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Results for the final O’Neill Cold Water Classic of the Year…

It was cold, that’s for sure, but the waves declined to deliver…

All those classic world class surfers, and then along came a pup! Congratulations to 19-year Brazilian old Miguel Pupo.

Miguel defeated Tiago Pires, (PRT), 31, to win the ASP PRIME O’Neill Cold Water Classic California in peaky one-to-three foot (0.5 metre) waves at the backup location of Waddell Creek. He also clinched the additional US$50,000 prize purse as the top finisher on the O’Neill CWC Series. What a great competition for the youngster to win.

“I feel unbelievable right now,” Pupo said. “I was feeling comfortable out there and I was just trying to surf my best and I won. I’ve been surfing a beachbreak my whole life and I’m used to these waves. I was really lucky that we moved to here (Waddell Creek). It could have been a different story if we ran at The Lane.”

At least the limited swell and unfavorable tides suited somebody!

Pires relied on impeccable wave selection as well as classic rail-to-rail power-surfing en route to his equal 3rd place finish and was magnanimous in defeat. “I’m stoked, with these kinds of conditions I didn’t see myself in the final today and I was just really happy to be out there,” Pires said. “Miguel  put on a show and I have to take my hat off to him. He’s one of the best surfers in the world in these conditions and he deserves it.”

feature photo courtesy of jackenglish.com

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