August 19, 2008: – - Over sixty of the country’s top men, pro junior and women surfers have gathered in the Cape to compete in the fifth edition of the popular O’Neill Cold Water Classic which is a Surfing South Africa Pro Surf Tour event. Divisions include 3A men’s and pro junior with a 1A rated women’s division.
A total prize purse of R32,500 is on offer in this unique competition which takes place over a four-day waiting period from August 21 to 24 to ensure that entrants only do battle in the best conditions possible which in turn guarantees the highest level of surfing action for spectators.
“We are really excited to be holding the O’Neill Cold Water Classic again this year and upgrading the event by adding an additional 3A PST Junior division. We are looking forward to some classic surf which the event is always renowned for as well as some top class surfing,” commented Chris Bertish the O’Neill South Africa Brand Manager.
Defending event champion Devyn Mattheys (East London) is the top seed in the men’s division and has his sights set on returning home with the lion’s share of the R20, 000 prize money. 2007 O’Neill Cold Water Classic women’s winner Tarryn Chudleigh (Kommetjie) will square up to the top seeded “queen of SA surfing” Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) as well as a handful of hungry rising stars.
The pro junior division has been introduced for the first time in 2008 and the top seed is Klee Strachan (Amanzimtoti) who will be going all out to overcome a strong charge from O’Neill stars Casey Grant (Scottburgh) and Nick Godfrey (Cape St Francis).
Grant is fresh off his U20 division win at the Quiksilver King of the Groms event held at Scottburgh over the weekend; at the same time Godfrey was crowned the 2008 Quiksilver King of the Groms Series champion and two weeks ago won the U20 division of the Billabong Pro Junior event.
“The annual O’Neill Cold Water Classic is one of the highlights of the Surfing South Africa Pro Surf Tour. It is unique in that it takes place in waves and venues that highlight the skills of the competitors. It is a true mobile contest with a waiting period that allows organizers to hold the event in the best surf,” commented Robin de Kock, General Manager of Surfing South Africa, the governing body for the sport in South Africa.
Wave and weather guru Steve Pike from wavescape.co.za is the official surf forecaster for the O’Neill Cold Water Classic. Organizers have earmarked Kalk Bay Reef, Crayfish Factory, The Kom, The Hoek, Misty Cliffs and Witsands as possible locations. Members of the public can call 0822834001 daily to check on the event status.
O’Neill Cold Water Classic co-sponsors include Ocean Minded footwear who will be doing beach clean ups on each day of the event; Corona Premium Beer and also EMT-Emergency Medical Training services who will be on standby at the event for the four-day period.
To view the entire entry list please visit surfingsouthafrica.co.za for event updates and images go to