The Circus is coming to town. The official start to the O’Neill Cold Water Classic and O’Neill Vans/SMAS Airshow will be Thursday, Oct 24th at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz. The first round of 128 CWC competitors will hit the water at 7:00am Thursday morning. The first round of the O’Neill/Vans Surfing Magazine Airshow will take flight by 11:00AM. And the first round of the Women’s division will hit the water at 7:00am Saturday, October 25th.

With so much competitive surfing focused over just a four-day period, support from Mother Nature is crucial. And she is heeding the call: according to the first big swells of the winter are stacking up in the North Pacific like 747’s over LAX.

High drama should unfold as the top local surfers take on the traveling pros for the first place trophies. Some names you should expect to see are: Adam Replogle, Jesse Merle Jones, Bron Heussenstamm, Brad Gerlach, Peter Mel, Jason “Ratboy” Collins, Darryl “Flea” Virosko, Brett Simpson, Kieren Horn, Alek Parker plus many more traveling and local pros.

The O’Neill Cold Water Classic is a one star ASP sanctioned event and is stop number 14 on the 2002 Fosters Pro Tour.

The O’Neill Cold Water Classic Official Party Schedule

The O’Neill Cold Water Classic will be hosting an assortment of party’s throughout the week of the event that will feature prize raffles and live entertainment. Prizes include: O’Neill Wetsuits and Clothing, Rusty Surfboards, and many other fine prizes. All raffle proceeds will go to the Jay Moriarty Foundation.

Sunday, Oct. 20th – Cold Water Classic Kick Off Party

  • Ideal Bar & Grill
  • 107 Beach St.
  • Santa Cruz
  • 8pm – Midnight

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd

  • Zelda’s Capitola
  • 203 Esplanade
  • Capitola
  • Come by and hang out with O’Neill team rider Wingnut and take a ride on the Fosters mechanical surfboard.
  • 8pm – Closing

Wednesday, Oct 23Rd

  • Crows Nest
  • Santa Cruz Harbor
  • 2218 East Cliff Dr.
  • 8pm – Closing

Thursday, Oct 24th

  • Palomar Downtown
  • 1336 Pacific Ave.
  • 8pm – Closing

Friday, Oct 25th

  • Catalyst
  • 1011 Pacific Ave.
  • 8pm – Closing

Saturday, Oct. 26th

  • Ideal Fish
  • 107 Beach St.
  • Come dance to the hip-hop jams of DJ Osha and take a ride on the Fosters mechanical surfboard.