Day Five Of The O’Neill Cold Water Classic Presented By Jeep® Brand
Six to Ten Foot Surf at Steamer Lane; Semi-Finals and Finals Will Resume Monday at Steamer Lane
Santa Cruz, Calif., October 23, 2005 — The first solid northwest swell of the season arrived at Steamer Lane for day five of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic presented by Jeep. Utilizing two different contest locations at Steamer Lane , organizers were able to push through 22 heats before the late afternoon fog bank rolled in. The remaining five heats, including the final, have been postponed until Monday morning to conclude the Cold Water Classic and determine the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series Champion.
Asher Nolan and Nathaniel Curran started the day in the lead of the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series points title. Although Curran and Nolan advanced to the round of 32, neither surfer was able to make it to the quarter finals leaving the title up for grabs between the currant leader Nolan and Nathan Yeomans. Yeomans is the only Trifecta contender still alive in the O’Neil Cold Water Classic. Should he make it to the final round and take second or better in the contest, he will win the $5000 Trifecta series bonus purse.
The action really for started in heat eight, Santa Cruz favorite and O’Neill team rider, Jason “Ratboy Collins came out strong. Nabbing a solid set wave off the point, Collins posted an 8.5 and followed up with a 4.57 to take the win. “There were some nice clean waves coming through out there, said Collins, “But the swell is coming in from a weird direction, so it was important to find the right waves. When asked if local knowledge helped him get through his heat, Collins replied in the affirmative. “Absolutely, some of those guys looked a little lost out there. It was tricky, so I just looked for the smaller, cleaner waves that were lining up. Advancing behind Collins in second was fellow O’Neill team rider and current WCT top-ten-surfer Cory Lopez.
Due to time constraints, contest organizers decided to run double contest areas beginning with heat nine and 10 for the rest of the round of 64. Both the Indicator Bowl and the main take-off zone at the top of the point at Steamer Lane were firing and highly contestable, allowing surfers to easily find excellent waves and post high scores.
The last heat in the round of 64 was stacked with former O’Neill Coldwater Classic champions, Matt Archbold, Kieran Horn and Roy Powers. Archbold stole the show as he took off on a right and maneuvered through a series of wrapping cutbacks and critical snaps for the first and only 10 of the contest. “I knew I needed something good when I caught that wave, said Archbold of his perfect ride, “and that one just walled up. So I hit it, and then I hit it again, and again and again. One snap just led to another so I guess I got lucky with that one. Archbold took first in the heat, while Horn hung on to advance in second.
The first heat of the round of 32 was a tight match up. WCT rookie Timmy Reyes advanced in the top slot with followed by Portuguese surfer Tiago Pires.
In heat two, Rob Machado immediately went to work on his backhand to post a 7.5. Electing to scramble out onto the rocks instead of paddling back out after his first wave, Machado ran back to the top of the point just in time to catch another wave and deliver a pair of huge snaps and a big floater that earned an 8.33. Those two scores gave Machado the win, while crowd favorite Josh Mulcoy took second.
Reunion Islander Jeremy Flores hooked under the lip for a big cover-up on a booming set wave in heat five. Emerging from inside the barrel, Flores tore into the shoulder of the wave with two slams before finally sticking a long floater. That ride earned him a 9.0 as well and an unshakable hold on first place.
In heat eight, the last heat before the Quarter Finals, Matt Archbold continued his march through the ranks. He advanced in second behind a stoked and ripping Alex Gray. “I’m a fan before anything else, said Gray with a smile. “To be here and see guys like Kieran Horn and Jay Collins surf the Lane with conditions like this is just amazing.
After Gray’s heat, the first heat of the Quarter Finals hit the water. The heat started slow but gave way to a feeding frenzy of action in the final minutes. With roughly 50-seconds left on the clock, Collins reeled through a series of slams to advance on the merits of his last ride. Finishing ahead of Collins was Reyes who controlled first place throughout the heat. Unfortunately, Machado and Tutton, who each surfed their first heats on Wednesday in the original round of 208, saw their Cold Water Classic campaigns come to an end after turning in five straight days of impressive performances.
Cory Lopez posted a 7.17 and an 8.33 in the first 12 minutes of heat two. With eight minutes remaining in the heat, the fog rolled in and organizers were forced to put the contest on hold due to the lack of visibility. After an hour delay, heat two resumed with Lopez and Tiago Pires advancing in first and second respectively.
The O’Neill Cold Water Classic will resume Monday at Steamer Lane with the remainder of the Quarter Finals beginning at 8:00 a.m.
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