MICK TAKES JBAY IN COOLIE KIDS FINAL

In fine form the entire competition, reigning World Champion Mick Fanning has taken out the J-Bay Open 2014 in an explosive Final again fellow Cooly Kid and good friend Joel Parkinson. After days of postponing, officials and surfers finally awoke to what they had been waiting for, solid swell lines, cooperating winds and great shape. The pair battled it out in a solid 6-8 foot swell at Jeffreys Bay, throwing on their game faces and going head to head in an impressive display of competitive surfing.Jbayfinaldaymickjbayfinaldaymick2Jbayfinaldaymick3

The much anticipated final day of the J-Bay Open started with Round 5 with some surprising results. The day begun with Josh Kerr taking on Adriano de Souza in the early, cross shore conditions. Though Kerr battled hard and surfed well, he was unable to complete crucial turns and exits on the long, grinding J-Bay walls. De Souza also struggled at some stages, though scored some mid range scores early, eventually proving enough to advance, knocking Kerr from competition.

“I was really excited because I’ve been watching this forecast the last few days,” said De Souza. “As soon as I woke up this morning, I saw beautiful waves, beautiful lines, because this is J-Bay. Every competitor in the world has luck, today was my lucky day.”

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Taj Burrow took on Californian Kolohe Andino in Heat 2 of Round 5. Burrow was first to strike, paddling into a solid bomb and working the open faces through Supertubes. A opening score of 7.00 helped Burrow with his combination scores, as Andino struggled to match the Aussie veterans early performance. As the final minutes approached, Andino was still in need of a 7.86, a score which he was unable to find and was sent home, with Taj advancing through to the Quarterfinals.

Gabriel Medina next took on Tour veteran C.J. Hobgood. With conditions improving and the swell on the rise, the pair struggled to lock in a worthy score by half way through the Heat. C.J. eventually managed to scrape into a larger set, belting out backhand manourvres and a barrel, though slipped on his final turn. This perhaps was the wave that cost Hobgood his advancement, unable to find another wave and score of just 5.25 to overtake Medina and advance.

“It was a huge opportunity for me. Apples to apples, I felt like I needed a special wave, but I don’t think that was the case. Sometimes I have trouble finishing waves out here. But the flip side is, the waves are pumping, I’m a fan of surfing, and I’m grateful to be here.” said C.J.JbayfinaldayMedina

Reigning World Champion Mick Fanning met Hawaiian Fred Patacchia in Heat 4 of Round 5. Solid sets rolled in instantly after the hooter sounded, allowing both surfers to attack the J-Bay line up. Fanning in typical form smashed the open faces of the long right hander, with his opening ride notching a 7.50. Though Patacchia managed to obtain some mid range scores, he was unable to match Fanning’s performance, with Mick advancing with a combination score of 15.67

“This is what we live for, epic J-Bay,” Fanning said. “For me surfing out there is just having fun. I was trying to channel a bit of Tom Curren from the Search days.”

The Quarterfinals began instantly after the conclusion of Round 5 with Joel Parkinson meeting Adriano de Souza. Parkinson did not waste any time, tearing apart the long open walls and posting a strong mid score of 6.83. De Souza found his form around the 20 minute mark, posting a mid score in the 5′s and enough to take the lead from Parko. Joel soon answered, pushing his board to its limits through a series of forehand manoeuvres for a 7.67, stealing the lead and proving too strong for the Brazilian.

An all Aussie Heat for Quarterfinal 2 saw an in-form Matt Wilkinson battle Taj Burrow for a spot in the Semi Finals. With some great surfing from both competitors and high scores being posted left, right and centre, the two went head to head for the entire Heat, impressing judges and spectators alike. Though Taj managed to post a score in the 9′s, Wilkinson proved too strong with his great backhand attack, being rewarded with his best performance on tour this year and a spot in the Semi Finals.JbayfinaldaywilkoJbayfinaldaytaj

Current World Number 1 Gabriel Medina next came up against Australian Owen Wright. Excitement began as the two backhand surfers hit the empty Jeffreys Bay line up, everyone ready to see what the two could produce. Wright struck almost instantaneously, posting two mid range scores to begin his campaign. Medina was chasing Wright from the get go, as the two competitors went crazy on the fast and perfect solid walls of water. Wright managed to scrape together a strong combination score of 17.40, and although Gabriel was only a point behind, he could not match the Owen’s collected final scores.

Mick Fanning had surfed well the entire competition, and it was unfortunately Alejo Muniz who had to feel the World Champions wrath next in Quarterfinal 4. Although opening the scoreboard, Fanning soon left the Brazilian behind with an array of strong scores thanks to a powerful forehand attack. Although defeated, the result is still Alejo’s best result on Tour to date, which is surely something to be proud of.jbayfinaldayalejo

Then there were 4. The all Aussie Semi Finals began with Parko meeting Wilkinson, and Fanning taking on Owen Wright. Joel won J-Bay in 2009 and began strong yet again, posting a 6 and then a high score in the 8′s for good start to his campaign. All thought it was over for Wilkinson, who surprised everyone and dropped a 9.77 in the final minutes. Though posting this strong score was like a light at the end of the tunnel, Matt was unable to back up and Parko moved to the Final. Owen Wright also came off second best to the powerhouse performance that is Mick Fanning. Though no doubt burnt out from the days competition, the two struggled to find composure early on, with Mick being pinched on a barrel, allowing for Wright to take an early lead. Both eventually found their feet, though it was Mick Fanning who stole the show, linking together turns and cutbacks with barrels and anything else that could be thrown into the line-up. This now made for a close friend and Coolie kid Final between Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning.

With the title already in Australian hands, it was now up to the Coolie kids to decide who would add the trophy to their personal collection on home soil. Friendship was left on the sand as both surfers struck instantly as the hooter sounded, Joel taking the first of the exchange. Parkinson destroyed the open faces opting for a strong opening score, before getting pinched on an inside barrel. Making things worse, he came up to watch Fanning tear apart the next wave of the set, getting a double barrel and being rewarded with a 9.00. Joel was not intimated, eventually paddling into a bomb and getting a long barrel and once again being in a position to take the win. Both surfers looked to be enjoying themselves, something different from the 1000+ line up they are used to at their local break Snapper Rocks. Fanning lead the scoreboard with a combination of 17.00, leaving Joel in need of a near perfect score to take the win. After a gruelling battle with his childhood friend, Parkinson eventually opted to come in early, unofficially handing Mick the title for J-Bay 2014.

“I never dreamed that I would get to surf a J-Bay final with Joel,” Fanning said. “Joel is one of my favourite surfers and my best friend, we’ve known each other since we were kids.”

“It was an amazing heat and Mick is such a good tactician,” Parkinson said. “I made a couple of bad decisions and I just didn’t get the right waves. It would’ve been nice to get a win but that was a brilliant day of surfing and it was so wonderful to be part of it.”Jbayfinaldayjoel Jbayfinaldayjoel2

The win now puts Mick at #3 on the World Championship Tour and one step closer to holding onto his World Title. All of us at SurfStitch would like to congratulate Mick Fanning on this great win! A further congratulations to all other competitors on their outstanding efforts and for defying the infamous waters of South Africa!Jbayfinaldaymick4

Bring on Teahupoo! Stop #7 of the ASP World Championship Tour is set to commence August 15-26. Check out the Final Day highlights of the ASP J-Bay Open 2014 below!

*All images by ASP

 

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J-BAY ROUNDS 3 & 4 UPDATE

Plenty of action went down overnight as Round 3 and 4 got under way at the J-Bay Open 2014. With the swell filling in throughout the day and weather conditions holding up, a great day of waves graced the Supertubes line-up, perfect for competition. The day saw many highlights and upsets, with some of the bigger names sent packing from the event.

The day begun with the start of Round 3 where Joel Parkinson met fellow Aussie Adam Melling. Both surfers have been on fire this competition, gaining strong composure and comfort in the earlier Rounds. With the swell still sitting around 4 foot and continuing to build, Melling wasted little time attacking the line up. It was after 8 minutes in when Parko finally struck, living up to his typical form and belting the line up with style and grace for a smooth opening score of 7.00. Melling was chasing Parkinson the entire Heat, needing a 4.83 to best the World Number 5 and despite a late long barrel ride, Adrian was unable to exit allowing Parko to advance.JbayJoel1

Joel Parkinson sitting in the sweet spot – photo by ASP

The level of surfing in all Heats was simply mind blowing, as the remaining competitors continued to battle it out in Round 3. Heat 2 saw Josh Kerr take down Brazilian Miguel Pupo, Taj Burrow overcame fellow countryman Adrian Buchan in Heat 3 and Adriano de Souza continued his strong forehand attack in Heat 4, defeating Hawaiian Sebastian ‘Seabass’ Zietz.

For J-Bay, I really work on flow between turns,” said De Souza. “If you lose your momentum, the rest of the wave is going to be bad. I think that’s really important. Once you get that flow between turns, it’s easier to surf out at J-Bay.”JBayAdriano

 Adriano de Souza knocks out Seabass – photo by ASP

Californian Kolohe Andino met Julian Wilson in Heat 5 of Round 2. The battle of the next generation proved very interesting to watch as both threw everything they had at the long, open walls of Supertubes. Andino proved too much for the Australian, at one time throwing a huge forehand punt, something rarely seen at J-Bay.

Something many weren’t necessarily expecting was the elimination of 11 time World Champion Kelly Slater in Heat 6. Slater dropped to Aussie Matt Wilkinson in an exciting round of competition. Wilkinson lead the first half of the Heat, with Kelly throwing together a terrific combination of turns and snaps to shorten the gap the Australian had created through his powerful backhand attack. Wilko soon answered back to Slater, continuing his campaign to post an impressive 9.33. Kelly, needing a strong combination score, could not match Wilkinson’s performance and was the first major knock out from the 2014 J-Bay Open.

“No one likes their odds against Kelly,” Wilkinson said. “My backhand and my boards are feeling solid, the judges are rewarding my turns and that always feels good. Kelly always gets big scores, so I waited for the biggest waves of the set and it worked out.”Jbaywilko1JbaySlater1

 Wilko and Slater go head to head – Photo’s by ASP

Competition continued with current World Number 1 Gabriel Medina eliminating Aritz Aranburu in Heat 7, with the World Champ gaining a first wave score of 9.43 through powerful backhand manoeuvres. Heat 8 saw Aussie Owen Wright defeat Hawaiian wonder child John John Florence and Freddy Patacchia Jnr. continued his strong campaign in Heat 9, overcoming Nat Young.

Reigning 3 time world Champion Mick Fanning took to the water in Heat 10, facing off with fellow Aussie Kai Otton. Fanning did not muck around, instantly paddling in to  wave that would reward him with  a strong score of 8.50 through his technical forehand approach. Otton eventually fired back with a 7.00, though overall could not catch Fanning as the reigning champion delivered more strong scores in the high 7′s.

“I just didn’t stop catching waves,” Fanning said. “That’s the way you want to have heats, really.”JbayMick1

 Fanning and his flawless forehand style – Photo by ASP

The next huge upset of the day was the elimination of local and contest favourite Jordy Smith. That’s right, we can’t believe it either. The South African and 2 x event winner was knocked from the event by C.J. Hobgood, causing a huge disappointment to local crowds and supporters. Hobgood started his scores early, having a combined score of 9.50 in the opening minutes. Jordy almost seemed rattled until finally finding form and delivering a series of controlled turns, eventually taking the lead with 8 minutes on the clock remaining. A crucial exchange of waves was next for the pair, both giving it their all. Both surfers drew controlled long lines delivering hacks and snaps, though it was C.J. who bettered from the exchange, as Smith fell on his final manoeuvres and Hobgood was able to exit cleanly. Unluckily for the local crowd, Jordy Smith was eliminated from competition.

The final Heat of Round 3 saw Michel Bourez come up against Alejo Muniz. Muniz opened the scoreboard until Michel took the lead on his third wave with a 5.33. The Heat continued to be quite slow, as both surfers did’nt post scores above the 6.00 mark. Muniz eventually got luck in the final 4 minutes, gaining the best score of the Heat, proving enough for the win and the elimination of the Tahitian.

“I think maybe we weren’t having the heat we were expecting but I’m happy to get through,” Muniz said. “This is a big step for my career and my year so I’m happy to be doing well in J-Bay.”JbayMuniz

 Alejo Muniz comes up with the goods – Photo by ASP

The three man heats of Round 4 begun with Joel Parkinson, Taj Burrow and Josh Kerr. Parko blew his fellow Aussies and natural footers away, using controlled rail work and strong completion of waves to add to his campaign. Though Burrow and Kerr tried to match Parkinson, they were unable to find clean exits from their waves allowing Joel to advance directly to the Quarterfinals.

Heat 2 of Round 4 next saw Matt Wilkinson take on Adriano de Souza and Kolohe Andino. Wilkinson continue to surf amazing, maintaining his confidence from earlier Heats and came out with guns blazing, securing a 7.67 in the opening minutes. Kolohe fought back through a great display of airs and power turns, briefly stealing the lead from the Australian. As de Souza struggled, Wilkinson again fired back through his powerful backhand technique, taking the Heat and advancing through to the Quarterfinals.

The swap from three natural footers to three goofy footers happened for Heat 3, as Gabriel Medina, Freddy Patacchia and Owen Wright hit the Supertubes line-up. The waves were continuing to grind down the point, something all surfers were eager to hit. As Medina and Wright started trying to scrape into any wave possible, Patacchia stayed calm and collected, waiting for the right wave to start his Round 4 efforts. He was instantly rewarded with a high score of 8.17. Wright soon answered to the Hawaiian, putting together a series of carves and long turns, stealing the lead with a 8.67. He then backed up with another score in the 6′s proving too strong for his other competitors.

The final Heat of the day was Heat 4 of Round 4. After a long day of competition, this last Heat saw Mick Fanning, C.J Hobgood and Alejo Muniz come together to battle it out for a spot in the Quarterfinals. With the sun almost setting, Alejo was able to produce the first major score of the Heat, a 7.00 to take the lead over Hobgood and Fanning. Fanning struck back, taking the lead, before Muniz paddled into another set wave, achieving a score high enough to defeat the other competitors.

Tune in later today on the ASP website for the latest on competition status, or check out the SurfStitch Blog for the latest news on the 2014 J-Bay Open! SurfStitch wishes all the remaining competitors good luck in the final stages of the prestigious competition! Check out all the highlights from Rounds 3 and 4 below.

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J-BAY ROUND 2 UPDATE

After several days of waiting, J-Bay started to deliver the goods once again, allowing the ASP J-Bay Open to continue with the remainder of elimination Round 2. With a pumping, clean 3-5 foot of swell, Round 2 Heat 5 was the first in the water to resume the historical event which has seen so many stand out performances over the years.Supers1

Round 2 commences – photo by ASP

Heat 5 of the eliminating Round 2 saw an all Aussie affair, with Bede Durbidge up against Matt Wilkinson. The 35 minute Heat opened with Burbidge smacking the open faces of Supertubes, putting the first scores of 5.00 on the scoreboard. Wilkinson sat patiently waiting for the right wave, eventually warming up at the 10 minute mark. After finding his composure, Wilkinson attacked again this time on a bigger set wave, something he took a huge advantage of. He carved down the line with precision, drawing lines and belting 6 controlled turns for a 7.00 and taking the lead from Bede. The pair soon exchanged waves, this time with Durbidge throwing power into some great forehand manoeuvres, though it was Wilkinson who continued to shine, catching a bigger wave of the set and advancing further with a 8.50. Bede again tried to match Wilkinson’s strong scores, though fell short and was eliminated from competition.

 ”I was in the perfect spot for that one,” Wilkinson said of his high-scoring wave. “I knew if I hit all the sections solidly I’d end up with a massive score and I did. It felt really good.”SupersWilko1

 Wilko belting one off the top – photo by ASP

Heat 6 saw Owen Wright meet Dion Atkinson for another all Aussie Heat. As Dion sat patiently, Owen Wright began his campaign with a 5.67. Atkinson soon followed on a later set, though could not join the dots to lock in anything worthy. An overall slow Heat didn’t see too much action, with Atkinson needing a 7.20 to be saved from elimination. In the final minutes, Dion threw everything he could at one last set wave, with an impressive display of bottom turns and strong hacks. In all, Atkinson could not catch Owen’s early lead and was knocked from competition.

“It was a bit slow that one and I think that’s just how it’s going to go until that tide turns,” Wright said. “When they come through they’re such good waves. They’re perfect.”

To mix things up, Heat 7 was another all countryman affair, this time with Brazilian and Hurley team mates Filipe Toledo and Alejo Muniz facing off. As the Heat begun, it was clear all friendship was put aside as the pair battled for the opening exchange of waves. After a few waves of small scores, Muniz was first to find a worthy score of 6.00 through an array of turns and precise rail work. Toledo was chasing a 6.83, and waited to the final 2 minutes to try throw something together, catching a smaller wave and putting together a series of carves and turns on the open faces. In all, Toledo was eventually sent packing as his fellow countryman and team mate advanced through to Round 3.

“I kept getting medium size waves and do my best and it paid off,” Muniz said. “Not many Brazilians are on tour and we support each other so it’s hard, but everyone needs to do their own job. I’m really focused on this event and I want to get good results.”SupersMuniz1

 Muniz lining up – photo by ASP

Tour veteran C.J. Hobgood would next meet Tiago Pires in Heat 8 of Round 2. No time was wasted as both surfers exchanged waves immediately, both with strong series of turns, C.J putting on a great backhand performance. Pires took a small lead over Hobgood after this opening exchange, with a score of 8.50. A second exchange then saw Hobgood find his form and draw some high lines, putting together some great combinations and edging a 6.50, enough to steal the lead from Muniz. The pair played tennis with the lead all Heat, with Pires gaining an impressive 8.17 and C.J. answering with a 7.67. The American held onto his slight lead and survived elimination,once again cementing his backhand skills into all of our minds.

“It’s been a couple months since I had a heat,” Hobgood said. “I had Tiago in Fiji and he smoked me. I saw the other guys catching waves to get into rhythm so I just tried to cut a bunch of waves. Tiago was ripping so I’m stoked to make a heat.”SupersCJ

 Tour veteran C.J. Hobgood sitting in the right spot – photo by ASP

Heat 9 was another all Brazilian Heat, with Jadson Andre meeting Miguel Pupo. The pair had scores up in a matter of minutes, with Pupo getting the bigger wave and locking in a nice 6.67 over Andre’s 3.33. Barrels started showing up around the 15 minute mark, with Miguel increasing his lead through an impressive tube ride for a 5.33, then again with a 8.50 through a strong performance of tube rides and vertical snaps. Andre soon struck back with a 8.40, though could not match the performances of his fellow countryman.

“It’s my first time in J-Bay and I’ve already fallen in love with the place,” said Pupo. “It’s a special place for all the surfers because of the history over here. Hopefully I can come here every year. Monday’s conditions look pretty good, so hopefully we get barreled and put on a good show for the South Africans.”

Sebastian ‘Seabass’ Zietz was next up against Jeremy Flores in Heat 10. After a slow first few minutes, waves started flowing through and the pair put on an appealing opening exchange. Flores took the lead first, with a 7.50 over Sebastian’s 6.17. After what seemed like a slow Heat, sets eventually appeared and the pair did not disappoint crowds and judges. Both went head to head and bought themselves some 7 point scores, though Zietz continued to trail. As the final minutes approached, Zietz’s prayers were answered as he paddled into one of the bigger waves of the Heat. He managed to lock in a 6.67, stealing the lead from the Frenchman by only 0.14.

I think it was a pretty fair heat,” said Zietz. “(I was last here) three years ago, it was so good, I couldn’t wait to come back. it’s been a little smaller since then, but the waves are perfect. We’re staying down the beach in front of the point, and I’ve been surfing my brains out.”SupersSeabass

 Seabass not holding back – photo by ASP

Heat 11 saw some great action as Freddy Patacchia battled Travis Logie. The backhand battle was again on as both surfers got to their feet early, putting mid scores on the board to start their campaigns. It was the next wave that wowed spectators, as Patacchia paddled into a perfect J-Bay grinder, putting together three huge hacks off the top and then sitting in a long tube. The wave was the highest score of the day, being scored a 9.93 and leaving Logie in a crucial situation. As Logie looked to find his form with a 7.17, he was once again shut down as Freddy got another set wave and produced a 8.00. The combined score of 17.93 sent Logie packing as he was eliminated from the 2014 J-Bay Open.

“I knew that wave was going to be a gem,” Patacchia said. “I was thinking ‘don’t screw this up Freddy.’ It felt great, it was a perfect J-Bay wave.”SupersFreddy

 Freddy Patacchia after the wave of the day – photo by ASP

The final Heat of the day was another Australian affair, this time seeing Mitch Crews take on Adrian Buchan. It was Crews who began the Heat with a 6.50 with a combination of turns and controlled rail work. Buchan stayed patient and eventually was rewarded, throwing turn after turn and gaining a 6.67 to take the lead. Buchan eventually stayed strong and proved too much for his fellow Aussie, eliminating Crews and advancing through to Round 3.

With a new swell arriving today and increasing until Wednesday, the contest is scheduled to resume once again. Keep up to date here at SurfStitch Blog, or watch live at the official ASP website. If you are on the East Coast of Australia, the call will be made around 4pm. Check out out the highlights from Round 2 below.

 

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The Ripple Effect: The Coolie Kids

Whether you are a surfer or not, chances are you’ve heard of Coolangatta. The small surfing community holds a population of only 5,000, though has produced more surfing World Champions than anywhere else in the world. Is there something in the water? Well no, but chances are its got something to do with that wave or waves down there. All together known as the world famous Superbank, the wave that starts at Snapper Rocks could be the main factor in the ‘Coolie Kids’ success. superbankshiled* Image by Andrew Shield

This new short clip entitled ‘The Ripple Effect’ from our friends at Red Bull shows us the great history of the area, including past and present local ‘Coolie Kids’ who absolutely all tear the wave apart, regardless of their era. That’s right, it goes way back further the modern day faces we are all so used to seeing. Do yourself a favour and jump into the clip below!

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Wave Breakdown: J-Bay

With Stop #6 of the ASP World Championship Tour in Jeffreys Bay scheduled to start today, its important to know exactly how the forever grinding right hander works. Jeffreys Bay, or more commonly now known as J-Bay, boasts rides up to 300 meters long, providing surfers with some of the best cold water barrels in history. Over the years we have seen legends of the sport annihilate the open walls of J-Bay, and with the 2014 World Tour proving some already great performances, everyone is sitting patiently to see what the worlds best can do at the infamous point break.

As a long point break, J-Bay is made up of a group of waves, much like the Superbank on the Gold Coast is made up of Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay, Greenmount and Kirra. To help guide you through this years J-Bay Open, SurfStitch have broken down the line up into its respected sections.

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Boneyards: Boneyards quite simply is the top of the point at J-Bay. The wave throws out some big barrels, though it is more common to score those forever grinding right-hand barrels further down the point. Boneyards is mostly surfed when the wind is too strong for the rest of J-Bay, thus being a back up spot for the contest.

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Supertubes: Supertubes or ‘Supers’ is the main spot in J-Bay and when people think of those long walls of water, they think of here. The wave draws energy from its upper reef and throws it into a line-up that seems to go on forever. The wave almost seems mechanical through this section, and this will be where the main focus will be for the 2014 J-Bay Open.

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Impossibles: Though some days rides can go the whole way thorugh the point, it is not always the case. Unless the swell is 6 foot plus, dont expect any 3-5 minute rides. On smaller swells and the right tides, Impossibles starts to show its magic. The wave is around 600 meters down from the start of Supertubes and lays claim to some of the best barrels ever ridden at J-Bay. Most of the time this will be the final wave for surfers at J-Bay as it can drift surfers into a bay to exit the water.

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The Point: When the swell is big enough, a final section known as ‘The Point’ can break. Though the wave is mostly sandy bottoms and not as heavy , long or fast as its upper reef buddies, The Point can still be a slow open wall for beginners or for the more experienced to throw their board around and try things they wouldn’t in the waves further up the point.

With all of that in mind, who are your picks to win the prestigious event this year? Will it be the local ripper Jordy Smith who took the contest back to back in 2011-12? Or Kelly Slater to add a 5th J-Bay title to his outstanding resume? Perhaps Gabriel Medina might give the world known backhand skills of a 1973 Mark Occhilupo a run for its money? Regardless of the winner, the J-Bay Open always turns on as it leads competitors into the back half of the competitive year, and for some, one step closer to a World Title.

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Stop #6 is expected to start today and has a waiting period of 11 days. Keep up to date with the contest here on the SurfStitch Blog or on the official site of the ASP.

Watch the official teaser for the J-Bay Open 2014 below!

*Imagery: Garth Robinson, Richard Johnson, Ryan Miller & surfermag

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Mike D and Monster Children hit Baja

If you are a fan of surf and lifestyle clips shot with super 8 film, this clip is surely one for you. Beastie Boys head honcho Mike D teamed up with Monster Children, Stance and a bunch of mates and hit Baja California for some waves, beers and all round good times. Baja California is one of the most northern states in Mexico, sitting just over the border from San Diego. The area claims fame to some of the best beach breaks, food and tequila in the world.baja                                                      *Imagery: Monster Children & weltatlas.de 

Mike D was told to round up some mates who surf and get moving for an epic week of adventure. The crew consisted of Spike Jonze, Tanner Rozunko, Rob Machado, Ford Archbold, Alex Knost, Kassia Meador and ofcourse, Mike D himself.

Sit back, relax, and get ready for a brand new surf clip with a retro feel and a heap of laughs. This clip will make you want to get those annual leave forms signed, round up your buddies and jump on a plane for some good times!

Like what you see? Monster Children’s Deluxe Edition of Issue 43 features Mike D as guest editor and is available here at SurfStitch!

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TIMMY REYES WINS MR PRICE PRO BALLITO 2014

American Timmy Reyes has defeated Australian Matt Wilkinson in the Final of the Mr Price Pro Ballito 2014 on the KwaZulu Natal North Coast, South Africa. Reyes, a former competitor on the World Tour and now big wave free surfer, surfed incredible the entire event, holding his own against some of the worlds best.

The final day of the 6 day event saw competitors battle it out in clean 6-8 foot conditions. Both surfers were evidently hungry for the win though it was Timmy Reyes who struck first, opening his campaign with an impressive 7.17. Wilkinson did not hold back, answering with a 9.2 and taking the lead. Reyes, needing a solid score, decided to sit wide and be patient. The American had dreamt that this was the right thing to do and followed his instinct which amazingly paid off. Reyes was able to jag a wave under Wilkinson’s priority, adding an impressive 8.27 to his scoreboard and in turn, taking the win at the Mr Price Pro Ballito 2014.

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Winner of the Mr Price Pro Ballito 2014 – Timmy Reyes – photo ASP/Cestari

“This is definitely the biggest win I have ever had in my life,” said Reyes. “I knew Matt would get a nine and he did but I had a dream a few days ago that I should just sit wide, be patient, and the wave would come to me. Almost every heat I had, the same thing happened.”

To make things even sweeter for the American, the win at Ballito puts a nice $40,000USD deposit into his bank and sky rockets his rankings from #131 to just #5 on the Qualification Series, potentially welcoming a return to the 2015 World Championship Tour.

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Reyes mixing it up with some manoeuvres on the left – photo ASP/Cestari

Though coming in at runner up, Matt Wilkinson surfed amazing the entire event and clocked some of the biggest scores in the competition. The Australian blew minds with a near perfect 9.90 in the Semi Finals and then again in the Finals with his 9.2 performance. It was unfortunate he was unable to find another high scoring wave in the Final, though that’s the way it can be in competition. Bitter sweet.

“It’s been an unreal event, I’ve had so much fun here and the waves have been amazing,” Wilkinson said. “I got that 9.2 under Timmy’s priority, and I thought I had it until I let him take a wave under my priority and he got that 8.2 score. I’m really stoked to come second but obviously I’m pretty disappointed at not winning.”

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Matt Wilkinson giving everything he’s got – Photo ASP/Cestari

 The Mr Price Pro Ballito saw many other standout performances. Much like their success so far in the World Cup, the Brazilians dominated early in the event, demonstrating huge airs and power surfing, tearing apart the South African mix of reef and beach break. Although getting knocked in the Quaterfinals, Felipe Toledo wowed judges and audiences with two impressive near perfect combination scores of 19.00 and higher out of a possible 20, showing the impressive level new age surfers are sitting on. The Brazilian put his body on the line completing huge manoeuvres, including the contests first 10 point ride after landing a huge full rotation air reverse.

toledoballitoFilipe Toledo and the huge full rotation air reverse – photo ASP/Cestari

SurfStitch congratulate Timmy Reyes on his awesome win and everything that comes with it. A further congratulations to Matt Wilkinson and all other surfers on their performances and results at the Mr Price Pro Ballito 2014, what a great event! Keep up to date with all things surfing here on the SurfStitch Blog, with stop #6 of the ASP World Championship Tour only a few days away.

Bring on J-Bay!

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This is Dane Reynolds

Dane Reynolds quite simply is one of the best to burst into the surfing scene over the past decade. Since signing off from the World Tour in 2012, Dane now is considered one of the best ‘free surfers’ to grace the planet. This short clip focuses on his life after the spotlight, as he continues to surf, travel and explore his new opportunities, all while enjoying the waves more than ever.

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One things for sure, his skills are still a huge standout in the surfing world. From massive airs of all types, to powerful cutbacks and carves, Reynolds truley has it down pat. Get ready to be impressed, as we learn more about Dane Reynolds, while watching him tear apart line ups in Hawaii and California! Enjoy!

THIS IS DANE REYNOLDS from Desillusion Magazine on Vimeo.

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SurfStitch present: Sliced (Pudding) – featuring Dion Agius, Craig Anderson and Creed McTaggart!

Get ready to light up your screens with Sliced (Pudding), a new clip featuring the one and only Dion Agius and friends Craig Anderson and Creed McTaggart, presented by SurfStitch! If you have you been stuck in the mind frame of ‘every surf movie looks the same lately,’  take a step back and remember the days when you used to froth over every piece of new footage in the surfing world. There’s no repeated side angles of Teahupo’o and no crowded Pipeline line-up in this one, but rather a mix of punchy reefs and beach breaks in which they all go mental in, cementing their surfing abilities in all of our minds. This new clip by the trio was filmed in just one week on the East Coast of Australia, and the finished product is simply absolutely amazing.

Dion is known for his unique styles in and out of the water, and that’s why we love him. He surfs incredible and is a down to earth, straight up good guy. If you are into huge airs, powerful hacks and epic barrels, put 9 minutes of your life aside and treat yourself to the wonder that is ‘Sliced (Pudding).’ The clip contains mind blowing surfing while also including, well as Dion puts it, “a bunch of other bullsh*t that happens in between.”

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Follow Dion and the rest of the guys through the eyes of film maker Toby Cregan as you see first hand the lifestyles they lead, their perspectives and how the trio all surf so well. You’ll truly be blown away with their ability to destroy any wave and line-up they find!

SurfStitch are proud to be apart of such an amazing project, with this being the first of many to come, so stay tuned! With that said, get over that Mondayitis and put your feet up, its time to enjoy our new featured clip ‘Sliced (Pudding).’

SurfStitch Presents: SLICED (Pudding) Dion, Craig and Creed from surfstitch on Vimeo.

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THE HARRISON ROACH INTERVIEW

As the release of Deus Ex Machina’s much anticipated film ‘I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night’ has been turning heads left, right and centre , SurfStitch decided to catch up with Harrison Roach, one of many stars in the new flick. If you’ve seen him surf before, you know exactly how exciting this is. Harry can ride anything from a 4’8″ fish to a 10 foot longboard and still show up most in any line up.

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Harrison was kind enough to answer 50 short questions, telling us more about the film, himself and what’s to come next.

1.            Most played album on your ipod? In Evening Air, by Future Islands.

2.            Favourite country you have ever been to? Indonesia.

3.            Country at the top of your travel to do list? Morocco.

4.            Favourite band? Dropkick Murphys

5.            Favourite childhood movie? The Ninja Turtles

6.            Favourite thing about growing up on the Sunshine Coast? Longboarding.

7.            Blondes or Brunettes? Blondes.

8.            How do you have your coffee? Strong.

9.            Sky dive or Bungee Jump? Sky dive.

10.          Sunrise or Sunset? Sunrise.

11.          More scared of snakes or spiders? Snakes.

12.          Favourite fruit? Mango.

13.          Hawaii or Bali? Bali.

14.          Kickflip or Backflip? Backflip.

15.          Barrels or beers? Barrels and beers.

16.          One thing you couldn’t live without? My board

17.          Dance Floor or DJ Booth? Dance floor.

18.          If you weren’t a surfer what would you be? A director.

19.          Favourite Music Festival Moment? Splendour while watching Sigur Ros.

20.          The Pass or P Pass? P Pass.

21.          Say hi to me in a different language – Bonjour.

22.          Backhand or Fronthand airs? Forehand.

23.          1 minute to live, who do you call? Eadie Hancock.

24.          Favourite place to party? The Temple of Enthusiasm.

25.          Favourite Food? Japanese.

26.          Favourite road trip vehicle? Landcruiser.

27.          Best band you have ever seen live? Rage Against the Machine.

28.          Who is your Childhood idol? Steve McQueen.

29.          Cold or warm water waves? Warm.

30.          Worst thing about growing up on the Sunshine Coast? Swell.

31.          Sleep in or get up early? Early.

32.          Dane or John John? Ozzy.

33.          Favourite person to follow on Instagram? @fake_rapper_international

34.          Celebrity Crush? Isabel Lucas.

35.          Favourite book? Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

36.          Skateboarding or Snowboarding? Skateboarding.

37.          Cocktail with a model or a beer with a mate? Cocktail with my girlfriend.

38.          If you didn’t live in Byron Bay where would you live? Canguu

39.          What are your favourite sports to follow? Curling and roller blading.

40.          If you got arrested, what would it most likely be for? Something stupid.

41.          Best wave you’ve ever got? At pipeline, didn’t make it.

42.          Favourite animal? Killer whale.

43.          Scariest travel moment you’ve ever had? Corrupt Mexican Federales finding something in my friend’s car, in the middle of the Baha desert. I was in the car. My friend cried.

44.          Best gift you’ve ever received? Travel

45.          iPhone or Android? iPhone.

46.          Dog person or cat person? Dog.

47.          Last text you sent? You just saved my ass.

48.          Beatles or Rolling Stones? Rolling Stones.

49.          Last thing you Googled? Isabel Lucas.

50.          How did you like this interview? It was moderate

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Tell us about the film?

I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night is a project that I’m proud of. A motorcycle-surf-adventure film that tells the story of my first full season spent travelling with friends, throughout Indonesia. It’s a film for free thinkers and all-board-enthusiasts. The surfboards are the real stars of I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night.

Tell us about Deus?

Deus Ex Machina is everything I love. It’s a family and it’s a lifestyle. It is not a surf brand, I couldn’t tell you what it is, but it’s fun as s#*t. Dare Jennings, the man behind Mambo, which I f#*king loved, created the brand with Carby Tuckwell, who has the best graphic design style I’ve ever seen. Working with them and Dustin Humphrey, who directed the film and runs Deus in Indonesia, has been the highlight of my career. I can’t wait to see where the future takes us.

What’s next?

“North to Noosa.”

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SurfStitch would like to thank Harrison for the interview, keep ripping bud! Like Harrison’s style? Shop all the latest from Deus Ex Machina here!

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