Contest organizers have made the call to run the 2013 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational on Wednesday (11/6) and Thursday (11/7), the first two days of the four-day contest holding period, to take advantage of the surf size and favorable conditions Official Forecaster Surfline has predicted. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Specialty Event will see 16 unsponsored surfers battle for a $50,000 grand prize winner-takes-all yearlong sponsorship package. The heat draw will be determined in a random draw during opening festivities at the East Side Eatery in Santa Cruz on Tuesday (11/5) night.
According to the Surfline Forecast Team:
“Fun size, longer period WNW swell will start the event waiting period on Wednesday the 6th, along with favorable wind and weather conditions under the influence of high pressure. Decreasing surf takes over on Thursday, with a very modest new bump of WNW swell late Thursday and into Friday. At this point, the weekend looks fairly slow off a mix small, mid period NW swells and small Southern Hemisphere SSW swell.”
Special thanks to Futures Fins, Watermans Sunscreen, Banzai Bowls, Sierra Nevada, Hotel Paradox, East Side Eatery and Surfline for supporting the 2013 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational.
Last year’s O’Neill Coldwater Classic served as a World Championship Tour location. The Top 34 male surfers in the world met at Steamer Lane to do battle in front of thousands of Santa Cruz locals. The Surf Channel was on-site at the event last year to cover the most exciting action:
O’Neill, the original California surf, snow and lifestyle brand, was founded in 1952 when a young man named Jack O’Neill took his unstoppable passion for surfing and used it to battle Mother Nature. Jack’s initial vision of producing functional and innovative board riding products continues to lie at the core of everything the company does. From the first neoprene surf wetsuit and board leash to the world’s first stitchless board shorts. O’Neill will always be committed to growing its reputation as one of the world’s leading youth lifestyle brands based on being the First Name in the water.
While many things have changed since those humble beginnings, Jack’s initial vision of producing functional and innovative board riding products continues to lie at the core of everything the company does. O’Neill’s core values — innovation in style and technology — have seen the brand devote itself wholeheartedly to the evolution of the action sports lifestyle. From the first ever neoprene wetsuit and leash, to the world’s first stitchless boardshorts and range of groundbreaking wearable electronics, O’Neill’s progressive spirit will always drive the company forward. For more information, please visit: oneill.com/wetsuits