No doubt you’ve seen the incredible display of commitment and straight up lunacy of Taj Burrow and Mark Mathews a few days ago at the infamous big wave spot, ‘The Right’ in Western Australia. The original intention was to capture a completely new angle of big wave surfing, and everything was going perfectly to plan until the two pushed the wave to its limit, taking off so deep they were unable to escape, as ‘The Right’ crashed down on them with all its fury.

The whole idea was based around a concept shoot by Stab Magazine and Red Bull. Before the wipe-out, the pair actually managed to pull in to some big, clean barrels and succeed with some great images, though Mark wanted to go bigger, and deeper. Taj originally wanted to get a few warm-up waves by himself to navigate the correct lines and get his rhythm flowing, everyone knew it wasn’t going to happen on Mathews watch.

“The one I see you ride from the channel is the one I don’t get the shot on,” he said to Taj. “Pretend I’m not there. You won’t know I’m there. I’m invisible. But, don’t let your hand touch the face. Don’t wreck my shot.”taj6Taj7

Mark has pushed boundaries in his big wave surfing career for quite some time, though even he will tell you this was the craziest wipe-out of them all. We all know how long only a few seconds can feel under water, and the unimaginable thought of being held under for 45 seconds is simply obscene.  This was the case for Mathews, his thoughts of “Am I coming up’ being scary enough to send chills down all of us, let alone copping the brutal force, cold waters and sharp reef he also had to encounter. It’s thanks to the special wetsuits designed specifically for situations exactly like this one, that both surfers managed to escape the dark depths of the Indian ocean once again.

Though Taj managed to get away with only a slight shake up, Mark was not so lucky. A ruptured eardrum and gash to the face were the results of this incredible attempt to push the boundaries of big wave surfing once more, something every surfer will say was a huge success.Taj2*All images by Russell Ord/Frame grabs 

Check out the footage of the incredible wipe-out below! Later this month will see much more come out about the amazing session, though until then, stay tuned here on the SurfStitch Blog, as we bring you latest from the surfing world!

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Dan Karren at Aussie Pipe

At the moment, a website we love, Stab Magazine, is running a competition with Sony called Just Watch Me.  You can win 5 grand by entering a video of your point of view (waves, rock jumps, skate, dolphins, anything).  We don’t want to bore you with the details, Head over here to enter, if you please. Weekly winner announced every thursday.

Through this comp, we noticed this video of Dan Karren, at Aussie Pipe.  Ain’t it blissful?  Watch away.

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Mikey Brennan and Shipsterns. Old Pals.

Right now, Stab Magazine is running an online competition with Sony, called Just Watch Me. To win, all you gotta do is give us your best single point-of-view clip. No music, just one, raw clip. Could be a rock jump, a skate slam, a finner, swim with dolphins, or a barrel. Could be anything. And the person who enters the best clip? They win $5000.

As part of the contest, we’re choosing the best clip each week from now until the competition closes, and giving the entrant a Sony Action Cam.

Mikey Brennan, with this clip, is a winner.

Wanna win a Sony Action Cam, and possibly $5000? Head over here to enter. Weekly winner announced every thursday.

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In the grey of Mexico, way down south, Josh Kerr and Chippa Wilson found a little magic. Tow-ins, sure, but fun as can be. And that combo at 0:35 is the reason why Chippa should not, will not, cannot be without a sponsor for much longer (he lost his nose sticker when Analog retracted from surfing). Luckily, he’s still getting some support from companies like Arnette, who gifted you this video.

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Reef Hawaiian Pro – Day Three

Y’been watching the Reef Hawaiian Pro? It ain’t a world tour event, but it’s as good as one. The first instalment of the Vans Triple Crown has thus far been real entertaining, especially since John Florence, Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds and many more entered the fray. Today’s a lay day, but here’s what happened on day three of the event, condensed into a highlights package.

Y’wanna see a highlight video?  Follow this link.

Final: Sunny Garcia (HAW) 27.90pts ; Kaipo Jaquias (HAW) 26.46pts ; Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 26.28pts ; Tom Curren (USA) 25.23pts

H1: Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 14.57pts ; Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 13.16pts ; Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.63pts ; Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 12.30pts
H2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.60pts ; Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.53pts ; Kai Otton (AUS) 12.26pts ; Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 11.73pts
H3: Alain Riou (PYF) 13.60pts ; Nat Young (USA) 12.33pts ; Tiago Pires (PRT) 10.60pts ; Travis Logie (ZAF) 3.53pts
H4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.83pts ; Dege O’Connell (HAW) ; Glenn Hall (IRL) 8.53pts ; Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 8.23pts
H5: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.26pts ; Cory Lopez (USA)13.34pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 11.50pts ; Romain Cloitre (FRA) 0.00pts
H6: CJ Hobgood (USA) 17.60pts ; Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 14.30pts ; Hank Gaskell (HAW) 11.60pts ; Gabe Kling (USA) 10.60pts
H7: Brett Simpson (USA) 11.00pts ; Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 7.90pts ; Charles Martin (GLP) 7.50pts ; Marc Lacomare (FRA) 7.04pts
H8: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.60pts ; Sunny Garcia (HAW) 10.80pts ; Alex Smith (HAW) 9.73pts ; Jesse Mendes (BRA) 8.93pts
H9: John John Florence (HAW) 16.90pts ; Tom Whitaker (AUS) 10.07pts ; Dylan Goodale (HAW) 9.67pts ; Koa Smith (HAW) 7.06pts
H10: Dane Reynolds (USA) 13.70pts ; Nathan Hedge (AUS) 11.60pts ; Heitor Alves (BRA) 9.90pts ; Damien Hobgood (USA) 8.83pts
H11: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 10.74pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.43pts ; Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.33pts ; Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 10.06pts
H12: Alejo Muniz (BRA) ; Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 13.97pts ; Mason Ho (HAW) 13.76pts ; Taylor Knox (USA) 9.90pts
H13: Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.33pts ; Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.90pts ; Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.23pts ; Filipe Toledo (BRA) 8.80pts
H14: Bede Durbridge (AUS) 14.10pts ; Gavin Gillette (HAW) 9.87pts ; Yadin Nicol (AUS) 9.77pts ; Olomana Eleogram (HAW) 7.00pts
H15: Perth Standlick (AUS) 14.83pts ; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.30pts ; Kieren Perrow (AUS) 10.23pts ; Miguel Pupo (BRA) 9.67pts
H16: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.00pts ; Evan Valiere (HAW) 10.50pts ; Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 7.78pts ; Luke Davis (USA) 6.60pts

H1: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.16pts ; Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.70pts ; Dege O’Connell (HAW) 12.33pts ; Nat Young (USA) 10.13pts
H2: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.97pts ; Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.10pts ; Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.23pts; Alain Riou (PYF) 7.84

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Morgan Maassen’s Expanding Universe Mix

Morgan Maassen is an amazing photographer (like seriously, really excellent) with worldly knowledge and enchanting taste in music. “I made it for me, you, and my love for the ever expanding universe,” Morgan says to his adoring public. This has gotta be one of our favourite mixes, so far.  The stuff of legends.

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Y’know Julian Wilson, right?

“Once a year most Aussie pro surfers travel to this spot on the NSW mid-coast where the water’s always crazy blue and you can easily sniff out a good sandbank,” says Julian Wilson of the area featured in this clip. ”I made the pilgrimage not too long ago. Here’s some clips from the trip courtesy of Dr. James Lees.” Excellent viewing, yes?

Oh, and Alex Gray!  This clip, from Turkeymelt, was shot at Puerto Escondido and is the best you’ve seen in a long time. Pure bravery! Yow-eee, and terrific music! Watch out for the red-boarded cave knife at the end. Starring Alex Gray himself, Greg Long, Mark Healey and Keala Kennelly, among others. Turkeymelt here.


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The 2012 Kustom Airstrike – Webisode 2

Guess what, pals?  Webside Two is here!  And, it’s better than the first.  The 2012 Kustom Airstrike (led by film auteur, Kai Neville) is heading for a glorious climax.   Following the high-flying antics of John Florence, Ryan Callinan, Chippa Wilson, Albee Layer and Matt Meola, this series (which is gaining digital steam) is progression in video form.  Wouldn’t dive in expecting a 100 percent make rate though.  But, the commitment!  And the disregard for physical health!  And, the height!!  That’s not to say some amazing things aren’t landed, though.  John lands two aerials, just after the two minute mark, which are kinda scary. Chippa throws in a mean backside roter with a lot of extra sizzle.  And there are many other wild ol’ spins, and some mind-blowing inversions.  Reckon you can guess who is going to take the $50K cheque at the end?  Just click play, we know y’wanna!

Check out the Kustom Airstrike site here.

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Unreal 24 Hours

The last 24 hours has been great.  A+ clips are dropping everywhere, and it is making your friends here, well, at least a little ecstatic.  Here are our top five!  Oh, and they ain’t in order.  

Sterling Spencer certainly has a knack for getting inside people’s heads. For those who dig his humour, this may be some of his best work. In this ep of Hi, How Are You? Sterling overdubs Occy’s crowd mingling, Mick Fanning’s warm-up routine, and manages to get some of his own surfing in. And, it’s really, very good surfing.

Alex Gray, a relative unknown, packs some steam train barrels and has cross-shore sizzle to boot.  His most recent clip contains footage from down in the wave haven of Mexico, doesn’t it make you wanna book a flight?  Check out Alex’s site, Turkey Melthere.

Laurie Towner, in this modern age, is almost a media recluse.  He pops up every so often but makes no attempt to hustle society and online portals.  Every so often we see him in the middle of a thick swell at well-known rhino-chasing spots, but lately he is been rather silent.  However, he appears!  Here Laurie is surfing near his home, at an almost Box-esque slab that he has absolutely dialled.  This vid is cut by Caleb Graham really well, we love it!

One of the better trailers we have seen, ( Chromatic ), is a new film from Analog, featuring Chippa Wilson and Nathan Fletcher, directed by auteur Riley Blakeway. Stylistically, it’s the unofficial evolution of Chippa and Riley’s last venture, NOW, with equal parts of brave dog/air beast Nathan and wizard/technician Chippa. Filmed over the course of a year in Australia, California, France, Fiji, Central America and Hawaii, this is our first peek of what’s to come in September. If this trailer doesn’t have you pumped both to go surfing and for the movie itself, not much else will. Between Nathan storming through Cloudbreak and Chopes, and Chippa’s roters/airdrops/bigspins, we’re expecting hammers from opening to end.

Have you heard of Kai Otton?  He has got an aerial game!  Riding small, fun-looking waves may not be the best training for Chopes but it is productive none the least.  And fun!  Y’seen turns like the ones at clips-end? We haven’t seen many.

Now tell us you didn’t enjoy that!  It was great, wasn’t it!

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Sage Erickson’s Lift Any Spirit Mix

Sage Erickson, a 21-year-old American who’s real witty in the waves, listens to this mix when she’s travelling, or when it’s the spur of the moment, or when she wants to hit every emotion, or when she wants to lift any spirit. These tracks are all her favourites! And, while she apologises for overachieving on the number of songs, we just couldn’t face cutting any of Sage’s good vibes. Let the gal’s mix lift your spirit, too.  You’ll enjoy!

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