O’Neill Cold Water Classic (CWC) Scotland by Swatch
2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Prime
Event No. 2 of 5 on the 2009 O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series
Stop No. 3 of 12 on the 2009 ASP WQS European Tour
Thurso – Scotland
April 29 – May 6, 2009
Young Guns Run the Show on Day 5 of O’Neill CWC Scotland by Swatch
THURSO, Brims Ness, Scotland (Sunday, May 3, 2009) – It was a testing day for the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star Prime competitors as the O’Neill Cold Water Classic (CWC) Scotland by Swatch entered its most exciting part with all top seeds having to face the tricky four to six foot (1.2 to 2 meter) wind-blown waves of Brims Ness and fight for a spot into the last 24-man pack. With no less than twenty-two heats being wrapped-up on this fifth day of the waiting period, most competitors had to surf twice in the cold 7°C water to keep their Highlands’ campaign going and another four heats remain before the last 24-Man pack is decided.
With several upsets taking place during the marathon-day that saw the event settle at Brims Ness’s Point before relocating to the famous wave of the Bowl, the rising generation of professional surfing set the pace with three of the world’s best current under 21 surfers showing immense talent and tactics to advance through their respective match-ups.
Marc Lacomare (Hossegor, FRA), 18, was last to take a win today closing the epic action-packed Sunday with the second best heat score of the day, a solid 15.33 point score (out of a possible 20) to secure his Round 4 berth ahead of last year’s event runner-up Adam Melling (Gold Coast, AUS). Lacomare, who opened the 2009 ASP season with an equal 3rd at the World Junior Championships in Narabeen and in the WQS 4-Star event in France last month, confirmed his excellent form posting an 8.33 point ride on a vertical shallow righthander to dominate the final battle of the day.
“I am pretty stoked with that last heat and things went my way again,” Lacomare said. “I surfed this morning and just happened to sit at the right place and got one of the best waves of my heat, and it went the same in this one with two bombs just coming to me. It’s the kind of days where it seems like the waves just come your way.”
Lacomare, who showed some great commitment over the shallow reef of Brims Ness’s bowl, impressed the ASP judging panel surfing on his backhand and secures a minimum equal 17th place before taking his chance in the upcoming 3-Man battles of Round 4.
“The waves were very powerful and there was very little water out there,” Lacomare said. “I heard I was in the lead after my first ride and I just wanted to go hard to secure that win and let go on that last good wave.”
Fellow French top young man Joan Duru (Ondres, Fra), 20, was another standout in the messy testing ocean at Brims Ness. Duru, who opened his 2009 Scottish campaign in classic Thurso East conditions the day before, paddled back out with the same confidence and left his opponents away from the number one spot after scoring an 8.17 point ride (out of a possible 10) and securing his heat win over other twenty-year old competitor Marco Giorgi (URY). With a win in the WQS 4-Star event in France and an equal 9th in the 6-Star rated event in Portugal under his belt before coming to the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland, Duru once again made his intention clear today.
“I am happy to make it to the 3-Man heats round especially if we have to surf here at the Bowl where the peak is pretty narrow,” Duru said. “I had a slow start and it was not easy to sit at the right place but I eventually managed to catch that one big score. I am staying relaxed so far and that points’ quest I am on doesn’t affect my surfing and approach so definitely enjoying it.”
The new generation’s assault did not go without current ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) leader Owen Wright (New South Wales, AUS), 18, the Australian wunderkind easily finding his way out of Round 2 with the day’s highest heat result after dominating Brims Ness’s Point on his backhand. Wright, who is one of two men to best nine-time and reigning ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (Florida, USA) this year in their encounter at Bells Beach last month, has been almost unstoppable since the start of the year and confirmed why he was to be counted as a favorite in Scotland, netting a 15.66 point tally this morning.
Other standouts today were former O’Neill CWC Scotland by Swatch champions Russell Winter (Newquay, GBR, in 2006), Nathan Hedge (New South Wales, AUS, in 2007) and defending event champion Adam Robertson (Victoria, AUS) who will sure answer back when they paddle out for more action tomorrow. Three days and twenty-seven heats remaining, officials will re-assess conditions tomorrow Monday, May 4, at 9 AM.
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O’NEILL CWC SCOTLAND BY SWATCH UPCOMING ROUND 4
Heat 1: Jorge Spanner (BRA), Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY), Marco Giorgi (URY)
Heat 2: Jarrad Howse (AUS), Yadin Nicol (AUS), Joan Duru (FRA)
Heat 3: Nathan Hedge (AUS), Yuri Sodre (BRA), Clancy Dawson (AUS)
Heat 4: Eric Rebiere (FRA), Hugo Savalli (REU), Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 5: Russell Winter (GBR), Marc Lacomare (FRA), TBA
Heat 6: Christophe Allary (REU), Adam Melling (AUS), TBA
Heat 7: TBA
Heat 8: TBA
O’NEILL CWC SCOTLAND BY SWATCH ROUND 3 RESULTS
Heat 1: Jorge Spanner (BRA) 11.83 pts, Jarrad Howse (AUS) 8.90 pts, Drew Courtney (AUS) 8.63 pts, Yujiro Tsuji (JPN) 8.00 pts
Heat 2: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 13.34 pts, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 13.30 pts, Eneko Acero (EUK) 9.93 pts, Alex Gray (USA) 9.50 pts
Heat 3: Joan Duru (FRA) 14.84 pts, Marco Giorgi (URY) 9.76 pts, Brandon Jackson (ZAF) 7.00 pts, Angelo Lozano (MEX) 6.17 pts
Heat 4: Nathan Hedge (AUS) 11.10 pts, Eric Rebiere (FRA) 9.60 pts, Heath Joske (AUS) 8.90 pts, Simon Marchand (FRA) 6.17 pts
Heat 5: Yuri Sodre (BRA) 14.66, Hugo Savalli (REU) 11.83 pts, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 7.34 pts, Txaber Trojaola (EUK) 3.70 pts
Heat 6: Luke Munro (AUS) 13.50 pts, Clancy Dawson (AUS) 7.66 pts, Justin Mujica (PRT) 7.40 pts, Love Hodel (HAW) 2.50 pts
Heat 7: Russell Winter (GBR) 11.53 pts, Christophe Allary (REU) 8.77 pts, Ruben Gonzales (PRT) 8.74 pts, Renato Galvao (BRA) 7.57 pts
Heat 8: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 15.33 pts, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.23 pts, Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 10.16 pts, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 4.37 pts
O’NEILL CWC SCOTLAND BY SWATCH ROUND 3 REMAINING HEATS
Heat 9: Rowan Aish (NZL), Brian Toth (PRI), Reubyn Ash (GBR), Daniel Redman (ZAF)
Heat 10: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP), Damien Fahrenfort (ZAF), Sean Holmes (ZAF), Romain Laulhe (FRA)
Heat 11: Leonardo Neves (BRA), Blake Thornton (AUS), Adam Robertson (AUS), Diego Rosa (BRA)
Heat 12: Jarrad Sullivan (AUS), Mark Matthews (AUS), Andre Silva (BRA), Owen Wright (AUS)