The third and final stop of the O’Neill Bragger’s Cup presented by Transworld Surf hits Sebastian Inlet on Saturday, October 23rd. 16 teams from the Sunshine State will battle it out on Sebastian’s famous wedges. The third annual Bragger’s Cup series pits the best shop teams from the Mid-Atlantic, California, and finally Florida, to put to rest who’s shop rips the hardest.
The first stop was May 8th at North Carolina’s Outerbanks and the teams took the head high waves apart. At the end of the day Wes Laine from WRV ripped hard, but it wasn’t enough to take the team title from Virginia Beach’s Whalebone Surf Shop with Tim Cole, Todd Pace, and Mike Schirmer sealing the deal. And big moves were also thrown down in the Shop Owner division, with Steve Pauls from The Pit Surf Shop walking away with the $1,000 retail order.
Stop #2 brought sunny skies and a building south swell to the summer masses of Huntington Beach on August 10th. Huntington Surf and Sport’s team of Chris Waring, Allan Kincade, Dita Saraiva, and Courtney Conologue used their local knowledge to squeak out a win against the tough Sun Diego team. And team HSS made it a clean sweep as the owners division was won by an in-form Chris Saenz.
If the high level of competition and fun surf from the first two Bragger’s Cup events is any indication of how Sebastian Inlet will fare on October 23rd, then the Florida shops are in for an all out war. They have their work cut out for them though; no man on man competition at the Bragger’s Cup but rather each shop team will hit the water one heat at a time. So no paddle battles, no interference’s; just teamwork. So if a set wave approaches, the team needs to decide who’ll be the one to get the best wave to guarantee the best score. The best part about the team format is that every shop will sweat it out until all the teams have surfed and the scores are compared to see who advances. So good luck to all the teams and check back on transworldsurf.com and oneill.com for heat times and updates!