In addition to celebrating O’Neill’s 60th Anniversary, the O’Neill Coldwater Classic Santa Cruz is back for an exciting ASP World Tour event in Northern California with a waiting period from November 1st-11th , 2012. The top competitors will return to Santa Cruz’s iconic Steamer Lane to try and earn the points they need to become the 2012 World Champion. Currently, Joel Parkinson (AUS) is keeping the seat warm for first place position as the men begin the Rip Curl Pro Portugal this week in Peniche. Just days after the event at Subertubos, athletes will travel to sunny California to surf to one of the best point breaks on the globe in Santa Cruz. Parko will try to defend his Top 5 ranking going into the O’Neill Coldwater Classic.
Steamer Lane is known for producing powerful and consistent conditions for the O’Neill Coldwater Classic, creating a respectable name for the breaks in Northern California. The combination of a $425,000 prize purse and the highest talents in professional surfing, will bring an incredible upgrade to this years event, which previously served as an ASP Star or Prime event for the past few years.
Originating in 1987, the event has taken on various incarnations over the past three decades. It was once an ASP WCT event (prior to the ASP creating a two-tier system), but for the past few years, it has run as an ASP Star or Prime event.
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“We’re very happy to confirm the 2012 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Santa Cruz as an ASP World Title event,” said Renato Hickel, ASP World Tour Manager. “Santa Cruz offers a variety of world-class waves for our surfers to perform on and we’re hopeful that conditions will deliver for the world’s best to do battle in.”
The Top 10 going into the Rip Curl Pro Portugal are as follows, in respective order: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kelly Slater (USA), Mick Fanning (AUS), John John Florence (HAW), Taj Burrow (AUS), Adriano De Souza (BRA), Owen Wright (AUS), Josh Kerr (AUS), Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Jeremy Flores (FRA).
“I’ve been to Santa Cruz once when I was 18 years old, but not for 12 years. It has been a long time,” Parkinson said. “I won when I was there, so it would be nice to go two for two. All the right points I feel comfortable at. I can’t wait for it. It suits my surfing.”
“We are excited to see a World Tour level event return to Santa Cruz as part of O’Neill‘s 60 year anniversary,” said Pat O’Neill, President & CEO of O’Neill Wetsuits. “Santa Cruz, with its rich surf history and tradition, is the perfect venue for this pivotal event. Mainland surfing started in Santa Cruz, Jack O’Neill developed many pioneering surf inventions here and it’s been home to the O’Neill brand for over half a century. Santa Cruz has always been regarded as a true surf community and was named the number one surf town in the U.S. by Surfer Magazine. With a World Tour event in 2012 and the possibility of the World Champion being crowned, we expect to see an exciting chapter in surfing history written right in our front yard.”