South Africans Jordy Smith and Travis Logie advanced directly to Round 3 of the O’Neill Coldwater Classic by winning their opening encounters in the penultimate event on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California, on Thursday.
Competing in tricky 1.0 to 1.5 metre waves, Smith, the current ASP WCT No.12, blasted out of the starting blocks with a seamless combination of a short tube followed by a powerful carve and an aerial to net 8.67 out of 10 on his first ride.
Smith, who won the Coldwater Classic event in 2007 when it was an ASP Star rated event, led throughout the 30 minute match up, adding a 7.43 at the 16 minute mark for a 16.10 point heat total, the third highest of the day’s action. Even though Tiago Pires (POR) posted two high-seven point rides in the last five minutes, he and Adrian Buchan (AUS) will restart their campaigns in Round 2 elimination heats when the contest resumes..
Logie, who was ranked No. 26 coming into the event and in need of a good result to re-qualify amongst the top 22 for the 2013 ASP WCT, opened his account with a confidence boosting 9.10 point score, the second highest of the day. Despite the California based Durbanite then losing the lead to current No. 11 Jeremy Flores (FRA), Logie came back to record a 6.17 with two minutes remaining to clinch his berth in Round 3.
While upsets abounded as five of the top six seeds were relegated to Round 2, current ASP WCT frontrunner Joel Parkinson (AUS), 31, dominated his Round 1 affair from start to finish, amassing the day’s highest heat-total. Parkinson, a former O’Neill Coldwater Classic winner (2000), looked at home at the righthand pointbreak and unloaded an array of seamless carves to notch a 9-point ride on the way to his 16.83 out of 20 heat total.
“This is my first time back here since I won,” Parkinson said. “It’s a tricky wave, but when they come they’re really fun. It feels good to get that Round 1 heat win for sure, but those guys in the red jerseys that lost today, I think you’ll see most of them in Round 3.”
Parkinson who can clinch a well deserved maiden ASP World Title if he wins here and his closest rivals Kelly Slater (USA) and Mick Fanning (AUS) finish lower than 13th and 9th respectively. If Parko doesn’t win, or either Slater or Fanning finish higher in the placings, the 2012 ASP World title race will be decided at the final event at Pipeline in Hawaii in December.
Slater, the reigning and 11-time ASP World Champion, was defeated by Santa Cruz local and trials winner Nat Young (USA) yesterday while Fanning finished second behind Dusty Payne (HAW).
Surfline, official forecasters for the O’Neill Coldwater Classic, have predicted that the current WNW swell will fade through the day on Friday and offer small leftovers for most of the day on Saturday. A larger WNW swell will build all day Sunday, peak overnight, and then ease through the day on Monday. Another fun size WNW swell is lining up for Tuesday.
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O’NEILL COLDWATER CLASSIC ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Taylor Knox (USA) 12.80, Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.40, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.60
Heat 2: Kai Otton (AUS) 13.00, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.86, Jadson Andre (BRA) 8.60
Heat 3: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.16, Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.96, John John Florence (HAW) 7.00
Heat 4: Dusty Payne (HAW) 15.30, Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.94, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 12.93
Heat 5: Nat Young (USA) 12.17, Kelly Slater (USA) 10.00, Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.57
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.83, Damien Hobgood (USA) 11.40, Jason Collins (USA) 7.00
Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.46, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.67, Brett Simpson (USA) 13.33
Heat 8: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.53, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.77, Adam Melling (AUS) 6.80
Heat 9: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 16.03, Owen W right (AUS) 12.50, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 10.33
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.70, Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.56, Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 11.40
Heat 11: Travis Logie (ZAF) 15.27, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.93, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 4.37
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.10, Tiago Pires (PRT) 15.67, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.93
O’NEILL COLDWATER CLASSIC ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Jason Collins (USA)
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 5: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 6: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 9: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 10: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Heitor Alves (BRA)
Heat 11: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 12: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Pictured: Travis Logie (Durban) blasts off the lip at Steamer Lane on his way to a Round 1 heat victory in the O’Neill Coldwater Classic in California on Thursday
Photo: ASP / Scholtz
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