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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

Out Front

All in a days work for Ian Crane and Colt Ward during the recent Hurricane Simon swell.  Ian & Colt were mad men during one session out front in San Clemente. They were surfing three times a day and absolute machines in the water, catching any wave that came their way.

POSTED BY jazzy ON October 15, 2014   |   Comment

16-Man Field Confirmed for 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational

O’Neill is pleased to announce the confirmed field of competition for the 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Specialty Event will take place at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1.

The 16 unsponsored surfers will vie for a “winner take all” grand prize yearlong sponsorship from O’Neill Wetsuits which will include travel incentives and contest fees valued at $50,000. All of the invited surfers have one thing in common, none has a major sponsor and the grand prize could change their life by giving them the rare opportunity to spend a full year chasing their dreams by competing on the World Qualifying Series (WQS) circuit to attempt to qualify for the World Championship Tour (WCT).

16 Man Field Confirmed for 2014 ONeill Coldwater Classic Invitational

The complete 16-man roster includes:

  1. Jeison Torres Abarca (Jaco, PU, CRI) – wildcard winner
  2. Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA)
  3. Jack Boyes (Huntington Beach, CA)
  4. Shaun Burns (Santa Cruz, CA)
  5. Wade Carmichael (Gosford, NSW, AUS)
  6. Nathanial Curren (Oxnard, CA)
  7. Tanner Hendrickson (Paia, Maui, HI)
  8. Stu Kennedy (Lennox Head, NSW, AUS)
  9. Clay Marzo (Lahaina, Maui, HI)
  10. Quinn McCrystal (Huntington Beach, CA)
  11. Johnny Noris (La Jolla, CA)
  12. Garrett Parkes (Byron Bay, NSW, AUS)
  13. Lincoln Taylor (North Stradbroke Island, QLD, AUS)
  14. Austin Ware (Solana Beach, CA)
  15. Chris Waring (Seal Beach, CA)
  16. Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA)

 

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

POSTED BY jazzy ON October 14, 2014   |   Comment

Jeison Torres Abarca Wins 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational Wildcard

O’Neill is pleased to present the exclusive wildcard into the 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational to Costa Rica’s Jeison Torres Abarca.  Abarca earned his spot into the acclaimed event by winning an online voting contest against three other surfers.  The event will take place at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 and will award one lucky winner a life-changing yearlong O’Neill Wetsuits contract worth $50,000 in travel incentives and contest fees.

Thousands of votes were cast in the public online poll in which 26-year-old Abarca earned a solid 44% of the vote based on his winning video submission. The other three contenders included Leif Engstrom (31%), Kadin Panesi (15%) and Austin Smith-Ford (10%).

Jeison Torres Abarca Wins 2014 ONeill Coldwater Classic Invitational Wildcard

Abarca will join the field of 15 other unsponsored surfers invited to compete in the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Specialty Event. All 16 of the surfers have one thing in common, none has a major sponsor and the $50,000 grand prize could change their life by giving them the rare opportunity to spend a full year competing on the World Qualifying Series (WQS) circuit to chase their World Championship Tour (WCT) dreams.

Watch the live broadcast, learn more 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, SURFER Magazine and Surfline for supporting the 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational.

POSTED BY jazzy ON October 8, 2014   |   Comment

Jordy Smith | Welcome to California

Jordy Smith | Welcome to California

Jordy recently relocated from South Africa to California. And, what better way to welcome Jordy Smith to California then with a win at the Hurley Pro at Lowers and releasing this edit of him surfing in Southern California. We have to say, Jordy looks right at home! Jordy looks to continue his momentum into Portugal after laying the tracks at Lowers and placing a Semifinal finish at the Quik Pro France.  You’re definitely going to want to watch this clip all the way through and more than once.

Jordy Smith | Welcome to California

Jordy Smith | Welcome to California

Jordy Smith | Welcome to California

Jordy Smith | Welcome to California

POSTED BY jazzy ON October 7, 2014   |   Comment

Your Backstage Access to Jordy Smith at the Quik Pro France

Your Backstage Access to Jordy Smith at the Quik Pro France. Jordy Smith is back to his winning form after laying the tracks at the Hurley Pro at Lowers and placing a Semifinal finish at the Quik Pro France.  Jordy looks to carry the momentum into Portugal.

It’s not all champagne showers for Jordy – “I’m gonna charter my own f***ing private jet!” Jordy Smith gets shafted trying to check in at the airport.

Jordy Smith and a spicy French combo.

Jordy Smith is into the Quarters at the Quik Pro France.

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POSTED BY jazzy ON October 2, 2014   |   Comment

CWC Video Voting

O’Neill invites you to help determine the wildcard for the 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational at Steamer Lane, Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. Four finalists have been chosen and now the public can help determine one lucky surfer’s fate by voting at www.oneill.com/cwc before the polls close on Oct. 6th.

The four finalists are: Austin Smith-Ford, 26 (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Jeison Torres Abarca, 26 (Jaco, Costa Rica), Leif Engstrom, 26 (Montauk, NY), and Kadin Panesi, 19 (Pacifica, Calif.)

CWC Video Voting

The exclusive wildcard winner will round out a 16-man field of unsponsored professional surfers invited to compete in the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Specialty Event, which will take place on two days of optimal conditions during the holding period of Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. One winner will take all, an O’Neill Wetsuits contract worth $50,000 in travel incentives and contest fees to chase his World Championship Tour (WCT) dreams.

Watch the live broadcast, learn more 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, SURFER Magazine and Surfline for supporting the 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational.

POSTED BY jazzy ON September 30, 2014   |   Comment

WILDCARD VIDEO FINALIST DECIDED

Over the past several weeks, videos have poured in from surfers touting their surfing capabilities in the hopes of attaining an exclusive wildcard into the 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic. Four finalists have been selected from the hundreds submitted, to go on to the online public voting phase, Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, to determine who will earn the coveted ticket into the main event.

The four finalists are:

Austin Smith Ford
Age: 26
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Jeison Torres Abarca
Age: 26
Hometown: Jaco, Costa Rica
Leif Engstrom
Age: 26
Hometown: Montauk, NY
Kadin Panesi
Age: 19
Hometown: Pacifica, CA

WILDCARD VIDEO FINALIST DECIDED

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Specialty Event, which will take place on two days of optimal conditions during the holding period of Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, will give 16 unsponsored professional surfers the chance of a lifetime, an O’Neill Wetsuits contract worth $50,000 in travel incentives and contest fees to chase their World Championship Tour (WCT) dreams.

Watch the live broadcast, learn more and follow all of the action at right here and tag #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, SURFER Magazine and Surfline for supporting the 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational.

POSTED BY jazzy ON September 29, 2014   |   Comment

CWC | Teaser

For decades now, one staple of late fall in Santa Cruz is the Coldwater Classic at Steamer Lane.  Last year ushered in a new format unlike the various incarnations the event has seen previously. That same format returns in 2014 with the second annual O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational.

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Specialty Event, which will take place on two days of optimal conditions during a window of Oct. 28th to Nov. 1st, will give 16 unsponsored professional surfers the chance of a lifetime, an O’Neill Wetsuits contract worth $50,000 in travel incentives and contest fees to chase their World Championship Tour (WCT) dreams.

 

POSTED BY jazzy ON September 26, 2014   |   Comment

Jordy Smith Wins the Hurley Pro at Trestles

 

Jordy Smith Wins the Hurley Pro at Trestles

Photo: ASP/ Kirstin

O’Neill Team rider Jordy Smith has won stop number eight of the Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour. Smith (ZAF) defeated John John Florence (HAW) in the final by a score of 16.50 to 15.87 in overhead surf at Lower Trestles.

Jordy Smith Wins the Hurley Pro at Trestles

Photo: ASP/ Kirstin

The Hurley Pro victory marks the fourth career ASP WCT event win for Smith. “I am overwhelmed,” Smith said. “I just moved to town, I can’t believe it.”  Recently relocated to San Clemente, just up the road from Trestles, Smith was still feeling the support from South Africa, “I want to thank my boys from home, they have been giving me every bit of support all week.”

Jordy Smith Wins the Hurley Pro at Trestles

Photo: ASP/ Kirstin

Previous to the win today, high expectations for Smith’s 2014 season had not developed in to results.  Smith’s win moves him from 14th to 11th on the ASP ratings, but more importantly gets him back to a mindset we are accustomed to seeing from one of the world’s best surfers.  “This year hasn’t gone as planned.   Winning another CT event gives me the confidence once again that I have what it takes to content for the world title.”

Watch the final here.

POSTED BY jazzy ON September 18, 2014   |   Comment