And the battle for the $50,000 has commenced. Currently leading the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Series, Shuan Cansdell, was first in the water, coming out top of his heat.
"I didn't do anything too special," said Shaun. "I was happy to get through that heat. It's hard to get the $50,000 out of your mind. I've been trying to focus on my surfing and take it heat by heat. It's a good motivator though."
Shuan was not on the sidelines watching as Stuart Kennedy, sitting just behind him in the ratings, also win his heat: "That's the thing with the 50K up for grabs," said Shaun. "It's easy to get caught up in everybody else's business. I just want to focus on my own surfing and try to better it in each heat."
The next call is October 22nd at 7.30am for an 8am start with Heat 23 in the Round of 96.
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