Brett Simpson and Team Hurley Win The 2009 RC’s Katin ProAm team Challenge

CONDITIONS: 6-foot bullets on the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier.
HEATS HELD: Round 2 all the way to the final.
NATURE'S CALL: Can you feel it? Yep, change is coming. Enjoy this while you can.
PREDICTIONS: Brett Simpson finally gets his world tour promotion for 2010.

"Tell Jordy to bring whomever he wants next year, we'll be ready." Them's fightin words from 2009 Katin Team Challenge winner Brett Simpson after hearing Jordy Smith was threatening to enter an all South African team next year to win the Katin Team Challenge. And after a few rounds of Tecates –– which Brett so graciously bought for anyone with HB bloodlines during the after party at Fred's Mexican Food –– Simpo was feeling some serious Surf City patriotism, especially after seeing event organizer Scott Waring award his very well deserving son Chris with HB legend Mike {{{Morgan}}}'s Memorial Award for the most "Futuristic maneuver" of the event.

"Winning this at home is huge for me," Brett said "Coming second or coming close has been the story of my life the last two years and it's about time I get one." And winning this thing was no easy task either. Brett has to dispose of Rob Machado –– who managed a 10 point guru tube ride in the final, fellow HB local Chris Waring –– who posted a 9.7 for one maneuver with a ludicrous tail chuck screwdriver to double fist pump with "rub out" gesture (yeah, it's what you think), as well as local Jesse Evans who was part of the dark horse local team Darkride Skateboards.

But this one was meant for Simpo. You could tell when Brett paddled out with the very feral looking Rob Machado he wanted his name on the top of this one and wasn't prepared to let Rob take it that easy. Another close call would just be too much for Brett to take. "Anytime Rob gets a 10 you can definitely consider yourself behind the eight ball," chuckled Brett. "It's definitely not where you want to be." But like the hungry competitor he's become, after hearing about Rob's 10, Brett nonchalantly raced down the line and lofted a heathen punt and stuck the landing as clean as you can, complete with locals only claim to finish. 9.53 to back up his back pocket 8 and the win. No close calls today.

Afterwards the buzz on the beach was deafening. "I'd say that was the best heat ever held on the north side of the pier," said a raving stoked PT. And the not so grumpy locals in the parking lot ––thanks to the pumping surf all over the beach –– agreed. "Man, I watch all those World Tour heats and I don't think I've ever seen one as exciting as that one," one crusty guy in the lot said to his buddy. And it serves the Katin Team Challenge right. After years of classic, nostalgia filled comps on the north side with a past winners list that reads like a Hall of Fame sheet –– including Tom Curren, Kelly Slater, Sunny Garcia, Martin Potter and Michael Ho –– it's looking like the Katin is staring down another legendary run of events with big names galore.

All we can hope for next year is that the waves deliver yet again and Jordy follows through with that call of bringing an all South African team. This thing could get amazing.


1st: Hurley – Two-page spread in Surfing Magazine
2nd: Reef – One-page ad in Surfing Magazine
3rd: Darkride – $1,000 digital ad campaign on
4th: {{{Fox}}} – $1,000 digital ad campaign on

1st: Brett Simpson (Hurley) – $4,000
2nd: Rob Machado (Hurley) – $2,000
3rd: Chris Waring (Reef) – $1,500
4th: Jesse Evans (Darkride) – $1,000
=5th: Mike Losness (Reef), Brandon Guilmette (Hurley) – $500 each
=7th: Micah Byrne (Darkride), Brad Ettinger (Hurley) – $250 each

Chris Waring (Reef) – $500

Special thanks to RC's Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge Presented by Jack's sponsors including Katin, RC Surfboards, Jack's, Surfing Magazine,, Taco Surf, Fred's Mexican Caf, Future Fins, Nu-Foam and Oceanaire Sportswear.

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 enjoying a resurgence in interest, today the Katin brand is carried in surf shops and specialty stores throughout the U.S. and worldwide. More information is available at and

About RC Surfboards
Robert Cirac (aka "RC") originally founded RC Surfboards in Huntington Beach in 1969. With a solid surfing background and a talent for shaping, he quickly became the go-to guy for many top California surfers. Pursuing a need for adventure, he left RC's to travel the world and venture into many different business endeavors, but 25 years later he returned to the surf industry as a shaper and owner of RC Surfboards and Nu Foam, one of the main surfboard blanks manufacturers and distributors in the world. He has since begun giving back through the RC Surfing Foundation where he plans to build a fund to help the less fortunate young surf lover, either with a dream to become a pro surfer or a master of shaping boards.

About Jack's
Jack’s Surfboards reached a milestone in 2007 celebrating it’s 50th year in business. Since 1957, Jack’s has built a reputation as an icon in surf retail. It has been the place to go for surf fans around the world to find the newest surf products and clothing labels. Offering a huge selection of surfboards, wetsuits, skateboards, snowboards, apparel and accessories, Jack’s is Orange County’s premier surf shop.