Chris Waring Marches Team Reef to Victory at Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge


The last thing you want to do in the final is get a 10.

At least that's how it goes at the Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge.

Last year Machado started the final with a 10 and lost to Brett Simpson. This year Huntington Beach's Brad Ettinger opened things up with a screaming right pier-bowl barrel, earning a 10, but eventually lost to Chris Waring when he couldn't back up his score.

With Warring's victory Team Reef solidified the victory after leading the team rankings for most of the competition. Last year's winner Team Hurley finished in second place.

"This is a special event for Huntington Beach and it has such a great history," Waring said. "Now my name is going to be up there with all of the great surfers who have won this event in the past."

The Katin Pro/Am has become the Yin to the U.S. Open's yang. The contest was mellow (not swarming with people); guys were surfing aggressively (not safety surfing there way through heats); it's a team thing (no loner's here); and it's on the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier (although the south side was pumping as well today); the prize money is for the working man (a respectable four grand instead of the 100k)

Even though the morning started out slow with a five-foot high tide, it was sunny, glassy and chest to head high all day.

"I'm stoked that my team was able to win," Waring said. "Getting the win on top of it for Reef, it just couldn't have gone any better."

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Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Team Results:
1 – Reef
2 – Hurley
3 – Surfline
4 – Surfing America

Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Final Results:
1 – Chris Waring (USA) 16.03
2 – Brad Ettinger (USA) 16.00
3 – Nathaniel Curran (USA) 9.97
4 – Evan Thompson (USA) 3.00

Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Repercharge Results:
Heat 1:Evan Thompson (USA) 13.07, Brad Ettinger (USA) 11.16, Andrew Doheny (USA) 10.67, Michael Dunphy (USA) 5.93

Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Semifinals Results:
Heat 1: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 15.97, Brad Ettinger (USA) 15.80, Evan Thompson (USA) 7.47, Adam Lambert (USA) 5.90, Micah Byrne (USA) 1.93
Heat 2: Chris Waring (USA) 14.60, Andrew Doheny (USA) 10.67, Michael Dunphy (USA) 10.17, Anthony Petruso (USA) 7.30, Jesse Merle-Jones (HAW) 5.64

Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Quarterfinals Results:
Heat 1:Brad Ettinger (USA) 13.50, Evan Thompson (USA) 12.27, Ricky Whitlock (USA) 11.84, Jesse Evans (USA) 11.10
Heat 2: Micah Byrne (USA) 14.16, Adam Lambert (USA) 12.47, Teddy Navarro (USA) 8.94, Bruno Rodrigues (USA) 4.93
Heat 3: Michael Dunphy (USA) 12.33, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 12.17, Gabe Garcia (USA) 9.00, Pascal Stansfield (USA) 3.97
Heat 4:Chris Waring (USA) 16.50, Anthony Petruso (USA) 15.17, Nick Rozsa (USA) 14.97, Christian Saenz (USA) 9.80
Heat 5: Jesse Merle-Jones (HAW) 13.13, Andrew Doheny (USA) 12.63, Terek Kashoggi (USA) 9.83, Che Stang (USA) 7.67

Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Brad Ettinger (USA) 15.50, Evan Thompson (USA) 10.07, Dane Gudauskas (USA) 8.73, Quinn McCrystal (USA) 6.43
Heat 2: Teddy Navarro (USA) 13.17, Adam Lambert (USA) 8.70, Jason Harris (USA) 8.63, Jeff Lukasik (USA) 7.46
Heat 3: Jesse Evans (USA) 13.50, Ricky Whitlock (USA) 10.90, Jeremy Hansen (USA) 6.10, Matt Mohagen (USA) 5.00
Heat 4: Micah Byrne (USA) 13.27, Bruno Rodrigues (USA) 8.76, Adam Virs (USA) 7.03, Matt Taylor (USA) 4.14
Heat 5: Pascal Stansfield (USA) 9.17, Gabe Garcia (USA) 5.37, Derrick Peters (USA) 3.73, Evan Geiselman (USA) ns
Heat 6: Chris Waring (USA) 12.07, Anthony Petrusso (USA) 10.00, Matt Pagan (USA) 4.66, Yves Bright (USA) 4.13
Heat 7: Michael Dunphy (USA) 10.00, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 7.37, Justin Rogge (USA) 6.13, Andrew Gesler (USA) 3.83
Heat 8: Nick Rozsa (USA) 8.67, Christian Saenz (USA) 8.07, Shaun Burrell (USA) 5.50, Shaw Kobayashi (USA) 0
Heat 9: Che Stang (USA) 13.90, Terek Kashoggi (USA) 13.10, Sean Marceron (USA) 9.93, Tom Curren (USA) 6.50
Heat 10: Jesse Merle-Jones (HAW) 12.60, Andrew Doheny (USA) 10.17, Damien Fahrenfort (ZAF) 7.63, Porter Hogen (USA) 7.26