Cold Water Classic Santa Cruz: Will the world champion be crowned in California?
The second to last contest of the ASP World Championship Tour 2012 is the Cold Water Classic in Santa Cruz, California. Will Joel Parkinson already claim the World Title or will it be decided on Hawaii?
The world’s best surfers are currently converging upon Northern California to contest the upcoming Cold Water Classic, held at Santa Cruz’s Steamer Lane from 1. till 11. November. Event 9 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Cold Water Classic is the first event of the season where the 2012 ASP World Title can be decided. All eyes will be focused on surfing’s top guns as they battle for this year’s crown.
5 Surfers battle for the title at the Cold Water Classic Santa Cruz
For the 2012 ASP World Title to be decided at the Cold Water Classic Joel Parkinson must win the event, while Kelly Slater finishes 13th or lower and Mick Fanning 9th or lower. Should Parkinson win and Slater and Fanning finish in higher positions, the Title Race will go to the final event in Hawaii and both John John Florence and Adriano de Souza will be out of contention.
Former winners of the Cold Water Classic
In addition to the prestige of potentially crowning the 2012 ASP World Champion, the Cold Water Classic will also play a vital role in the requalification campaigns of the world’s best surfers for the 2013 season.
The 2013 ASP Top 34 will be comprised of the top 22 surfers of the ASP World Championships Rankings 2012 and the top 10 of the Surfers on the ASO World Rankings, who have not already qualified through the World Championship Tour. Additionally two wildcards will be handed out.
Marlon Lipke eventually took out the Final heat of the 2012 ASP Protest Vendee Pro, besting three hungry Frenchman, including 2011 ASP Europe Champion Romain Cloitre, powerhouse Joan Duru and the event overall standout Vincent Duvignac.
More than half of the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour athletes will return to Hossegor / Seignosse for the ASP Swatch Girls Pro France and they will be joined by a growing field of young up-and-coming surfers.
With several of the world’s best surfers in the draw and consistent waves expected throughout the waiting period, the 2012 ASP Prime Nike Lowers pro is set to provide plenty of action.