TIMMY CURRAN LEADS TEAM HURLEY TO VICTORY
Hurley last won the event in 2009 and came in second in 2010. Last year’s reigning champion Chris Waring (Seal Beach, CA), 23, finished in second-place this year, with Micah Byrne (Huntington Beach, CA), 29, in third, and Tanner Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 22, in fourth.
The Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge’s unique format hosts four-man teams, with each surfer gaining points for their respective group by advancing through heats. While an individual Katin Pro-Am Team Champion is crowned, the team with the most points at the end of the event is the overall champion. The four teams earning the most points shared in $15,000 worth of advertising and the top eight individuals received a cash payout worth $10,000 and prizes from sponsors.
Curran lived up to his reputation as one of the game’s top aerial specialists, launching the event’s most progressive maneuvers in the Final. He notched the highest single-wave score of a near-perfect 9.77 out of 10 for a massive frontside air-reverse on a lefthand ramp. He also earned the event’s highest heat-total, 18.50 out of 20, to leave fellow finalists Chris Waring, Micah Byrne and Tanner Gudauskas in need of two scores to overtake the progressive goofy-footer.
“I had a really slow start to that heat for the first 10 minutes and thought that heat was going to be a dud for me,” Curran said. “I did one little air and then I just decided that I was going to sit out the back and just go for airs. I know with the change in criteria now that the judges are rewarding big maneuvers so I just went for the airs.”
Curran, who solidified Team Hurley’s victory with his individual win at the Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge, admitted that he was able to enter the Final more relaxed with Hurley holding a firm lead prior to the Final heat.
“It’s great to see the guys in your team ripping,” Curran said “Everyone on my team kept making heats so it really took the pressure off entering the Final. I love Huntington Beach, I’ve been coming here since I was 15 and to win this event is great.”
The win at the Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge also marks a bit of a comeback for Curran, who is out to build his ASP World Ranking this year in order to get into the more premier ASP PRIME contests such as the US Open of Surfing.
“My plan this year is to take a break from the music tour and do as many fun events as possible to try and build my World Ranking,” Curran said. “I’d love to eventually get back into the US Open.”
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Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Final Team Results:
1 – Hurley (48 points) – Two-page spread in SURFING Magazine
2 – Jack’s (37 points) – One-page ad in SURFING Magazine
3 – Buell Wetsuits (31 points) – $2,000 digital ad campaign on surfingthemag.com
4 – Rusty (27 points) – $1,000 digital ad campaign on surfingthemag.com
Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Final Individual Results:
1 – Timmy Curran (HUR) 18.50 – $4,000
2 – Chris Waring (DRA) 13.06 – $2,000
3 – Micah Byrne (HBHS) 11.17 – $1,500
4 – Tanner Gudauskas (JAC) 11.10 – $1,000
Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Semifinals Results:
Heat 1: Tanner Gudauskas (JAC) 15.86, Michael Dunphy (HUR) 12.80, Chris Waring (DRA) 11.30, Dane Gudauskas (JAC) 7.83
Heat 2: Timmy Curran (HUR) 16.00, Micah Byrne (HBHS) 15.73, Nathan Yeomans (RUS) 11.43, Cory Arrambide (BUE) 7.83, Blake Jones (BOD) 6.10
Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Chris Waring (DRA) 11.06, Michael Dunphy (HUR) 10.47, Nathaniel Curran (ALP) 10.36, Adam Virs (BUE) 6.67
Heat 2: Micah Byrne (HBHS) 13.00, Nate Yeomans (RUS) 11.17, Kalani Robb (17th St.) 10.37, Che Stang (FOX) 8.57
Heat 3: Dane Gudauskas (JAC) 11.23, Blake Jones (BOD) 10.70, Tom Curren (RIP) 9.80, Josh Loya (BUE) 7.74
Heat 4: Tanner Gudauskas (JAC) 12.37, Anthony Petruso (RUS) 9.83, Brad Ettinger (HUR) 9.83, Jesse Evans (FOX) 6.60
Heat 5: Cory Arrambide (BUE) 13.33, Timmy Curran (HUR) 9.40, Shaun Ward (JAC) 8.77, Dane Zaun (HUR) 8.56
Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Round 2 Results:
Heat 3: Nathaniel Curran (ALP) 14.44, Michael Dunphy (HUR) 13.40, TJ Barron (BIL) 10.23, Taylor Brothers (RIP) 7.96
Heat 4: Kalani Robb (17th) 8.77, Che Stang (FOX) 7.66, Matt Pagan (BOD) 6.53, Sean Marceron (DRA) 3.13
Heat 5: Josh Loya (BUEL) 8.17, Dane Gudauskas (JAC) 6.50, Bud Freitas (FOX) 4.90, Kyle McGeary (KAT) 0
Heat 6: Tanner Gudauskas (JAC) 11.84, Brad Ettinger (HUR) 11.07, Austin Ware (BOD) 9.40, Jacob Halstead (BIL) 7.33
Heat 7: Tom Curren (RIP) 12.60, Blake Jones (BOD) 9.63,Ryan Turner (HBHS) 8.97, Killian Garland (FIL) 8.97
Heat 8: Jesse Evans (FOX) 8.44, Anthony Petruso (RUS) 8.14, Hans Haggen (17th) 5.67, Jake Davis (FIL) 5.46
Heat 9: Tim Curran (HUR) 10.93, Shaun Ward (JAC) 10.30, Jimmy Herrick (GLA) 7.76, Jason Harris (ANA) 6.50
Heat 10: Cory Arrambide (BUEL) 12.83, Dane Zaun (HUR) 10.10, Taylor Clark (DRA) 8.67, Colin Moran (RIP) 7.80
Special thanks to Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge sponsors: Katin USA, Sports 1 Marketing, Primo, Corralejo, Jack’s, Cushe, F.I.T.T. Energy, Café Rio, Power Balance, Hook Up, Future Fins, Sandy’s Beach Grill, Duke’s, Faction Surfboards, Wahoo’s, Hilton Waterfront, Kicker Audio, Alpinestars and SURFING Magazine (surfingmagazine.com).