Canada, eh? Yes, Canada. Tofino, Vancouver Island to be specific. Booties, gloves, and a hood (on the colder days) were all required. Valuable ASP points were up for grabs, as well as the points for this year’s Cold Water Classic Series—the winner of which after the upcoming final Santa Cruz stop takes $50Gs. After his third place finish yesterday, Shaun Cansdell finds himself in the lead for the CWC rankings.
But it was two guys who are potentially making runs for qualifying for the World Tour this year, Josh Kerr and Eric Geiselman, who battled it out in the final. Kerr’s already won a 6-Star this year (Margaret River Pro) and Geiselman has been looking for a big-time result since winning the ASP Pro Junior North America series years back. Both are at the forefront of modern aerials, but both also have well-rounded games. And both are not from cold water regions, making the final that much more intense. As Kerr put it, “You’re blood is pumping a lot harder to keep you warm. It takes it out of you. But we are surfing in Canada—it’s a beautiful place. You’re in the mountains but by the beach. It’s a trip.”
Congrats Kerr and E.G.! Stay tuned for full coverage of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Santa Cruz stop when things get kicking October 18th.
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