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Over the course of the past month, we’ve been running season 2 of “Surf Jeopardy!” — our surfy version of the classic TV game show — wherein fans far and wide have tuned in to flex their surf trivia muscles via Instagram Live. A mustachioed Jon Wayne Freeman has acted as our Trebek-like host, peppering participants with questions from categories like “Slater-Ology”, “Old or Retro”, “Occy”,” “3 Letter Surf Brands” and more.
The structure of each episode worked much like that of the OG “Jeopardy!”: contestants picked from a category at a certain value (e.g. “Occy” for $100), were served facts like, “Occy played himself in this ’80s Hollywood surf movie,” and were required to answer quickly (“What is the ‘North Shore’”).
At 4 p.m. next Thursday, 9/3, we’ll be hosting a season finale of sorts wherein 9 contestants with a knack for surf history will digitally gather to mentally joust for a shot at the grand prize of a brand-new T&C surfboard (with a psychedelic resin job done by the talented Brian King for SURFER and Dragon’s recent Resin Roundup competition) and a pair of Dragon sunglasses from the Rob Machado Resin Collection.

This Town and Country Board, glassed beautiful by the talented resin artist Brian King, will be given away next week in the final episode of “Surf Jeopardy!”Tune in to Instagram live on 9/3 to see who will win a fresh new rip stick and, in the meantime, get to know the final contestants below — all of whom were hand-picked based on high scores in prior episodes or correct answers in the comment section, some you’ll already know for surfy exploits beyond surf trivia.

The mustachioed host of “Surfer Jeopoardy!”, Jon Wayne FreemanThe 9 contestants of “Surf Jeopardy!”:
Name: Ken Lewis
Location: San Diego, CA
Homebreak: Mission Beach/Sunset Cliffs
Favorite Surfboard: 6’4″ Stu Kenson “Rocket Fish”
Favorite Surf Movie: “Beyond Blazing Boards” or “The Occumentary”
Category Strengths: ’70s, ’80s, ’90s
Category Weakness: Anything after 2008 or Brazilian Storm-related
Social: @hanger18
Name: Matthew Donoian
Location: Tampa Florida
Homebreak: Jensen Beach Florida
Favorite Surfboard: Al Merrick
Favorite Surf Movie: “Lost Across America Vol. II: The Decline of Surfing Civilization”
Category Strengths: Surf spots
Category Weaknesses: Pro surfers
Social: @captainmatticus
Name: Zach Lana
Location: Los Angeles
Homebreak: Shitpipe
Favorite Surfboard: Xanadu “Xank”
Favorite Surf Movie: “Modern Collective
Category Strengths: Chophops, Huntington hops and Double pump bottom turns
Category Weakness: Non-NSSA Open Juniors winners
Social: @valleygurl24
Name: Tyler Allen
Location: Brazil
Homebreak: Po-Ha-Cara yo Brazil
Favorite Board: 11’1″ Kennedy
Favorite Surf Movie: “Swizzle my Nizzle”
Category Strengths: Everything
Category Weakness: No weakness
Social: @tylerallenvo
Name: Kay Saffe
Location: Pacific Beach (PB) / San Diego, CA
Homebreak: Crystal Pier
Favorite Board: 9’0″ Hank Warner “Dream Machine Noserider”
Favorite Surf Movie: “One California Day”
Category Strengths: Hippie Havens, anything about longboarding
Category Weaknesses: Questions that ask me what year something happened
Name: Stefan Jeremias
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Homebreak: Newport Beach
Favorite Board: 5’10” Mandala RPQ
Favorite Surf Movie: “STYLEMASTERS”
Category Strengths: Surf history, culture, board design
Category Weaknesses: Broisms, competitive stats
Skip McCullough
Location: La Jolla, Ca.
Homebreak: Windansea
Favorite Board: 8’0″ Xanadu Barrel Gun
Favorite Surf Movie: “Blue Horizon”
Category strengths: Surf movies
Category Weaknesses: Past WSL/ ASP stats
Name: Jason Miller
Location: San Clemente, California
Homebreak: Trestles
Favorite Board: Slater Designs “Sci-Fi 2.0”
Favorite Surf Movie: “Fanning The Fire” (on tape)
Category Strengths: 50/50 questions
Category Weaknesses: Bro-isms
Name : Alex Frischman (@chickfilasandwich)
Location: Brooklyn NY
Homebreak: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Favorite Board: 4’11″ Sam Cumisky twin fin
Favorite Surf Movie: “Loose Change”
Category strengths: 2000s surf films
Category weakness: Anything BC (before Curren)
Tune into SURFER’s channels next Thursday to find out which of the above 9 gets to claim the oh-so-coveted title that comes with winning “Surf Jeopardy!” along with a new wall hanger and a pair of Dragon sunglasses (below).

Photo Credit: Todd Glaser

Rob Machado Dragon sunglasses.

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