Huntington Surf and Sport (HSS) claimed its second back-to-back West regional victory at the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge on Friday afternoon. Some of the best surf shops from around Orange County and Los Angeles competed in the three-to-five-foot conditions for the title and golden ticket into the National Championships this fall.
Round one started with 10 teams, but only five advanced into the final where conditions had gotten a little bumpier from the clean morning conditions. Second man out, HSS's Brad Ettinger found a nearly stand up barrel, drove through it and finished with a turn earning the best tube ride and only 10-point score of the competition.
Fellow veteran HSS teammate and team captain Brett Simpson whammied a jackpot 7.77 score. And rookies Griffin Foy and Taylor Pai backed them up with solid scores to seal the deal for HSS.
"Griffin got us a good start. It's nice when someone goes out there and posts like a 6-plus, it kind of relieves a lot of the pressure. Brad dropped a 10, so the pressure was on me to whammy something and I had like two waves that were mediocre. I just felt like I had to give myself that third chance. Then Taylor went out and did his job. At that point we were in a good position. Everyone got enough time to get their waves. . .bring on (the National Championships)!"
1 – Huntington Surf & Sport (35.34)
2 – Spyder Surfboards (32.03)
3 – Catalyst (19.87)
4 – Jack's HB (14.39)
5 – Sakal Surfboards (11.39)