The O’Neill Coldwater Classic is a contest with a long storied tradition.
Held at one of the world’s most famous waves, Steamer Lane, the event has
become one of the premier weeks of surfing in North America. And coming off
a solid summer of results and events, the Dragon team, had a giant presence
all week that included a huge party and some huge results.
On Friday night, Dragon held the fourth stop of the Mystery Music Tour at
the IdeaL Bar at the base of the Santa Cruz Wharf. The Mystery Tour is about
local bands and local crowds and both came through huge as local pro Russell
Smith’s band Machete Fight attracted friends from all over and Coors
provided a mechanical bull the ladies couldn’t get enough of. At the end of
the night a couple attendees were so excited, one guy took three gun shots
at another and the night abruptly ended and went to the Cloud Bar downtown
where Dragon’s Omar Etcheverry was spinning for the packed house.
Sunday was also a great day as our own Dusty Payne made it all the way to
the semis which at a place liken Steamers is a huge accomplishment. Adam
Wickwire made the Junior final where his third place solidified the 2007 ASP
North America Pro junior Title which also gets him to the World Junior
Championships in Australia. “This is a major stepping stone in my junior
career,” Wickwire said. “It’s a good way to end the year. It feels great to
finally achieve this accomplishment.” Brett Simpson was also on fire all
week and ripped his way to a very impressive third place and moved up the
WQS rankings in his bid to qualify for the 2008 WCT.
All in all a killer week.