SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., April 2, 2013 —SURFER Magazine’s 2013 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge hits the East Coast next week with stops in Ponce Inlet, FL, April 9-10, Outer Banks, NC, April 12-13 and Manasquan Inlet, NJ, April 15-16. The seven-event regional qualifying series gives surf shops from around the United States the opportunity to compete for an all-expense paid trip-of-a-lifetime to a National Championship in Bali, Indonesia (June 17-22) in conjunction with the inaugural Oakley Pro Bali.
The storied and unique event series pits four-man teams (two surf shop pros and two shop employees) against each other for a chance to win $10,000, an advertising spread in SURFER Magazine, and the title of best surf shop in the country. This year marks the second consecutive year for each regional qualifying team to also earn an enviable trip to Bali, Indonesia, a major coup in itself, despite the National Championship outcome.
Sunrise Surf Shop has been the dominant force in the Southeast with an untarnished record of regional victories and one National Championship (2006) under its belt. But who will take the title in 2013 when the event lands at Ponce Inlet, FL, April 9-10, is still anyone’s game.
Invited Southeast teams:
Aqua East Surf Shop
Inlet Charleys Surf Shop
IWS Lake Worth
Red Dog Surf Shop
Salty Dog Surf Shop
Sunrise Surf Shop
2012 was a big year for Wave Riding Vehicles, who stole the Mid-Atlantic regional from two-time past National Champs Sweetwater. No doubt Sweetwater will be back with a vengeance come April 12-13 at the Outer Banks, NC, looking for redemption, the trip to Bali and another chance at a National Championship title.
Invited Mid-Atlantic teams:
7th Street Surf Shop
Freedom Surf Shop
Outer Banks Boarding Company
Sweetwater Surf Shop
Wave Riding Vehicles
Whalebone Surf Shop
The Northeast region has been dominated by Heritage Surf & Sport for the past four years, but the pool of shop teams has deepened for 2013 and will surely result in increased competition. A new event location at Manasquan Inlet, NJ, April 15-16 may also shake up the situation.
Invited Northeast teams:
7th Street Surf Shop
Air and Speed Surf Shop
Bare Wire Surf & Skate
Elemental Surf and Skate
Farias Surf Sport (2)
Farias Surf Sport (1)
Heritage Surf & Sport (Ocean City)
Heritage Surf & Sport (Sea Isle City)
Inlet Outlet Surf Shop
Ocean Hut Surf Shop
Pioneers Board Shop
Primal Surf Shop
Suncatcher Surf Shop
The complete 2013 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge calendar:
* April 5-6 – Southwest – Seaside Reef, Cardiff, Calif.
* April 9-10 – Southeast – Ponce Inlet, Fla.
* April 12-13 – Mid-Atlantic – Kitty Hawk or Nags Head, Outer Banks, NC
* April 15-16 – Northeast – Manasquan Inlet, Manasquan, NJ
* April 19 – Northwest – Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, Calif.
* May 10 – Hawaii – Ala Moana Bowl, South Shore, Haw.
* May 31-June 1 – West – 54th/56th Street – Newport Beach, Calif.
* June 17-22 – National Championship – Keramas/Canggu, Bali, Indo.
*Denotes Oakley High School Surf Team Challenge stops
Special thanks to Oakley, SURFER Magazine and other event partners, Bubble Gum Surf Wax, Futures Fins, New Era, SOL REPUBLIC, and Waterman’s Sunscreen for their support, without which the Surf Shop Challenge series would not be possible.