Congrats to Heritage Team 1 for winning yet another Oakley Surf Shop Challenge! This makes the crew consisting of Ian Bloch, Zack Humphreys, Jamie Moran, and Andrew Gesler four time defending champs of the regional qualifier. The only difference this year is the final will be held at Keramas/Canggu in Bali, Indonesia! No more Huntington hop for the boys, they will take it to Nationals in proper surf this year, Bali style!
It was no easy go for Team 1, Gesler, coming off knee surgery was obviously rusty, doubling a whammy wave of only 0.75 after slipping mid-turn on wave 3 in the first round. With a 3 wave maximum per surfer to allot a combined total, the rest of the team had to somehow rack up a heat total high enough to make the final round if they wanted any chance of qualifying. The boys were up to the challenge, posting the high scores needed to carry them into the final round where Gesler had his redemption at posting the whammy for the team and doubling a 7.00 after Ian set the scene with a higher 7 as lead-off for the round. Zack backed the whammy score with a high 6 and jamie ran a defensive anchor to hold on tho the lead.
Truth be told, team 1 may not have made their final push without Team 2 and coach Brian Heritage calling plays from the beach. Chris Eaves, Shane Matthews, Chris Howard, and Mikey Ciramella smoked the stacked Seventh Street Surf Shop team in round one taking them out of the final round all together, and just barely came 3rd in the final, look out for Heritage to dominate this event for years to come as this young squad is hungry for a win of their own!
Check the clip edited by Jersey’s own Alex DePhillipo, do yourself a favor and rock it fullscreen! More photos below! GO TEAM!