THE OAKLEY SURF SHOP CHALLENGE HITS THE EAST COAST NEXT WEEK
Eight Events Determine America’s Most Core Surf Shop
CARLSBAD, Calif., April 8, 2016 – The 2016 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge hits the East Coast next week with the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast stops of the seven-event regional qualifying series. The Mid-Atlantic qualifier will run on Monday, April 11th at Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, North Carolina. The Northeast qualifier is slated to run at Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey on the day with the best conditions as predicted by Contest Forecaster Surfline.com, on either Thursday, April 14th or Friday, April 15th.
According to Surfline.com, Nags Head will see some leftover NNE windswell on Monday in the one-to-three-foot range with a few bigger sets possible early before the surf drops into the afternoon. Conditions look best in the morning too before sideshore winds increase in the afternoon. Surfline.com and contest organizers are still watching the forecast for the Northeast event and will make the call on which day to run early next week.
The unique event series pits four-man surf shop teams (two shop pros and two shop employees) against each other. The winning team from each of the seven regional qualifiers will win an all-expense-paid trip to Southern California to compete in the National Championship for a $5,000 prize purse, grand prize trip to the 2016 SURFER Poll at Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Hawaii and title of America’s Most Core Surf Shop.
This year’s invited Mid-Atlantic teams include:
· 17th Street Surf Shop
· Annex Surf Supply
· Coastal Edge (Kill Devil Hills)
· Coastal Edge (Virginia Beach)
· Duck Village Outfitters
· Outer Banks Boarding Company
· Parrot Surf Shop
· Real Water Sports
· Surf and Adventure Co.
· Surf City Surf Shop
· Sweetwater Surf Shop
· Wave Riding Vehicles (Kitty Hawk)
· Wave Riding Vehicles (Virginia Beach)
· Whalebone Surf Shop
This year’s invited Northeast teams include:
· 7th Street Surf Shop
· Air and Speed Surf Shop
· Billabong Shrewsbury
· Boarding House
· Brave New World
· Elemental Surf and Skate
· Farias Surf Sport (1)
· Farias Surf Sport (2)
· Flying Point Surf and Skate
· Heritage Surf & Sport (Margate)
· Heritage Surf & Sport (Ocean City)
· Heritage Surf & Sport (Sea Isle City)
· Inlet Outlet Surf Shop
· Jersey Devil Surf LLC
· Liquid Dreams
· Ocean Hut Surf Shop
· Spellbinders Surf Shop
· Summer Sessions
· Suncatcher Surf Shop
· Surfer’s Supplies
· Warm Winds
The 2016 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge schedule:
· March 25 – Southwest – Seaside Reef, Cardiff, Calif.
· April 11/12 – Mid-Atlantic – Nags Head, Outer Banks, NC
· April 14/15 – Northeast – Manasquan Inlet, NJ
· April 18/19 – Southeast – Paradise Beach Park, Melbourne, Fla.
· May 26/27 – Northwest – Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, Calif.
· June 3 – West – 54th or 56th Street – Newport Beach, Calif.
· July 7/8 – Hawaii – Ala Moana Bowls, South Shore, Haw.
· Fall 2016 – National Championship – Southern California
For all of the latest information including photos, video footage, results and more, check out surfshopchallenge.com.
Special thanks to Oakley, SURFER Magazine and event partners, Futures Fins, GoPro, Xcel Wetsuits, JS Industries and Official Forecaster Surfline.com for their support, without which the Surf Shop Challenge series would not be possible.
About Surf Shop Challenge
Originally conceived to provide a fun and competitive format for the hardcore surf shop riders, the SURFER Shop Team Challenge was one of the most popular and exciting Southern California contests of the early 1980s. Through the years the contest has evolved, with seven qualifying regional events around the country, culminating in a national championship in Bali, Indonesia for the first time in 2012. The underlying principles, however, have remained the same. The Oakley Surf Shop Challenge is still about giving back to the shops, the true backbone of the industry and the heart of the sport of surfing. Each year the competition level rises, the stakes become greater and the prizes become bigger.
About Oakley, Inc.
Established in 1975 and headquartered in Southern California, Oakley is one of the leading product design and sport performance brands in the world. The holder of more than 600 patents, Oakley is a culture of creators, inventors, idealists and scientists obsessed with using design and innovation to create products and experiences that inspire greatness. This philosophy has made Oakley one of the most iconic and inimitable brands on the market, with products that world-class athletes around the globe depend on to compete at the highest level possible. Oakley is known for its High Definition Optics®, which feature unparalleled optical clarity and precision along with impact resistance and UV protection, incorporated into all of the brand’s sun, prescription eyewear and premium goggles. Oakley extended its position as the world’s leading sports eyewear brand into apparel and accessories. Oakley has men’s and women’s product lines that appeal to Sports Performance, Active and Lifestyle consumers. Oakley is a subsidiary of Luxottica Group. Additional information is available at www.oakley.com.
In 1960, SURFER Magazine began as the original. After a long history of delivering provocative and insightful editorial features, revealing interviews and award winning state-of-the-art photography, SURFER remains the authoritative voice of the surfing world and thus earned the moniker “the bible of the sport.” The SURFER brand has also grown to include SURFERmag.com, Fantasy SURFER, and the SURFER message boards. All of these assets combine to make the SURFER network the most current and reliable channel of information to the surf community. The magazine is published by TEN: The Enthusiast Network, which reaches more than 45 million active sports enthusiasts through an integrated network of magazines, online properties, events and television programming. To learn more, visit SURFERmag.com.
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