Field At Cold Water Classic Scotland Whittled Down To 24

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

Mark Matthews Cold Water Classic Scotland

Mark Matthews. Photo: Aquashot/ASP Europe

Last 24 Men Decided in O'Neill CWC Scotland by Swatch, Wright Exits Competition

THURSO, Brims Ness, Scotland (Monday, May 4, 2009) – It was a short day of action in Northern Scotland today, the ASP WQS 6-Star Prime O'Neill Cold Water Classic by Swatch completing its third round with the remaining four heats running in clean off-shore four foot (1.2 meter) waves at Brims Ness until the strong on-shore winds and rains made organizers put the event on-hold . The 30-minute battles brought some exciting show at the Point with both left and right-handers rolling over the low-tide shallow reef and giving the sixteen men having to paddle out some good scoring potential.

Several solid performances were put together throughout the couple of hours of surfing and the upset of the day came with the elimination of current ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) No. 8 Owen Wright (New South Wales, AUS), 18, who could not get into rhythm in the last encounter losing to fellow Australians and O'Neill ambassador Mark Matthews and top scorer of Day 6 Jarrad Sullivan.

Sullivan, 25, who has been travelling around the world following the Grind for more than a couple of years now, found himself in position for two consecutive set waves and surfed them with speed and radicality to net a 16.00 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) including an 8.50 point ride. The regular footed surfer left no chance to his followers taking his Round 4 ticket confidently before facing Sean Holmes (ZAF) and Blake Thornton (AUS) when competition resumes.

Other top scorer of the day was New Zealand's Rowan Aish (NZL), the 22-year-old Kiwi representative making most of the clean walls breaking at Brims Ness to impress the judges and leave the water with a promising 15.50 point result (out of a possible 20) and besting British rising surfer Reubyn Ash (Newquay, GBR). Aish, who has yet to achieve a big result on a main event to confirm his talent, unleashed his classic vertical style to advance and take another chance when Round 4 resumes against last year's event runner-up Adam Melling (Gold Coast, AUS).

Also advancing today were French Romain Laulhé (Anglet, FRA), 23, and O'Neill CWC Scotland defending champion Adam Robertson (Victoria, AUS) who brought progressive surfing into the field today taking off for some flying maneuvers to win the third battle.

With twenty-four men only remaining in the ASP WQS 6-Star Prime, pressure will rise upon the last title contenders focused on the valuable 3500 ratings' points and US$ 20.000 winner's cheque. Conditions are expected to improve and the last couple of days remaining in the waiting period should allow a good quality finish. Much expected tomorrow will be the encounter of former ASP World Tour member and event runner-up Jarrad Howse (New South Wales, AUS) with France's current best surfer Joan Duru (Ondres, FRA) and Yadin Nicol (Western Australia, AUS). Also to hit the water tomorrow will be former O'Neill CWC Scotland by Swatch winners Nathan Hedge (AUS) and Great Britain's last representative Russell Winter (Newquay, GBR).

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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), Brian Toth (PRI)
Heat 6: Christophe Allary (REU), Adam Melling (AUS), Rowan Aish (NZL)
Heat 7: Romain Laulhe (FRA), Adam Robertson (AUS), Mark Matthews (AUS)
Heat 8: Sean Holmes (ZAF), Blake Thornton (AUS), Jarrad Sullivan (AUS)

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
Heat 9: Rowan Aish (NZL) 15.50 pts, Brian Toth (PRI) 11.16 pts, Daniel Redman (ZAF) 10.70 pts, Reubyn Ash (GBR) 8.73 pts
Heat 10: Romain Laulhe (FRA) 11.73 pts, Sean Holmes (ZAF) 10.67 pts, Damien Fahrenfort (ZAF) 8.17 pts, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 3.00 pts
Heat 11: Adam Robertson (AUS) 14.53 pts, Blake Thornton (AUS) 13.16 pts, Leonardo Neves (BRA) 11.50 pts, Diego Rosa (BRA) 11.04 pts
Heat 12: Jarrad Sullivan (AUS) 16.00 pts, Mark Matthews (AUS) 14.00 pts, Owen Wright (AUS) 7.67 pts, Andre Silva (BRA) 7.33 pts