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Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge Returns to Home Town HB

Northside HB Pier, Huntington Beach
20 - 24 January 2009

Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge secures an HB pier permit

Katin Pro-Am Team Challenge is slated to return to Huntington Beach Pier in 2009, thanks to timing, and a solid plan. Coinciding with Huntington Beach's centennial celebration, Katin will host a surfing challenge on January 20 to 24, 2009.

The Katin Team Challenge was held from 1977 to 1989, then from 1992 to 1998. In its early days, the Katin Team Challenge was a specialty event that lured the world’s elite surfers—Mark Occhilupo, Larry Bertleman, Mark Richards, Joey Buran and Michael Ho, to name a few. True to Katin founder Nancy Katin's dream, the event also drew up-and-coming surfers from California, Hawaii, Australia and Florida to compete alongside their heroes. Some of these up-and-comers such as Shane Beschen, Rob Machado, Pat O’Connell, Chris Brown and Peter Mel continued in the profession and held careers, setting many records.

The event will be held after The City of Huntington Beach launches its 100th year anniversary of incorporation on February 17, 2009 with a float in the Tournament of Roses - Rose Parade. An exciting year-long celebration is in the works for 2009, including events, exhibits, and much more.

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. The surfing event was founded in 1977 by Nancy Katin, the camaraderie-driven event boasts a rich and memorable history, with a roster of winners that includes world champions Shaun Tomson, Tom Curren, Martin Potter, Sunny Garcia and Kelly Slater. The format will feature 32 teams of four surfers competing in the same four-person, open-draw format that Nancy originally envisioned. Team results will be determined by the placement of individual competitors.

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