Huntington Beach High School will go head-to-head with five other high schools Friday in Hurley's Walk the Walk competition, and they are playing to win with near-daily practices with the competition just a day away.
Nick Phipps, one of the 25 Huntington Beach High students in the show, has taken his preparations up a notch, watching what he eats and hitting the gym harder. But then, the 17-year-old is opening the performance in a Speedo.
A black-and-orange cheetah-print Speedo.
"I'm kind of nervous," Nick said. "But it's got to happen."
Walk the Walk is a national competition for high school students that ends in a five-minute "Project Runway"-esque competition during the U.S. Open of Surfing with a $25,000 grand prize.
This is the third year Huntington Beach High has competed, and the competition is the hardest so far with added qualifying rounds, said 18-year-old Drea Dinh, a recent graduate. The schools had to qualify through three rounds of online voting based on video challenges, with the school with the most votes in each region moving forward.