$50,000 Sponsorship Up for Grabs

By on October 28, 2014

(PRESS RELEASE)
16 UNSPONSORED SURFERS TO VIE FOR LIFE-CHANGING $50,000 SPONSORSHIP AT 2014 O’NEILL COLDWATER CLASSIC INVITATIONAL THIS WED (10/29) AND THUR (10/30)

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Oct. 28, 2014
– The O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational returns to Steamer Lane this Wednesday (10/29) and Thursday (10/30) with the second annual event for unsponsored surfers. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Specialty Event gives 16 unsponsored professional surfers the chance of a lifetime, an O’Neill Wetsuits contract worth $50,000 in travel incentives and contest fees to chase their World Championship (WCT) dreams.

Last year, Torrey Meister’s life changed dramatically after winning the inaugural event. “I’ve seen my dreams come to life since winning,” said Meister who is currently sitting 37th on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) rankings. “I’ve gotten to pay off debt from last year and focus on surfing and making heats. I don’t know what I’d be doing this year if it weren’t for winning the event.”

This year’s finalized field of competitors:

1. Austin Ware (Solana Beach, CA)
2. Chris Waring (Seal Beach, CA)
3. Clay Marzo (Lahaina, Maui, HI)
4. Derek Peters (Huntington Beach, CA)
5. Garrett Parkes (Byron Bay, NSW, AUS)
6. Jack Boyes (Huntington Beach, CA)
7. Jeison Torres Abarca (Jaco, PU, CRI) – wildcard winner
8. Johnny Noris (La Jolla, CA)
9. Leif Engstrom (Montauk, NY)
10. Lincoln Taylor (North Stradbroke Island, QLD, AUS)
11. Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA)
12. Nathanial Curran (Oxnard, CA)
13. Quinn McCrystal (Huntington Beach, CA)
14. Shaun Burns (Santa Cruz, CA)
15. Tanner Hendrickson (Paia, Maui, HI)
16. Wade Carmichael (Gosford, NSW, AUS)

The forecast for this year’s event looks promising with Surfline, the Official Forecaster, predicting a fun WNW swell strongest on Wed. (3-4 foot + with occasional 5 foot faces) before fading on Thurs. (2-4 foot, decreasing through the day).

Daily Schedule (subject to change based on conditions):

WED, Oct 29
**8:00am – 12:00pm Round 1 Heats 1-8 30 MIN
12:00pm – 2:00pm Round 2
2:00pm – 4:00pm Round 3
**NOTE: May start at 7:30am instead of 8am

THURS, Oct 30
**8:00am – 10:00am Quarterfinals Heats 1-4 30 MIN
10:00am – 11:00am Semi-Finals Heats 1-2 30/35 MIN
11:00am – 11:35am Finals Heats 1 35 MIN
**NOTE: Start time depends on forecast
Awards Presentation TBD

Watch the LIVE BROADCAST and follow all of the action at www.oneill.com/cwc/ #oneillcwc

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