Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge Returns to Huntington Beach

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Dec. 2, 2009) – The legendary Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge is set to return to the North side of the Huntington Beach Pier, for two days of camaraderie-driven competition Jan. 12-17, 2010. More than $28,500 in cash and prizes will be on the line for both individuals and teams, but more importantly, a chance to come together as a team and earn bragging rights.

“It’s back again and the excitement is already building,” says Scott Waring, Katin USA Marketing Director. “After a successful return last year, the Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge is back in 2010 for the second consecutive year, in its original format at its historical north side HB Pier location.”

Last year, Team Hurley took top honors with Brett Simpson and Rob Machado leading the charge, finishing first and second individually. Reef, Darkride and Fox finished in second, third and fourth, respectively. Other top individual performers included Chris Waring (Reef), who finished in third, and Jesse Evans (Darkride), who finished in fourth.

Katin USA, an original surf lifestyle brand, brought the historic event back in 2009 after a 10-year hiatus. It’s return proved hugely successful and memorable with some of the top names in surfing flaunting tremendous skills in prime conditions culminating in one of the best finals the north side of the HB Pier has seen.

Originally founded in 1977 by Nancy Katin, this unique low pressure, camaraderie-driven event boasts a rich and memorable history with a roster of winners that includes World Champions Shaun Tomson, Tom Curren, Martin Potter, Sunny Garcia, Kelly Slater, and, most recently, the 2009 US Open Champion, Brett Simpson.

Drawing a wide range of surf and action sport brands, such as Hurley, Quiksilver, Lost, Fox, Reef, Jack’s, and more, the format will feature 64-80 competitors competing both individually and in four-man teams for a total of 16-20 teams in an open-draw format. Team results will be determined by the placement of individual competitors. Surfers will receive points in each heat (4 pts for 1st, 3 pts for 2nd, 2 pts for 3rd and 1 pt for 4th place). The four teams earning the most points will share in $10,500 worth of advertising and the top eight individuals will receive a cash payout worth $10,000. The prize purse breakdown is:

1st: Two-page spread in SURFING Magazine
2nd: One-page ad in SURFING Magazine
3rd: $2,000 digital ad campaign on surfingthemag.com
4th: $1,000 digital ad campaign on surfingthemag.com

1st: $4,000 + Kicker car audio system valued at $5,000
2nd: $2,000
3rd: $1,500
4th: $1,000
=5th: $500
=7th: $250

Special thanks to Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge sponsors: Katin USA, Shorebreak Hotel, Kicker, Jack’s, Hook-up Wireless, Cushe Footwear, Future Fins, Thumbwrestle, Oceanaire Sportswear, and SURFING Magazine.

For more information, history, schedule, and more, visit www.katinusa.com and www.facebook.com/katinusa
About Katin
Kanvas by Katin was founded in 1959 by Nancy Katin in Surfside, Calif., when she and her husband Walter transformed a canvas boat cover business into one of the nation’s first surfwear brands, specializing in high quality surf trunks. Currently a core surf company, today the Katin brand is carried in surf shops and specialty stores throughout the U.S. and worldwide. More information is available at. www.katinusa.com

Founded in 1964, SURFING Magazine is the global leader in coverage of progressive surfing. SURFING is the official magazine of the National Scholastic Surfing Association and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. The magazine’s unique properties include International Surfing Day, Shaper of the Year, Art of Surfing, Heat, Surfing TV, and Surfing’s Annual Swimsuit Issue. The magazine is published 12 times a year by Source Interlink Media’s Action Sports Group (ASG), the dominant force in the action sports and adventure sports arenas, reaching more than 2 million active sports enthusiasts through an integrated network of magazines, online properties, events and television programming. www.surfingmagazine.com

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