TOWN & COUNTRY WINS HAWAII LEG OF OAKLEY SURF SHOP CHALLENGE

From the outset of the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge, the eights teams from around the islands converged at Kewalo basin to do battle in the most unusual of formats. If you’re not up to snuff on the Surf Shop Challenge commandments and regulations, the rules governing the event state that each team consist of four members, one of which be a whammy surfer—typically the team’s best surfer—that can claim his best wave with a two-fisted hand pump straight to the heavens and effectively double his score. With each team consisting of up to two team surfers and two shop employees and hour-long heats, the event feels much more like a backyard barbecue than your run-of-the-mill surf comp. And if you asked the surfers in the event, they would tell you that that’s exactly the way it should be. “I’m just here to have fun. This aint no ’QS contest or anything, it’s just a really fun event to be a part of,” said CJ Kanuha, team surfer for the Big Island’s Pacific Vibrations. Kanuha nailed the vibe at the event right on the head. As opposed to other Surf Shop Challenge events in other parts of the country that consist of a touch of bad mouthing and mild bouts of debauchery, the event in Hawaii has a much more laidback feel to it with a number of contestants even napping between heats. But when the heat started and the jerseys were donned, the surfers in the event were there to win. Standing out once again was two-time event champ Town and Country, who is becoming a bit of a...