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Lord Brent Dorrington wins O'Neill CWC Scotland

 Brent Dorrington ©  |  Slideshow


O'Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland

ASP 6-Star Men's event
Thurso, United Kingdom
13 - 19 April 2011

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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 April, 2011 : - - Thurso East -- Brent Dorrington (Gold Coast AUS) 24, won the O'Neill Coldwater Classic Scotland, his maiden Asp Star Tour victory, defeating Jay Quinn (NZL) 27, in a low scoring final in inconsistent 2-3ft (1m) waves at Thurso East reef. Competition was placed on hold during the low tide mark and resumed late in the afternoon where a dominating Dorrington claimed his title as Lord of Scotland, the lead in the O'Neill Coldwater Classic Series overall rankings and raised the most sort after trophy on the Asp Men’s Star Tour, the O'Neill Coldwater Classic Scotland Sword.
Dorrington surfed brilliantly on the final day of competition with a stunning semi-final performance defeating equal third placed Richard Christie (NZL) with a combined two-wave total of 18.50 out of 20, the highest of the entire event. Dorrington then went on to control the tactical final heat in the remaining pulses of an epic swell that has been hitting Thurso East for the past 3 days.
“I have never won a comp in my life so to be in a final and win it is truly amazing. I’m on top on the O'Neill Coldwater Classic Series now,” said an elated Dorrington. “l am looking for the bonus at the end of the series and the points from this contest are really important to me. It has just pumped here this week and it has been the best waves I’ve had in a comp.”
“The semi-final was unreal,” continued Dorrington on his massive heat total that included a near perfect 9.50 out of 10. “I just snagged two waves in the first 10 minutes with a first turn and then a barrel on both of them. There hadn’t been any barrels before that or after so they were the only two out there and I got them both, lucky me. (laughs)”


Brent Dorrington © Aquashot/   |  Slideshow 

Final Day Highlights

Dorrington, who had never before experienced the freezing waters of Thurso, decided to compete this year thanks to encouragement from good friend and fellow competitor Romain Cloitre (FRA) and made it to the top of the podium at the O'Neill Coldwater Classic Scotland.
“I wasn’t going to come over here but my mate Romain (Cloitre) talked me into coming over and getting on the wetties and I owe him a beer for sure. The sword I am going to hang it up in my pool room. It will look good for sure on the wall. Adam Melling and Royden (Bryson) are good friends of mine and they have one so I am stoked to join the club.”
Jay Quinn (NZL) was unable to get into the race during the 35-minute final which held a restart due to lack of waves in the first 10 minutes. With no real scores on the board the final came down to the final minutes where Quinn was unable to find a decent scoring ride.
“Things just didn’t go to plan and there were a lack of waves in the final so basically nothing went right for me. I was looking for anything and nothing really eventuated. I had a good heat in the quarters and a bit of a slow semi but in the final I wanted to get some waves under my belt but it didn’t pan out like that.”


Jay Quinn © Aquashot/   |  Slideshow

Final Day Highlights

Quinn held onto his priority wisely throughout the final stages and was unlucky not to catch a scoring ride on the last set of the day and had to be content with the  runner-up placing, his second following his narrow defeat in Newquay last season.
“That one set that came through in the end and the wave broke on top of me as I was taking off was a good wave and could have made the difference.”
“Two finals and two seconds is a bit heart wrenching,” continued Quinn. “I have a Prime event next week in California so if I could win that one it would be better then both of them put together for sure.”
Alain Riou (Tahiti, PYF) 27, finished in equal third in a slow tactical heat against Quinn after the midday hold off. Behind the eight ball after the opening exchange where Quinn secured a solid ride, Riou played catch-up surfing, failing to over haul the leader in a one-sided affair.
“Can’t be mad with a semi,” stated Riou. “It has been my best result for the last year. Disappointed that I didn’t get to the final but there weren’t that many waves and I made a mistake in the first place with him getting the first wave. That set the rhythm for him and then he got another wave. It was a slow heat and it could have gone either way but he got the good waves.”


Winner Lord Brent Dorrington getting knighted ©  |  Slideshow

Final Day Highlights

Riou, who at one stage held the lead by the smallest of margins after adding a 3.00 ride to his two-wave total, attempted to place pressure on his opponent by taking away his leadership. Quinn did not fall into the trap and waited for his back-up score and a comfortable win.
“It is always a better position to be in first place. You are a bit more comfortable. He had priority and I was either going to sit with him or try and get the lead,  explained Riou. “I got the lead but I knew there was going to be another set and we would both have to get to work on that and unfortunately he got the set. Jay has been surfing well all event so good on him.” 
Richard Christie (NZL) 22, who was chasing down his opponents massive 18.50 two-wave total, could do little to peg back a rampaging Dorrington in semi-final nº2 and had to be content with an equal third placing and 2080 World Ranking points.
“It just didn’t go my way that heat at all. Brent got screamers and he is an amazing surfer so of course he is going to get those scores so good on him” Christie’s fight for the first wave of the heat back fired on the young Kiwi when the following set waves offered far higher scoring potential which Dorrington latched took 100% advantage of.


Joan Duru © Aquashot/  |  Slideshow

Final Day Highlights

"I saw Jay (Quinn) get the first wave in the last heat and it was so slow so I went off that heat. However as soon as I caught that wave two screamers came through before I even had time to get out the back. To get those scores you need good waves and after that I don’t think any more came through.”
The O'Neill Coldwater Classic Scotland is stop nº 2 of 4 of the O'Neill Coldwater Classic Series which now moves on to Tofino, Canada, October 15-21, 2011.




Brent Dorrington (AUS) 9.00 Def Jay Quinn (NZL) 7.66
Heat 1: Jay Quinn (NZL) 11.17 Def. Alain Riou (PYF) 7.17
Heat 2: Brent Dorrington (AUS) 18.50 Def. Richard Christie (NZL) 12.50
Heat 1: Jay Quinn (NZL) 12.70 Def. Joan Duru (FRA) 12.67
Heat 2: Alain Riou (PYF) 14.67 Def. Hodei Collazo (EUK) 10.60
Heat 3: Richard Christie (NZL) 16.96 Def. Leonardo Neves (BRA) 14.33
Heat 4: Brent Dorrington (AUS) 13.40 Def. Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 10.93

World Rankings after O'Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland

1 Slater,Kelly  USA 69000
2 Smith,Jordy ZAF 50750
3 Fanning,Mick  AUS 39398
4 Reynolds,Dane  USA 37557
5 Wright,Owen  AUS 37250
6 Burrow,Taj  AUS 36927
7 Buchan,Adrian  AUS 36492
8 Flores,Jeremy  FRA 34769
9 Bourez,Michel PYF 32650
10 Hobgood,Damien  USA 32057
11 Durbidge,Bede  AUS 31183
12 De Souza,Adriano BRA 29463
13 Simpson,Brett  USA 29000
14 Andre,Jadson BRA 28919
15 Davidson,Chris  AUS 27875
16 Hobgood,C.J. USA 26792
17 Wilkinson,Matt  AUS 26200
18 Perrow,Kieren  AUS 25995
19 Knox,Taylor  USA 24842
20 Muniz,Alejo  BRA 24148
21 Melling,Adam  AUS 24099
22 Alves,Heitor  BRA 24025
23 Pires,Tiago  PRT 23558
24 Payne,Dusty  HAW 21500
25 Gudauskas,Patrick  USA 21460
26 Wilson,Julian  AUS 21399
27 Parkinson,Joel  AUS 20507
28 Logie,Travis ZAF 19299
29 Larsen,Granger  HAW 18038
30 Ross,Daniel  AUS 17655
31 Kling,Gabe  USA 17007
32 Patacchia,Fredrick HAW 17003
33 Cardoso,Willian  BRA 16636
34 Whitaker,Tom AUS 15350
35 Lopez,Cory  USA 15087
36 Monteiro,Raoni  BRA 14869
37 Nicol,Yadin AUS 14605
38 Aranburu,Aritz  EUK 14322
39 Atkinson,Dion  AUS 14135
40 Kerr,Josh  AUS 14078
41 Pupo,Miguel  BRA 13329
42 Gudauskas,Tanner USA 12925
43 Medina,Gabriel  BRA 12849
44 Dunn,Ben  AUS 12776
45 Curran,Nathaniel  USA 12698
46 Young,Nat  USA 12566
47 Lacomare,Marc FRA 12475
48 Stairmand,Billy  NZL 12461
49 Muscroft,Nic  AUS 12173
50 Boal,Tim FRA 12032
51 Hall,Glenn  IRL 11929
52 Christie,Richard  NZL 11663
53 Dantas,Wiggolly  BRA 11533
54 Munro,Luke  AUS 11201
55 Florence,John John HAW 11083
56 Powers,Roy  HAW 11040
57 Duru,Joan FRA 10898
58 Yeomans,Nathan USA 10654

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