On Saturday, May 24th, the Red Bull Rivals International Surf Competition revisited the surf rivalry between the U.S. Military and British Army surf teams.
This one-day competition showcased ten surfers from each country battling it out in a head-to-head surf competition in the restricted waters of Del Mar Jetty at Camp Pendelton. The battle lasted for 4 hours as 1,000 spectators cheered on their respective country.
The surfers competed using a modified version of the National Surf Leagues Game format which works like a four-inning baseball game. One team from the East Coast surfed in the top half of the inning and the West Coast surfed in the bottom-half of the inning, which was determined by a coin toss. With four to five surfers participating in each inning, the total inning score consisted of each surfer’s highest scoring wave. Instead of a traditional prize purse, the teams competed for each other’s surfboards used in the competition (similar to racing for pink slips) as well as ultimate bragging rights.
The British Army Surf Team started off the contest strong in the first quarter by utilizing great strategy to maximize the wave sets but the U.S. Team answered back in the 2nd quarter by bringing out their “Dream Team.” U.S. Coast Guard 2nd Class Petty Officer, Kristopher Grimm, obtained the wave of the day with a perfect score of 10 to bring his team to the lead.
“We usually have a West Coast versus East Coast Competition,” said Theresa Flores, Sports Coordinator aboard MCB Camp Pendleton, “but this year we decided to make it international as a way to get both countries together since they’re allies and serve alongside each other. It was also a great way to honor Memorial Day and give back to the troops.”