Tuesday: Taj tames Santa Cruz
O'Neill Coldwater Classic
Taj Burrow tames Santa Cruz on Election Day
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 November, 2012 : - - Taj Burrow won the O'Neill Coldwater Classic over Matt Wilkinson at Steamer Lane on Tuesday. Burrow quietly advanced through the opening rounds, building momentum throughout punctuating his efforts on the final day with an amazing variety of forehand maneuvers. Burrow’s win marks his second of the season after snatching the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.
Wilkinson was lethal on his backhand attaining his first ASP WCT Final appearance. Wilko was in need of a result entering the event in order to secure his place on the WCT. Michel Bourez marched to his best result of the year besting Jeremy Flores with a powerful carving turns while advancing to the Semifinals. He was unable to stop Wilkinson’s progressive backhand approach and finished equal 3rd overall.
Travis Logie was deadly on his backhand besting Joel Parkinson in the Quarterfinals while securing his best result of 2012, an equal 3rd. Logie’s tear continued in the Semifinals but he was unable to find a backup score against Burrow, finishing just shy of the Final. Logie vaulted up the rankings compliments of his 3rd place finish, revitalizing his re-qualifying campaign.
Kelly Slater struggled to find a rhythm in Round 4 against Adriano de Souza, finishing equal 9th overall. Despite his early exit, a 9th place finish replaces his last-place injury points from Brazil, exponentially narrowing the ratings’ gap with current frontrunner, Parkinson.
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# 3 : Forecast for O’Neill Coldwater Classic
# 4 : Nat Young & Jason Collins into O’Neill CWC
# 5 : Round one done at O'Neill Cold Water Classic
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O’Neill, the original California surf, snow and lifestyle brand, was founded in 1952 when a young man named Jack O’Neill took his unstoppable passion for surfing and used it to battle Mother Nature. Jack’s initial vision of producing functional and innovative board riding products continues to lie at the core of everything the company does. From the first neoprene surf wetsuit and board leash to the world’s first stitchless board shorts. O’Neill will always be committed to growing its reputation as one of the world’s leading youth lifestyle brands based on being the First Name in the Water
Author: Dawn Hamilton/Bobby Shadley
Tags: ASP, O'Neill Coldwater Classic, Santa Cruz
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