First Place: Town and Country. (L-R) Ryan Sugihara, Garrett Sugihara, Robert Grilho, Travis Hashimoto. Photo: Ladd
National Champion To Be Decided October 6-7 at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California @surfshopchallenge #shopchallenge
CARLSBAD, Calif., July 19, 2016 – Town & Country Surf Factory secured the win at the seventh and final leg of the 2016 Oakley Surf Shop challenge at Ala Moana Bowls in Honolulu. The single-day event matched up Hawaii’s favorite wave-sliding retailers in four-man teams to battle for a golden ticket to the national championship at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California, October 6-7.
2016 Hawaii Regional Oakley Surf Shop Challenge Winners T&C Surf Factory. Photo: Brock Ladd
With building swell looking promising for the contest and the teams excited to represent their respective shops, the event kicked off with lots of energy. Round 1 was full of paddle races to the channel marker and making sure team members claimed their best waves to get a chance to double (aka whammy) their score.
In the end, HIC Ala Moana, T&C Surf Factory, Town & Country, and Hi-Tech secured their spots into the Final. The Final was a close race for the last few waves of the heat to determine the winner, but T&C Surf Factory had a clutch couple waves in the last set to put them on top of the leader board and that’s where they stayed.
Ironically, T&C was the only team that did not have a professional surfer in their mix and still took the win. They will join the other finalists from six other regions on Oct. 6-7 at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California.
Hawaii Final Results:
1 – T & C Surf Factory (32.42 pts)
2 – HIC Ala Moana (30.02 pts)
3 – Town & Country (29.55 pts)
4 – Hi-Tech (23.33 pts)
2016 Oakley Surf Shop Finalists:
• Southwest – Surf Ride
• Mid-Atlantic – Sweetwater Surf Shop
• Northeast – Heritage Surf & Sport
• Southeast – Quiet Flight
• Northwest – Pacific Wave
• West – Huntington Surf and Sport
• Hawaii – Town & Country Surf Factory
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.
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