Since the 1980s, Oakley has been organizing a nation-wide contest series for America’s most core surf shop employees. It’s quite rad, actually. Within each geographical region of the U.S., four-man surf shop teams (comprised of two shop employees and two sponsored surfers) come together to battle it out for a regional title. Each winning team–from a total of six regional qualifiers–gets an all-expenses-paid trip to Nicaragua to compete for the national title. Which, if you think about it, is a pretty cool job perk for a surf shop employee. This year, six surf-obsessed crews traveled to Playa Colorado and went head-to-head for the winning trophy, which ultimately went to Catalyst San Clemente and the squad of Jack Hopkins, Kei Kobayashi, Nate Yeomans, and Kevin Tran.
Click play on the video above for a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s OSSC National Championships.