San Juan Capistrano, CA (June 2, 2009) - With last year's Northeast Regional Champs, Heritage Surf Shop, waltzing their way through a repeat performance at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, the slew of past champions residing in the Southwest are chomping at the bit for their chance to do the same.
The Southwest region is notorious for housing some of surfing's strongest talent with teams including the reigning National Champions, Surfride, the 2007 National Champs, Hansens and many more of the industry's leading surf shops that man the frontlines of the sports progression.
This year's Southwest Qualifier will take place at 54th Street in Newport Beach, CA on June 5, drawing teams from San Diego to Orange County into the water and looking to claim their spot in the finals.
With so many having tasted the sweetness of victory, the competition is destined to be fierce as teammates return to the battlegrounds hungry for the win. Among them is team Surfride. They are back with their winning combination of technique, style and strategy. Captain, Chris Abad and teammates Che Stang, Aaron Coyle and Brent Riley are poised and ready to defend their Regional title and begin the journey to extending their reign as National Surf Shop Challenge Champions. The road will not be an easy one, however, with talented competitors including Val Surf, Sun Diego, Frog House, Surfside, Laguna Surf and Sport, Jack's and others all fighting to take their place.
Southwest Teams Expected to Compete:
Val Surf Los Angeles, CA
Surfside Sports Costa Mesa, CA
Killer Dana Dana Point, CA
Surfride Ocean Side, CA
Jack’s Huntington Beach, CA
Laguna Surf and Sport Laguna Beach, CA
K-5 Encinitas, CA
HSS Huntington Beach, CA
Katin Huntington Beach, CA
Sun Diego Carlsbad, CA
Hansens Encinitas, CA
Becker Torrance, CA
ET Hermosa Beach, CA
Frog House Newport Beach, CA
Hanger 94 San Diego, CA
Spyder Hermosa Beach, CA
T-Patterson San Clemente, CA
The Southwest Regional Champ will head to Huntington Beach, CA, on September 14, where they will face Heritage Surf Shop and the three other Regional Champions in a winner-take-all, one-heat one-champ final.
While Southern California has been suffering through a flat spell over the past few weeks, official event forecaster, Wavewatch.com is predicting a strong swell to arrive as the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge fueled by Muscle Milk kicks-off in Newport Beach, CA on Friday.
There will be a mix of overlapping SSW swells pushing out of the South Pacific. 54th Street is expected to have consistent surf in the chest-to-shoulder-high range with some head-high waves mixing in on the bigger sets and providing just right conditions for these teams to duke it out in the water.