Solid surf at the O'Neill Cold Water Classic in New Zealand

March 24, 2011 | Surfing

Nat Young: his name's a trade mark

No alarms and no surprises. In the second day of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series 2011, the top seeds kept following victories, as Nic Mushcroft, Nat Young and Gony Zubizarreta moved into the next rounds.

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 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.

“I was kinda feeling a bit wobbly, I don’t know if any one has mentioned it but the water is really slippery, I don’t know what it is” said Mushcroft. “I had some wax on my feet and even took a block out with me.” he said.

A former World Championship Tour surfer, Mushcroft is 100% focused on requalifying to compete in the World Championship events. “Yeah I am aiming to get into the top 32 by the mid year cut off but you've got to go really good especially in these six stars you have to make the final to make it a keeper.”

Nat Young surfed to the highest heat score of the day posting a near perfect 9.67 point ride in his 17.5 point heat total. Young blazed a big left-hander with two huge forehand turns for his top scoring ride.

Young now faces top seed Adam Melling and fellow day two stand out Nic Muscroft along with Alex Chacon in the next round. Gony Zubizarreta was one of the first top seeds to blow up in his heat dominating his opponents for an easy heat victory. The Spanish surfer was the only European to compete in the round of 96 today posting 16.50 to eliminate Masatoshi Ono and James Woods.

The New Zealand surfers were well represented. Maz Quinn and Billy Stairmand are moving through to the Round of 48 surfers in the challenging conditions.

“It is pretty cool having everyone here. All the boys came over from Aussie and picked me up and it is cool to take them around and show them our waves. I am their little tour guide, its cool.”, said Stairmand.