The O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Tofino, Canada

Timmy Reyes : photo ASP/Shadley

A massive incoming tide has shortened the surfing day at Tofino, for this 4th out of 5 O’Neill Cold Water Classic.

The event has attracted several of the globe’s finest surfing talent in search of the valuable ratings points on offer towards their ASP World Ranking to help their cause towards qualification for the ASP World Tour.

33 year-old Jarred Howse from Australia is leading the pack at the moment. “It was tricky because when I watched it this morning there were lots of waves on the right and it changed,” Howse said. “I had to change my game plan and start getting those lefts, which suit me, I’d rather go on my backhand.” Howse, who is a former ASP Dream Tour surfer and veteran campaigner of the ASP Star Series, now focuses his career competing in unique cold water locations such as Canada.

Timmy Reyes (Huntington Beach, CA), 28, pictured above, was another Round 1 standout, clinching his heat win over an international field including defending event champion and local favourite Peter Devries (Tofino, CAN), 27. Reyes, who is a former ASP World Tour standout, had taken a sabbatical from full-time ASP competition over the past year, but is out to capitalize on the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada to launch his campaign towards a spot amongst the elite in the near future.

The O’Neill Cold Water Classic holds a waiting period from 9th October through to the 15th, 2010.

The last and final event for the year is next weekend in Santa Cruz, California. The dates are 19th – 24th October.The CWC  has been Northern California’s premiere professional surfing event since it’s inception in 1987.

Australia’s Blake Thornton won the O’Neill Cold Water Classic world series last year and enthusiatically returned to it for this year’s event “These events were absolutely special last year – all the venues are wild and spectacular and the surf is generally big and sometimes perfect…”

The O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series has more than succeeded in its ambition to seek out new waves in hidden corners of the world on which to stage one of the most groundbreaking contest series in the world of professional surfing; places like The Bluff in Tasmania, the perfection of Thurso East in the North of Scotland, the incredible Kalk Bay in Cape Town (2009), South Africa, the cold but huge surf in Tofino Canada and finally the epic conditions of Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz – the home of O’Neill.

“It’s a great concept,” said Blake Thornton, “I think it’s unreal.”


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