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Monday, March 28, 2011
Cold Water Classic New Zealand update

So, if Rip Curl has aimed it's "Search" themed events at spots around the globe that we already know, it seems fair that O'Neill could hold it's Cold Water Classic in a place where you don't even need boots. In fact, the surfers in Gisborne, New Zealand are basking in short-sleeve fulls. Guess the 'Kinda Chilly Water Classic' doesn't have the same ring to it.

Hawaiian Casey Brown takes advantage of the change in venue and some delighful looking waves.

But either way, anyone would be happy to have reason to head to New Zealand, quite possibly the most amazing pair of islands on the planet.

The event has run well so far with a change of venues to a spot called 'The Pipe', some solid surf, and a good deal of aerial acrobatics. Now down to the quarterfinals, the event was put on for Day Six because of winds and lack of swell.

"We always knew we had a tricky seven day forecast from the start of the event. We are fortunate that we ran as many heats as we could early on so that we allowed ourselves time at the end of the event where there are a lot of points and big money up for grabs," said Event Director, Matt Wilson.

Brazilians like Willian Cardoso have taken to the sky, charging on to the quarterfinals.

Australians Adam Melling and Stuart Kennedy have looked strong throughout. Melling has put down Nat Young, local Maz Quinn, and Aritz Aranburu. Tom Whitaker, who fell outside the ASP bubble last year mid season, is back in form. Brazilians like Thiago Camaro, Miguel Pupo, and William Cardoso have been dominating the air.

The ColdWater Classic New Zealand will likely finish today. Winds are forecasted to be sideshore again, but the swell should pick up. Catch the webcast here.

O'Neill ColdWater Classic New Zealand Quarterfinal Match Ups
Heat 1 Adam Melling, AUS vs Gony Zubizarreta, ESP
Heat 2 Joan Duru, FRA vs Tom Whitaker, AUS
Heat 3 Willian Cardoso, BRA vs Thiago Camarao, BRA
Heat 4 Miguel Pupo, BRA vs Stu Kennedy, AUS