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'NoGo' Scotia shelves plans for O'Neill Cold Water

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O’Neill cancels Cow Bay surfing competition in Nova Scotia

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 June, 2011 : - - O’Neill, a California manufacturer of surf-wear, has cancelled a planned surfing competition for Nova Scotia in September. The O’Neill Coldwater Classic Canada had been scheduled for Sept. 19-25 in Cow Bay. "Extensive consultation and discussion with key event stakeholders along with a short period to properly prepare for the event has led to this decision," the company said in a release.

"During preliminary planning it became clear a shorter than usual planning window jeopardized the success of a 2011 CWC in Nova Scotia." The series was established two years ago and initially held in Tofino, B.C. The company said the Cow Bay site is a "beautiful and unique" location that would "serve as an exciting new chapter" to the Coldwater Classic series, which was expected to draw 100 surfers.

It said the Nova Scotia site will be reviewed as a possible location in 2012. The announcement that the event was coming to Nova Scotia met with mixed reviews last month.

Halifax Regional council approved a $145,000 grant to O’Neill and the Canadian Surfing Association for the international competition, but the Surfing Association of Nova Scotia wanted councillors to hold off until the association could find out more about the competition, saying it had only found out about it a week earlier.

An unscientific poll on the website asked if there would be sufficient surf for the competition. As of Friday, only five of the 75 people who responded thought there would be while eight thought there was a good chance. Another 26 put the chances at 50-50 and 36 people said there was no chance.

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