- 08 November 2013 | Surfing
Torrey Meister has taken out the 2013 O'Neill Coldwater Classic, at Steamer Lane, to claim an yearlong sponsorship worth $50,000.
The unconventional new format gathered 16 mostly unsponsored surfers against each other for one grand prize, the ASP Specialty Event ran in pumping conditions, at Santa Cruz, California.
"I'm excited about riding for O’Neill. It's been a long time since I've had a sticker on the nose of my board. It's been great that O'Neill put this event on for us. They seem like cool people and I'm excited to ride for them", says Torrey Meister.
The final was characterized by multiple lead changes, as Meister and Carmichael went wave for wave in a seesaw battle. Late in the heat, Meister led with twin 6.67s, leaving Carmichael searching for a 6.54.
However, the ocean did not cooperate, and Meister took the win. Along with the trophy, Meister earned a yearlong sponsorship from O'Neill worth $50,000 to pursue his elite pro surfing aspirations.
Torrey Meister comes from Haleiwa, Hawaii. The natural footer earned himself a reputation for his carefree attitude on land. In a competitive jersey, Torrey has proven himself to downright lethal.
In 2009, Torrey finished third in the prestigious Triple Crown of Surfing. He has been an active member of the Surfrider Foundation, working as an advocate to ensure that the world's beaches and lineups remain pristine.