O'Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland: Round One Completed

Round one of the 2010 O'Neill Cold Water Classic in Scotland has come to a close and the remaining surfers prepare to advance to round two of the competition.

Sam Lamiroy.  Photo: Aquashot/aspeurope.comThe final 8 heats in round one the 2010 O'Neill Cold Water Classic in Scotland have been completed.  After eliminations, 96 surfers remain for round two.

Despite the icey temperatures both in and out of the water, the waves at Brims Ness were consistent, providing many opportunities for excellent surfing.

Russell Malony gave an impressive performance and scored the highest indvidual score of the event, an 8.00 out of a possible 10. It is clear that similarities in Brims Ness to his home break helped in his heat planning.

“I felt good out there because it is like a reef I have at home. I felt comfortable but it is a bit cold. I’m from North Entrance and there are a couple of reef breaks, bit of a secret where they are but they are really similar,” explained Maloney.

Sam Lamiroy started out slow in round one, but with only 5 minutes remaining he finally managed a 7.5 out of 10 which allowed him to advance through to the next round.

“I basically didn’t get a wave for 20-minutes which isn’t the best tactic in a 25-minute heat," laughed Lamiroy. "I got lucky then because I got a decent wave, surfed it ok, got a 7.5 and then I had a minute and a half to get a 2.5 score.”

Jay Quinn was ready to compete in round one of the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland after a year of knee injuries.  His perserverance got him the highest two wave total of the day, a 14.10 out of 20.

“It was really nice and relaxed out there because unfortunately Cory (Arrambide) missed the heat so we were only 3 out there which was good,” said Quinn. “I was just trying to keep moving and keep warm because I went out there in a 3/2 wetsuit so I just tried to get a lot of waves and in the end I got a couple of good ones so quite happy to start like that.”

The O'Neill Coldwater Classic in Scotland will continue to round two with Blake Thorton competing against T.J Barron, Jarrod Sullivan and Anthony Walsh.

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