Photos by Segio Villalba
The O’Neill Coldwater Classic’s California stop got off to a cracking start on Monday morning under clear blue skies, with a mellow 2- to 3-foot wave peeling off Steamer Lane.
“I love this event,” said Jason Collins – aka Ratboy – who posted the highest heat total of the day with a 14.33 out of a possible 20.
“I was stoked with my heat,” he said. “It’s hard when it’s small but the Lane has enough power so that you can get a score. I grew up surfing here before school, after school, and when I was ditching school, so I know how to deal with it sometimes.”
“I came when I was 11 and watched the first ever contest here,” said Ratboy. “Two locals were in the final. It was amazing. I’ve surfed this event about 10 times. Every time I do it’s so much fun.”
With the swell set to decrease from today’s levels before picking up again towards the end of the week, contest organizers stormed through the local trials early in the morning and straight into the round of 128.
While the spectators were reveling in the action, it was slightly harder for trials winner Jonny Craft.
“It was kind of hard to have to do all of the trials and not even get out of the water before the last trial heat and my first heat in the Round of 128,” said Jonny. “It felt like surfing almost an hour heat, but I’m super stoked to make it through to the Round of 96. It’s great to compete in an event of this caliber in Santa Cruz.”
Another highlight of the day featured the Geiselman brothers up against each other in the round of 128, with Evan finishing ahead of older brother Eric, the runner-up at the O’Neill Coldwater Classic’s Canadian stop last week.
“I’m really happy to make it through with my brother,” Evan said. “I think I just got the best waves. I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive and get the best waves. I wanted my brother and I to be first and second, so I’m really happy.”
WATCH IT LIVE: http://www.oneill.com/cwc/california
MISHKA LIVE CONCERT
j.k. livin Artist, Mishka, will be performing live in Santa Cruz during the Coldwater Classic. Mishka recently joined the O’Neill team as the ECO’Neill collection ambassador, and will be holding two concerts at the O’Neill CWC series this year in both Tofino and Santa Cruz for the final event of the 2010 series.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Mishka @ O’Neill Cold Water Classic @ The Catalyst Club
1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 (United States)
Set: 8:00 PM // ALL AGES
O’NEILL COLD WATER CLASSIC SERIES RANKINGS (following four events)
1. Shaun Cansdell (AUS) 5591
2. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 5378
3. Royden Bryson (ZAF) 4844
4. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 3984
5. Glenn Hall (IRE) 3110