O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada Set For Sunday Kickoff

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TOFINO, British Columbia (Friday, October 23, 2009) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada will see the world’s finest up-and-coming competitive surfing talent take to the water this Sunday at the nation’s first professional surf contest in Tofino, which lies on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The upcoming event will see surfers brave the frigid Canadian waters from October 25 through 31, 2009.

As the 2009 ASP WQS season begins to wind down, each premier event will play a crucial role for all surfers trying to qualify for next year’s ASP Dream Tour. The O’Neill Cold Water Classic’s ASP 6-Star status will be one of four ASP 6-Star events remaining on this year’s calendar and the crop of talent ready to tackle the Pacific Northwest are hungry to post results to solidify their spot on next year’s ASP World Tour.

Austin Ware (Solana Beach, CA), 28, is currently ranked 11th overall on the ASP WQS and is looking for another solid result to seal the deal on a spot for next year’s ASP World Tour. The San Diegan has yet to win an ASP WQS contest this year and is hungry to take out a victory at this year’s O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada. The upcoming voyage will be Ware’s first trip to Vancouver Island, but he’s hungry for the result nonetheless.

“I’m expecting that Tofino is going to be cold, wet and with good waves,” Ware said. “I’ve had a few friends go up there and they said that it was a great trip but to bring thick wetsuits and full on rain gear. I’d like to take out a win at the contest.  I’m looking to win an event this year. I want to make the most of the end of the year with Canada, Santa Cruz and Hawaii.”

Aside from being hungry to take out a premier ASP WQS event, Ware is also looking to use Canada as a momentum builder entering the last few critical events on the 2009 ASP WQS season.

“I like surfing a few events in row because you can get on a roll,” Ware said. “Also, if you make a mistake at the first event, you can come back swinging at the next contest.”

Raphael Bruhwiler (Tofino, BC), 33, is one local talent who is ready to compete against the global contingent hungry to capture the ratings points on offer towards next year’s ASP World Tour. The local Canadian surfer is out to showcase what some of his native land has to offer to the surfing world while competing with his brother, Sepp Bruhwiler (Tofino, BC), 30.

“I’m just stoked to be part of such a big event and to see some of the best surfers in the world surf the waves I’ve grown up on and see what they can do,” Bruhwiler said. “Plus, a small part of the coast around Tofino will be showcased to the world.”

The O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada will run from October 25 through 29, 2009. For event action log on to coldwaterclassic.net.

For ASP information log on to aspworldtour.com or aspnorthamerica.org.