The Quiksilver Pro is here on the coast again and we couldn’t be more excited – we love having the opportunity to wander down to the beach to catch professional surfing in our own backyard. Get excited and check out the trailer for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro 2014: Make it Golden.
This week I’m crazy about all things peachy. The laid back, understated and summer colour brightens up any outfit and it’s a colour that can easily be paired back with everything. Take a look at these items that we’re peachy keen about!
This Tigerlily dress will be the perfect addition to your wardrobe this summer. With a super light fabric, loose fit and a featuring a pineapple print it screams effortless summer. Throw on over your swimwear to head to the beach or pair with some tan wedges and a stack of bracelets for afternoon drinks.
The Quiksilver Dane Boardshort has a water repellent coating, back pocket embroidery and feature a drain hole and elastic string. With a peach and navy combo these boardies will have you standing out in the water all holidays long.
The first and second rounds of the Quiksilver Pro kicked off in foggy weather at 10am local time Le Penon.
Some heavyweights fell in Round One and were forced to batte it out in Round Two to stay alive in the comp.
Some standout performers were South Africa’s Jordy Smith and Taj Burrow coming in hot from the Hurley Pro.
Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning are both counting on big results in France to boost their World Title campaigns. Mick is leading the race at 41,900 while Kelly is snapping at his heels at 40,700.
For those of you who didn’t tune in to the live event last night here are the Round One and Round Two Results.
First call is 7:30am 27/09/2013 local time, keep tuned.
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.43 def. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 8.00
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.90 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.00
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.50 def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 15.90
Heat 4: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 15.50 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.47
Heat 5: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 17.66 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 15.06
QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 15.27, Travis Logie (ZAF) 13.00, Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.43
Heat 2: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 14.77, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 12.80, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 9.83
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.80, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.17, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 13.60
Heat 4: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 13.67, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.50, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 7.50
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.76, Adam Melling (AUS) 15.40, Dane Reynolds (USA) 8.50
Heat 6: Kolohe Andino (USA) 17.40, Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.86, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 13.67
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.23, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.07, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 10.10
Heat 8: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 17.67, Adriano De Souza (BRA) 15.16, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 11.70
Heat 9: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 16.17, C.J Hobgood (USA) 15.33, Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 15.26
Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.34, John John Florence (HAW) 13.47, Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.43
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.23, Nat Young (USA) 12.20, Damien Hobgood (USA) 12.13
Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.90, Kai Otton (AUS) 13.67, Brett Simpson (USA) 12.06
Some last minute call ups are Patrick Gudauskas who was flaring at the Hurley Pro in San Clemente, Yadin Nicol, local Frenchman Marc Lacomare, Italian Leonardo Fioravanti and Ramzi Boukhiam from Morroco.
Our pick of the heats are Heat 5 which pairs up Quiksilver heavyweights Kelly Slater and Dane Reynolds and Heat 7 which sees the two new gen aerialists Julian Wilson and Gabriel Medina who will be battling it out in the sky.
In the meantime check out this throwback of Kelly Slater from last year’s comp.
Round One Heat Draw
Heat 1: Josh Kerr (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF), Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Marc Lacomare (FRA)
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA), Adam Melling (AUS), Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 8: Adriano De Souza (BRA), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 9: C.J. Hobgood (USA), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF), John John Florence (HAW), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 11: Nat Young (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 12: Kai Otton (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
The working week is over and it’s time to sit back and enjoy SurfStitch’s picks of the week. All quiet on the contest and controversy fronts this week, but plenty of clips to inspire a paddle this weekend.
NOA DEANE UNCUT
Our fave up and comer Noa Deane has just released this short about his life. A candid insight into a surfer on the cusp of big things.
CLAY MARZO STICKER FREE
Since being purged by Quiksilver last year, Clay Marzo’s been spending a tonne of time in West Australia getting very, very barreled. He may no longer be deemed ‘marketable’ but this clip’s a pleasure to watch.
South African Grant Twiggy Baker’s known for his big wave exploits and renowned as a bona fide mad man. Here we see how he cracked the big-wave game, and find out about his life on land.
BACK TO THE GARDEN
Sure, the Roxy Pro was waveless, but that didn’t mean no surfing went down, as shown by Tyler Wright and co making the most of Europe’s newest man-made sensation. Stay tuned for an interview with Ms.Wright on the site soon…
Welcome to SurfStitch’s inaugural Weekly Wash Up, the blog post where we drag a whole week’s worth of surf into one place. Controversy, contests and loons charging big waves, it’s been a busy week.
ROXY GETS RAUNCHY
Roxy’s #whoamIjustguess campaign stole all the headlines this week. Did the ad that promoted a women’s surf contest without actually showing surfing degrade female surfers?
SurfStitch posted the clip to gauge your feelings on it. This was the response.
*Funnily enough the Roxy Pro has been plagued by a lack of swell and could be called off.
EL SALVADOR SIZZLES
Meanwhile in Latin America the six-star event at La Libertad in El Salvdor tuned on some pumping point waves. Unfortunately webcast has been hit by the issues you’d expect in a third world country but waves haven’t disappointed. The comp will wrap over the weekend with Aussie Mitch Crews looking the goods. Stay tuned for a chat with Mitch on this blog next week.
DANE’S NEW DESIGN
We already blogged about it here, but’s Dane freaking Reynolds!
VINTAGE ANDY IRONS
Earlier this week some old school footage from Shipstern’s Bluff featuring everyone’s fave former World Champ Andy Irons surfaced. It ain’t a flash edit but you certainly feel like you’re right there in the channel. Compulsory viewing for every surf fan.
To wrap things up here’s a nice ‘’lil clip from thesealife.com featuring Jack Lynch and his squeeze Roya walking planks at Crescent Head (one of SurfSitch’s fave places on the East Coast).
Hope everyone has a wave-filled weekend. Happy Friday from SurfStich.
SurfStitch’s pals at Channel Islands have alerted us that Dane Reynolds’ latest model is dropping imminently. If the success of the Dumpster Diver, the DFR and the Neck Beard are anything to go by expect to see this board everywhere from Bondi to Busselton very soon. Right now the team at CI Australia are over in Santa Barbara sampling the new sleds and they’ll be available right here in the coming weeks.
In the meantime here’s the official line on the new designs from Al Merrick.
“Each concept board incorporated a blend of single to double with vee, 13”+ nose and 15”+ tail with a double bump. After a few months of tweaks and refinements, the result is a design that can be ridden in two different dimension sets to dial in the type of waves and conditions you ride. Dane rides a 5’8” x 19 1/2 a 2 7/16 as a GROVELER and a 5’9” 19 1/4 x 2 7/16” as a UTILITY board.”
Last week Surfstich’s Basque neighbours at Wavegarden dropped this clip and wow are we excited! It seems the European wave wizards have upped the size and power on a previously developed setup, and with the endorsements of Dane and Taj credibility has skyrocketed.
Unlike artificial snow, the Wavegarden has the potential to match, or even be better than the real thing. Here at SS we’re losing our minds over the video, but we still had a few questions so we got Wave Garden’s head of media Felip Verger on the line for some answers…
So Felip, it looks great, but when can we have a go?
We, at Wavegarden, are a technology company and have designed and patented this technology. We are not planning to run any “wavegardens”, but rather to sell installations to customers (who will be running them. Think of us like makers of snow guns, our customers are ski resorts, not the skiers and snowboarders.
I see. So how much to put one in our backyard?
It’s impossible to tell, it depends on many variables. Let’s just say a minimum of three million Euros. A team of investors in Bristol in the UK have estimated they they’ll charge 15 pounds ($25.00AUD) p/hour once their facility is up and running.
Was it hard to get Dane, Taj and the world’s best surfers to test it?
No, not at all. They had all heard of the project and seen the previous videos, so it was easy to get them during the down days of the Quik Pro France. All surfers want to experience new waves! Taj actually sent us a very nice e-mail from Fiji this week, he was stoked on the video.
Is it possible to increase the size? What’s stopping you from making it double overhead?
In a bigger lagoon you can make bigger waves, and also much longer ones. If you have a lagoon one km long, you can make a one km long wave non- stop, keeping the shape and the speed and the power of the wave along the whole journey.
So there you have it, the future of surfing is here.
Now we just need three million Euros…
Now, have the pleasure of Craig Anderson, bouncing around in Mexico. Some of those barrels make you wanna book a flight straight to Huatulco. As we’ve said before, Quiksilver’s annual trunk videos are some of the best in the game and we’re very fond of them. Oh, they’re made by Kai Neville.
Matt Banting can really fly! This is four-minutes (ish) long, colourful, and impressive. So, dig on it. Watch Mr. Banting bury rails and fly.