Chris Waring

Local surfer Chris Waring (Seal Beach, CA), 22, won the Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge presented by Primo, an ASP Specialty Event, in an action packed final to assist in claiming the win for team Reef today in solid four-to-six foot (2 metre) surf at North Huntington Beach Pier.

The Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge not only awards the individual winner, but also crowns the best overall performance put together by the four-man teams.

Waring battled back to claim his first Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge victory after local talent Brad Ettinger (Huntington Beach, CA), 25, posted the event’s only perfect 10-point ride with a lengthy barrel into the pier. Waring found a barrel of his own to claim a 9.53 out of 10, and quickly followed up with a 6.50 to overtake the goofy-footer, holding on for the win despite a valiant effort by Ettinger to bounce back.

“I just can’t believe it,” Waring said. “I don’t even know what to think right now. Brad (Ettinger) Started off with that 10, so to come back and win is amazing.”

The Katin Pro-Am title was more than just an event win to Waring and the explosive regular-footer is elated to be a part of the event’s rich history.

“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.”

In addition to taking out the personal victory, Waring’s standout performance carried Team Reef to victory over last year’s Winner, Team Hurley, who finished runner-up this year.

“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.”

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

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