Quarter Finalists Decided As Jordy Smith And Royden Bryson Exit The O’Neill Cold Water Classic
O’Neill Cold Water Classic South Africa July 26–July 30, 2010
July 28, 2010. Cape Town, South Africa – The Cold Water Classic Series has always offered the wild and rugged. Now comes the drama – with the current World Number One, Jordy Smith as well as the current CWC Series leader, Royden Bryson knocked out of the competition as the quarter finalists were decided in solid 6 to 8 foot surf.
“It would have been nice to win three events here in South Africa,” said Jordy – talking about latest wins firstly in his hometown of Durban, then his first World Tour win at J-Bay. “But it’s also just cool to be here in Cape Town and have a contest here. I’ve been having fun and seeing friends.”
As the crowds flocked to the beach, Jordy Smith wowed all in his first heat of the day, before bowing out to Greg Emslie and now-local hero Matt Bromley in the Round of 32.
“Jordy is such an amazing surfer. Just to make that heat meant so much to me,” said Kommetjie local Matt Bromely after his heat in the Round of 32, before unfortunately stalling in the Round of 16.
It was the third day of competition at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic South Africa here on the Cape Peninsula, and it was the third different location in a row, held today at Longbeach – but even that didn’t remain the same.
“It’s like a completely different break out there this afternoon then it was this morning – with the tide and the winds,” said Shaun Joubert – one of 6 South African quarter finalists. He is joined by Chad Du Toit, Frankie Oberholzer, Greg Emslie, Antonio Bortoletto and Daniel Redman.
Standing out in the group are the two Australians – Dion Atkinson and Shaun Cansdell. “I get along with the South Africans. Between them and the Australians there’s a really good vibe – and I travel with one pretty much full time,” said Dion, who despite battling flu powered through to the quarters.
As for Shaun Cansdell – while all the focus has been on Royden Bryson and Stuart Kennedy vying for the CWC Series lead, sitting quietly behind them has been Shaun, although there is nothing quiet about his surfing at this event.
“I really enjoy surfing lefthanders being a goofy footer and am pretty stoked to surf them in an event,” said Shaun. “It’s pretty wild conditions out there with that wind, and there’s a really cold current come in today so it’s freezing.”
“I was in third before this event,” he said of the CWC Series rankings. “But there’s still three events including this one – so anything can happen. Anyone could take it, so I am just seeing how it all goes.”
The next call will be tomorrow July 29th at 8am starting with the quarterfinals.
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Event Facts And Figures:
FIVE events exploring the edges of the world over four continents.
FIVE challenging, quality waves all in extreme and not to mention cold conditions.
FIVE ASP events in rugged and unique locations in the depths of nature.
DATES AND RATINGS
March 23 – 28, 2010TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA6-star
April 13 – 19, 2010THURSO, SCOTLAND 6-star
July 26 – 30, 2010CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 4-star
October 9 – 15, 2010TOFINO, CANADA 6-star
October 19 – 24, 2010SANTA CRUZ, USA PRIME 6-star
2009 Cold Water Classic Series Winner ($50,000): Blake Thornton