Surfing Vancouver Island  

O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada brings the first
professional surfing competition to Vancouver Island  


O'Neill Coldwater Classic WQS - Tofino www.oneill.com/cwc/canada - Oct 25 to 31, 2009 LIVE SCORES

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Winter conditions forecast for Tofino as the surfers gather for the O誰eill Cold Water Classic Canada

THE MOST NORTHERN, THE MOST SOUTHERN, THE WILDEST, THE COLDEST &
THE MOST CLASSIC SURF CONTEST ON THE PLANET

Vancouver Island, Canada, October 24, 2009

As the town of Tofino on Vancouver Island, Canada gears up for the fourth stop on the O誰eill Cold Water Classic Series, conditions are also lining up for what looks like a spectacular surfing competition week ahead.

While the sun is currently shining and a consistent two-meter swell is forecast for the week, not all is as it seems in Tofino for this 6 Star ASP WQS competition.

Cold Water Classic Series contest director Matt Wilson sees the week ahead as one of the toughest on the entire series following the wilds of Tasmania, Scotland and South Africa.

"I知 learning that the weather systems move through really quickly here. There is no stable condition, it can seriously change by the hour," says Matt.

"There痴 no shortage of swell," he said "But this area has a 壮torm watching season, which means there is also going to be no shortage of wind."

Event ambassador and local surfer Noah Cohen emphasizes the point; "The swell reading at the bouys never really gets below 10 foot at this time of year, but there are a lot of storms that come with it. And the water is pretty cold."

This isn稚 billed the coldest event in professional surfing for nothing. "It can get down to about 5 degrees here sometimes even 4 degrees," says Noah. "Right now isn稚 even properly cold yet! It痴 about 10 degrees. I知 thinking of wearing a wetsuit hood though, otherwise I end up with brain freeze in these conditions from all the duck diving."

The surfers have all started gathering in the small Canadian town, and as the Cold Water Classic Series starts its penultimate stop, the competition promises to be fierce.

Series leaders Blake Thornton, Jarrad Howse and Adam Melling, along with fifth placed Nathan Hedge, have all turned up for the chance at the $50,000 prize money for the overall series winner, which will be decided next week at the last competition in Santa Cruz.

However, it isn稚 the cold conditions the surfers have to look out for

British surfer Sam Lamiroy was inducted into the wilds of Tofino with a bear sighting. "I was with my wife and son at a river down the road, when this bear appeared not 5 meters away from where we were standing," he said. "Luckily it was too engrossed in all the huge salmon in the water to even notice us."

The first call will be made at 8am on Sunday October 25th

VISIT www.oneill.com/cwc/canada for more information and to follow the competition.


The O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada brings the first professional surfing competition to Vancouver Island

THE MOST NORTHERN, THE MOST SOUTHERN, THE WILDEST, THE COLDEST &
THE MOST CLASSIC SURF CONTEST ON THE PLANET

Vancouver Island, Canada, September 8, 2009

From its inception, the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Series was never going to be a conventional surf contest. And as it heads to British Columbia, Canada an area more closely associated with skiing and snowboarding than surfing it continues to push the limits.

On the west coast of Vancouver Island in Tofino, freezing water and air temperatures, bears on the ground, whales in the water and even the chance of snow, awaits 144 professional surfers from around the world for the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada the coldest event in professional surfing.

"It's not uncommon to paddle out in incessant sleet rain, which feels like sand-paper against any part of your skin which isn't covered by 6mm of rubber," says event ambassador Noah Cohen. "But it's worth it," says the local Tofino surfer. "Because what you get is uncrowded waves, some of the most spectacular scenery in which you will ever surf and often perfect beach and reef breaks."

When the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Series comes to Canada on October 24th the 6 Star ASP World Qualifying Series event will be the first professional surf contest to hit the Canadian shores. As the fourth event of five on the O'Neill CWC Series, Tofino lives up to all that the Series has promised a competition that breaks boundaries, ventures that little bit further into the wild and explores that extra level for the best waves on offer.

The Tofino region on the west of Vancouver Island in British Columbia is characterized by its beautiful untouched cedar-lined shorelines with majestic snowcapped mountains. Its testing surf breaks will provide the stage for the event that every surfer wants to be part of.

"Canada has been the event on everyone's lips since the schedule appeared at the start of the year," says Australian former World Tour surfer, Jarrad Howse. "Everything about the place stokes me out, the surf, the scenery and the wildlife. I can't imagine surfing with a backdrop of snow-covered mountains, orca's in the water and black bears roaming around on land. Are you kidding, this has to be the coolest competition professional surfing has ever witnessed." Following Tofino, the Cold Water Classic Series then heads straight to the birthplace of O'Neill Santa Cruz, California where the overall series winner will be presented with the $50,000 prize money and the first year of the groundbreaking contest in search of wild, remote and quality surf will be completed.

It is Blake Thornton who is currently leading the race following his win in Cape Town at the CWC South Africa and his third place finish at the CWC Scotland. Sitting behind him in second position is Jarrad Howse, and rounding off the all-Australian top three is the CWC Scotland winner Adam Melling.

All three will be present for the last two Cold Water Classic events in Vancouver and Santa Cruz. Joining them will be the three Gudauskas brothers Patrick, Tanner and Dane, former World Tour surfer, Cory Lopez, big wave charger Mark Mathews and the young Hawaiian talent of John John Florence promising a scintillating competition ahead.

VISIT www.oneill.com/cwc/canada for more information and to follow the competition.

The O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada brings the first professional surfing competition to Vancouver Island

Cold Water Classic Series 2009 trailer

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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