O’Neill Cold Water Classic Santa Cruz runs October 26th - 31st 2011 @ the natural amphitheater setting of Steamer Lane. This is the final event in the CWC series with the overall series winner claiming a $50k bonus. Adam Melling is currently 2nd in the ratings courtesy of his win in Tassie earlier this year. Stu Kennedy is in 8th and still a chance. Mello surfs in Ht 14 and Stu in Ht 16. Good luck fellas.

Update October 27th
Good news for Mello and Stu in their hunt for the CWC Series win with ratings leader Brent Dorrington eliminated in his first heat.

Update October 28th
A great start to the event today with Stu and Mello both progressing through to the round of 48. Stu was sitting in 3rd only needing a 3.94 with the clock ticking down to the final 2 minutes. Many surfers would feel under pressure but Stu just busts a big alley-oop and takes the win. Classic Stu. Mello started with a huge 9.50 and confidently sat forever waiting for his back up, which eventually came and he finished 2nd. Ice-man.

“I knew it was going to be pretty slow out there so I thought the guy who goes through is going to get the set. Luckily that set had a few waves in it and the last one was the best one. I was glad to get it.”

“I am definitely getting into the water with a fight. It might not have looked like it as I didn’t catch another wave until the last 5 minutes. I would really need the points for my ASP World Ranking, so I am probably going to think about that more than the money. But that $50,000 would definitely be a good bonus for the end of the year.

Image courtesy Cory Hansen

Update October 29th
Mello ripped and boosted above the Waddell Creek lefts to secure another win and move into the final 24. Unfortunately Stu couldn't find the right sections to unleash his aerial attack and was eliminated in 3rd.
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Update October 30th
In the round of 24 Mello took down JJ-Flo. In the No Loser round 4 he missed progressing straight through to the quarters by 0.03.
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Update October 31st
Mello went down to Tiago in 1' crud in Round 5. He finished 9th with 2400 points.
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