Brett Simpson: he helped his Huntington Surf & Sport team win the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge | Photo: Swae/Oakley

It's been a long journey, but the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge has finally crowned the 2016 champion.

After finding the best regional teams, the event founded in the early 1980s got all seven squads competing for the national title at Lower Trestles, in San Clemente, California.

Heritage Surf & Sport (Northeast), Huntington Surf & Sport (West), Pacific Wave (Northwest), Surf Ride (Southwest), Sweetwater Surf Shop (Mid-Atlantic), Town & Country Surf Factory (Hawaii), and Quiet Flight Surfboards (Southeast) sent their finest employees and pro surfers with the single goal of taking the title home.

In the first day of competition, Lowers delivered waist- to shoulder-high waves, and Surf Ride was unbeatable. However, the second day brought a few surprises. In the individual battles, Brett Simpson imposed his local knowledge and claimed the pro title. Jeremy Johnston, from Quiet Flight, won shop employee title.

The 2016 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge final got underway in the relay format, but Huntington Surf & Sport made sure the title was going to stay in California.

2016 Oakley Surf Shop Challenge | Final

1. Huntington Surf & Sport, 35.80
2. Surf Ride, 33.77
3. Pacific Wave, 30.84
4. Quiet Flight, 27.92

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