Oakley Big Day Out San Diego

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Upon Arriving in Pacific Beach, San Diego we were greeted with gusting winds and 4-6ft. storm swell. As the day proceeded the groms surfed the improving conditions in thrilling fashion culminating in a stacked Final in both Boys and Juniors divisions. The Oakley Big Day Out is all about providing a fun day of competition with a relaxed format – and the best prizes.

We all huddled together inside the tents for the early heats and watched some impressive surfing out of our young competitors. Slowly but surely it all began to come together, wind subsiding, and the sun warming us. Lovesack and Naked Juice showed up to provide smoothies and comfortable chairs.

The early heats were no surprise with some of Southern California’s best groms posting some big scores including Kalohe Andino, Andrew Doheny, Luke Davis, and Kevin Barrey for the Boys. In the Juniors, it was Nathan Hinck, Dita Saraiva, and Luke Armatage finding some workable sections and making the most of it and easily advancing.

The shop challenge portion featured Clairemont Surf Shop, Hangar 94, Rusty La Jolla, and Rip Curl. Immediately it was the double-attack of Eric and Nick Beerling, taking the aggressive approach using their powerful style to rack up high scores and the eventual win. They were rewarded with Oakley Thump, our wireless MP3 sunglass. Rusty La Jolla waited patiently and caught some of the bigger outside set waves and capitalized with smooth turns and big snaps. They took home second. Rick Takahashi and Ed Cusato showed up five minutes before the heat started and used their fluid style to slaughter the few sections they got. The go-for-broke approach was taken by the boys from Clairemont. Pulling in to close-out barrels and going for airs didn’t earn them the win. In the end, they were more than happy with the Razorblade glasses.

After the lunch break / shop challenge we launched directly into the Boys and Juniors semi-Finals. The conditions had improved slightly (lessening winds), but the paddle out and current were wearing out the groms. The beach was packed, the sun had come out, and the Finals were looking to be epic with three of the top ranked NSSA competitors going head-to-head.

After the lunch break / shop challenge we launched directly into the Boys and Juniors semi-Finals. The conditions had improved slightly (lessening winds), but the paddle out and current were wearing out the groms. The beach was packed, the sun had come out, and the Finals were looking to be epic with three of the top ranked NSSA competitors going head-to-head.

Kalohe Andino found some inside sections. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find the waves he had earlier. He took home a frustrating third – tough for the current leader in the NSSA Mini-Grom, second in Boys standings, and favorite to win the national championship. Andrew Doheny surfed well and worked the inside to take home second. In an upset win, it was Kevin Barrey who waited patiently out the back and capitalized on some bigger set waves by getting in early and taking some huge hacks.

In the Junior Finals it was all Jordan Gaudet, winning every heat along the way to the Big Day Out PB title. At the buzzer he dropped in and boosted a frontside air, then continued down the line with a couple of snaps and a nice cut back to seal it. Nathan Hinck and Marc Everds weren’t able to find the waves and wound up second and third, respectively. The top three in each division took home custom inscribed BDO Razorblades.

Props to everyone for showing up and braving the early elements on what turned out to be a fun day at the beach. I would like to thank everyone at Oakley, the WSA, Tim at Future fins, Derrick at LoveSacks/Naked, and Russ Hennings for all the pics. The next Big Day Out takes place May 14th, 9th St. in Huntington Beach. Entry is free. For more information, email BDO@Oakley.com.

Author

Liam Barrett

Date

April 06, 2005