SURFER Magazine is pleased to announce the completion of stop one of the 2018 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge. Despite forecasted rain in the early afternoon on Wednesday, the weather held off and competition was fierce amongst Florida surf shops in 2-3ft windswell at New Smyrna Beach Inlet.
Securing the Southeast regional win, Sunrise Surf Shop narrowly escaped the threat of Quiet Flight NSB who needed a 7.94 in the dying minutes of the final to oust the defending champs. Quiet Flight's Jeremy Johnston scored a 7.5 on his last wave during the highly contested heat, sending Sunrise to the top of the podium for the 10th time in Surf Shop Challenge history.
"In the finals, we were honestly a little nervous and almost second guessed our strategy because the other teams were ripping so hard in challenging conditions," says Sunrise's Cody Thompson, "but we just stuck to our guns, got lucky and pulled it off again!"
Congrats to Sunrise Surf Shop team members Tristan Thompson, Cody Thompson, Evan Thompson, and OSSC rookie Adam Harrel on taking the Southeast win.
Up next is the Southwest regional qualifier at Seaside Reef in Cardiff, CA with the official call made to run competition on Tuesday May 22. With a solid SSW swell currently in the forecast the stage is being set for the next regional shop to punch their ticket to the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge National Championship in Nicaragua.