Stop 8: Santa Cruz North America Championships
OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR ASP NORTH AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Holding Period: November 2-8, 2009
*Note: The Oakley Pro Junior North American Championships held in conjunction with the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series Championships. Not a part of the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Series.
Junior’s Rating: World Pro Junior Series Grade 3
Prize Purse: $15,000
Field of competition: 48
Men’s Rating: World Qualifying Series (WQS) Men’s 6 Star PRIME
Prize Purse: $145,000, $50,000 Series Bonus
Field of Competition: 128
Men’s Trials: Field of Competition: 16
2006 – Dion Atkinson (AUS)
2007 – Nat Young (USA)
2008 – Mason Ho (HAW)
The Cold Water Classic has been Northern California’s premiere professional surfing event since it’s inception in 1987. “The Lane” has become known over the years as one of the world’s greatest spectator venues, and the icy water, combined with the rugged conditions have proven to be a right of passage for aspiring surfers as they set their skills against the elements. A combined field of 192 world-class surfers will converge in Santa Cruz for the Cold Water Classic.
The Oakley Pro Junior ASP North America Championships is the final event on the North American schedule and will ultimately determine the USA contingent to the ASP World Junior Championships.
Topping off this huge week of surfing, the 5 event O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series culminating at its birth place will crown a $50,000 prize to the inaugural series champion.
A California classic, The Lane and its arena-like atmosphere have been home to some of pro surfing’s most enduring moments. Martin Potter, Richie Collins, Bobby Martinez and most recently Jordy Smith have all distinguished themselves here. When it’s small, The Slot, a wide-open right-hander, runs along the cliff and offers a high-performance sprint. But as the size rises, Middle Peak becomes a factor.
West is best, but north works too. The Lane can hold anything from waist high to triple overhead, which makes this stop one of the most compelling on the Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge.
When it comes to new millennials, Nat Young leads the charge. But he’s only the tip of a very talented spear. Other notable characters include Flea, Barney, Ratboy, Rodent and every other local who’s nicknames sounds suspiciously like vermin.
Jack Freestone and Ezekiel Lau's journey though the toughest competition in junior surfing
Jack Freestone wins the Oakley World Pro Junior and reclaims the ASP World Junior Title
Joins current ASP WCT No.1 Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Pablo Paulino (BRA) in an elite club of three surfers to have claimed multiple men's ASP World Junior Titles.