HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Friday, January 7, 2011) – The opening day of the Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge kicked off today in clean two-to-four foot (1 metre) surf at the north side of Huntington Beach Pier and saw local standouts including defending event champion Chris Waring (Seal Beach, CA), 23, start strong by advancing through two heats today.
The Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge has a rich history in the city of Huntington Beach that stretches over 30 years in its entirety and the original team format recognizes both the best individual performer as well as the top overall team.
Waring, who led team Reef to victory last year, continued to be one of the form surfers of Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge competition today as the top performer for Team Dragon by notching both Round 1 and Round 2 heat victories.
“Lots of people have been asking me that since I’m the defending champ if I’m going to win it again,” Waring said. “I just take it one heat at a time and can’t worry about the final. If you stick to that approach, before you know it you’re in the final and you’re setting yourself up for another opportunity to win.”
The local regular-footer expressed the confidence that comes along with competing at his local break of the north side of Huntington Beach Pier.
“It’s one of my favorite events because it’s at my home break,” Waring said. “I surf out here everyday with all of my buddies and it’s a good event for me. I feel real comfortable, so I’m stoked.”
Waring is also enjoying being able to compete along the likes of former ASP World Champion Tom Curren in the Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge’s unique team event format.
“Guys like Tom (Curren), there’s really nothing you can say about those guys,” Waring said. “You just sit back and watch them surf and watch them do their thing because they’re legends. If you get a heat against them, you’re pretty much the luckiest guy on the planet because to have the opportunity to have a heat against those guys is just awesome.”
Micah Byrne (Huntington Beach, CA), 29, who is surfing for Huntington Beach High School, was another local standout to shine in front of his home crowd by taking wins in both his Round 1 and Round 2 heats today with impressive surfing on both his forehand and backhand.
“It’s great having this event in my backyard,” Byrne said. “We have so many good surfers and we always seem to have really good waves for the event. My Dad had me down here ever since I was little and it’s great to have the support to have the contest here.”
Other local standouts included Shaun Ward (Huntington Beach, CA), 28, (team Jack’s) who posted the day’s highest scores of a 9.17 out of 10 single wave score as well as a 17.50 out of 20 heat total.
The Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge will continue tomorrow, January 9, 2011 and will crown a champion by day’s end. For all of the live action log on to www.katinproam.com
Current Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Standings:
1 – Hurley 13points
2 – Dragon 12 points
3 – Buell 13 points
3 – Jack’s 12 points
3 – Body Glove 12 points
3 - Billabong 12 points
3 – Rip Curl 12 points
Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Chris Waring (USA) 14.33, Adam Virs (USA) 10.60, Christian Saenz (USA) 9.43, Bobby Okvist (USA) 5.50
Heat 2: Micah Byrne (USA) 12.93, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 12.06, Derek Peters (USA) 9.87, Chase Wilson (USA) 9.07
Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Chris Waring (USA) 11.93, Christian Saenz (USA) 10.00, Tom Rezvan (USA) 6.77, Sammy Orozco (USA) 3.83
Heat 2: Nate Yeomans (USA) 11.43, Derek Peters (USA) 9.77, Willie Safreed (USA) .9.14, Jack Boyes (USA) 6.66
Heat 3: Bobby Okvist (USA) 11.20, Adam Virs (USA) 11.00, Jamie Miestral (USA) 7.47, Ryan Carlson (USA) 5.23
Heat 4: Micah Byrne (USA) 14.26, Chase Wilson (USA) 8.40, Mike McCabe (USA) 4.77, Tyler Gunter (USA) 0.00
Heat 5: Nathaniel Curran (USA0 10.03, Taylor Brothers (USA) 5.17, Travis Beckmann (USA) 4.83, Matt McCabe (USA) 4.66
Heat 6: Kalani Robb (HAW) 13.93, Matt Pagan (USA) 7.07, Matt King (USA) 3.90, Mike Morrissey (USA) 2.33
Heat 7: Michael Dunphy (USA) 12.34, TJ Barron (HAW) 12.33, Andrew Gesler (USA) 7.07, Evan Kane (USA) 3.73
Heat 8: Sean Marceron (USA) 12.10, Che Stang (USA) 8.77, Adam Lambert (USA) 7.70, Frank Tesoro (USA) 4.16
Heat 9: Josh Loya (USA) 8.60, Dane Gudauskas (USA) 7.00, Ricky Whitlock (USA) 6.93, Eric Vallely (USA) 2.43
Heat 10: Jake Halstead (USA) 12.50, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.34, Pat Curren (USA) 8.07, Nick Fowler (USA) 5.66
Heat 11: Kyle McGeary (USA) 9.16, Bud Freitas (USA) 9.10, Teddy Navarro (USA) 8.20, Leo Fioravanti (ITA) 6.74
Heat 12: Austin Ware (USA) 13.66, Brad Ettinger (USA) 11.26, Jeff Deffenbaugh (USA) 9.34, Ethan Carlson (USA) 5.17
Heat 13: Tom Curren (USA) 9.84, Ryan Turner (USA) 8.33, Matt Powers (USA) 6.44, Matt Beacham (USA) 4.33
Heat 14: Jesse Evans (USA) 13.00, Hans Hagen (USA) 9.70, Kelly Zaun (USA) 7.70, Alex Gullett (USA) 5.33
Heat 15: Killian Garland (USA)14.93, Blake Jones (USA) 10.20, Victor Done (USA) 10.00, Ryan Croteau (USA) 6.30
Heat 16: Anthony Petruso (USA) 9.83, Jake Davis (USA) 7.50, Josh Hoyer (USA) 7.17, Tom Vos (USA) 6.84
Heat 17: Shaun Ward (USA) 17.50, Jason Harris (USA) 13.60, Cody Thompson (USA) 7.77, Billy Hopkins (USA) 6.76
Heat 18: Cory Arrambide (USA) 10.80, Taylor Clark (USA) 6.87, Richie Collins (USA) 6.80, Brighton Brandenburger (USA) 2.50
Heat 19: Timmy Curran (USA) 11.80, Jimmy Herrick (USA) 9.53, Brandon Tipton (USA) 8.44, Johnny Norris (USA) 7.83
Heat 20: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 13.34, Colin Moran (USA) 8.30, Jarred Cassidy (USA) 4.54, Jesse Steelman (USA) 4.43