Day One Of The O’Neill Cold Water Classic Presented By Jeep® Brand
Third and Final Stop of the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series Brings Top Surfers From Far and Near
Live scoring at www.cwc05.asglive.com.
Santa Cruz, Calif., October 19, 2005 — Day one of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic presented by Jeep® Brand kicked off today at Santa Cruz’s legendary Steamer Lane with near-perfect surf and water temperatures colder than usual, dipping down to 52 degrees. The action brought out a mix of local surfers, top pros from around the world and even a few legends, all going after the prestigious title, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) points and the huge $75,000 prize purse.
With the anticipated northwest swell peaking today, contest organizers were really excited to kick-off the morning. “We are very pleased with the local, national and international athletes that have come out to compete, said Brett Muhlitner, director of brand marketing for O’Neill. “There was some really good surfing out there today and it was a perfect start to the contest.
The O’Neill Cold Water Classic is the third and final stop of the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series and the final WQS event on the U.S. mainland. As the official vehicle of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic, Jeep® Brand was on hand to showcase three vehicles and contribute to the weeklong events and festivities surrounding the contest.
Setting the tone early in the first heat of the morning, San Diego legend Rob Machado and veteran Mike Parsons went head-to-head. Machado, drawing clean lines on his backhand, took the win with Parsons coming in right behind him in second to advance. With only three minutes left in heat three of the same round, a good series of set waves brought a flurry of activity. Local 13-year old grom, Nat Young looked likely to advance but was shut down by Indonesian Dede Suryana and Santa Cruz mainstay Peter Mel, who advanced in first and second respectively on a pair of late rides on the outside. Local Josh Loya turned in one of the liveliest performance of the morning, racking up a 7.37 and an 8.37 to nab first in heat five. Loya’s eight point ride firmly cemented him in the top slot and brought cheers from the crowds on the cliff. Taking off with only minutes remaining in the heat, he wrapped a huge cutback to set himself up for a clean punt over the inside section. Pat O’Connell and Darryl “Flea Virostko both advanced from heat seven, while heat eight saw the legendary Matt Archbold lay into a few racy waves on his forehand to advance, while his son Ford Archbold watched from the cliffs above.
The onslaught of the high tide in the opening heats of the second round brought some extra challenges as the surf slowed. However, the competition stayed tight as surfers capitalized on a few set waves and picked off some of the inside peaks along the cliffs. Machado handily took the win in his second heat, staying close to the rocks and putting together some solid rides, while Bryann Jennings dropped into a few bombs and took the top slot in heat four.
As the day progressed, competition picked up with many of the Santa Cruz surfers using their local knowledge to advance. In heat nine, Loya continued his blistering pace, posting an 8.33 and advancing to round three. Heat 13 was extremely close with all four competitors locking into a bunch of quality rides. In the end, Santa Cruz surfer Joe Hutson and Hawaiian Kahea Hart made it through in first and second, while retired WCT veteran Pat O’Connell was knocked out in just the second round. Nick Rozsa took an early lead in heat 15 with a blistering forehand attack that earned an 8.83 and a 7.77. Rozsa proved untouchable and easily advanced into the next round.
After sitting for almost ten minutes without taking a wave in heat 16, Matt Archbold opened his account looking fast, powerful and dynamic, earning an 8.0 and a 6.9 to jump into the lead. Archie held on to first for the remainder of the heat, despite a strong push by Tony Mikus, who claimed second.
The opening rounds of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic came to an end as good lines continued to roll in off the point at Steamer Lane. Tomorrow’s contest is scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. at Steamer Lane with 16 heats of round three and eight heats of round four. For the first time in the history of the contest, the 2005 O’Neill Cold Water Classic has the ability to officially go mobile. Based on the behavior of the swell in the morning, contest organizers will decide to remain at the Steamer Lane or to move the venue to Waddell Creek, 20 miles north of Santa Cruz.
For more information on the O’Neill Cold Water Classic and live scoring please visit, www.cwc05.asglive.com. FUEL TV will telecast the O’Neill Cold Water Classic on November 28, 2005. For additional dates and specific times visit www.fuel.tv. The O’Neill Cold Water Classic is also supported by Oakley, Coors, Surfing America and ASP North America.
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