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O’Neill Grom Prix

The O’Neill Grom Prix took over Aviones Beach, San Juan, Puerto Rico last weekend as part of the Tres Palmas surfing series.  Amateur surfers under 18 from were met with a super rippable 3-4 foot swell and light trade wins.  The talent level continues to explode on the island with the Grom Prix as a focal point event.

Keikis
1.Mila Santiago
2.Antonio Lazo
3.David Martinez
4.Gustavo Baez

Menehunes
1.Diego Gutierrez
2.Giancarlo Mendez
3.Max Torres
4.Enrique Naranjo

Boys
1.Juan Gonzalez
2.Dwight Pastrana
3.Rio Donalson
4.Jorge Martinez

Girls.
1.Havanna Cabrero
2.Andrea Martinez
3.Yarian Camacho
4.Gabriela Galiano

Junior Girls
1.Havanna Cabrero
2.Jolaris Carreras
3.Gabriela Rubi
4.Andrea Martinez

Junior under 18
1.Mauro Diaz
2.Seba Soto
3.Christian Castillo
4.Juan Gonzalez

POSTED BY jazzy ON November 26, 2014   |   Comment

What Youth | Straight Forward: Soli Bailey

Soli Bailey’s Straight Forward feature on What Youth is tracked to Bad Brains - Banned in D.C. and starts off with Soli screaming through a barrel.   Soli has smooth style,  looks all to comfortable in barrels and can stomp some vicious airs. The edit is cut fast with little, if no lifestyle shots. The combination for a perfect edit.

If you’re a Bad Brains fan and love Soli Bailey’s raw power, then you’re going to have this edit on repeat. One of the finer edits you will see all week.

 

 

POSTED BY jazzy ON November 12, 2014   |   Comment

Brett Barley | Bits & Bytes

Brett Barley in Bits & Bites. Brett kept waiting to get the right footage to release an edit, but the waves never picked back up and the seasons passed by. This is his way of starting fresh.

If you haven’t seen the “Storm Chasers” feature on Surfer Magazine with team riders Brett Barley, Cory Lopez and Torrey Meister, then click here to check it out.

POSTED BY jazzy ON November 11, 2014   |   Comment

TORREY MEISTER | CHAPTER 6 | YEAR IN REVIEW

The Torrey Meister series has documented the saga of his post O’Neill Coldwater Classic victory in 2013. It has shown both the triumph and defeat of chasing after the dream of qualifying for the World Championship Tour (WCT). It has also shown some of the other great perks of surfing for Team O’Neill. Please take a look at previous chapters at oneill.com/wetsuits/videos.html.

POSTED BY jazzy ON October 31, 2014   |   Comment

YEOMANS CLAIMS 2014 O’NEILL COLDWATER CLASSIC INVITATIONAL AND O’NEILL SPONSORSHIP

Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA) claimed the 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational title today earning the life-changing winner-take-all yearlong O’Neill Wetsuits sponsorship worth $50,000. 2014 marks the second year for the ASP Specialty Event to run with an unconventional format pitting 16 unsponsored surfers against each other for one grand prize. This is a second O’Neill Coldwater Classic win for Yeomans who also earned the title back in 2009 when the contest was an ASP 6-Star World Qualifying Series event.

YEOMANS CLAIMS 2014 O’NEILL COLDWATER CLASSIC INVITATIONAL AND O’NEILL SPONSORSHIP
2014 CHAMPION NATE YEOMANS

Thursday, the second and final day of competition, conditions were a bit trickier and sometimes wave-starved with the west-northwest swell continuing to fade and wave faces in the two-to-four foot range.

The first Quarterfinal heat of the day saw touted wildcard Jeison Torres Abarca (CRI), who snagged his spot into this year’s event from a public online voting contest, unable to advance after narrowly losing with a 10.93 heat total (out of a possible 20) to Huntington Beach’s Jack Boyes with an 11.20.

Sole local competitor and fan favorite Shaun Burns won his Quarterfinal match against last year’s second runner-up Wade Carmichael (AUS) as well as his Semifinal heat against Jack Boyes to earn a spot into the Finals.

YEOMANS CLAIMS 2014 O’NEILL COLDWATER CLASSIC INVITATIONAL AND O’NEILL SPONSORSHIP
Nate Yeomans | Photo: Ellis

In the second Semifinal, Yeomans took on Australian Garrett Parkes, both showing superior surfing and the highest scores on Day 1 of competition, but ultimately Yeomans won out with a 12.66 over Parkes’ 8.44 earning his Finals berth.

The Final, pitting former Coldwater Champion Yeomans against local-boy Burns, saw the two going wave for wave in the opening 15 minutes before going on hold due to fog. After competition resumed, Yeomans claimed the win with his electric backside surfing, locking in a 15.00 heat total over Burns’ 12.83.

In addition to the trophy O’Neill wetsuit and $1,000 and a set of tires from Nexen, Yeomans earned a yearlong sponsorship from O’Neill worth $50,000 to pursue his elite pro surfing aspirations.

When asked about the win, Yeomans exclaimed: “It’s frickin’ awesome. I can’t even believe it. I was doing job interviews before I came up here. Luckily I don’t have to work too hard for awhile now. I have another baby on the way, so luckily I have 50 grand to support that little critter. I’m going to the Triple Crown next, so hopefully I can take this momentum there.“

Check www.oneill.com/cwc/ for more information, photos and video highlights. #oneillcwc

Special thanks to sponsors and event partners Nexen Tire, Futures Fins, Watermans Sunscreen, Flips Audio, Banzai Bowls, On a Mission, Hotel Paradox, Cruzio Internet, East Side Eatery, Mulcoy Travel, Bonny Doon Vineyard, SURFER Magazine and Surfline for supporting the 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational.

Final Result
1. Nathan Yeomans (USA) 15.00
2. Shaun Burns (USA) 12.83

Semifinal Results
SF 1: Shaun Burns (USA) 12.83 over Jack Boyes (USA) 12.57
SF 2: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 12.66 over Garrett Parkes (AUS) 8.44

Quarterfinal Results
Qrt 1: Jack Boyes (USA) 11.20 over Jeison Torres Abarca (CRI) 10.93
Qrt 2: Shaun Burns (USA) 11.30 over Wade Carmichael (AUS) 10.67
Qrt 3: Garrett Parkes (AUS) 14.53 over Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 14.23
Qrt 4: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 12.37 over Derek Peters (USA) 9.23

POSTED BY jazzy ON October 30, 2014   |   Comment

QUARTERFINALISTS DECIDED ON DAY ONE OF THE 2014 O’NEILL COLDWATER CLASSIC INVITATIONAL

The 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational was called ON today in clean two-to-four-foot conditions at the world famous right point-break at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California. Round 1, 2, 3 were all completed today in their entirety, setting the stage for the champion to be crowned on the Final day tomorrow.

The highly coveted ASP Specialty Event offers 16 unsponsored surfers the rare chance at a $50,000 O’Neill sponsorship to further pursue competition on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS), in hopes to qualify for the elite World Championship Tour. With such a huge opportunity at stake, competitors were putting it all on the line on the first day of competition.

The standout surfer of the day was 2009 Coldwater Classic Champion Nate Yeomans (San Clemente, CA) displaying his rhythmic backhand surfing and powerful flow. The San Clemente local built momentum throughout the day; and even after a close Round 1 loss, Yeomans put on a dominant display in Round 2 and continued his form in the final heat of the day in Round 3.

QUARTERFINALISTS DECIDED ON DAY ONE OF THE 2014 O’NEILL COLDWATER CLASSIC INVITATIONAL

“It’s such a cool opportunity surfing in this event, and the fact that O’Neill is doing this is so cool,” said Yeomans. “I made the (World Championship) Tour once before, but it was only for half of the season, so to have some extra support for next year, I would love to make it there again and surf a full season. My board is feeling really good and I’m just trying to have fun with everything.”

Local standout Shaun Burns (Santa Cruz, CA) came out of the gates strong today, winning his Round 1 heat, which advanced him straight to Round 3, where he also won his heat. The native Santa Cruz surfer put his local knowledge to work and demonstrated superior familiarity with the right-hand point. Burns is the only Santa Cruz local in this year’s draw and has high hopes to clinch a victory in his hometown.

“This event has always meant a lot to me,” said Burns. “I grew up here in Santa Cruz and I’ve watched the Coldwater Classic year after year with all of the local guys who have killed it. Winning would mean a lot. I’m just honored to even be in the event, surfing in front of my hometown definitely calms the nerves and I’ve got my friends and family here to root me on.”

Jason Torres (Jaco, PU, CRI), the winner of the wildcard video competition, showed he was ready to take full advantage of his entry into the contest with heat wins in both Round 2 and Round 3, putting him into the Quarterfinals. The Costa Rican’s video submission that earned him his spot into the event was full of big airs and above-the-lip surfing, but today Torres displayed the fact that his smooth and technical rail game could also win heats.

“I won the wildcard submission with the support of everyone in Costa Rica. The country is pretty small and we take care of each other. Once I posted the video, everyone just started voting for me,” explained Torres. “This is my first time to Santa Cruz and I’m so happy to be competing here, and I’m stoked to have won my heats. I am just focused and looking forward to the next round.”

Another one of the day’s standout performances came from Byron Bay’s Garrett Parkes (Byron Bay, NSW, AUS) who took home one of the day’s highest wave scores in his Round 1 heat with a near-perfect 9.60, contributing to what was also the day’s highest heat total at 18.77 points. The Australian looked light and loose all day and will be one to watch in the Quarterfinals.

“I was super stoked to get the invite and it’s such a cool prize if you win it. That support, financially and just mentally, could really change your whole mindset,” said Parkes. “I had one of the best heats I’ve had in a while this morning in Round 1, and it felt good to put a couple solid waves together. I’ve been to Santa Cruz only once before, but this is actually my first time surfing The Lane, and I’m really enjoying it, it’s a really fun wave.”

Competition will resume Thursday morning at 8 a.m. for the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and the crowning of a new O’Neill Coldwater Classic champion.

Watch the LIVE BROADCAST and follow all of the action at www.oneill.com/cwc/ #oneillcwc

Special thanks to sponsors and event partners Nexen Tire, Futures Fins, Watermans Sunscreen, Flips Audio, Banzai Bowls, On a Mission, Hotel Paradox, Cruzio Internet, East Side Eatery, Mulcoy Travel, Bonny Doon Vineyard, SURFER Magazine and Surfline for supporting the 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational.

2014 CWC Quarterfinal Matchups
Heat 1: Jason Torres (CRI) vs. Jack Boyes (USA)
Heat 2: Shaun Burns (USA) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
Heat 3: Lincoln Taylor (AUS) vs. Garrett Parkes (AUS)
Heat 4: Nathan Yeomans (USA) vs. Derek Peters (USA)

Round 3 Results
Heat 1: Jason Torres (CRI) 13.94, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 13.23, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 11.37
Heat 2: Shaun Burns (USA) 13.60, Jack Boyes (USA) 12.40, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 10.37
Heat 3: Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 12.40, Derek Peters (USA) 9.04, Austin Ware (USA) 8.00
Heat 4: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 16.27, Garrett Parkes (AUS) 10.67, Chris Waring (USA) 7.60

Round 2 Results
Heat 1: Jason Torres (CRI) 11.00, Clay Marzo (USA) 5.60
Heat 2: Jack Boyes (USA) 10.60, Johnny Noris (USA) 10.27
Heat 3: Austin Ware (USA) 10.84, Quinn McCrystal (USA) 9.77
Heat 4: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 17.20, Leif Engstrom (USA) 6.20

Round 1 Results
Heat 1: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 12.83, Clay Marzo (HAW) 8.17
Heat 2: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 13.57, Jason Torres (CRI) 9.93
Heat 3: Shaun Burns (USA) 13.60, Jack Boyes (USA) 11.10
Heat 4: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 14.66, Johnny Noris (USA) 8.66
Heat 5: Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 12.87, Austin Ware (USA) 10.50
Heat 6: Derek Peters (USA) 14.93, Quinn McCrystal (USA) 12.80
Heat 7: Chris Waring (USA) 13.50, Leif Engstrom (USA) 9.50
Heat 8: Garrett Parkes (AUS) 18.77, Nathan Yoemans (USA) 16.63

POSTED BY jazzy ON October 30, 2014   |   Comment

O’Neill Nexen Road Trip – Storm Chasers

ONeill Nexen Road Trip   Storm Chasers

With a hurricane set to make landfall in the near future, Torrey Meister, Cory Lopez, and Brett Barley packed up a truck with a week’s worth of gear to scour the Outer Banks for a rifling sandbar.
(They found one.)

ONeill Nexen Road Trip   Storm Chasers

Are there barrels? Yes. On the East Coast? Yes. Then Cory Lopez is in them. Photo: Ellis

ONeill Nexen Road Trip   Storm Chasers

Brett Barley’s favorite wave at home, a fickle sandbar at the far end of the island. You drive directly to the point and can almost walk into the barrel if it’s on. Photo: Ellis

ONeill Nexen Road Trip   Storm Chasers

Cory Lopez using some onshores to his advantage. Photo: Ellis

ONeill Nexen Road Trip   Storm Chasers

And then the wind bowed back. Not sure if Torrey ever came down from this one. Photo: Ellis

ONeill Nexen Road Trip   Storm Chasers

The exact wave they were chasing. Photo: Ellis

Click here to see the full gallery!

POSTED BY jazzy ON October 28, 2014   |   Comment

Jordy Smith: The Getaway

No matter what your job is, getting away from it all helps you recharge. If you’re a surfer getting away to a remote, quiet haven filled with impossibly long sand bottomed tubes is as good as it gets.
Come with Jordy as he scores the ultimate getaway.

POSTED BY jazzy ON October 28, 2014   |   Comment

Official Coldwater Classic Forecast

Event organizers have called the 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic ON for Wednesday (10/29) and Thursday (10/30) based on forecast predictions from Official Forecaster Surfline. With a possible fun West Northwest swell and small, underlying Southwest swell, Surfline has determined Wed. and Thurs. will have the largest waves and most promising conditions to run the event. Favorable local wind also looks likely at this time.

According to Surfline, the largest surf currently on the radar during the event waiting period (Sept. 28 to Oct. 1) is for Wed. and Thurs. This swell is forecast to be spawned by Tropical Storm Ana, which is currently located about 1000 miles West-Northwest of Hawaii and should transition into an extratropical storm over the weekend and it tracks toward the US West Coast. Although not expected to be a major swell from Ana, it should provide fun and very contestable waves building into the head highish range on Wed. before fading through the day on Thurs.

Official Coldwater Classic Forecast

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Specialty Event will bring 16 unsponsored surfers together for the chance of a lifetime opportunity at a winner-take-all grand prize yearlong sponsorship from O’Neill Wetsuits. The sponsorship includes travel incentives and contest fees (valued at $50,000) to give the winner the opportunity to chase their World Championship Tour (WCT) dreams.

Watch the live broadcast and follow all of the action at www.oneill.com/cwc/ #oneillcwc

Special thanks to sponsors and event partners Nexen Tire, Futures Fins, Watermans Sunscreen, Flips Audio, Banzai Bowls, On a Mission, Hotel Paradox, Cruzio Internet, East Side Eatery, Mulcoy Travel, Bonny Doon Vineyard, SURFER Magazine and Surfline for supporting the 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational.

POSTED BY jazzy ON October 24, 2014   |   Comment