Oakley Surf Shop Challenge Series
Surf Shop Challenge
Various East Coast locations, USA
11 - 15 April, 2014
East Coast surf shops set for Oakley Surf Shop battles
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 April, 2014 - SURFER Magazine’s 2014 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge hits the East Coast next week with the Southeast stop in Ponce Inlet, Fla. April 8th or 9th, the Mid-Atlantic stop in Nags Head, Outer Banks, NC, April 11th or 12th and the Northeast stop in Manasquan Inlet, NJ on April 14th or 15th.
The seven-event nationwide search will carryon throughout the next few months traversing the continent to identify the best teams from stops in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Hawaii and three areas of California.
Four-man teams (two surf shop pros and two shop employees) will be competing for a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to the National Championship in Central America, an advertising spread in SURFER Magazine, and the coveted title and bragging rights of best surf shop in the country.
2014 reigning National Champ Sunrise Surf Shop has been the dominant force in the Southeast with an untarnished record of five straight regional victories and two National Championships (2006 and 2013) under its belt. But who will take the title in 2014, is still anyone’s bet.
Invited Southeast teams:
Sunrise Surf Shop
Catalyst Surf Shop
Aqua East Surf Shop
Salty Dog Surf Shop
Red Dog Surf Shop
Rip Curl New Smyrna
BC Ft Lauderdale
IWS (Lake Worth)
The Mid-Atlantic’s Sweetwater has amassed a covetable history in the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge with several regional titles and two National Championships, but their record is not undisputed. Wave Riding Vehicles stole the regional win in 2012 and could do it again.
Invited Mid-Atlantic teams:
Whalebone Surf Shop
Sweetwater Surf Shop
Outer Banks Boarding Company
Coastal Edge (VB)
Wave Riding Vehicles (Virginia Beach)
Freedom Surf Shop
Annex Surf Supply
17th Street Surf Shop
Surf and Adventure Co.
Duck Village Outfitters
Coastal Edge (KDH)
Wave Riding Vehicles (Kitty Hawk)
Surf City Surf Shop
Last year saw Asbury’s 7th Street Surf Shop battling to the top in the Final against three Heritage Surf & Sport teams in the Northeast regional qualifier. And 7th Street didn’t disappoint in Bali, earning an honorable runner up position at the National Championship. But Heritage has been a dominant force in the Northeast with at least four regional titles under their belt and will be back in 2014.
Invited Northeast teams:
Inlet Outlet Surf Shop
Farias Surf Sport (2)
Farias Surf Sport (1)
Heritage Surf & Sport (Ocean City)
Heritage Surf & Sport (Sea Isle City)
7th Street Surf Shop (7th Street)
Elemental Surf and Skate
Ocean Hut Surf Shop
Air and Speed Surf Shop
Pioneers Board Shop
Suncatcher Surf Shop
Bare Wire Surf & Skate
7th Street Surf Shop (Asbury)
Heritage Surf & Sport (Margate)
7th Street Surf Shop (11th St)
Bunger Surf & Sport
Jersey Devil Surf LLC
Brave New World
The complete 2014 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge calendar:
· March 28-29 – Southwest – Seaside Reef, Cardiff, Calif.
· April 8/9 – Southeast – Ponce Inlet, Fla.
· April 11/12 – Mid-Atlantic – Nags Head, Outer Banks, NC
· April 14/15 – Northeast – Manasquan Inlet, Manasquan, NJ
· May 2 – West – 54th or 56th Street – Newport Beach, Calif.
· May 15/16 – Hawaii – Ala Moana Bowls, South Shore, Haw.
· July 23/24 – Northwest – Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, Calif.
· TBD – National Championship – Central America
For all of the latest information including photos, video footage, results and more, check out surfshopchallenge.com.
Special thanks to title sponsor Oakley, media sponsor SURFER Magazine and co-sponsors New Era, Futures Fins, Watermans Sunscreen and Banzai Bowls, without which the Surf Shop Challenge series would not be possible.