SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., June 14, 2013 - Seven U.S. teams are embarking on the journey of a lifetime for the 2013 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge National Championship in Bali, Indonesia (June 18-21) in conjunction with the inaugural Oakley Pro Bali. Nearly 300 surfers from 70 shops around the U.S. competed this year at Regional Qualifiers and the winners of each of those events are being treated to an all-expense-paid trip to Bali courtesy of Oakley. In addition to a trip to paradise, the winner of the National Championship will earn a $10,000+ prize package and the title of the "Best U.S. Surf Shop" of 2013.
Last year, Jack's Surfboards earned the National Championship, but didn't make the cut back to Bali to defend their title this year after losing the West Regional to Revolution Surf Company. Revolution, although a newbie to Bali, has a National Championship to their credit from back in 2004 when the Championship event was held in Huntington Beach, and is looking to pick up a second.
"I was part of the team when we won Nationals nine years ago," said Revolution Team Member Nathaniel Curran. "We already got a trophy and we want another one!"
Only two teams are returning this year after the inaugural Bali event in 2012, Sunrise Surf Shop (Southeast) and Surf Ride Oceanside (Southwest), who claimed second and fourth, respectively, last year. Each also has a National Championship under their belt, Sunrise in 2006 and SurfRide in 2008.
Sweetwater (Mid-Atlantic), who scored consecutive National Championships in 2011 and 2010, will be making their first trip to Bali along with Hawaiian Island Creations (Hawaii), Channel Islands (Northwest) and 7th Street Surf Shop (Northeast), to round out the field.
The 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 surfermag.com, and the title of best surf shop in the country.
This year marks the second 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. Prior to the move to Bali, the National Championship was conducted on the classic California beach break shores of Huntington Beach. Bali's Keramas is a far cry from that venue offering a high-performance and pristine reef break known for producing perfect barrels.
Special thanks to Oakley, SURFER Magazine and other event partners, Bubble Gum Surf Wax, Futures Fins, New Era, SOL REPUBLIC, and Watermans Sunscreen for their support, without which the Surf Shop Challenge series would not be possible.