Surf shop showdown

Surf shop showdown
Surfers from various surf shops around San Diego County compete in the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge held in 2-3 foot surf at Seaside Reef in Cardiff on Friday. Photo by Bill Reilly

ENCINITAS — After a one-year hiatus, the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge is back. The regional qualifying series kicked off March 25 at Seaside Reef in Cardiff.

The event series pits four-man surf shop teams (two shop pros and two shop employees) against each other.

The winning team from each of the seven regional qualifiers wins an all-expense-paid trip to Southern California to compete in the National Championship for a $5,000 prize purse, grand prize trip to the 2016 SURFER Poll at Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Hawaii and title of America’s Most Core Surf Shop.

In two-to-three-foot surf, it was team SurfRide from Oceanside that placed first in the finals, beating out the Rusty Team out of La Jolla, Surf Ride in Solana Beach, Sun Diego in Carlsbad, and Clairemont.

The challenge concludes either July 7 or July 8 at Ala Moana Bowls, South Shore, Hawaii.

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