The O’Neill Cold Water Classic pushes the boundaries of surfing, visiting breaks from Tasmania to Scotland, Cape Town to Canada and Santa Cruz. The first event, in Tasmania, has the honour of being the most southern contest in professional surfing. Just 240km off mainland Australia, Tasmania features world class reef and beach breaks, in waters averaging around 13 degrees.
With the first day kicking up six to eight foot waves, riders such as Dustin Hollick, Marc Lacomore and Mitch Coleburn, tamed the rugged surf, in what was a heated day of cold water competition. The mobile format allowed the organisers to shift from Bluff Reef to the sand bottom break of Kelpies at West Point. Day two was much the same, as the waves hit the two metre mark, with the heat of the day taking place between 2001 ASP World Champion CJ Hobgood, big wave surfer Mark Matthews, Tasmanian wildcard Dustin Hollick and up and the up and coming Brazilian surfer Thiago Camarao.
Among the many top surfers present was former WCT surfer, and legend Cory Lopez, who said, “It’s my first time in Tasmania, and this place is beautiful