At SurfStitch we tend to attract staff with a bit of an adventurous spirit. We just love being outside – barefoot wandering, feeling the dirt in between our toes, saltwater hair, wind on our faces. With quite a few staff working out of SurfStitch HQ on the Gold Coast we have a mix of surfers, skateboarders and snowboarders which means that any given month someone could be shredding in Japan or island hopping in Indonesia, fuelling their wanderlust.
We wanted to share a little bit of our outdoor lifestyle with you.
Meet David from Customer Service:
“Skateboarding for me these days is more an excuse to turn a typically mundane task into an enjoyable activity in itself. Filling the gaps between home -> surf -> coffee -> work. The walk/drive may seem like chore but if you’re ripping and weaving between obstacles on the way; you’re living the saying ‘happiness is in the journey, not the destination’. Be warned: if you’re choosing your destinations wisely, you may develop a facial imbalance because the muscles used to frown will be fairly unused.
Start your next adventure now with some of our iconic skate brands.
1 Vans Sk8 Hi Shoe – Black 2 Vans Authentic Shoe – Navy 3 Vans Old Skool Shoe – Black
Penny Completes and Penny Nickels shop here!
1 Obey Lightning Tour Raglan Tee 2 Obey Font Crew Fleece 3 Obey Was Here Crew Fleece
Keep an eye out on SurfStitch New Arrivals for some new exciting skate brands!
Urban, edgy and California cool all rolled into a lazy suburban afternoon setting. Insight’s latest lookbook focuses around denim and its many faces and styles. He’s a downtown skater boy who prefers to wear his caps back way round and his cuffs rolled up. She’s the girl who hangs around the guys with her high-waisted jeans and bikini on show cause it’s just too damn hot to put a top on!
The imagery combined with the oh-so-cool clothing had this campaign catching my eye and wanting to mix up my style. These are the noteworthy looks I’m gearing to get involved in.
#1. Swimwear, anytime, any place.
#2. Clash the hell out of those prints.
#3. Make your denim interesting.
#4. Try a base ball cap or fluro colours.
#4 The more wear and tear the better.
#1. Turn that cap around.
#2. Basics are better.
#3. A great denim shirt will get you through anything.
#4. Get those socks out.
Shop Insight here.
Jake & Sammy – VX is dead from Gravis Footwear on Vimeo.
The new Gravis Footwear clip – VX is dead – was released over the weekend featuring team riders Sammy Winter and Jake Johnson. Filmed with the new Sony VX-1000 the quality of the footage is pretty great…and so is the skating.
How do you fit 46-years into 7 minutes? Well it seems Eliot Rausch has done a bloody good job trying!
Released on International Surfing Day, this new mini-doco by Vans, titled Since 66, encompasses the core ethos that has guided the brand since the beginning.
Featuring the insights of many members of the Vans family including Steve Van Doren, Ray Barbee, Steve Caballero, Leila Hurst, Keith Morris, Stephen Murray, Tony Alva, Russ Pope, and Christian Hosoi, it’s definitely worth a look.
SINCE 66 from Vans OffTheWall.TV on Vimeo.
Courageous. Innovative. Original. Skateboarder Kilian Martin and filmmaker Brett Novak join forces to present Altered Route, one hell of a skate film! Martin turns skating into an art form while ‘doing his thing’ at an abandoned water park.
Kilian Martin: Altered Route (a Skate Film) from mb! by Mercedes-Benz on Vimeo.
Oh, man. How great is it when you learn something cool? Watch this and learn the story behind Penny Skateboards, and their founder Ben Mackay. This brings us back to the dream days of childhood!
“From a young age skateboarding has inspired me and influenced every area of my life. Here I am at the age of 5 on my first ever plastic skateboard. I asked dad to move the Kingswood out of the garage so I could make this kicker ramp. I got my board second hand, and painted it blue with gold pinstripes. I thought it was the badest thing ever. Once I conquered the garage, I started bombing hills. It was terrifying, it was exhilarating, it was bliss. Almost 30 years on I realized it was time, time to bring that little plastic board back, and back for good. “
NICK ROZSA | PENNY from Penny Skateboards on Vimeo.
Remember we posted a slick clip of Nick Roza surfing in Mexico last week? Here is a bit of insight into how he completely fell of the world free surfing map, and then jumped right back on. From his latest sponsor, Penny Skateboards.
Brain Farm Digital Cinema 2012 Reel from Brain Farm on Vimeo.
Brain Farm, the production crew behind all sorts of radical action sports films, including the recent Travis Rice films, has released their 2012 showreel. If you are in anyway interested in seeing snowboarding, surfing, moto X, Jackass, bears, red-eyed wolves, volcanos, glaciers, wild horses, city skylines, men shooting shotguns, models jumping out of helicopters, skating, or avalanches – in the most visually sharp and beautiful way your computer screen can offer – then this will probably be right up your ally. Like and share, your friends will love you -
Alright guys, in celebration of Hurley finally making its way onto SurfStitch.com we were lucky enough to sit down with designer Tim Cochran to talk about their latest range and working for the international surfing company. Read on…
How long have you been working at Hurley?
I’ve been working at Hurley for four and a half years.
What do you listen to while you work?
Lately I’ve been listening to Bon Iver, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Gotye, and Led Zeppelin.
What are five things that fuel your creativity?
Surfing, architecture, music, art and nature.
What are the challenges involved in being a graphic designer?
I would say…creating meaningful products on tight deadlines.
Three favourite pieces you’ve designed?
My three favourite pieces in our current range would be the phantom boardshort, surface series boardshort and breeze walkshort.
What are five items of clothing you can’t throw away?
Vintage woven, vintage hat, phantom block party boardshort, chino pant and a plain washed tee.
Now that our range is complete be sure to check out Hurley Online on SurfStitch.com.
The one and only original plastic skateboard has returned and is now available on SurfStitch! With its roots in the 1970s, the plastic injection-moulded skateboard is perfect for carving around town. The small surface area allows for sharp turns and is super stylish! Check out the video below of the boys ripping around Sydney’s own Northern Beaches!
PENNY AUSTRALIA from Penny Australia on Vimeo.
Click here to shop the very colourful and very cool Penny Skateboards online now.