The wilds of Tasmania ready to kick off O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series 2009

One of the most highly anticipated events to hit the world surfing stage, the O’Neill Cold Water Classic (CWC) is gathering momentum.

With five ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) events exploring spectacular surf spots throughout remote corners of the world, the CWC series will start in the wilds of Tasmania, Australia on March 23rd before heading to South Africa, Scotland, Canada and Santa Cruz.

From March 23 – 29, 2009 the series will venture into the far northwest corner of Tasmania, Australia’s island state. The town of Marrawah is Tasmania’s most western settlement in an area known for its pounding Southern Ocean surf, Aboriginal sites, extensive farmland and isolated beaches.

Green Point beach is one of Australia’s most renowned surfing beaches, but the event remains mobile to make the most of this coastline. This is the most Southern event within professional surfing.

As ambassador for the 6Star WQS event, newly signed O’Neill rider and celebrated big wave rider, Mark Mathews is looking forward to this first stop of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series.

“I’ve been exploring the Tasmanian coastline on and off for the past seven years,” he said. “It is one of the most beautiful and at the same time, rugged coastlines in the world. I’ve ridden the best wave of my life out there and also suffered the heaviest wipeout of my life. I’m proud to be an ambassador for the event as it’s one of the most amazing surf destinations in the world.”

“I think the O’Neill Cold Water Classic series is going to be a breath of fresh air for the WQS” he said. “The rugged coastline and large swells in Tasmania will really test all the competitors involved and will make for a spectacular action-packed event.”


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