Dragon Tops A Solid Week In Santa Cruz With Parties And Titles
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.