SURFER Magazine's 2011 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge (OSSC) makes its fifth stop at Ala Moana Bowls on the South Shore of Oahu on July 8. With several of the islands top shops signed up to compete, along with multiple teams flying in from outer islands, the stage is set for a fierce competition.
This year's roster consists of several big names including, Kai Barger (surfing for Local Motion), Joel Centeio (surfing for Hawaiian Island Creations), and new to the Town and Country team, Makua Rothman. The teams will need all the help they can get defending against four-time Regional Champions, Town and Country, who are hungry to keep their reign and make it, once again, to the National Championships at Huntington Beach in September.
Along with Makua Rothman, Town and Country added Kalei Uemoto to their strong roster, which also includes OSSC regulars Travis Hashimoto and last year's regional MVP Dustin Cuizon. When asked about their approach for this year's competition, Hashimoto said, "We all know the surf spot well, so we'll just take things in stride as the day goes on." Regarding the team that they are most worried about, Hashimoto mentioned, "The team that has been at our heals is Quiksilver. They always give us a run and almost beat us last year."
Quiksilver (2006 Regional Champs) and Pacific Vibrations (2005 Regional Champs) are both eager for a chance to regain the title. With several big names and well-respected surfers participating this year, the surfing is sure to step up a notch and present competing teams with an action packed day.
Hawaiian Island Creations Kailua, HI
Town & Country Hawaii Wahiawa, HI
Blue Hawaii Surf Waipahu, HI
Local Motion Honolulu, HI
Hi-Tech Surf Sports Kahului, HI
Pacific Vibrations Surf Shop Kailua Kona, HI
Surf N Sea 1 Haleiwa, HI
Surf N Sea 2 Haleiwa, HI
North Shore Quiksilver Haleiwa, HI
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.