Ocean & Earth International are proud to announce surf accessories team rider Stuart Kennedy has taking out the prestigious 6-Star Rated O'Neill Cold Water Classic in Tasmania, Australia. Stu is on his first serious year as an ASP World Qualifying Series competitor and the former Australasian Pro Junior Champion of 2008 could not have dreamed of such a win so early in his season.
"It's an unbelievable feeling to win an event like this in waves that have been so good – it won't sink in for some time but I feel amazing right now" said Kennedy.
"The waves really suited me and every heat I'd simply say to myself to forget about competing and just go out and surf these great waves which is what I did.
When I scored that 9.5 ride early in the final I became really nervous knowing I was in such a winning situation and then I just opened up and surfed that next wave and I felt on top of the world when I heard the 8.5 score."
Stu received $US20 000 for his win along with valuable rating points on the ASP World Qualifying Series and he now leads the ratings in the chase for the $50 000 prize pool allocated to the Cold Water Classic Series for the season.
Stu is a very talented surfer and lets his surfing do the talking. Congratulations Stu on huge win, from all the team at O&E. Stu has got a big future ahead, said Paul Munten, Ocean & Earth's International Chief Executive Officer.
Ocean & Earth's brand globally has been built on its reputation in the surf and snow markets for the last 30 years. Ocean & Earth's International, currently distributes to 37 countries around the world and is clearly the leading surf accessories company in the world.