2015 O’Neill Coldwater Classic returns to Steamer Lane Oct. 14-18

Shane Skelton


 Longest Running North American Contest is Stop #30 on the
2015 World Surf League Men’s Qualifying Series

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Sept. 18, 2015 – Switching up the format once again, this year the O’Neill Coldwater Classic at Steamer Lane returns as stop #30 on the 2015 World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Qualifying Series (QS). A three-decade long annual Santa Cruz tradition, this year’s event boasts a $50,000 prize purse and 1,500 points up for grabs amongst 96 surfers hoping to qualify for the 2016 World Tour.

“O’Neill is very excited to elevate the Coldwater Classic back to a WSL QS event,” said O’Neill Wetsuits Marketing and Team Manager Shane Skelton. “We really enjoy seeing the world’s best surfers competing in our back yard here in Santa Cruz.”

Nate Yeomans 2014 reigning champ also won the Coldwater Classic in 2009.
Photo: Ellis

Since its inception in 1987, the O’Neill Coldwater Classic has been center stage for some of the world’s best surfing talent. The cold, rugged conditions, arena-like setting and local pride surrounding the famed Steamer Lane break has become legendary. Previous winners include Santa Cruz locals Kieran Horn, Adam Replogle, Peter Mel and Nat Young, legends like Martin Potter and Tom Curren, and current World Tour standouts Joel Parkinson, Jordy Smith, Matt Wilkenson and Miguel Pupo.

For the past two years, the event format has been a unique winner-take-all invitational for unsponsored surfers with Nate Yeomans claiming the title in 2014 and Torrey Meister in 2013. Yeomans also took the Coldwater title in 2009 when the event was an ASP 6-Star Prime.

“Last year was pretty special. If I hadn’t won, I probably would have had to retire from surfing, so it was one of the radder wins of my life,” said 2014 reigning champion Nate Yeomans. “I’ve just been trying to re-qualify for the World Tour this year, doing pretty well, and pretty excited to get back up to Santa Cruz for the event this year.”

Learn more and follow all of the action including a live webcast at us.oneill.com/cwc #oneillcwc.

Special thanks to title sponsor O’Neill as well as co-sponsors and event partners Red Bull, Futures Fins, Watermans Sunscreen, Banzai Bowls, SURFER Magazine, Surfline, Hotel Paradox, Cruzio Internet and East Side Eatery for supporting the 2015 O’Neill Coldwater Classic.

About O’Neill
O’Neill, the original California surf, snow and lifestyle brand, was founded in 1952 when a young man named Jack O’Neill took his unstoppable passion for surfing and used it to battle Mother Nature. Jack’s initial vision of producing functional and innovative board riding products continues to lie at the core of everything the company does. From the first neoprene surf wetsuit and board leash to the world’s first stitchless board shorts. O’Neill will always be committed to growing its reputation as one of the world’s leading youth lifestyle brands based on being the First Name in the water.

While many things have changed since those humble beginnings, Jack’s initial vision of producing functional and innovative board riding products continues to lie at the core of everything the company does. O’Neill’s core values — innovation in style and technology — have seen the brand devote itself wholeheartedly to the evolution of the action sports lifestyle.  From the first ever neoprene wetsuit and leash, to the world’s first stitchless boardshorts and range of groundbreaking wearable electronics, O’Neill’s progressive spirit will always drive the company forward.  For more information, please visit us.oneill.com/shop/wetsuits.

In 1960, SURFER Magazine began as the original. After a long history of delivering provocative and insightful editorial features, revealing interviews and award winning state-of-the-art photography, SURFER remains the authoritative voice of the surfing world and thus earned the moniker “the bible of the sport.” The SURFER brand has also grown to include Surfermag.com, Fantasy Surfer, and the SURFER message boards. All of these assets combine to make the SURFER network the most current and reliable channel of information to the surf community. The magazine is published by TEN: The Enthusiast Network, which reaches more than 149 million active sports enthusiasts through an integrated network of magazines, online properties, events and television programming. To learn more, visit surfermag.com www.surfermag.com.

About TEN: The Enthusiast Network
TEN: The Enthusiast Network is the world’s premier network of enthusiast brands, such as MOTOR TREND, AUTOMOBILE, HOT ROD, SURFER, TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING, and GRINDTV. With more than 50 publications, 60 websites, 50 events, 1,000 branded products, the world’s largest automotive VOD channel, and the world’s largest action/adventure sports media platform, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit www.enthusiastnetwork.com.

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