Shops made the most of the meager conditions while still throwing down some solid scores
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 April, 2017 - Eight teams from the Northeast region showed up to duke it out in challenging knee-high conditions for 2017 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge at 16th Ave. in Belmar, NJ, Tuesday.
Turning out to be a wave-catching contest, shops were making the most of the meager conditions while still throwing down some solid scores. When the dust settled, 7th Street Surf Shop surfaced with the win.
In Round One, Sam Hammer put Brave New World out to an early lead with a 9.27, but decided not to whammy, which looked to be costly with the inconsistent scoring potential. The seasoned local paddled back out and whammied an 8.5 to put his team through to the final, along with Heritage Sea Isle City, Heritage Margate and 7th Street Surf Shop.
Nate Garza of 7th Street Surf Shop opened up the scoring in the final with a 7.5. As if the conditions weren’t already challenging enough, the waves went limp nearing the low tide as the other teams were looking to put up scores. 7th Street combo’d the field as Rob Kelly whammied a 9.8 sealing the deal.
“We came back after a hiatus last year, the team changed due to two guys moving away, so we had to regroup and work a little harder,” said Rob Kelly of 7th Street. “It was Nate and Kevin’s first time competing in the Shop Challenge and they stepped up! Despite the waves being lackluster, when Nate dropped a 7.5 on the first wave of the final, we knew the rhythm was on our side. Everyone did their part and it worked out to take the win.”
The Oakley Surf Shop Challenge heads back to California for the Northwest Regional in Santa Cruz, Calif. on May 25-26th, 2017.
1st Place: 7th Street Surf Shop - 36.04 points
2nd Place: Brave New World - 16.92 points
3rd Place: Heritage Surf & Sport (Margate) - 15.15
4th Place: Heritage Surf & Sport (Sea Isle City) - 11.58
The 2017 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge Schedule:
March 24 – Southwest – Seaside Reef, Cardiff, Calif. – SUN DIEGO
April 6 – Southeast – Paradise Beach Park, Melbourne, Fla. - SUNRISE
April 11 – Northeast – Casino Pier, Seaside Heights, NJ – 7TH STREET
May 25/26 – Northwest – Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, Calif.
June 9 – West – 54th or 56th Street – Newport Beach, Calif.
July 10/11 – Hawaii – Ala Moana Bowls, South Shore, Haw.
August (TBD) - Mid-Atlantic – Nags Head, Outer Banks, NC
Fall 2017 – National Championship – TBD