The Surprising Results of the 2010 O'Neill Cold Water Classic California

It's been a long time since Matt Wilkinson has won an elite event, but to the surprise of many, today was his lucky day at the ASP Prime O'Neill Cold Water Classic California.

Matt Wilkinson.  Photo: Sergio VillalbaThe crowds at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California, waited in anticipation for the results of the final battle between Wilkinson and Tonino Benson.

For Matt Wilkinson, the results were excellent news: he had won the 2010 O'Neill Cold Water Classic California. The goofy-footer scored a solid 7 right at the start. Benson didn't hesitate to match Wilkinson's first score, but the following score of 6.67 was enough to knock Benson into second place.

Matt Wilkinson, currently in his rookie year on the ASP World Tour, was thrilled to get some ratings points at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic California.

“It’s been a long day, but I guess when it’s cold like this you don’t get too buggered," said Wilkinson. "I kept enough energy for the final and just got over the edge. I’m just stoked to have won this contest.”

Wilkinson is now No.27 on the ASP Dream Tour and the results of the day will surely boost his confidence at the upcoming Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico, a stop of the 2010 ASP World Tour.

“This win is definitely good for the confidence,” Wilkinson said. “It’s the first time I’ve won in ages and it’s got me on a high so hopefully I can keep the ball going and make some heats in Puerto Rico.”

Tonino Benson may have had to come to terms with the results of his final bout with Wilkinson, but his overall performance made him a highlight of the 2010 O'Neill Cold Water Classic California. Benson pulled off several impressive eliminatations including 2009 O’Neill Cold Water Classic Champion Nathan Yeomans, prodigy Kolohe Andino, and Australian Yadin Nicol.

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