Oakley Pro Junior is on HOLD; NO O'Neill Cold Water Classic Competition to Run Today

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Nov. 5, 2009 – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Grade-3 Oakley Pro Junior North America Championships has been placed on HOLD this morning due to small surf and an incoming tide at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California. Event officials will reconvene at 1 pm for an updated call and have decided to call the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star PRIME O’Neill Cold Water Classic California competition off for today.
Yesterday’s action saw the finest regional standouts tackle several international campaigners at the event backup site of Waddell Creek and the hungry up-and-comers battled through Rounds 1 and 2 to decide the event’s Quarterfinalists.
All surfers competing on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series are out to compile their top four results of 2009 to finish within the top three on the regional series to earn a berth for the 2010 ASP World Junior Championships held in Narrabeen, Australia each January. The Oakley Pro Junior ASP North America Championships’ Grade-3 status plays a vital role in all of the top seeds’ final standing on the regional ratings.

A call on Oakley Pro Junior ASP North America Championships competition will be made at 1 pm at the main event site of Steamer Lane.

For all of the LIVE Oakley Pro Junior ASP North America Championships action log on to www.oneill.com/cwc/california For additional Oakley Pro Junior action check out www.oakleyprojunior.com
Special thanks to all of the sponsors of the 2009 O’Neill Cold Water Classic and Oakley Pro Junior North American Championships: O’Neill, Oakley, Red Bull, Corralejo Tequila, SURFER and SURFING, as well as, the official hotel partner, The Dream Inn and Aquarius Restaurant, and food partner, Whole Foods Market.

Upcoming Oakley Pro Junior Quarterfinals Heats:
Heat 1:Alejo Muniz (BRA), Tonino Benson (HAW), Andrew Doheny (USA), Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 2: Cody Thompson (USA), Matt Meola (HAW), Luke Davis (USA), Fisher Heverly (USA)
Heat 3: Dylan Goodale (HAW), Evan Thompson (USA), Evan Geiselman (USA), Michael Dunphy (USA)
Heat 4: Nat Young (USA), Cory Arrambide (USA), Dillon Perillo (USA), Kolohe Andino (USA)
Event Forecast:

Thursday (11/5): Swell from ET Lupit is to be drifting down with residual energy at 3 ft @ 12 secs resulting in surf about waist high at the Lane and a bit inconsistent. South winds of 5 kts is expected early and building over out waters, putting a pretty good bump on it and building through the day. That same high tide in the morning (6 ft at 11 AM ) could make sets far and few between. Tide dropping to -0.6 ft at sunset.

Friday (11/6): The first leading edge of new rumored Gulf energy is to start hitting early, building through the day with swell to 7 ft @ 12 secs mid-afternoon resulting in surf in the 5 ft range (head high) at the Lane. Calm winds early and glassy conditions forecast, with a light west flow in the afternoon and perhaps a little textured, but not bad. Swell Direction to be 290 degrees, but turning north fast.

Saturday (11/7): Assuming the models are correct, possible large north swell is to start arriving pushing 15 ft @ 16 secs, with surf double overhead plus at the Lane. Swell Direction 305+ degrees. High pressure is to be building in with wind calm early and glassy conditions, turning north 15 kts in the afternoon and chop building in over the exposed areas of the outer point. Tide building to 5.9 ft at noon should make for some solid sets in the early morning heats.

Sunday (11/8): Large north swell to continue at 13 ft @ 15 secs from 308 degrees. Surf double overhead plus early. Winds north 10 kts early and nearly clean at the Lane, then building in the afternoon with chop pushing into the bay. High tide of 5.5 ft expected at 1 PM favoring the early morning heats.

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