Feature: Vans x Star Wars Collaboration

Vans are back with a brand new collaboration, this time taking us back to a galaxy far, far away with their Star Wars Collection. The team at Vans are known for their creativity and unique collaborations, and the amazing Star Wars Collection is without a doubt our favourite yet. Starwars18-18-2014 5-19-10 PMThe artwork is drawn from the original Star Wars Trilogy and features original designs, with all your favourite characters. From the Yoda Sk8-Hi Reissue model featuring a Hawaiian print, to the Stormtrooper Bandana Authentic, Vans bring something special in each of design.8-18-2014 5-09-23 PMStarwars-LilyMelrose8-18-2014 5-28-01 PM8-18-2014 5-26-01 PMvansproduct

Vans Classic Slip On – A New Hope | Vans Sk8 Hi Reissue – Yoda Aloha | Vans Authentic Stormtrooper Bandana

The Vans X Star Wars collaboration also sees mens and womens clothing and accessories in the collection. Be sure to check out the whole Collection on SurfStitch!

*Imagery by Vans/Unknown

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RYAN SHECKLER WINS SKATE STREETSTYLE

Ryan Sheckler has defended his title at the Dew Tour Skate Streetstyle event for the third year in a row. Downtown Portland, Oregon shut down as fourteen skateboarders took to the tactical downhill course, all competitors giving it their all. The course consisted of rails, ramps and other odd set ups, including shipping containers, to push the riders to their potential and ultimately crown the deserving winner. Shecklerwin1

Each skater got three attempts at completing their best chosen run of the downhill course. With every competitor being one of the best street skateboarders in the world and them all pushing each other to their limits, you can only imagine the absolutely incredible and technical tricks that were going down. The good vibes continued to flow as it got down to the final three competitors including Alec Majerus, Curren Caples and of course, Ryan Sheckler himself.

Alec was first to complete his final run, opening with a huge nollie feeble grind down the first 10 stair handrail. He managed to continue to keep his feet on the board throughout the run, taking pole position as the other two skateboarders sat at the top of the course ready for their turn. Caples, who we all know has been making a name for himself lately in the skateboarding scene, was next and he also unleashed a whole bag of tricks against his fellow competitors and friends. Caples stayed strong though toward the bottom fell, opening the door for the Sheckler parade to come bursting in. Though falling on similar runs earlier, this was the two time defending champion’s time to shine once again. That he did, completing his run without a fault with an awesome display of perfectly executed manoeuvres that would see him once again take home the title. Sheckler flew through the course and displayed nothing but skill as he linked together tricks we all can only imagine about. From huge kickflip indy grabs, to lip slides, a tweaked 360 air and a huge backside tail slide on the final shipping container, Sheckler proved yet again that he is up there with the best in the world.

‘I really like this contest and the whole idea of it’ Sheckler said after winning and signing autographs. ‘When you are a little kid all you want to do is bomb hills, so to have a downhill contest with a bunch of gnarly ramps on it it just spoke to me, I love skating this event!’

Watch Ryan Sheckler’s final run and be blown away!

Congratulations to Ryan Sheckler from the whole SurfStitch team! Let’s see if anyone can stop him from taking the title four years straight in 2015! Like what you saw? Browse our huge range of skate products here.

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JAY ADAMS – GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

Over the weekend the surfing and skateboarding communities farewelled a beloved pioneer as original Dogtown Z-Boy Jay Adams passed away from heart attack, while on a surfing holiday over the border in Mexico. Adams help transform skateboarding to what it is today, from the flats to the pools, bringing his dangerous, raw surf vibe to the sport along with a group of friends from Los Angeles. The Z-Boys help carve the way for skateboarding today, being some of the first to shred empty backyard pools back in the 1970’s. If it weren’t for these guys, there would be no Tony Hawk or the other household names we all know today.ja3Before the Z-Boys, skateboarding was a much different sport. If you’ve seen the documentary or movie on the Lords of Dogtown, you’ll know that before the pools and ramps, skateboarding was much more like ballet or gymnastics. Rather than build speed and skate more like surfing, skateboarders would do different manoeuvres while staying in the one spot. This all officially changed when the Zephyr team arrived at a skateboarding competition in Del Mar, south of the group’s home of Venice Beach, Los Angeles. Though other crews had already been tearing apart the pools and street spots for years, it was the Z-Boys who displayed their surfer approach, forever cementing the style to skateboarding and changing the sport forever.JA6Jay was always known as a skateboarder, though surfing was a huge part of his life. He travelling all over the world chasing waves and was known to charge in Hawaii and Mexico, continuously pushing the limits even at the age of 53. Although he had troubles with drugs and law earlier in his life, Adams turned all of that around toward his later years, becoming a Christian and visiting schools to inform kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. ja5JA7

‘You don’t quit Skateboarding because you get old. You get old because you quit Skateboarding‘ - Jay AdamsJA1Jay will forever be remembered all over the world as one of the original Z-Boys of Venice Beach. Our thoughts go out to Jay’s family and friends during this difficult time.  True legends never die and although he is gone, he will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace.

Imagery: Glen E. Friedman, Kent Sherwood, Unknown

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VANS U.S. OPEN WRAP UP

The Vans U.S. Open of Surfing has finished up, with new champions being crowned in all areas of competition. From men’s and women’s surfing (including longboarding), to skate and even BMX events, Vans have outdone themselves yet again with another successful and very entertaining event for 2014. The waves unfortunately stayed rather small for the event, though this did not stop some great technical and exciting surfing being produced from all competitors. The invitational Van Doren skateboarding and BMX events also went off with a huge boom, with competitors and spectators all impressed with the contest arena, all taking it to the next level and throwing huge airs and giving the crowds what they wanted to see.contest1

The main event was in the women’s surfing, which on World Championship Tour (WCT) status, saw the best 17 women surfers in the world battle it out for a chance to take home the title. After finishing runner up a number of times through the 2014 season, it was finally time for Tyler Wright to shine, as she took out Stop #6 of 10 of the Women’s WCT at the famous Huntington Beach Pier in California. Wright reigned over 5 time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore in the Final, linking manoeuvres from outside to in, dominating through her technical surfing abilities. Though locking in a strong score in the 9′s, Gilmore was unable to match the scores Wright had scraped together, falling short of her U.S. Open campaign goals. The win moves Wright up the rankings, now seated at #4 on the Women’s World Championship Tour.

“It’s been a long event and really enjoyable for me,” said Tyler Wright. “I wouldn’t be here without my team and they mean the world to me. All the girls have been ripping this entire event and it’s been wonderful to see. I felt really relaxed and comfortable and everything has gone really well for me this week and I loved it.”Untitled-2

Though many would think this could be a huge game changer in the overall rankings, Stephanie does not seem to worried. “When you do your throwaways I guess I’m in a good spot,” said Gilmore. “You can’t really calculate too much right now. More than anything, I’m excited for the rest of the year and to be able to surf Trestles, France, Portugal and finish the year off in Honolua Bay.” Steph1

Though being seen as almost its own event in surfing all together, the main surfing event for the men was a Qualifying Series (QS) Prime event, in which surfers battle it out to collect points and try to gain a lucky spot on the following years World Championship Tour. Filipe Toledo continued his impressive display of surfing, winning the event against fellow Brazilian Willian Cardoso in the Final. By throwing together a 8.73 and another strong score, Toledo used his terrific aerial skills to beat his fellow countryman, both however, stoked to see Brazil taking the top results as they flew their nations flag high with pride. Filipe takes home $100,000 in prize money and can now add his name to the honourable list of U.S. Open champions. Local favourite Brett Simpson was a popular nomination when people were asked who would take out the event for this year. The American perhaps cracked under pressure from the huge crowds and was knocked in Semi Final 2, by none other than Toledo, the event champion.

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“I’m super stoked and excited,” said Toledo. “It was an amazing heat against Willian (Cardoso). He’s been surfing really well the whole competition. I just turned my game to the air game so I could do what I love to do and it worked. I had to surf though a lot of pain with my ankle (following a sprain in Africa) and just put it out of my mind. I felt comfortable in these conditions. I won the junior in 2011 and was just feeling confident throughout the week.”Toledo3

Australian Matt Banting also claimed another win for the 2014 season, winning the Junior surfing event after a great 9 point ride. Banting competed in both the Junior event and the main event, though was eliminated in Quaterfinal 3. Hawaiian super shredder Bailey Nagy also won the Women’s Junior event, and reigning champion Justin Quintal won the longboard event, the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational. All in all, an absolute great event showcasing all types of surfing, something we all love!

21 year old Raven Tershy took the Van Doren Invitational Skateboarding event, after a long day of all competitors putting their bodies on the line to win the prestigious event. Tershy tore apart the concrete bowl built specifically for this event, impressing judges and spectators alike and thankfully can now add the win to his already impressive resume. Tershy combined his vert skills with street, as he displayed a series of long grinds and slides, with big airs and the inclusion of impressive flip tricks. Gary Young won the BMX invitational event, also producing huge airs and impressive combinations of some of the hardest tricks in the book.

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SurfStitch would like to congratulate all competitors on their great results, particularly those lucky enough to take out their chosen events! It is exciting to think what is to come from these athletes next! Either way, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing will never disappoint.

Need a new pair of Vans? Sure you do. Shop all Vans here now!

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NIKE SB STREET LEAGUE STOP #2 – LOS ANGELES

The unbelievable Nyjah Huston has won Stop 2 of the Nike SB Street League of Skateboarding, held at the Gallen Centre in Los Angeles over the weekend. Despite having a bad wipe out early in the day on Saturday during the practice runs and claiming he would not skate the remainder of the event, Nyjah came back to prove to himself and others, what he was capable of. The 20 year old lived up to his standard of pulling off unbelievable technical tricks, wowing audiences and judges alike.Nyjahwinnike

After a fall injured his wrist and leg during Saturday’s practice run, Nyjah said getting out of bed the following day almost did not happen. When asked how he felt on winning, he said “I seriously have no idea, today was definitely a stressful one.”

Friends and other professional skateboarders Chad Ortiz and Torey Pudwell placed in at second and third at the second Street League event, though could not match the technical antics Huston continued to throw through his competitive campaign. The win sees Nyjah pocket $100,000 in prize money and after also claiming victory at Stop 1 of the Street League only 2 weeks ago, he is now in the running to take the entire competition series as the Super Crown Championship of the Nike SB Street League of Skateboarding is held next month.

It was not as simple as people may think for Huston to take the win, despite his successful run of 2014. All competitors showed impressive displays of different tricks, with the leading position changing repetitively between the final three competitors. While Ortiz and Pudwell secured some great combination scores, it was Nyjah taking things to the next level, going for a huge backside kickflip over the manual pads and into the flats. Breaking his front truck completely off his board after a few attempts, it was thanks to the kindness of Aussie team mate Shane O’Neill and a borrowed board that would help secure the landing of this trick. The completed trick saw Nyjah gain first place and secure one of only two 9 point scores in the entire event.nyjahwinnike1nyjah2

Another stand out performance was that from Australian style master, Shane ‘Nugget’ O’Neill. Although not making the top three, O’Neill took out second place in Diamond Life After Party ‘Best Trick’ session, pocketing a sweet $1,500 with a nollieflip crooked grind, nollieflip out on the 20 foot ledge. Though not winning the second stop in Los Angeles, O’Neill is also eligible to take out the Super Crown Championship next month, along with Nyjah and six other competitors.

What’s on everyone’s mind is ‘Will Nyjah continue to lead the score and take out the Street League Super Crown Competition next month in New Jersey?’ Only time will tell. Below are the top 8 contenders to take the win of the Super Crown Championships next month. If you’ve seen these guys before, its clearly anyone’s game.Supercrown*All imagery by Nike and Cory Williams

Be sure to stay tuned on the SurfStitch Blog for all the latest news and information from the Street League of Skateboarding, presented by Nike SB. To browse all the latest styles and colours from Nike SB, check out the extensive range here on SurfStitch!

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Time to Skate ||

It has come that time in winter that staying out of the water would be advised, unless the surf is pumping and you have your wetty prepared. If you haven’t already tried skateboarding, now would be a good time to pick up a board and give it your best shot.

We can’t help you with your skills to skate but we can certainly help you look your best at the skate park. From completes to accessories, SurfStitch have it all. Simple or busy designs, the fastest bearings to the loosest trucks.

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Or this could more your style of skateboarding ….tumblr_n8hov0azvL1s6w1c4o1_1280

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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ELEMENT PRESENTS MAKE IT COUNT

This Saturday the 19th of July see’s the ‘Make It Count’ skateboard competition hit Geelong, presented by our friends at Element. The event is part of an international series, with other rounds of competition being held all over the globe, including Europe and both North and South America’s. With a heap of great prizes on offer, this opportunity is huge for skateboarders everywhere, and now it’s Australia’s turn to show the rest of the world what we’ve got! Here’s a few images from last years Global Final!element1element2

In the words of Element:

‘Make it count is a series of amateur skateboarding events throughout the world designed to seek out new talent and promote the element message of social awareness, environmental stewardship, and positivity. Rather than a cash prize, the overall winner is awarded unforgettable memories, a taste of culture from around the world, and a newfound vision for a career in skateboarding…truly an experience of a lifetime.’

To learn more about ‘Make It Count’ visit their website here. Watch the awesome highlights from the Global Final of last year’s ‘Make it Count’ Competition! If that was a year ago, it’s scary to think what this year’s event holds! Enjoy!

* All imagery by Element

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Brixton | Spring Collection | Preview

Brixton have a huge collection for your spring wardrobe right around the corner. Known for their iconic style of hats and shirts, they have not let us down in the up and coming collection. The three friends have taken on the skate industry and have been pushing the boundaries,with this springs style.

Their hats and snap backs offer a different look and can be perfect for your head at any time of the year. Additionally they have introduced some intriguing styles of tees and shorts into their product range.

 Here is a taste of some of their collection that will be all available at SurfStitch.

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Sheckler, Harris and Mendoza Shred Australia

Ryan Sheckler is no lost name is skateboarding. From being known in the skateboarding world since he pretty much started to walk, to later achieving huge contest wins and even his own TV shows, the Sheckler name isn’t being forgotten by anyone any time soon. Ryan recently made the trip Down Under and linked up with Corbin Harris, Goldy shredder Mikey Mendoza and the crews at Oakley and Red Bull for plenty of fun in the sun. The clip is apart of the Red Bull hosted ‘Sheckler Sessions,’ which give society a sneak peek into the lifestyle of the professional skateboarder, while mixing in a healthy amount of skateboarding to go with it. shekdouble                                                              Imagery: Craig Barrett/Sam McGuire

Check out this clip of Ryan Sheckler’s trip to Australia. Who knows? It might even help with your skate spot checks and give you the insight on a few new ones to go check out!

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