O'Neill CWC: Day 2 action in images
O’Neill Coldwater Classic
VIDEO & SLIDESHOW: Day Two action in images
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 November, 2012 : - - Day Two of competition returned to Steamer Lane on Sunday and witnessed major shakeups in the 2012 ASP World Title race. Matt Wilkinson caused a significant upset eliminating John John Florence in Round 2, ending the young Hawaiian’s run for the 2012 ASP World Title. Wilkinson claimed one of the day’s highest scores. Jadson Andre issued the upset of the day, eliminating Mick Fanning in Round 2. Andre was in need of a 7-point ride in the dying moments of the heat and a combination of backhand blasts edged out Fanning. Andre was unable to surpass Taj Burrow in Round 3 however.
Raoni Monteiro eliminated Julian Wilson in Round 2 before taking down Jordy Smith Round 3. After suffering a career threatening knee injury in Massive Cloudbreak earlier this season, Monteiro has made a dramatic return to competition, besting Kelly Slater in Portugal before taking down both Wilson and Smith at the O’Neill Coldwater Classic.
Gabriel Medina relied on his aerial game while hunting the lefthanders to best veteran Taylor Knox in an intense Round 3 battle of power versus progression. Travis Logie was another goofy-footer to put on a backhand clinic at Steamer Lane, besting Adrian Buchan to advance to Round 4. Logie is in need of a solid result to remain among the ASP Top 34 for 2013. His advancement through to Round 4 marks his best performance of 2013.
While Fanning and Florence fell early, Joel Parkinson and Kelly Slater were victorious today, intensifying the race for the 2012 crown. Joel Parkinson looked at home among the righthanders of Steamer Lane and displayed his signature forehand approach to top dangerous local wildcard Nat Young. Kelly Slater kept his hopes of a 12th ASP World Title alive, narrowly escaping a slow Round 2 heat over wildcard Jason ‘Ratboy’ Collins, before eliminating Dusty Payne in Round 3.
Slater had admittedly struggled to find a rhythm in the challenging Steamer Lane lineup, but rebounded in his Round 3 bout against Payne, forcing an ASP World Title showdown at the Pipe Masters with his Round 4 berth eliminating the mathematical chance of the ASP World Title being decided at Steamer Lane and sending the race to the final event of the year in Hawaii.
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Author: Dawn Hamilton/Bobby Shadley
Tags: ASP, O'Neill Coldwater Classic, Santa Cruz
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