SANTA CRUZ, Calif., May 26, 2017 - Nine teams from Northern California gathered at Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz on Thursday for the fourth stop of the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge. Teams were fired up and ready to dethrone defending champions Pacific Wave in glassy two-to-three-foot surf and light rain, but Pacific Wave had other plans, dominating the final and claiming the three-peat Northwest victory.
The day started off a bit slow with mostly low scores in heat one until Sam Coffey of O'Neill Surf Shop posted an 8.0. As the tide came in, the scoring potential decreased further as the sets became less consistent. In heat two, Pacific Waves' Myles Clanton started their rally with a 7.66 and Austin Smith-Ford followed by whammying a 7.7 pushing them through to the final.
In the final, Austin Smith-Ford's double whammy 8.5 earned Pacific Wave an early lead and they never looked back.
"Conditions were small going into the event, but we ended up having super fun waves and everyone was having a good time!" said Austin Smith-Ford. “My whole team's from the west side of town so I had to bring them to Pleasure Point and show them the ropes. They put me as the whammy guy and I had a stressful first 20 minutes, but I was able to get one really good one that was an 8.5. We're stoked to take the win and can't wait to go to Nationals and hopefully put up a better showing than last year.”
The victory marks Pacific Waves' third straight win and fifth overall in OSSC history. The series next heads south to 56th Street in Newport Beach for the West Qualifier on June 9th.
1st Place: Pacific Wave – 35.82 points
2nd Place: Berdels – 24.33 points
3rd Place: Channel Islands – 23.83 points
4th Place: Esteem Surf – 17.39 points