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Huntington's Chris Waring holds up his trophy for winning the second stop of the American Pro Surfing Series in Huntington Beach last September.
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American Pro Surfing Series to hit Huntington

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

The final event of the American Pro Surfing Series will go down in Huntington Beach next week, where Orange County surfers will be defending their titles.

The three-stop series brought a pro-am format to the south side of the pier starting in April, when San Clemente's Chris Ward and Newport's Erica Hosseini won the first event.

The second event in September was won by Huntington's Chris Waring and Kaleigh Gilchrist.

The events allow local surfers to compete close to home, rather than travel across the world for contests.

There are few contests in the nation for surfers hoping to move up the ranks to be a professional surfer – the reason organizer Scott Waring started the events.

The domestic tour started last April to give opportunities to surfers who sit outside the top-ranked 32, a chance for up-and-comers to compete near home.

The surfers entering the event are a mix of young surfers, up-and-comers and legends, all combined in a pro setting.

The reigning champs are expecting to return, as well as other local standouts such as San Clemente's Nate Yeomans and Huntington's Teddy Navarro.

There are also women such as former world champ Lisa Andersen and rising star Meah Collins. Ward's daughter Malia is also expected to join the contest, according to Waring.

A final call by forecast sponsor Solspot on when the event will run comes Monday, with the waiting period Wednesday through Sunday, Dec. 16.

Information:americanprosurfingseries.com

Contact the writer: lconnelly@ocregister.com


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