Surf Ranch Announced as 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour Venue

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LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Friday, November 17, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) is excited to announce that the WSL Surf Ranch Facility in Lemoore, Central California will host the world’s best surfers as part of the 2018 Championship Tour (CT) calendar.

“Based on the results of our test event this year and the feedback from surfers training at the facility throughout the season, next September’s event has the potential to be something special for both surfers and fans,” Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said. “We’re only scratching the surface of how this technology can be applied and it is completely game-changing for the sport.”

“It’s incredible what the WSL and KSWC teams have developed at Surf Ranch over the past year and California’s Central Valley now boasts a world-class wave,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “This technology, and its ability to deliver high-quality waves at any location in the world, opens so many possibilities for how we can complement and evolve the competitive experience.”

Since coming online in December 2015, the WSL Surf Ranch Facility in Lemoore, California has undergone constant refinement and evolution of its technology. A test event this year in September delivered very positive results in terms of competitive experience and the overwhelmingly supportive feedback from surfers training there throughout the season has encouraged the WSL to pursue an event at the facility in 2018.

“The experience of competing at Surf Ranch is pretty extraordinary,” Adrian Buchan, CT competitor and athlete representative, said. “What the team has created is hard to fathom at first – a perfect, 400-yard-long, bi-directional wave in the middle of rural California. I have no doubt that both the quality of the wave and the experience is befitting of hosting a world-class CT event. The Ocean will always be our home, but as we grow, having the opportunity to showcase and share the stoke of surfing to new audiences and schedule with pinpoint accuracy the huge match-ups and drama of the WSL is really exciting.”

“The surfers and the WSL have had a long-running discussion about the whole new set of opportunities that an event at the Surf Ranch facility can offer for the sport,” Sage Erickson, CT competitor and athlete representative, said. “We now have the opportunity to schedule events in advance, guaranteed high-quality waves, fair opportunity for all surfers and a totally new and unique environment for spectators. One of the takeaways from this season’s test event is surfers really have to bring their whole arsenal – forehand, backhand, barrels, turns, airs and timing – to make an impact. It’s going to be incredible.”

A full 2018 WSL schedule is planned to be released next week.

The 2017 WSL Men’s and Women’s Title Races are coming down to the final events of the season –  the Billabong Pipe Masters in memory of Andy Irons in Hawaii, USA from December 8 – 20, 2017 and the Maui Women’s Pro at Honolua Bay from November 25 – December 6, 2017.

For more information, log onto WorldSurfLeague.com.

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Sunrise Surf Shop Wins 2017 OSSC National Championship

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RIVAS, Nicaragua, October 30, 2017Seven Regional Champion surf shop teams from around the U.S. traveled to Nicaragua to compete in the 2017 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge National Championships. Four-to-six foot surf welcomed competitors at Playa Colorado’s where Sunrise Surf Shop became five-time National Champions.

Heat One featured 7th Street Surf Shop (NE), Pacific Wave (NW) and Sweetwater (MA) kicking off competition with 7th Street coming out swinging posting a 27.46 heat total. Heat 2 was a scoring frenzy as Sunrise posted a heat high of 33.87, Huntington Surf and Sport (HSS) with a 33.01, T&C Surf posting a 30.26, and Sun Diego a 21.97.

Sunrise Surf Shop, defending National Champions HSS, and T&C Surf advanced to the final while the other four teams battled it out for the last spot in the final, that was Sweetwater advance.

Sunrise was on a mission to upset the defending champions, but HSS wasn’t letting them get off easy. Shop rider Tristan Thompson opened the gates with 6.9 and the eldest Thompson brother followed taking to the air posting a 9.6. HSS responded with a whammy 8.17 from Brett Simpson and an 8.87 from Brad Ettinger. Sunrise’s whammy surfer Evan Thompson secured the victory with an 8.6 as Sunrise beat HSS 38.17 to 37.10 respectively.

“This was the closest National Championships we’ve been a part of,” said Evan Thompson of Sunrise Surf Shop. “Every shop is stacked and was surfing really well in and out of the competition. We were really nervous during the final, competing against all the teams but especially HSS’ Brett Simpson and Brad Ettinger.  We’re stoked to take the win back home to Jacksonville.

Results:

1st: Sunrise Surf Shop – 38.18

2nd: Huntington Surf & Sport – 37.10

3rd: Sweetwater Surf Shop – 17.9

4th: T&C Surf – 16.77

For all of the latest information including photos, video footage, results and more, check out surfshopchallenge.com.

Special thanks to Oakley, SURFER and event partners, FCS, Leus and Aluminati Skateboards 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.

 

About Oakley, Inc.

Established in 1975 and headquartered in Southern California, Oakley is one of the leading product design and sport performance brands in the world. The holder of more than 600 patents, Oakley is a culture of creators, inventors, idealists and scientists obsessed with using design and innovation to create products and experiences that inspire greatness. This philosophy has made Oakley one of the most iconic and inimitable brands on the market, with products that world-class athletes around the globe depend on to compete at the highest level possible. Oakley is known for its High Definition Optics®, which feature unparalleled optical clarity and precision along with impact resistance and UV protection, incorporated into all of the brand’s sun, prescription eyewear and premium goggles. Oakley extended its position as the world’s leading sports eyewear brand into apparel and accessories. Oakley has men’s and women’s product lines that appeal to Sports Performance, Active and Lifestyle consumers. Oakley is a subsidiary of Luxottica Group. Additional information is available at oakley.com.

 

About SURFER

In 1960, SURFER began as the original surf magazine. With a long history of delivering provocative and insightful editorial features, revealing interviews and award-winning, state-of-the-art photography, SURFER remains the authoritative voice of the surfing world and thus earned the moniker “the bible of the sport.” Through its website, social media channels, magazine, and television programming, SURFER continues to be the most current and reliable source of information to the surf community, reaching more than 22-million active sports enthusiasts. SURFER is published by TEN: The Enthusiast Network. To learn more, visit surfermag.com

 

About TEN: The Enthusiast Network

TEN: The Enthusiast Network is the world’s premier network of enthusiast brands, such as SURFER, TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING, GRINDTV, SOUND & VISION, and SHUTTERBUG. With the world’s largest action/adventure sports media platform, 38 publications, 30 annual events, and more than 20 iconic brands representing the best of action/outdoor and home technology, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit enthusiastnetwork.com.

 

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Dawn Hamilton

KHPR for TEN
P: 310-295-1189

dhamilton@khpublicrelations.com

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