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Peter Devries wins O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada
Peter DeVries : photo Jeremy Koreski

O'Neill Cold Water Classic

ASP 6 Star WQS Mens event
Cox Bay Tofino, Vancouver Island
25 - 31 October 2009 

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Local surfer Peter Devries wins Cold Water Classic in Tofino, B.C.

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 October, 2009 : - - Tofino, Vancouver Island, B.C. — The inaugural Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada saw a fairytale ending today when local standout Peter Devries (Tofino, BC), 26, went on an absolute rampage to claim the event over Jay Thompson (Burleigh Heads, AUS), 27, in front of his home crowd in Tofino on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Devries stormed through an unbelievable list of some of the world’s finest surfing talent to take out the win today, besting former ASP World Tour Standout Cory Lopez (Dana Point, CA), 32, and current ASP WQS No. 12 Glen Hall (IRE), 27, before topping Thompson at his local break of North Chesterman’s beach. The O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada was the first time an ASP event had touched Canadian soil and Devries made history as the first Canadian to claim an ASP WQS win.

“I can’t believe it,” Devries said. “This contest was just such a great opportunity for me and thanks so much to everyone, my friends, family, sponsors and everyone in town for all of the support and helping me get to where I am. I’m just so stoked to have all of these guys competing here and I can’t believe I came out on top with all of these incredible guys surfing here.”



Peter DeVries : photo Jeremy Koreski 

The Canadian regular-footer wasted no time getting to work in his match against Thompson and had the current ASP World No. 32 in a combination situation within the first 10 minutes of their heat with devastating forehand maneuvers on the wedgy Tofino peaks.

“I was really stoked with those couple of little rights that I had,” Devries said. “They were nice and clean and had a clean open face. I surfed semi-conservatively to start. Then I was looking for an air section or something a little bigger and then I got that one that went all the way to the beach. “

Thompson proved why he stands tall amongst the world’s finest surfers, and surfed powerfully throughout the entire event before being stopped short of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada title by Devires, but was happy to have his heat against the local standout.

“Pete’s a champion and it was great to surf against him in the Final,” Thompson said. “I was pretty much toast, I didn’t even get a shot at it. I just couldn’t find a wave and that’s the way the cookie crumbles. I’m so stoked for him, it couldn’t have worked out better for him and the hometown. He grew up on this beach and it’s just awesome. Everyone loves to see the fairytale finish for the local legend. Thanks to the town of Tofino, they’ve been great.”



Peter DeVries : photo Jeremy Koreski


Thompson, who is the first alternate on the ASP World Tour, is looking to find a permanent spot on next year’s ASP World Tour and the runner-up finish launches him to No. 19 on The Grind.

“It’s a good confidence boost,” Thompson said. “I’ve had a few rocky results on the World Tour. I’m just excited for the next few events and hopefully I can finish the year off with a bang and sneak through the backdoor and requalify for the World Tour.”

Lopez advanced though to the Semifinals by punting massive airs and slashing powerful gouges to advance past Hawaiian prodigy Dusty Payne (Lahaina, HI), 20, but was unable to find a rhythm in his heat against eventual event winner, Devries.

“I’m stoked to have made the Semifinals, and to have had the chance to make the Final,” Lopez said. “The swell has changed a lot since the morning, there are a lot more waves and now there are too many waves. It’s just crazy out there. I made some mistakes and didn’t sit far enough out and took a couple of good ones on the head.”



Peter DeVries : photo Jeremy Koreski


Brandon Jackson (Durban, ZAF), 22, surfed superbly throughout the ASP 6-Star event and earned a crucial third place finish which moves the young South African from 20th to 15th on the ASP WQS, significantly helping his cause towards qualification for the 2010 ASP World Tour. The young regular-footer put on a valiant effort in attempt to find his place in the Final, but fell short to eventual runner-up, Thompson.

“I’m really stoked on the aspect that I got 1800 points out of this result,” Jackson said. “I was hoping to get 1600, it’s a super bonus. It’s really frustrating to get this close and not win. To surf all week and not get the win is tough, but I’m really stoked on the outcome.”

For all of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada highlights log on to www.oneill.com/cwc/canada

The O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series will continue from November 2 through 8, 2009 at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California with the ASP WQS 6-Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic California and will be webcast LIVE via www.oneill.com/cwc/california




For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com or www.aspnorthamerica.org

O’Neill Cold Water Classic Final Results:
Peter Devries (CAN) 16.43
2- Jay Thompson (AUS) 9.47

O’Neill Cold Water Classic Semifinals Results:
Heat 1:
Peter Devries (CAN) 10.23 def. Cory Lopez (USA) 6.50
Heat 2: Jay Thompson (AUS) 15.17 def. Brandon Jackson (ZAF) 11.20

O’Neill Cold Water Classic Quarterfinals Results:
Heat 1:
Cory Lopez (USA) 15.93 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.23
Heat 2: Peter Devries (CAN) def. Glen Hall (IRE) 10.70
Heat 3: Brandon Jackson (ZAF) 14.84 def. Mark Mathews (AUS) 11.16
Heat 4: Jay Thompson (AUS) 13.50 def. Nathan Hedge (AUS) 11.00

Complete results here




Ratings after event 36 O'Neill Cold Water Classic, Tofino-Canada

Ross,Daniel 1 14975
Andre,Jadson 2 14813
Wright,Owen 3 14338
Gudauskas,Patrick 4 13876
Melling,Adam 5 13026
Simpson,Brett 6 12600
Thornton,Blake 7 12325
Wilkinson,Matt 8 12150
Duru,Joan 9 12125
Payne,Dusty 10 11925
Logie,Travis 11 11851
Ware,Austin 12 11725
Hall,Glenn 13 11600
Munro,Luke 14 11451
Jackson,Brandon 15 11431
Dornelles,Rodrigo 16 11350
Cardoso,Willian 17 11151
Gudauskas,Tanner 18 11125
Thompson,Jay 19 11001
Zubizarreta,Gony 20 10588
Atkinson,Dion 21 10563
Yeomans,Nathan 22 10550
Sedley,Leigh 23 10350
Polo,Marco 24 10256
Cloitre,Romain 25 10000
Howse,Jarrad 26 9875
Dantas,Wiggolly 27 9650
Neves,Leonardo 28 9613
Courtney,Drew 29 9575
Paulino,Pablo 30 9550
Bryson,Royden 31 9538
Nicol,Yadin 32 9488
Gossmann,Shaun 33 9213
Pupo,Miguel 34 9175
Toth,Brian 35 9007
Miranda,Bernardo 36 9001
Padaratz,Neco 37 8976
Gonzalez,Jonathan 38 8975
Hedge,Nathan 39 8863
Dorrington,Brent 40 8752
Aranburu,Aritz 41 8600
Galvao,Renato 42 8488
Ohno,Masatoshi 43 8452
Riou,Alain 44 8413
Da Silva,Jean 45 8400
Giorgi,Marco 46 8288
Sodre,Yuri 47 8275
Bettero,Hizunome 48 8257
Lopez,Cory 49 8245
Collazo,Hodei 50 8113
Check the Complete ratings (xls)

 The O'Neill Cold Water Classic is the first-ever Canadian contest endorsed by the Association of Surfing Professionals, and is part of the ASP's World Qualifying Series bringing more than 120 of the world's best up-and-coming surfers to Tofino. 

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Previous reports:
# 1 : Inaugural O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada hits Tofino

# 2 : Tofino's Peter Devries stand out at O'Neill CWC Canada

# 3 : O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada completes Round 1

# 4 : Top seeds strong at O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada
# 5 : Increasing swell, big scores for the O'Neill CWC Canada 
# 6 : Hall and Lopez fire at O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada 


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