Stop 8: Santa Cruz North America Championships

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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.

Event Elements:
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

Past Champs:
2006 – Dion Atkinson (AUS)
2007 – Nat Young (USA)
2008 – Mason Ho (HAW)

The Event:
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.

The Break:
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.

The Swell:
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.

The Locals:
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.

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