In an emotional morning, Shaun Cansdell came down to watch the heat of Dion Atkinson - the one man standing in the way of him and the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Series victory and the $50,000 that comes with it.
"To tell you the truth I actually didn't want him to do well," said Shaun. "I just really wanted the $50,000. I would have loved him to get into the semis but I would have probably have gone grey by then."
Surrounded by friends Shaun watched anxiously as Dion Atkinson was beaten by eventual winner Matt Wilkinson.
"I was really nervous," said Shaun. "I was spinning out. I had to go get water. I thought I was going to pass out. It changes my life for sure," he said. "Last year I didn't really compete. I stayed at home and just had a few casual jobs and stuff to earn money," he said. "This will make a big change. I have a little bit of a plan for the money. I want to make sure I am smart with it."
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