Thank you very much. That’s probably what competitors and spectators alike were saying as the surf cleaned upreal nice for the final of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic. Kailua’s Roy Powers agreed even more after winning themen’s final and taking third in the Juniors in the overhead surf of Steamer Lane.
[IMAGE 1] Powers, adept to bigger surf in the islands, didn’t seem to be affected by surfing back to back heats twiceand looking strong all the while. After joining locals Adam Replogle, Peter Mel, Kieran Horn, Micah Byrne, KeithMalloy, Taylor Knox, and Chris Ward in the semi’s, Powers went on to take the final with Replogle in second, Knox inthird, and Horn in fourth. If you’ve never seen Kieran surf, you’ve missed out, he absolutely destroys waves andremains relatively underground.
In the Juniors, World Amateur Champ Joel Centeio showed why he’s one of the top young surfers in the world bywinning over an impressive field including Bob Martinez in second, Powers in third, and another Hawaiian, KekoaBacalso in fourth. Not a bad birthday present for Joel who turned eighteen today.
Congratulations go out to Powers on his win and everyone involved with the event. Despite another year ofdismal conditions, O’Neill and the people involved endured and made this year’s Cold Water another great one-untilnext year.