San Clemente, CA (June 3, 2011) - The fourth stop of SURFER Magazine's 2011 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge (OSSC) saw blue skies and chest- to shoulder-high waves as nine teams--Huntington Surf and Sport, Jack's, Surfside, Katin, T. Patterson, Laguna Surf and Sport, Val Surf, Frog House, and Spyder--vied for the "Best in the West" title at 54th Street in Newport Beach.
The first round saw ample waves on tap and forced riders to be more selective when choosing their allotted four waves in this tag-team format event that pairs two pro team riders with two surf shop employees. Huntington Surf and Sport's Jake Saenz came out of the gate with the two highest scores of the morning, but it was Katin's whammy rider, Teddy Navarro, who took three clean turns to double his points and put his team ahead in the middle of the heat. Spyder and Surf Side Sports battled neck and neck throughout the rest of the heat, but Spyder's whammy rider Dane Zaun eked out the extra points needed to stay ahead.
"We had a lot of fun today," said Teddy Navarro from Katin. "Our team didn't come out with a strategy, we just planned to surf our best and see what happened. It's just fun to be our here with the team and the other shops." Katin's laid-back style paid off, earning them 31.3 points and the lead in Round One. Spyder Surf followed closely behind with 29.03 and Surf Side Sports set the bubble for finals' qualification with 25.20 points.
Round Two began with a boisterous Team Frog House making their presence known with caffeinated cheers before hitting the water. But in the lineup, unfortunately, they couldn't seem to catch a break, scoring the lowest out of the four teams that heat. Meanwhile, Jack's whammy rider, Derek Peters, surprised everyone by not whamming a 5.83. This turned out to be a great decision because soon after he was able to whammy a 6.67, claiming the highest whammy of the day so far. Quick to answer back was Val Surf's whammy rider, Dylan Perillo, who scored 9.03 points with a massive slob, doubling it for a contest high of 18.06. This was not enough to put Val Surf in first, but they did manage to break the bubble and put Surf Side Sports out of the finals.
A balanced final consisted of representation from two LA county shops--Spyder and Val Surf--and two Orange County shops--Katin and Jack's. As the remaining four teams took to the water, the waves stayed consistent with a few head-high sets at the beginning of the Final. Spyder's Dane Zaun heated things up with a solid snap into an air, whamming a 6 for 12 points. Scores stayed close, but in the end, it was Spyder rider Kelly Zaun who drove off the bottom of a wave, made a couple of clean turns, and scored the winning 6.77 points.
"We've been doing the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge for six years now and this is the first time that we've made it out of Round One," said Kelly Zaun. "We have a consistent team that made us come out on top and we're stoked to be going to the Championships in September."
1. Spyder Surf - 27.43 (Dane Zaun*, Kelly Zaun, Chris Broman, Richard O'Reilly)
2. Katin Surf Shop - 25.94 (Teddy Navarro*, Ryan Carlson, Drew Middleton, Eric Tomlinson)
3. Jack's Surfboards - 25.22 (Jesse Evans, Derek Peters*, Clay Crandal, Bobby Okvist)
4. Val Surf - 22.76 (Dillon Perillo*, Pascal Stansfield, Brandon Richards, Colin Giles)
*Indicates whammy surfer
SURFER Magazine's OSSC event series teams shop employees with shop pros for a chance at $10,000 and the title of the best surf shop in the U.S. This year will see 280 surfers from 70 shops around the country compete at seven regional stops before culminating at the Huntington Beach pier in September for the National Championship. For photos, video footage, results, and more check out SurfShopChallenge.com.
Special thanks to Oakley and other event partners Muscle Milk, New Era Caps, Futures Fins, Buell Wetsuits, and Bubble Gum Wax for all their support. Without their involvement the Surf Shop Challenge series would not be what it is today.
About Surf Shop Challenge:
Originally conceived to provide a fun and competitive format for the hardcore surf shop riders, the SURFER Shop Team Challenge was one of the most popular and exciting Southern California contests of the early 1980s. Through the years the contest has evolved, with five qualifying regional events around the country, culminating in a national championship at the famed Huntington Beach Pier in sunny Southern California. The underlying principles, however, have remained the same. The Oakley Surf Shop Challenge is still about giving back to the shops, the true backbone of the industry and the heart of the sport of surfing. Each year the competition level rises, the stakes become greater and the prizes become bigger.
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