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by Magicseaweed on Thursday 24th March, 2011 41131 Views
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TOP seeds Nic Mushcroft, Nat Young and Gony Zubizarreta dominate day two of The O'Neill Cold Water Classic as the event moved into the Round of 96.
Conditions remained unruly on day two of the event with a persistent onshore wind that continued to hamper the quality of the solid 2.0m south swell that is hitting the Gisborne region.
Nic Mushcroft was explosive in his performance attacking the heavy close out sections to post a total heat score of 14.33 out of a possible 20 points. "I was kinda feeling a bit wobbly, I don't know if any one has mentioned it but the water is really slippery, I don't know what it is" said Mushcroft. "I had some wax on my feet and even took a block out with me." He said. A former World Championship Tour surfer, Mushcroft is 100% focused on requalifying to compete on the WCT. "Yeah I am aiming to get into the top 32 by the mid year cut-off but you've got to go really good, especially in these six stars you have to make the final to make it a keeper." © 2013 O'Neill
Nat Young surfed to the highest heat score of the day posting a near perfect 9.67 point ride in his 17.5 point heat total. Young blazed a big lefthander with two huge forehand turns for his top scoring ride. Young now faces top seed Adam Melling and fellow day two stand out Nic Muscroft along with Alex Chacon in the next round.
Gony Zubizarreta surfed was one of the first top seeds to blow up in his heat dominating his opponents for an easy heat victory. The Spanish surfer was the only European to compete in the round of 96 today posting 16.50 to eliminate Masatoshi Ono and James Woods. © 2013 O'Neill
The New Zealand surfers were well represented on day two with Maz Quinn (Gis) and Billy Stairmand (Raglan) both moving through to the Round of 48 surfers in the challenging conditions. Stairmand, the only Kiwi to win an event of this rating (2010), was stoked to be surfing at an international level in New Zealand. "It is pretty cool having everyone here.
All the boys came over from Aussie and picked me up and it is cool to take them around and show them our waves. I am their little tour guide, its cool." Stairmand won his heat today to progress alongside Tim Macdonald who together defeated Chad DuToit and Mason Ho. He was philosophical about the conditions on offer at Pines on Wainui Beach. "At least there are waves. It is New Zealand conditions, warm for us, cold for them" said the young natural footer from Raglan who admitted to feeling nerves prior to his heat.
Stairmand was joined by Maz Quinn who despite looking like being eliminated managed to score a 3.33 point ride on his last wave with 30 seconds remaning - enough to squeeze him into second place. Other Kiwis still alive include Richard Christie (Gis), Jay Quinn (Gis), Tim O'Connor (Mnt) and Matt Hewitt (Mnt). © 2013 O'Neill
Highlights from day one where despite conditions being less than desirable with 30 knot onshore winds, cold temperatures and a messy 2m swell, the event kicked off a full day of explosive surfing. © 2013 O'Neill
Surf looks set to drop but clean up slightly heading towards the weekend as the winds progressively lighten, check it all out live here. © 2013 O'Neill
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