The O'Neill Coldwater Classic got underway on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California. The surfers were greeted with waves in the three to four foot range. As such, just a handful of surf heats were completed before the contest went on hold. The contest's organizers are expected to reassess the swell conditions later this afternoon for a possible restart. With that said, here's a quick look at some of the early results:
Round 1 Results
Round 1 kicked off with a surf heat between Julian Wilson (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA) and Taylor Knox (USA). If you ask me, Taylor Knox came out swinging. He opened up the heat by posting a 6.67 point ride. The other surfers tried to answer back in kind but were largely unsuccessful. Alejo Muniz's best maneuvers resulted in a 6.53 point ride. Julian Wilson's finest efforts resulted in a 6 point ride. Taylor Knox eventually backed up his initial score by producing a 6.13 point ride. As such, he won the surf heat with 12.80 points.
Heat 2 proved to be an interesting matchup. It featured Adriano de Souza (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA) and Kai Otton (AUS). The heat started out slowly with each surfer posting low scores. Kai Otton took an early lead, which he managed to hold onto for the majority of the heat. His best maneuvers resulted in a 6.17 point ride and a 6.83 point ride. He won the surf heat with 13 points.
Heat 3 featured John John Florence (HAW), Heitor Alves (BRA) and Patrick Gudauskas (USA). Patrick Gudauskas started out strong by posting a 5.83 point ride. He backed it up later in the matchup with a 7.33 point ride and won the heat. Collectively, his rides featured big turns, a nice tail throw and a solid roundhouse cutback.
Although Patrick Gudauskas ultimately won the matchup, I thought that Heitor Alves managed to deliver the best performance. Towards the end of the surf heat, he produced a beautiful 8.33 point ride. It featured a nice carving turn and a huge backside reverse. I really enjoyed watching it. Unfortunately for Alves, he wasn't able to back it up with anything higher than a 4.63 point ride.
Mother Nature willing, the O'Neill Coldwater Classic is slated to continue on Friday, November 2, 2012. The contest's waiting period is set to end on Sunday, November 11, 2012. Surf fans will be able to watch all the upcoming heats on Red Bull TV and the event's website.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys watching water sports with her family. She also has a history of interviewing pro surfers.
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