Timmy Curran: we love comebacks

Timmy Curran, 33, has been crucial to lead team Hurley to victory at the Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge.

The Oxnard surfer lived up to his reputation as one of the game’s top aerial specialists, launching the event’s most progressive maneuvers in the Final to notch the highest single-wave score of a near-perfect 9.77 out of 10 for a massive frontside air-reverse on a lefthand ramp on the way to earning the event’s highest heat-total, 18.50 out of 20.

“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 in that heat. I know with the change in criteria now that the judges are rewarding big maneuvers so I just went for the airs.”

In this unique format, the team with the most points at the end of the event is the overall champion. The question is out there: is this a comeback for Timmy Curran? "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".

Curran returns in great style to a place where he had been very happy. He surfed Huntington Beach for the first time when he was 15 years old. Now, it's time to celebrate all those memories.

Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Final Team Results:

1 – Hurley 48 points
2 – Jack’s 37 points
3 – Buell wetsuits 31 points
4 – Rusty 27 points
5 – Dragon 25 points

Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Final Result:

1 - Timmy Curran (HUR) 18.50
2 – Chris Waring (DRA) 13.06
3 – Micah Byrne (HBHS) 11.17
4 – Tanner Gudauskas (JAC) 11.10