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					      John John Florence and Jordy Smith set the standard on this
   second day of competition at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series

March 24, 2010 - Marrawah, Tasmania, Australia - Defending O‟Neill Cold Water Classic
Tasmania champion Jordy Smith got out of his sick bed and into the wild and cold Southern
Ocean waters to up the ante in this 6-Star ASP event.

But not to be intimidated, 17-year-old John John Florence then took to the water, pulled out
some of the most impressive surfing this competition has seen so far, and walked away with a
perfect 10.

And this is only the second day of competition at the O‟Neill Cold Water Classic Tasmania.

“I couldn‟t really get any waves out there to start with,” said John John. “Then I got this one
and thought I really have to do something out there, so I did a few turns and an air and then
another air.” He scored a 10. “It‟s hard work out there though,” he said. “At times I could
hardly breathe.”

With a cold and blocked sinuses, Jordy Smith in the first heat of the Round of 96 still
managed to produce an awesome display of surfing, scoring a 9.17. Then with an air reverse
from the South African, who is currently sitting second on the World Tour, he picked up an 8.0
to couple that. This is from a guy with a cold. Wait until he is back on full form.

“I feel awful right now,” said Jordy. “It‟s all in my ears, nose and throat. I need to go to the
doctor and get some antibiotics and lay low and try to get better,” he said. “But it‟s great to
come back here and try to win this event as the defending champ.”

Despite the challenging conditions in the 3meter swell, there was plenty of entertainment in
the surf today. And not all the excitement was limited to the afternoon‟s round of 96.

Coming through the round of 144 and one to keep an eye on is World Junior Champion
Maxime Huscenot. Maxime may be excelling in these wild raw conditions, but it‟s not on his
list of top five favourite places to surf in the world; “I‟m from Reunion Island so I don‟t really
like the cold water,” he said. “I really want to go to all the O‟Neill Cold Water Classic events,
but I think maybe Scotland is too cold for me. I can‟t imagine putting on a thick wetsuit like
that with boots and a hood and everything.”

Former O‟Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland winner Adam Robertson is another surfer to
watch out for in this competition. The Australian excels in these conditions and today was no
exception. “It‟s definitely a bit challenging out there. But it‟s good to actually have waves in
these events so I am enjoying it!”

Conditions had eased slightly from yesterday allowing the competition to use its mobile format
and head to the more exposed beach of Lighthouse.

That‟s not to say that conditions were by any means easy. This is the O‟Neill Cold Water
Classic Series after all, and the surfers were battling through 3meter swell with strong winds,
to find some of the choice waves on offer.

However, the forecast shows that things are only going to get better. And possibly a lot better
at that. “It is showing that everything is gradually easing from here,” said contest director, Matt
Wilson. “And it‟s also showing some rare winds coming in so I am taking advice from locals
around here because there is the possibility they could make for some favourable conditions.”

The next call will be made tomorrow March 25, 2010 at 7.30am to start with Heat 7 in the
round of 96
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2009 Cold Water Classic Series Winner ($50,000): Blake Thornton

O’Neill Coldwater Classic Tasmania
March 23 - 28, 2010
Marrawah, Northwest Tasmania / 40 Degrees South
6-Star World Qualifying Series, Mobile Surf Contest
Ambassador: Mark Mathews
2009 winner: Jordy Smith

O’Neill Coldwater Classic Scotland
April 13 – 19, 2010
Thurso, North Coast of Scotland / 59 Degrees North
6-Star World Qualifying Series, Mobile Surf Contest
Ambassadors: Sam Lamiroy & Andy Baine
2009 winner: Adam Melling

O’Neill Coldwater Classic South Africa
July 26 – Aug 1, 2010
Capetown, Western Cape Area
4-Star World Qualifying Series, Mobile Surf Contest
Ambassador: Jordy Smith
2009 winner: Blake Thornton

O’Neill Coldwater Classic Canada
October 9 - 15, 2010
Tofino, Vancouver Island / West Coast Of Canada
6-Star World Qualifying Series, Mobile Surf Contest
Ambassador: Noah Cohen
2009 winner: Peter Devries

O’Neill Coldwater Classic California
October 19 - 24, 2010
Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz
Prime 6-Star World Qualifying Series and Finals of CWC Series 2009
Ambassador: Jason „Ratboy‟ Collins
2009 winner: Nate Yeomans


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