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Former CT man Brett Simpson leads local surf shop to victory

Huntington Surf and Sport Team © Oakley/Van Swae



Oakley Surf Shop Challenge West Regional

Oakley Surf Shop Challenge
54th Street, Newport Beach, California
9 - 10 June 2017

Huntington Surf & Sport repeats Surf Shop Challenge victory

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 June, 2017 - Huntington Surf and Sport (HSS) claimed its second back-to-back West regional victory at the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge on Friday afternoon. Some of the best surf shops from around Orange County and Los Angeles competed in the three-to-five-foot conditions for the title and golden ticket into the National Championships this fall.

Round one started with 10 teams, but only five advanced into the final where conditions had gotten a little bumpier from the clean morning conditions. Second man out, HSS’s Brad Ettinger found a nearly stand up barrel, drove through it and finished with a turn earning the best tube ride and only 10-point score of the competition.

Fellow veteran HSS teammate and team captain Brett Simpson whammied a jackpot 7.77 score. And rookies Griffin Foy and Taylor Pai backed them up with solid scores to seal the deal for HSS.

“Griffin got us a good start. It’s nice when someone goes out there and posts like a 6-plus, it kind of relieves a lot of the pressure. Brad dropped a 10, so the pressure was on me to whammy something and I had like two waves that were mediocre. I just felt like I had to give myself that third chance. Then Taylor went out and did his job. At that point we were in a good position. Everyone got enough time to get their waves. . .bring on (the National Championships)!”


Final Results:

1 – Huntington Surf & Sport (35.34)
2 – Spyder Surfboards (32.03)
3 – Catalyst (19.87)
4 – Jack’s HB (14.39)
5 – Sakal Surfboards (11.39)

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 – Belmar, NJ (7th Street Surf Shop)
May 25 – Northwest – Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, Calif. (Pacific Wave)
June 9 – West – 54th Street – Newport Beach, Calif. (Huntington Surf & Sport)
July 10/11 – Hawaii – Ala Moana Bowls, South Shore, Haw.
Aug. 18/19 (rescheduled) - Mid-Atlantic – Nags Head, Outer Banks, NC
Fall 2017 – National Championship – TBD


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Special thanks to Oakley, SURFER and event partners, FCS, Leus and Aluminati Skateboardsfor their support, without which the Surf Shop Challenge series would not be possible.

Dawn Hamilton

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