RC’s Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge Update

Team Registration is Still Open and More Than $20K is Up for Grabs –
Register at www.KatinUSA.com

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., – The list of teams registered for the RC's Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge presented by Jack's is growing and includes a bevy of established and up-and-coming talent representing the industry's top brands. Teams from Channel Island Surfboards, Darkride Skates, {{{Fox}}}, Glas, Hurly, Jack's, Katin, Kostal Skateboards, Lost, O'Quinn, Quiksilver, Reef, Surfline, USA Surf Team, Val Surf and WSA Prime are confirmed, and spots are still available for additional teams to register. Two consecutive days of competition, during a holding period of Jan. 20-25, will commence at the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier, with $20,000 in cash and prizes split amongst individuals and teams.

"The RC's Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge is a great tradition for California surfing," says three-time Katin champion and 2009 webcast announcer Peter "PT" Townend. "For me, being a part of three winning teams (2x Bronzed Aussies, 1x Body Glove) at the Katin event was a very memorable part of my career. I'm looking forward to seeing who continues the tradition."

Local, regional and international standouts competing will include former Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour surfer Pat O'Connell, ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 2008 top {{{100}}} Pat Gudauskas, Brett Simpson, Dane Gudauskas, Shaun Ward and Mike Losness; and up-and-comers Tanner Gudauskas, Matt Pagan, Quinn McCrystal and Riley Metcalf.

"This year's RC's Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge is going to be action packed with super talents that will be throwin' down huge airs and tail-blowing power turns," says Katin USA Marketing Director Scott Waring, "With a list of surfers like Jesse Merle Jones, Brett Simpson, Chris Waring, and Eric Geisielman, and a solid swell forecast, it is going to be something you won’t want to miss. See you there!"

The format will feature 96 competitors competing both individually and in four-man teams for a total of 24 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 $20,000 worth of advertising and the top eight individuals will receive a cash payout worth $10,000.

The RC's Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge Presented by Jack's will host a LIVE event webcast, which will allow enthusiasts and fans to enjoy the action from the comfort of home. The webcast will feature live announcing and commentating, live scoring, special guests, on-beach interviews, online giveaways, instant replays, highlight video clips, and more.

Registration is still open for the legendary RC's Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge Presented by Jack's. Visit www.KatinUSA.com for more information.

Special thanks to RC's Katin Pro/Am Team Challenge Presented by Jack's sponsors including Katin, RC Surfboards, Jack's, Surfing Magazine, WaveWatch.com, Taco Surf, Fred's Mexican Caf, Future Fins 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 www.KatinUSA.com and www.KatinSurf.com.

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.