DANE REYNOLDS NEW ‘FEED’ CLIP

When Dane Reynolds drops a new clip, it gets everyone psyched. Dane has proven himself to be one of the most entertaining surfers in the world to watch, and this new clip is definitely no different.

In the words of the man himself…

“some NEW S*** from marine layer to keep the stoke alive! it’s mostly b sides from loaded, not many people know, but i tore my mcl 6 wks ago today, and the dr gave me 6-8 wks recovery time, so ‘FEED’ is a celebration of sorts, cause yeah, you’ll be seeing me on the slopes pretty damn soon. oh yeah, and also, there’s a small cameo from now (Noa) Deane. he came and stayed at my house for a few days in Jan. rad.”

Now sit back, relax and get ready for some mind blowing power surfing! We promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Wrap Up – Gold Coast 2014

As we are all now aware, both the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro events and the first stop of the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Tour have finished up on the Gold Coast, leaving audiences with some great, yet some say controversial results. The beautiful Gold Coast served up some pumping waves, sunny skies and plenty of social aspects, both in and out of the water over the 12-day waiting period.

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Snapper Rocks offers beautiful scenery in general, and to watch the world’s best surfers go head to head, makes it probably one of the best places in the world this time of year. The Men’s WCT event saw local legend and Snapper Rocks expert, 2013 event winner Joel Parkinson dominate heats against rivals, including Brazilian Miguel Pupo in Quarter Final 4, allowing Parkinson to progress through to the Semi Finals. The domination then continued in the 3-4 foot conditions through to the next heat, where he would face another stand out Brazilian surfer, Adriano de Souza. Normally on his game, de Souza was no match for the local and produced only a 9.67 to that of Parkinson’s 18.70. Still considered to some as the new kid on the block, Gabriel Medina also wowed audiences with his performances and ability on his backhand. He met other local star Mick Fanning in Quarter Final 2, and to the surprise of many came out on top producing a 15.83 to Fannings 14.00, perhaps causing some local disappointment.

This resulted in an Australian vs. Brazilian, Regular vs. Goofy footer Final, with large support for both surfers being outstandingly evident from the beach. The Gold Coast had produced great waves and weather for the event thus far, with the men’s Final offering 3-5 foot walls and punchy sections. The atmosphere in the air was incredible, as all supporters knew it came down to this one last heat, 35 minutes and a winner would be crowned. Parkinson started out straight away from behind the rock producing a 9 point ride and backing up with a 6.5, proving to himself and the crowd that he wanted the back to back victory of the 2014 Quiksilver Pro and to keep it here on the Gold Coast. Gabriel Medina was sort to be struggling to get a solid score on the board, however within the final minutes impressed the judges with a great wave, resulting in a 8.50. He then managed to scrape into another with little time remaining and steal first place from Parkinson, whom looked to be already celebrating. The final scores for both surfers ended in 16.27 for Parkinson and 16.33 for Medina, meaning the Brazilian had snatched the title by a painful and narrow .06.

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The eruptions of the Brazillian supporters on the sand were colossal, as Gabriel Medina had now made history being the first Brazilian surfer to take out the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast, stealing and securing the win over local Joel Parkinson, something not a lot of people thought could be done. Supporters surrounded Medina as he approached the beach, putting him up on their shoulders and waving the Brazilian flag in exhilaration. Some think the score should have been held in Parkinson’s favour, however in the end it was Medina who produced the goods and came out on top, regardless of margin. The Brazilians win also put Goofy footers back on the map at Snapper Rocks, as a win had not been seen since Australian Mick Lowe took out the same event in 2004.

Other standout performances in the Quiksilver Pro included Taj Burrow knocking out American big wig CJ Hobgood, with Burrows score of 15.00 to Hobgood’s 12.46 in the first Quarter Final. Brazilian Adriano de Souza also knocked out surfing legend Kelly Slater in Quarter Final 3 with a 16.53 to that of Slater’s 12.17.

Local surf sensation Stephanie Gilmore has proven herself at the perfect mechanical right hander of Snapper Rocks in the past, and this event was no different. Gilmore dominated heats and secured the title of the Roxy Pro against South African Bianca Buitendag, claiming her 5th event title and setting herself up perfectly for the start of the 2014 Tour. Gilmore left Buitendag behind after claiming back to back scores of 8.80 and 6.33 in perfect 3-5 foot warm water waves cooperating with light winds.

The Roxy Pro saw all the competitors make standout performances, including American Lakey Peterson, Australian Sally Fitzgibbons, Hawaiian Carissa Moore and many more impressing judges and the local crowd with their exciting surfing. Quarter Final 1 saw Gilmore eliminate American Courtney Conlogue with scores of 15.43 to 13.50. Quarter Final 4 caused a little bit of local upset when Sally Fitzgibbons was eliminated by Californian Lakey Peterson. Fitzgibbons was the 2013 runner up of the same event and was thought to be a popular contender for the 2014 title. Semi Final 1 saw Gilmore meet Hawaiian Carissa Moore, with both previous World Champions going head to head like no tomorrow. It was Gilmore who out shined the Hawaiian however, putting together great turns and barrel riding to progress to the Final in her own backyard. South African Bianca Buitendag come head to head with Californian Lakey Peterson in Semi Final 2. Buitenberg produced two back to back rides resulting in a 15.90, which was too much of a struggle for Peterson to come back from resulting in defeat.

The Roxy Pro Final saw local surfing icon Stephanie Gilmore now meet South African goofy footer Bianca Buitendag. Both had surfed strong through all their previous heats and this was the time to shine in the 3-5 foot clean walls of Snapper Rocks. Again, both surfers threw out aggressive turns and showed the wave who was boss, though it was Gilmore who took out the event with a score of 15.80, to that of South African Bianca Buitendag whom only managed a 10.47. This event became the locals 5th Roxy Pro title.

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All in all both events were a huge success. The Gold Coast produced amazing waves and weather yet again, safeguarding its position on the tour for years to come. The event brings a great atmosphere to the city, with Coolangatta especially offering many out of the water happenings for everyone to enjoy. A great event for the family, for friends and even just yourself!

We here at Surf Stitch would like to congratulate both Stephanie Gilmore and Gabriel Medina on their wins and all the other surfers on their efforts and performances. We all can’t wait to see you all next year and see what the rest of 2014 has in store!

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Quiksilver Pro 2014: Make it Golden

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.

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ITEMS OF THE WEEK: PEACHY KEEN

584425868b8edc747e95dea9ae9946b7This 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!

T332434PINE-TIGERLILY-1Tigerlily Sona Tee Dress

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.

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Quiksilver Dane Boardshort

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.b673a3d3ace2d1abad108bede3fa9a29

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QUIKY PRO FRANCE UNDERWAY

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.

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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

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QUIKY PRO FRANCE BEGINS

The contest window for the Quiky Pro France has just opened. Guys bookmark this link cause it’s on!

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)

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THE WEEKLY WASH UP

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.

Happy Friday…

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.

TWIGGY.TV

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…

FLASHBACK FRIDAY

This guy…

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THE WEEKLY WASH UP

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.

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*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.

William Cardoso does the ripping.

William Cardoso does the ripping.

DANE’S NEW DESIGN

We already blogged about it here, but’s Dane freaking Reynolds!

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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.

FINAL THOUGHTS…

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.

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DANE’S NEW DESIGN

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.”

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Stay tuned…

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THE FUTURE?

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.

Wavegarden 2.0 – June 2013 from wavegarden on Vimeo.

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…

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