Fourteen teams battled it out at Newport Beach’s 54th Street in the final qualifying event of the 2013 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge last weekend. Despite the inconsistent two-to-three foot surf, Team Revolution led by Nathaniel Curran knocked defending champs Jack’s Surfboards out of the competition.
“I was part of the team when we won nationals nine years ago,” says Nathaniel. “We already got a trophy and we want another one.”
The Oakley Surf Shop Challenges allows two teams riders along with two shop employees to compete in a tag team format with one-hour heats. After the opening heats, the five teams with the highest scores battled it out in the final, eventually crowning one winner.
Jack’s Surfboards set the bar in heat 1 with a total score of 34.92 and proved to be the highest score of the day. Momentum shifted in the favor of Revolution during the final when Jack’s Surfboard rider, Chris Waring, struggled to find a solid wave. Nathaniel Curran lead the charge and posted a 7-point score for a big air.
“The final was stressful,” claims Revolution’s Jacob Kelley, who opened the Final with an 8-point ride. “We started off strong early and then kind of slowed, so it was like a waiting game rather than a come-from-behind victory.”
Located in Camarillo, California, Revolution will continue in the competition with an all-expense paid trip to Bali, Indonesia, battling it out against Hawaiian Creations (Hawaii), Channel Islands (Northwest), 7th Surf Shop (Northeast), Sweetwater (Mid-Atlantic), Sunrise Surf Shop (Southeast) and Surf Ride Oceanside (Southwest). The competition in Bali will be the same format with the National Champions receiving $10,000 and bragging rights.
1. Revolution (29.03)
2. Jack’s Surfboards (20.87)
3. Kanvas By Katin (16.40)
4. Huntington Surf & Sport (14.13)
5. Frog House (11.93)