Updated: May 15
Huntington Beach, California (6 June 2021)—The 2021 West Coast Board Riders WHEAT CUP CHAMPIONSHIP presented by SPORTOFKINGS went down to the wire on Saturday afternoon under sunny skies and with a crowd of more than 1,000 people on the beach who witnessed the hometown heroes of Huntington Beach Board Riders take home the WHEAT CUP.
With just 6 points separating Santa Cruz, San Clemente, and Huntington Beach going into the final heat, it was Huntington’s talented 20-29 division that came away with a heat score of 27.07 to take the win.
The event featured the top 6 clubs from WCBR’s 2019-20 season—Santa Cruz, Ventura, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, San Clemente and Encinitas—who convened for the first time in more than a year in celebration of the west coast surfing community and the life of WCBR co-founder Casey Wheat who passed away in May 2020.
“It’s a dream come true for all of us in Huntington,” said WCBR co-founder Ziggy Williams when asked for his reaction. “The West Coast Board Riders was one of Wheat’s true passions and to see the Wheat Cup stay home here in HB is incredible.”
For most of the day the powerhouse squad from San Clemente commanded a formidable lead, and at one juncture was ahead by more than 20 points. But after several miscues, the door was opened and both Santa Cruz and Huntington found themselves within striking distance.
And even with Santa Cruz’s 20-29s posting the highest heat score of the day with a 36.44 in the final heat, it still wasn’t enough to overcome HB’s lead and a final score that saw the local team win by 3.05 points.
“I’ve never been more nervous on the beach as I was all day today,” said WCBR co-founder and Huntington Beach Board Riders member Chris Moreno. “It’s almost like Casey wrote a script that kept us on the edge of our seats until the very end.”
Huntington Beach Board Riders—179.93
Santa Cruz Board Riders—176.88
San Clemente Board Riders—171.09
Encinitas Board Riders—154.26
Newport Beach Board Riders—139.6
Ventura Board Riders—138
“What an incredible finish to an incredibly challenging year” said WCBR managing director Don Meek. “On behalf of our entire team, I want to thank all of our clubs up and down the coast for everything they do, and to our partners for the support that makes it all possible.”
2019-2020 WCBR PARTNERS
Caliente Southwest Grill
Huntington Surf & Sport
Laguna Surf & Sport
L8Night w/ Choccy
Highlights from the WHEAT CUP can be found on Instagram @west_coast_board_riders and an hour-long special will air on FUEL TV globally in August.
For more visit www.westcoastboardriders.com