WEST REGIONAL OAKLEY SURF SHOP CHALLENGE HITS NEWPORT BEACH TODAY 6/3!
CARLSBAD, Calif., June 2, 2016 – The 2016 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge lands at 56th Street, Newport Beach, Calif. this Friday, June 3rd for the West regional qualifying event. Los Angeles and Orange County area surf shops will compete for the opportunity to represent the West against six other regional finalists from North Carolina, New Jersey, Northern California, Florida and Hawaii.
Oakley Surf Shop Challenge Official Forecaster Surfline.com predicts solid south swell continuing through Friday with four-to-six foot (head high) semi walled runners off the jetty. The contest will kick off at 8 am with light winds in the morning and moderate WSW winds in the afternoon.
This unique event series pits four-man surf shop teams (two shop pros and two shop employees) against one 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.
Reigning West Champions Val Surf will be back to defend their title against 13 other confirmed teams including:
Active Ride Shop
Huntington Surf & Sport
Jack’s Surfboards (Hermosa Beach)
Jack’s Surfboards (Huntington Beach)
Jack’s Surfboards (Newport Beach)
Rip Curl (San Clemente)
Spyder Surf (PCH)
Spyder Surf (Pier Avenue)
The 2016 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge schedule:
· March 25 – Southwest – Seaside Reef, Cardiff, Calif. – Winner: Surf Ride
· April 11 – Mid-Atlantic – Nags Head, Outer Banks, NC – Winner: Sweetwater Surf Shop
· April 14 – Northeast – Manasquan Inlet, NJ – Winner: Heritage Surf & Sport
· April 19 – Southeast – Paradise Beach Park, Melbourne, Fla. – Winner: Quiet Flight
· May 27 – Northwest – Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, Calif. – Winner: Pacific Wave
· June 3 – West – 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.
About TEN: The Enthusiast Network
TEN: The Enthusiast Network is the world’s premier network of enthusiast brands, such as MOTOR TREND, AUTOMOBILE, HOT ROD, SURFER, TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING, and GRINDTV. With more than 50 publications, 60 websites, 50 events, 1,000 branded products, TEN delivers both the world’s largest audience in the automotive category, and the world’s largest action/adventure sports media platform. TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit enthusiastnetwork.com.