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Emslie wins O'Neill Cold Water Classic South Africa
Greg Emslie : photo ASP/O'Neill

O'Neill Cold Water Classic South Africa 

ASP 4 Star Men's event
Kommetjie, Cape Peninsula South Africa
26 - 30 July 2010 

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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 July, 2010 : - - Cape Town, South Africa – Greg Emslie has won the O’Neill Cold Water Classic South Africa ahead of Australian, Dion Atkinson, continuing the sporting success of a nation well into 2010.

 “Jordy (Smith) won the other two local events and now I’ve won the third,” said Greg, hailing from East London, South Africa. “I was thinking to myself I beat Jordy in this event, now I can’t let the guy down and lose the final. We’ve got to keep all the trophies at home, so I’m stoked I managed to do that.”

The crowds flocked to Long Beach on the Cape Peninsula to witness a South African win on home soil for the first time as part of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic South Africa, cheering Greg’s every wave from the shore. “The crowd all want you to win so if you lose you feel like you’ve let them down,” said Greg who also knocked out the in-form surfer of this event, Australian Shaun Cansdell, in the quarter finals earlier in the day.

The local crowd might even have been hoping for an all-South African final, but it was Australian Dion Atkinson who mixed things up and gave everyone on the beach a scare as it came down to a final wave in the dying minutes for Greg Emslie to take and secure the win.


Greg Emslie : photo Lee Slabber


“I felt the best I’ve felt all contest when I took that last wave,” said Greg. “I knew I just had to go for it and I did.”  For Dion it was a different story: “I didn’t even see that last wave,” he said. “Next thing I knew I turned to the beach and saw him on it and thought… oh no, what just happened.“

However it’s not all bad news for Dion as he moves up to fourth position in the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series ratings in the chase for the $50,000 behind Shaun Cansdell, Stuart Kennedy and in first, Royden Bryson.

The final day of this year’s O’Neill Cold Water Classic South Africa was played out in relatively mild conditions compared to what the Cape Peninsula has produced this past week. The winds had eased, the swell had dropped and the sun was still shining… but the water temperature offered a bit of a surprise element for all the guys jumping in for their heat.

“It definitely hits you when you first get in it,” said Dion. “My hands and feet were feeling it, and I was trying to avoid duck diving as much as I could. It feels as cold as it is when we surf Canada for the Series. But it was really fun conditions today.”

The O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada is next, starting on October 9th in Tofino


Final day action : photo O'Neill


Greg Emslie         1
Dion Atkinson       2

SEMI 1            
Atkinson,Dion AUS 1    
Oberholzer,Frankie  2    

Emslie,Greg ZAF 1
Bortoletto,Antonio  2

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1 Smith,Jordy ZAF
2 Burrow,Taj AUS
3 De Souza,Adriano BRA
4 Slater,Kelly USA
5 Durbidge,Bede AUS
6 Andre,Jadson BRA
7 Fanning,Mick AUS
8 Reynolds,Dane USA
9 Hobgood,C.J. USA
10 Buchan,Adrian AUS
11 Davidson,Chris AUS
12 Wright,Owen AUS
13 Martinez,Bobby USA
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15 Parkinson,Joel AUS
16 Irons,Andy HAW
17 Pires,Tiago PRT
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19 Simpson,Brett USA
20 Bourez,Michel PYF
21 Alves,Heitor BRA
22 Knox,Taylor USA
23 Monteiro,Raoni BRA
24 Ross,Daniel AUS
25 Payne,Dusty HAW
26 Wilkinson,Matt AUS
27 Logie,Travis ZAF
28 Melling,Adam AUS
29 Dantas,Wiggolly BRA
30 Powers,Roy HAW
31 Padaratz,Neco BRA
32 Muniz,Alejo BRA
33 Kling,Gabe USA
34 Cardoso,Willian BRA
35 Flores,Jeremy FRA
36 Kerr,Josh AUS
37 Otton,Kai AUS
38 Duru,Joan FRA
39 Bryson,Royden ZAF
40 Aranburu,Aritz EUK
41 Courtney,Drew AUS
42 Bacalso,Kekoa HAW
43 Munro,Luke AUS
44 Stedman,Luke AUS
45 Whitaker,Tom AUS
46 Dunn,Ben AUS
47 Zietz,Sebastien HAW
48 Atkinson,Dion AUS
49 Gudauskas,Patrick USA
50 Gudauskas,Tanner USA

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