CANGGU, Bali/Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 - Team Jack's Surfboards, from Huntington Beach, Calif., claimed the 2012 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge National Championship in Bali, revoking Sunrise Surf Shop’s domination of the one-hour Final in a nail biting come-from-behind victory.
Now in its fourth year, the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge has seen its most competitive series yet with nearly 300 surfers from 70 shops around the U.S. competing in seven regional stops for a chance to ink their names in Surf Shop Challenge history.
For the first time in the events tenure, the National Championship battle took place on the wave-rich coastline of Bali Canggu in conjunction with the Oakley Pro Junior World Championship. 28 competitors from seven shops earned the coveted Oakley sponsored trip to Southeast Asia including Surf Ride (Southwest), Wave Riding Vehicles (Mid-Atlantic), Heritage Ocean City (Northeast), Jack's Surfboards (West), Town & Country Surf (Hawaii), Sunrise Surf Shop (Southeast) and Pacific Wave Surf Shop (Northwest).
Four teams earned a Finals berth: Jack's Surfboards (Huntington Beach, Calif.), former National Champions Sunrise Surf Shop (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.), Surf Ride (Solano Beach, Calif.) and T&C Surf (Aiea, Haw.).
Sunrise Surf Shop whammy rider Asher Nolan, whammied a powerful 9.4 in the Final, which put Sunrise in temporary contention for the title. However, with a team stacked full of former Regional Champs, the Jack's crew implemented the perfect combination of skill and strategy to succeed in the unique Surf Shop Challenge format - a four-man rotation (two pros, two shop employees) with one team member designated a wildcard "whammy" rider. (Each surfer got a four-wave maximum to contribute their best possible score to the team's heat total.)
Chris Waring, Jack's designated "whammy" rider, played a pivotal role as always, staking claim to his best score, a 8.67 (out of possible 10), for double the points and to take a commanding lead. When asked about his clutch performance, Waring said, "I was stressing. I was just waiting for that certain wave and it didn’t come for the longest time. I can't believe I got that one, I’m so stoked. I'm stoked for all my boys; Vance, Bobby, Pagan. This is epic. We just won 10 g’s boys!"
In addition to the trip of a lifetime, the Jack's team won a $10,000 cash prize, a full-page shop profile in SURFER Magazine, online ads on Surfermag.com, a custom Muscle Milk Beach Cruiser with surf racks and the priceless title of the "Best Surf Shop" in the U.S.A.
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Congratulations to Jack's and special thanks to Oakley and other event partners, Muscle Milk, Rusty, Bubble Gum Surf Wax, New Era, Futures Fins, Waterman's Applied Science and Mizu for their support, without which the Surf Shop Challenge series would not be possible.
Oakley Surf Shop Challenge Championship Final Results
1. Jack’s Surfboards (33.35 pts)
Chris Waring, Matt Pagan, Vance Smith, Bobby Okvist
2. Sunrise Surf Shop (32.40 pts)
Asher Nolan, Ryan Briggs, Dane Jefferys, Garrett Carmichael
3. Town & Country Surf Shop (25.70 pts)
Dustin Cuizon, Kekoa Balcaso, Geoff Wong, Travis Hashimoto
4. Surf Ride Surf Shop (21.54 pts)
Darrel Goodrum, Dayton Silva, Brent Reilly, Gabe Garcia
5. Wave Riding Vehicles (23.37 pts)
Blake Jones, Mark Yonkers, Brendan Petticrew, Kevin Hodges
6. Heritage Surf Shop (14.36 pts; including 5 point late deduction)
Zack Humphrey, Ian Bloch, Andrew Gesler, Jamie Moran
7. Pacific Wave (8.33 pts; including 5 point late deduction)
Randy Bonds, Kyle Buthman, Miles Clanton, Willie Eagleton