O'Neill Cold Water Classic in Tasmania: ice freezing waves

The northwest corner of Tasmania put on quite a show for this third day of competition at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Tasmania as the top seeds took to the water.

Starting at 8.30am and finishing at 6pm, this was a day of two to three meter waves, offshore winds, and as the morning fog cleared, even clear blue skies and sunshine. These were not typical Cold Water Classic conditions as the competition ploughed through the round of 96 and into the first four heats of the round of 48.

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Jared Neal: mini surfboard fan

It wasn’t just longboarders making waves at the Hyundai Malfunction Surf Festival today, with SUP and retro riders ruling on day two of competition at Kingscliff.

In building 3-4ft conditions, competitors tore into the clean waves on offer, carving up across the Shawline Plumbing Retro, Twin Towns Panel Repairs over 40’s and Greenline Stand Up Paddle (SUP) surfing divisions.

Coffs Harbour ace Jared Neal, 26, showed he couldn’t just ride longboards, ripping it up on a board of a bygone era (pre 1981) to accrue the highest combined heat total (16.00 - out of a possible 20), which included a strong 8.5 and a backup of 7.5, in Round 1 of the talent-packed retro division.

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Ben Bourgeois: high score crusher

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 2-Star Vans Pier Classic presented by Jack’s Surfboards saw former ASP World Tour surfer Ben Bourgeois (Wrightsville Beach, NC), 31, crush the day’s highest scores while ASP Pro Junior talents Dillon Perillo (Malibu, CA), 19, and Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), 15, denoted some of the day’s top performances.

Surfers competing in the Vans Pier Classic are looking to capture the valuable ratings points on offer towards establishing their seed on the ASP WQS.

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