San Juan Capistrano, CA (July 7, 2009) - Making its third stop in the series, the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge fueled by Muscle Milk is heading to Town. Set to hit Oahu's South Shore on Friday, July 10, the event will showcase the islands' premier surf shops--teams from right in Honolulu to those flying in from the outer islands--who all share hopes of taking home the Hawaii Regional Title.
With a roster packed full of decorated surfers, the Kewalo Basin will undoubtedly be the scene of intense competition, as eager teams battle it out in the water to win that elusive trip to California and the chance to compete for the National Title.
Two teams to watch are two-time and reigning Regional Champs, Town and Country (consisting of Gareth Sugihara, Travis Hashimoto, Dustin Cuizon, and Geoff Wong) and former National Title holders, Pacific Vibrations (made up of Mikey Bruneau, Makai McMichael, Mike McMichael, and C.J. Kanuha).
For the past two years, Town and Country has put on a Herculean performance, steamrolling their way to a win in the Hawaiian regional event, only to return from the National Championships in California empty handed. After their disappointing loss last year, they are amped to earn a second shot at the National Championship.
Dustin Cuizon, Town and Country's designated whammy rider, has been a force to be reckoned with in the past--and Team Captain Gareth Sugihara is hoping that he can keep that momentum going. "We've been really lucky the last few years. He's made near perfect scores with all of his whammy rides," says Gareth. Dustin's been known to provide the team with a solid foundation on which to build their collective score, and Gareth hopes he can continue the trend this year.
Pacific Vibrations has made the Hawaiian regional finals every year since their title win in 2005, but since then, they have been seemingly unable to break the curse of the third-place finish.
These two teams, among many others, know what it feels like to walk away with a ticket to California in their pocket, but that won't be the only prize weighing on their minds. Competitors will also have the FCS award for Functional Creative Surfing to think about, as FCS offers up $1000 worth of travel gear to the team with the surfer who performs above and beyond the rest of the field.
Hawaii Teams Expected to Compete:
Hawaii Surf N Sail
North Shore Boardriders
Nu Ku Moi Surf Co
Surf N Sea
Town and Country
The Hawaii Regional Champ will head to Huntington Beach, California, on September 14, where they will face Heritage Surf and Sport, SurfRide, and the two other Regional Champions in what will surely be an epic battle for the National Title.
The South Pacific has taken a break with regards to expectations of significant swells over the event period. Locally, high pressure is forecast to be situated north of the Islands continuing a seasonal easterly Trade wind pattern. Conditions look nice. Waves will be small, but contestable.
On Friday, leftover S-SSW(185-190) gives a little over a foot of swell in deep water. That translates into roughly waist high faces on bigger sets during optimal tides. E Trade wrap combines in the mix as well for some cross-up. Early-mid afternoon should be best during the tidal push. Trade winds blow generally from the E 16-22kt as the wind line fills in late morning.