above his head (which it has seemed inevitable he would one day do since as young as 12) he walked away with one of the most coveted awards in surfing, the Vans Triple Crown. If you can’t with the World Title, and you can’t win Pipe, the next best thing is the Vans Triple Crown.

“This is my second Triple Crown but it feels pretty special,” Florence said. “The first year, I wasn’t really thinking about it. I was young and just having fun. This year, I came into the Triple Crown wanting to win it, but I honestly didn’t think I had a chance until we got to the final day at Pipe. This result has me motivated for next year. It’s eating me inside how close I was, but I’m still stoked.”

In the nicest of post heat compliments, Slater declared ”This guy’s the king out here these days, and I’m the old lion trying to hold on.”

However, a summary piece of the day cannot be written without acknowledging the controversy surrounding the judging and scores awarded to Mick in his final two heats of the day. Social media was in full swing immediately after Mick swooped into his 9.7 and ended Yadin Nicols dream run towards requalification, Slater fans were calling over scoring, and Mick fans were calling legit. Either way, I think surfing won, as the idea of Kelly not being around in 2014 is far too painful of a thought to process this early on a Sunday.

The clock is now ticking for the 2014 season opener, and it is perhaps Mick’s sentiments (Kelly was incredibly blunt in dismissing the legitimacy of the scores that earned Mick his Round 5 and Quarter final heat wins) “Run at Me” that has me most excited for next year – bring on Snapper Rocks.

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A PLACE IN THE SUN

So begins Stab Magazine’s annual contest to find the best trunks.

Meet this year’s contenders:

AfendsAssembly LabelBillabongThe Critical Slide SocietyGlobe, M.Nii, O’Neill, RhythmRusty and Volcom.

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The Rules of the Game:

Each brand creates a unique pair of boardies and an accompanying clip.

Votes are made from three divisions: Public Vote, Designer Vote and Director Vote.

The winning pair of boardshorts must win of the divisions. If in the case that the three divisions are won by three different companies, the public vote holds the most weight and that entry will be deemed winner.

Voting is now open and will close this Friday 6 December. Winner to be announced Tuesday 10 December.

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WINNERS: Skullcandy Competition

Congratulations to the 3 winners of our Skullcandy Competition! You’ve all been emailed and will be receiving your new pair of Crushers very soon…

  • Lesley Walker
  • Michael Mayrseidl
  • Karina Kennedy

Thanks for all of the awesome entries – make sure you keep your eye on our Facebook page for upcoming giveaways!

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WINNERS: Dr. Martens, G-Shock, Isla by Talulah & Ogio.

We have some exciting competitions to announce! Thank you to everyone for your entries, and congratulations to our winners below – you have been emailed.

Dr. Martens

  • Julie Nitz
  • Lauren Woods
  • Kristen Hart

Channel Islands x G-Shock

  • Chris Greben

Isla by Talulah

  • Eugenia Lee

Ogio

  • Paul Fergusson

Visit our Facebook page for the latest competition!

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500 BRANDS

For the next month SurfStitch are celebrating reaching a massive 500 brands! For a small operation which began in a shed on Sydney’s Northern Beaches we are stoked with our journey so far.

To celebrate this milestone SurfStitch are running a huge 500 hours of special offers. Plus one order each day will receive a $500 SurfStitch shopping spree – just our way of saying thanks for helping us reach 500 brands.

We thought we would share some behind the scenes pics of some of the SurfStitch staff celebrating 500 brands.

Taegen and Janelle from the Marketing Team

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Natasha, David and Kellie from Customer Service and Returns

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Anna, Sophia and Seon from Content

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Heading towards 500 Brands we thought we would showcase two of our newest brands – Stone Fox Swim and 8 Other Reasons.

SurfStitch are proud to be the only Australian stockist of the Californian swimwear brand Stone Fox Swim. With roots in California beach culture and a little twist of surf, love and rock & roll, these suits are sure to bring out your inner wild child! Stone Fox suits are for the confident, bold & brave girl who has a passion for life and is definitely not afraid to stand out from the crowd.

Stone Fox Swim - Dream on

Shop the Stone Fox Swim Tucker Separate Pants and Wren Tri Separate Top

Stone Fox Swim - Fire Coral

Stone Fox Swim Natasha Tri Separate Top and Hudson Separate Pants

Stone Fox Swim - Harlow top

Stone Fox Swim Harlow Fringe Tri Separate Top and Kelsen Separate Pants

Stone Fox Swim - Mamba

Stone Fox Swim Stella Tri Separate Top and Mason Separate Pants

And new jewellery brand 8 Other Reasons. Designers Charles Lichaa and Anthony Nohra’s origins surprising lie not in fashion, but rather in industrial design and photography. What 8 Other Reasons achieves then is a refined kind of costume jewellery. Pieces rendered in monochrome white enamel and waxed black leather – plated in sterling silver and 14k rose-gold – layered in heavy, tubular detailing.

From the weighty and masculine chain necklaces, to the pop colour multi stone neckpieces, brushed metals and architectural moldings; This 8 Other Reasons is at the helm of a jewellery movement where diversity in design, quality and affordability are all of equal importance.

8oo Wild Child

8 Other Reasons Wild Child Necklace and Young Money Earrings

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8 Other Reasons Undefeated Necklace

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8 Other Reasons The Battle Necklace and Implicit Truth Ring

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WINNER: Rhythm Girls $500 Wardrobe

It’s time to announce the lucky winner of our Rhythm Girls $500 wardrobe! And the prize goes to… Michele Chiu! Who beautifully put together a collage of images that ‘inspire’ her. Thank you for your entry Michele and we hope you enjoy your prize!

Make sure you keep entering for great prizes like this one. Like SurfStitch on Facebook to keep up with the latest!

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WINNERS: Spy Eyewear Competition

We are excited to announce the winners of our Spy Eyewear Competition!

  • Ashley Stewart
  • Nathan Carter Cook
  • Anthony Desantis

You have been emailed with details on how to claim your prize! Thanks for everyone’s great entries and make sure you like the SurfStitch Facebook Page to keep up with all of the latest competition!

Click to shop Spy.

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