Aldric God double whammied this slice to victory. And yep, that’s his actual name… Mr God. Photo: Poullenot
Pukas of Zarautz (in red) were the local faves but ultimately lost the Euro final to their French bros from Hossegor.
Ethan Egugiren of Escuela de Cantabria puts a little mustard of the dog on the Playa Zurriola inside bowl.
SB3 WIN OAKLEY SURF SHOP CHALLENGE EUROPEAN FINAL IN SAN SEBASTIAN!
SB3 Surf Shop of Soorts-Hossegor, France are the happy winners of the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge Europe, and will be heading to Bali for the ASP Oakley Pro Bali WCT at Keramas! In 2-3ft (waist to chest high) surf, the SB3 team of Aldric God, Jordan Oueslati, Yann Martin and Teddy Santin narrowly defeated locals Mario Azurza, Adur Letamendia, Jaime Azpiroz and Imanol Yeregi of Pukas at Playa Zurriola. The European final topped off a long day of surf action in San Sebastian, that saw eight teams from across the Iberian peninsula do battle for top honours.
Despite challenging conditions giving organizers tricky logistics right from dawn, Spain’s finest surf shops took it all in their stride, posting impressive scores throughout the day. In between heavy rain squalls, big tidal swings and ever-changing sand bars, an impressive list of top surf talent put on a show to brighten up a grey day. Ethan Egiguiren of Escuela de Cantabria earned the high score of the event, lighting up a fast righthander for 9.17 to help secure his team’s place in the Spanish final. However, rivals Pukas pipped the Cantabrians in the Spanish final, before ultimately meeting their match in the form of the on-fire Frenchmen in the European Grand final, held in the high tide shorebreak on dusk.
Oakley Pro rider Romain Cloitre, who was on hand to present the trophy reckoned the standard of surfing did full justice to the size of the prize. “These guy are great surfers on any given day, but with a sick trip to Bali up for grabs, they went all out. It was crazy how good these guys surfed today in real tough conditions.”
As well as the surfing action to take in, beach go-ers had the chance to check out the Oakley Rolling O-Lab, showcasing the latest Oakley product innovations, including the Blade 3 compression boardshort, the most technical surf short on the market.
The ASP Oakley Pro Bali WCT event will take place at Keramas Beach 18-28th June 2013. Check all the action live at www.oakleyprobali.com
For videos, photos and updates from the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge, go to www.surfshopchallenge.com/europe