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O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada - Oct 09-15, 2010
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O誰eill Cold Water Classic 2010 Series returns to Vancouver Island

O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada Trailer 2010

The O誰eill Cold Water Classic Canada returns to the crisp climes of Vancouver Island for the penultimate stop on the O誰eill CWC Series 2010

The O誰eill Cold Water Classic Canada Oct 9 - Oct 15, 2010

Tofino, Canada September 10, 2010 - The O誰eill Cold Water Classic Canada is returning to Vancouver Island for 2010, following an emotional first year in which Toifno local, Peter Devries took out Canada痴 inaugural professional surf competition in his hometown.

"There is no better place to win a big event than at home in Tofino," said Peter Devries. "I had so much support on the beach and to have my family and friends there was amazing."

If ever one event on the five-event O誰eill Cold Water Classic Series best epitomized the series philosophy of exploration and adventure, this is it.

With bears on the land, whales in the sea and a spectacular old-growth pine forest backdrop, this 6 Star ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) has pushed the boundaries to find new and challenging waves in which to host a competition of this level.

"This is going to be my first time to Canada," said former World Tour surfer, Shaun Cansdell. "I致e heard there are bears and lots of wildlife to see which will be cool. And I致e been looking forward to go surf some new waves."

This year the mobile event takes on a new level with the Pacific Rim National Park reserve offering yet another break for the event to explore along the Vancouver Island coastline.

"To me this is one of the most beautiful surf locations on the planet," said Peter Devries. "Combine that with the variety in weather and wave conditions we see in October and you've got an event unlike any other."

This year will see Peter once again surfing his home break, along with over 140 others making the trek through the wilderness of western Canada to one of the most stunning and of course freezing cold - events in professional surfing.

"I致e already won the event so I don稚 have anything to prove so there痴 no pressure," said the defending CWC Canada champion. "I want to go into it with the same mentality as last year and just have fun."

He will be up against an international field of talent including the young Hawaiian, John John Florence, Nat Young, Cory Lopez and Dion Atikinson.

Also there will be South African, Royden Bryson, and Australians Stuart Kennedy, Shaun Cansdell and Dion Atkinson. All four surfers are in line for the O誰eill Cold Water Classic Series win which comes with a $50,000 cheque - following the final event in Santa Cruz, California. "I致e been thinking about the series a bit and how good it would be to win it and the 50K," said Shaun Cansdell. "I think I am sitting in the top 5 at the moment so I would have to do something pretty special in the next few events. But I will give it my 100% best."

j.k. livin Artist, Mishka will be performing live in Tofino during the Cold Water Classic. Mishka recently joined the O誰eill team as the ECO誰eill collection ambassador, and will be holding two concerts at the O誰eill CWC series this year in both Tofino and Santa Cruz for the final event on the 2010 series.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Mishka @ O'Neill Cold Water Classic @ Tofino Legion
331 Main Street, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 (Canada)
Set: 8:00 PM. 19+

DOWNLOAD THE NEW O誰EILL COLD WATER CLASSIC IPHONE APPLICATION Daily highlight videos, all the news and pics from the events as well as local surf conditions straight onto your phone with the new O誰eill CWC iPhone App


O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada Trials run in-conjunction with The Rip Curl Stew - June 5-6, 2010, Cox Bay

May 17, 2010 - The O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada Trials is being run in-conjunction with The Rip Curl Stew this year and is slated for June 5-6, 2010 at Cox Bay, Tofino BC.

Here are the details:

The top 2 finishers in The Rip Curl Stew will receive entry into the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada main event with all the remaining surfers being seeded according to their standings at the Rip Curl Stew. If the full field of 142 (144 - 2 top place surfers in The Stew) is not realized by the closing date, those seeded surfers from The Stew will gain entry into the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada according to their placing in The Stew.

The O'Neill CWC Canada event is once again to be held in the Tofino area and is scheduled for October 9-15 2010. With its mobile format and the addition of a few more locations, this years event promises to feed off of last year's success and hopefully be bigger and better! With the changes within the ASP World Tour and the new judging criteria we should see some big names in our waters this Thanksgiving.

February 26, 2010 Marrawah, Tasmania, Australia Following the resounding success of the inaugural Cold Water Classic Series blending adventure, exploration, surf and competition, the O誰eill Cold Water Classic Series makes a much-anticipated return for 2010.

Last year saw the series push the boundaries of surfing in a way never seen before with five ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) events exploring spectacular surf spots throughout remote corners of the globe with the word痴 best surfers competing for the prestige of winning the O誰eill CWC Series and the $50,000 prize money.

"It痴 pretty much the next best thing to winning the ASP World Title," says World Tour star Jordy Smith.

It痴 not only the prize money and accolade, but the integration of exploration and adventure into surf competitions that the surfers themselves relish. "To bring that feeling of searching out waves with your friends into competition is amazing," says Jordy Smith.

With each location on the series serving up some of the most challenging high quality waves on the tour last year, the CWC Series will once again return to the start in the wilds of Tasmania, Australia on March 23rd before heading to Scotland, South Africa, Canada and Santa Cruz, California.

"The inaugural year of the O誰eill Cold Water Classic threw up incredible waves in some of the most remote and wild locations you could ever imagine to travel let alone host a surf competition," said O誰eill Global Event Manager Bernhard Ritzer. "These are locations where most of the professional surfers who spend their lives travelling around the world have never even been," he said.

"And within each location the quality of waves was beyond anything we could have even wished for," said Bernhard. "This year we want to delve deeper into each location. With the mobile event format we can discover more potential and share this globally with the live webcasts."

O誰eill Coldwater Classic Tasmania March 23 - 28, 2010
Marrawah, Northwest Tasmania / 40 Degrees South
6-Star World Qualifying Series, Mobile Surf Contest
Ambassador: Mark Mathews
2009 winner: Jordy Smith
Starting in the northwest corner of Tasmania Australia痴 Island state - the series will commence with all the ingredients of an explorative surf trip as Jarrad Howse last year痴 CWC Series runner up discovered:

"Landing in Launceston I had that grommet like feeling I used to get when my dad would take us camping as kids - excited about exploring, surfing new waves and happy to be off the beaten track miles from the city and out of phone reception," said Jarrad.

Exposed to the savage weather and the abundance of Southern Ocean swell, the O誰eill Cold Water Classic Tasmania encapsulates all that this series represents. In the isolated town of Marrawah, both uncrowded on land and sea, the world-class powerful reef and beach breaks are fully exploited with the mobile format of the event.

Jordy who plans to return to retain his title said: "Winning the event in Tasmania was cool. I壇 never been there before, so it was good to experience their waves and culture. The waves I got in Tasmania were some of the best waves I had all year."

And are the cold raw conditions in any way a deterrent? "Yes, yes and yes," says Jordy. "But with amazing waves you can definitely deal with it."

O誰eill Coldwater Classic Scotland April 13 19, 2010
Thurso, North Coast of Scotland / 59 Degrees North
6-Star World Qualifying Series, Mobile Surf Contest
Ambassadors: Sam Lamiroy & Andy Baine
2009 winner: Adam Melling
The cold is one of the defining features of this, the most northern event in professional surfing. Straight from Tasmania, the CWC Series heads to Thurso the most northerly town on the British mainland. With the powerful reef breaks of Thurso East and Brims Ness, as well as a multitude of beach breaks available for the mobile format, the quality of the event is worth the endurance of the water temperatures which hover around 7 degrees celsius at this time.

O誰eill Coldwater Classic South Africa July 26 Aug 1, 2010
A South African winter in Cape Town awaits surfers on the next stop of the Series. Last year represented the first time in 25 years that an event had been held in the Cape Town area. It was also probably the last time that a storm of that scale blew into the area to create a perfect final to the event, and also reiterate its billing as the wildest event in professional surfing.
July 26 Aug 1, 2010
Capetown, Western Cape Area
4-Star World Qualifying Series, Mobile Surf Contest
Ambassador: Jordy Smith
2009 winner: Blake Thornton

O誰eill Coldwater Classic Canada October 9 - 15, 2010
Then it痴 up to the northern hemisphere痴 winter for the fourth stop on the series, on Vancouver Island, Canada. Better known for its snow than surf and thus justifiably the coldest event in surfing - last year saw this series stop mark the first ever ASP sanctioned event in Canada. And in a fairytale ending it was local Tofino surfer, Peter Devries who won the competition.
Tofino, Vancouver Island / West Coast Of Canada
6-Star World Qualifying Series, Mobile Surf Contest
Ambassador: Noah Cohen
2009 winner: Peter Devries

O誰eill Coldwater Classic California October 19 - 24, 2010
Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz
Prime 6-Star World Qualifying Series and Finals of CWC Series 2009
Ambassador: Jason 然atboy Collins
2009 winner: Nate Yeomans
And finally to Santa Cruz, the birthplace of O誰eill and the home of founder and wetsuit inventor Jack O誰eill as well as the perfect point break of Steamer Lane. Santa Cruz plays host to the final stop on the tour where the series winner will be crowned in October and awarded the $50,000 prize money.

FIVE events exploring the edges of the world over four continents.
FIVE challenging, quality waves all in extreme and not to mention cold conditions.
FIVE ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) events rugged and unique locations in the depths of nature.

Including daily highlight shows, heats on demand, daily blogs and videos from Jarrad Howse and Sam Lamiroy

Tasmania(TBC), Scotland, Canada, California

last year's coverage of the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada - Oct 25-31, 2009
2008 announcement | pre comp press | aerial photos | day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | finals | freesurfing | local photos | DeWolfe's photos | Deringer's photos









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