There has been some great action at Santa Cruz over the last few days. Below is Nathaniel Curran (USA), 26, giving an impressive performance to take his Round of 96 O’Neill Cold Water Classic California heat victory on 21st october. The Classic officially ends on the 24th so it’ll be balls out for bagdhad for the surfers to strut their stuff in the remaining hours of the event gaining as many precious ASP points as possible.
“Everyone was playing cat and mouse out the back and trying to get in position and I had a bit of luck,” Curran said. “I caught that one wave and to get that off of the start was a buffer. I feel good with the cold water and booties, and I’ve been coming up to Santa Cruz for awhile, so I’m used to it.”
While there is still time to manoeuvre and it’s not sure yet who’s going to be the winner of this particular event, competitions continue around the world.
In Peru there are some magnificent waves for the Billabong ISA World Games presented by Amarok of Volkswagen. Less than half a mile down the beach at Pico Alto the waves were pushing 40 ft!
With powerful southwest swells the competition at Hermosa’s 2 breaks was fierce. Local standout, Javier Swayne, above, bottom turns on a set wave at Señoritas. The Peruvian charger surprisingly lost today on his main event heat. He will now face the repercharge rounds.
Meanwhile, the quest for ASP points continue and in Ribeira D’Ilhas, Portugal the Quiksilver Pro Portugal, an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) sanctioned Men’s Star Series 6 Star action event, saw Jeremy Flores (FRA) (below) and Josh Kerr (AUS) go tit-for-tat during an intense morning session of competition yesterday which saw the pair of top seeds share today’s honours.
“My board is going good at the moment. It’s the one I used in Peniche when it was about 6ft and powerful and I rode it now in 2ft, soft waves and it went ok. I got into a rhythm with some fun waves running along the reef which allowed me to get in a few turns,” the 22 year old said.
This is the third to last event on this years’ ASP European Star series. With the regional ratings race heating up dramatically this promises to be an exciting competition. You can watch it live at Quiksilver Pro Portugal LIVE.