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The second stop of O'Neill's Coldwater Classic Series event in Scotland has seen something more rare than the Loch Ness Monster for the opening round -- the sun. After several years of seeing thick Thurso barrels and six shades of gray, we actually saw a bright sunshiny day yesterday at Brims Ness.
|Don't be alarmed by that ball of fire in the sky. O'Neill Coldwater Classic Scotland, day one.|
"As we say up here -- Don't blink," said event Amabssador Andy Bain in the Press Release "These conditions can change so quickly, but it's great while it's here."
Young Kiwi, Billy Stairmand put up an event high 14.66 in his first time competing at Brims Ness. And for the first time ever, a Scottish surfer advanced through a heat.
"It's only the first round," he said. "But it feels like I won the event or something," said local boy, Chris Noble, holding the Scottish flag.
|Aye! Those Scottish reefs are hollow.|
Notable surfers in this year's event are ex-tour dogs Cory Lopez, Tim Reyes, Shaun Cansdell, and Chris Ward, British chargers Sam Lamiroy and Russell Winters, legendary Hawaiian Sunny Garcia, and O'Neill upstarts Nat Young and John John Florence. Of the entire field, the surfer who really hails from the coldest water is Balaram Stack of Long Beach New York, who won his first heat.
For the second year in a row, the Coldwater Classic Series will crown its own champion at the end of the season and an extra $50,000. Right now Australian Stuart Kennedy, who won the CWC Tasmania, is on the top of the iceberg followed by Wiggolly Dantas and Chris Davidson.
The surf is marginal today and the event is on hold. There's some North Atlantic stew simmering on the horizon however. Catch the webcast here.
|They call this the Scottish slot.|