O’Neill Cold Water Classic California

After calling a lay day for the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star PRIME O’Neill Cold Water Classic California yesterday, today’s action saw Steamer Lane come alive to deliver a pumping four-to-six foot (1.5 metre) swell while the event’s top seeds displayed an amazing performance of progressive surfing for the local Santa Cruz crowd.

The event’s ASP 6-Star PRIME status has attracted the finest pedigree of global surfing talent in search of the valuable ratings points on offer for the 2010 ASP World Tour.

Sebastian Zietz (Kilauea, HI), 21, relied on his unbelievable above-the-lip approach to surfing to secure the day’s highest scores of a near perfect 9.77 out of 10 with three critical fins-free turns on a cranking righthander. The Hawaiian added an additional top score allowing him to clinch the event’s highest heat total of a near-perfect 18.74 out of 20 after a seesaw battle with Australian talent Yadin Nicol (Margaret River, AUS), 23.

“The waves were going off and it’s that in-between-tide where it’s not really kelpy yet,” Zietz said. “All of the guys were ripping and pretty intimidating early on. I got that first one where I kind of fell on my first turn and somehow made it happen and found my feet at the end.”

Zietz had a slow start to his Round of 48 heat, but was able to out-position fellow Hawaiian Granger Larsen (Lahaina, HI), 19, to find the waves needed to surpass Nicol to take out the heat win while advancing through to the Round of 24.

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BoardRoom - The Movie

BoardRoom is a feature length documentary by German director Markus Davids, SOC, featuring the legends of early surfboard shaping.


A special group of innovative and progressive surfboard manufacturers were looking for a better way to build lighter surfboards, when the common surfboard weighed in at more than 50 pounds.

With the invention of polyurethane during the 2nd World War, it became a popular and accessible material for this generation of surfboard shapers who had been using redwood and balsa wood. The evolution of the surfboard and materials was at hand and surfing was never the same.

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Patrick Gudauskas

The Islas Canarias Santa Pro witnessed massive winds and solid five-to-six foot (1.5 to 2 meter)) waves today, the event going mobile for the second time of the week to the nearby location of El Muelle. With the eight Man-on-man battles of Round 4 completed in the testing surf, the ASP WQS 6-Star Prime will name its champion tomorrow.

Third to last event of the 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS), the Islas Canarias Santa Pro remaining contenders stepped-up to deliver an impressive show, knowing every heat-win from now on can change their fate towards the end-of-the-year international rankings.

Patrick Gudauskas (California, USA), 23, took control of the day’s score board to lead the assault of Round 4 eliminating French Polynesian Alain Riou (Tahiti, PYF) en route to the Quarterfinals. Gudauskas confirmed his status of favorite in the event today taming the solid sets with a couple of fives before sealing his heat win with the day’s highest wave score, a 9.43 point reward.

“It was really hard today, probably the windiest contest I’ve been to all year,” Gudauskas said. “There are good waves coming-in but it’s just really hard to get the good ones. That last wave was pretty good; I am stoked to finish off the heat with a big score for sure.”

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