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Top seeds dominated proceedings on day two of The O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series 2011 with Australian Nic Mushcroft, American Nat Young and Spanish surfer Gony Zubizarreta dominating proceedings as the event moved into the early stages of the Round of 96.
Conditions remained unruly on day two of the event with a persistent onshore wind that continued to hamper the quality of the solid 2.0m south swell that is hitting the Gisborne Region.
Nic Mushcroft (AUS) was explosive in his performance attacking the heavy close out sections to post a total heat score of 14.33 out of a possible 20 points. A former World Championship Tour surfer, Mushcroft is 100% focused on re-qualifying to compete in the World Championship Tour events.
The New Zealand surfers were well represented on day two with Maz Quinn (Gis, NZL) and Billy Stairmand (Rag, NZL) both moving through to the Round of 48 surfers in the challenging conditions.
Stairmand, the only Kiwi to win an event of this rating (2010), was stoked to be surfing at an international level in New Zealand.