WRV & Heritage claim Oakley Shop Challenge East
Oakley Surf Shop Challenge
Southwest Regional Oakley Surf Shop Challenge
Seaside Reef, Cardiff California
6 April 2012
Oakley Surf Shop Challenge completes Mid-Atlantic & Northeast regionals
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 April, 2012 : - - The 2012 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge completed stops #2 and #3 last week on the East Coast. The Mid-Atlantic Regional qualifier went down last Thursday at Jenette¹s Pier, Nags Head, NC, with Wave Riding Vehicles (WRV) claiming the title. The following day, the series headed north for the Northeast Regional qualifier at Casino Pier, Seaside Heights, NJ, where Heritage Ocean City defended their title.
The wins reserve eight more seats on a round-trip flight to Bali for the National Championship event in October, where they¹ll compete against the other regional champs at Keramas for a shot at a $10,000 grand prize. WRV and Heritage join SurfRide, who earned their slots at Nationals at the Southwest Regional event a few weeks back.
As two-time OSSC National Champions, Sweetwater Surf Shop from Wrightsville Beach, NC, pretty much rendered all the other teams underdogs before the contest even started at the Mid-Atlantic event. And by the end of the first round, Sweetwater was well in the lead with 26.10 points, with WRV, The Pit, and OBBC trailing with 22.46, 20.16, and 13.70, respectively.
By the first exchange of the final, however, returning WRV alumni and whammy surfer Blake Jones posted a 7.15 off the bat for a 14.30 total, sending WRV out to an early lead and applying the pressure on remaining finalists Sweetwater, The Pit, and 17th Street.
Sweetwater¹s whammy surfer, Mike Powell, bested Blake¹s score with a 7.9 for a total 15.8‹the highest single-wave total of the event‹but in the end, it all came down to a man-on-man between a pair of surf camp operators: Brendan Petticrew (WRV) and Ben Powell (Sweetwater). Brendan¹s 4.27 left Ben needing a 5.68 wave, a wave that never came but somehow broke his board. And just like that, WRV had unseated the far-and-away favorites.
³I heard Ben Powell scream, and at first I thought he was hurt,² said Petticrew who paddled in from the final with 2:35 remaining to avoid a 5-point team deduction for failing to return to the dugout in time. ³But once I saw him swimming, I knew we had it, so I was outta there. I plopped right down to my belly and rode the first wave I could find to the beach.²
The following day in New Jersey, the mood on the beach was tense. Clearly, the increased stakes gave this year¹s event some added gravity. ³We had a full-on practice-contest yesterday,² said Jamie Moran, riding for defending regional champs Heritage Ocean City. ³Our entire team and everyone from 7th Street was out, and from the look in everyone¹s eyes, you could tell it was going to be a hard-fought battle.²
While all the teams put on impressive performances in the first round, when the scores were tallied, it was Heritage Sea Isle, Heritage Ocean City, Ocean Hut, Farias Ship Bottom, and Inlet Outlet who advanced into the five-team Final.
Mere minutes into the final, Farias Ship Bottom jumped out to a commanding lead when Conor Willem mounted a frontside attack on a bowling left, which resulted in a contest-high score 8.3 that was doubled for 16.6. Both Heritage teams used the slow-and-steady game plan to chip away at Farias¹ lead. Ian Bloch posted a 7.67 as the first rider for Heritage Ocean City, which was followed up by a whammied 7.0 by Andrew Gesler. Ciramella then came through big for Heritage Sea Isle by whammying a 7.17, however the rest of the team was unable to better a 4.0 through the last 10 minutes of the final.
By the end, it was a three-team race for the trophy, as Ocean Hut and Inlet Outlet had been comboed by the other teams. Heritage Ocean City held a 3.4 point lead over Farias, with Heritage Sea Isle not far behind. In the dying minutes, Jamie Moran managed to nab a mere 3.5 through his first two waves for Heritage Ocean City, which left Farias needing a low 6-point ride to take the lead. Despite some close opportunities, Farias and Heritage Sea Isle posted a 3.8 and 4.07 respectively and failed to better the 30.24 total posted by Heritage Ocean City.
³We¹re all amping!² claimed Andrew Gelser (Heritage Ocean City) ,who was happy to be back in the water after he recently underwent surgery and therapy to repair a torn MCL. ³We¹ve kept the same team together for four years and we¹ve won every time and it¹s been incredible every time. Oakley puts on such a rad event. We¹re super stoked to go to Indo, but now it¹s time to shift gears and make sure we bring home the $10,000 from Nationals.²
The complete 2012 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge calendar:
• Stop #1: April 6 Southwest Seaside Reef, Cardiff, Calif.
• Stop #2: April 19 Mid-Atlantic Jenette¹s Pier, Nags Head, NC
• Stop #3: April 20 Northeast Casino Pier, Seaside Heights, NJ
• Stop #4: June 1 West 54th/56th Street Newport Beach, Calif.
• Stop #5: July 6 Hawaii Ala Moana Bowl, South Shore, Haw.
• Stop #6: Aug. 14-15 Southeast New Smyrna Beach Inlet, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
• Stop #7: Aug. 31 Northwest Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, Calif.
• Final: Oct. 6-10 National Championship Keramas/Canggu, Bali, Indo.
Special thanks to Oakley and other event partners, Muscle Milk, Rusty, Bubble Gum, New Era, Future Fins, Waterman¹s Applied Science and Mizu for their support, without which the Surf Shop Challenge series would not be possible.
Source: Grind Media
Author: Dawn Hamilton
Tags: Oakley Surf Shop Challenge, Wave Riding Vehicles, Heritage