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October 28, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI The pro surf scene was up the coast last week at the chilly waters of Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz for the last big-point World Qualifying Series event on the mainland. It was the $75,000 four-star O'Neill Cold Water Classic, a surf contest going back to the late '80s and the longest running event in Nor Cal. Newport Beach's Richie Collins, busting onto the pro scene as a hot up-and-coming grom, won in '87. Former world champs, South Africa's Martin Potter in '89 and Tom Curren in 1990, left their marks at the Lane.
SPORTS
September 25, 2008
Micah Byrne of Huntington Beach made his way into the finals of the Oakley Newport Beach Pro on Sunday and went on to claim a fourth-place finish. The event was won by Nathan Yeomans, 27, of San Clemente. Dillon Perillo, 18, of Malibu, placed second and Travis Mellem, 23, of San Clemente, was third. Byrne, 26, finished the finals heat with 10.57 points. The Assn. of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) two-star contest was the second of three events that make up the 2008 Macy?
SPORTS
October 30, 2008
Nat Young of Santa Cruz edged out Chris Waring of Seal Beach on Sunday to win the Assn. of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 4-Star O?Neill Cold Water Classic in great 4-to-6-foot surf in front of his home crowd at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz. Micah Byrne of Huntington Beach reached the semifinal round of the competition before being eliminated, but he did win the Macy?s CA Trifecta Surf Series based on his performance in Santa Cruz. His equal fifth-place finish gave him enough points ?
FEATURES
By Rick Fignetti | November 12, 2009
The O’Neill Cold Water Classic lived up to its namesake as a fierce storm up north sent some giant waves down the coastline just in time for the final days of the event at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, which saw waves anywhere from 8 to 15 feet plus and water temps in the low 50s. The point was lining up, but the middle peak saw some huge sets, and the competitors were going for it right and left, and the crowd lining the cliff was loving it. ...
NEWS
By Kelly Strodl | January 4, 2007
As the cities of Huntington Beach and Santa Cruz remain mired down in legal combat over the Surf City U.S.A. brand, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts will make their second journey up the coast on a mission of peace when the two cities may need it the most. During 2006, the light-hearted rivalry turned ugly when the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau secured trademark rights over the Surf City U.S.A. trademark. Santa Cruz responded with a lawsuit challenging the patent's credibility.
NEWS
By RICK FIGNETTI | May 10, 2007
The Western Surfing Assn. is hosting its Western championships this weekend at Church's beach in San Clemente. Surfers must have surfed in at least five events this season to get the invitation and qualify for the big one that will determine this year's West Coast champions. To qualify, surfers must have competed in at least eight of the World Championship Tour events and have the highest point totals to be deemed the winner. The WSA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the sport of surfing in all age brackets.
NEWS
February 19, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI The start of the yearlong Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Qualifying Series surf circuit has already begun. Two four-star events have run in Brazil, and top surfers are back in the states, on the north shore of Hawaii, for the $75,000 Hansen's Energy Pro at Banzai Pipeline. The waiting period started on Tuesday and can go as far as March 1 to look for the best days to surf that hollow, barreling break over the shallow reef, known for it's deep tube rides.
NEWS
April 8, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI Last night in the Huntington Beach High School Auditorium, Timmy Turner's new surf film "Second Thoughts" premiered, with a good turnout watching some sick footage from Indonesia. Born and raised in Huntington Beach, Turner gives everyone a glimpse of his travels with a couple of buddies, another local Brett Schwartz and Seal Beach's Travis Potter in search of perfect waves. They travel to some remote islands in Indonesia, away from civilization, surviving in the jungle, but scoring some barrels of their life.
NEWS
May 19, 2005
RICK FIGNETTI Team surfing hit Surf City this last week as former resident Brad Gerlach's "the Game" hit the shores of H.B. The first matchup in the new concept of team surfing featured the O.C. Octopus taking on the L.A. Arc Angels. In the first quarter, O.C. fielded a local unit of former H.B.H.S. star Brett Simpson, veteran pier local Mike Hoisington, Seal Beach rookie and H.B.H.S. captain Chris Waring and Laguna's Mike Todd for an early lead. Huntington's Shaun Ward was on fire throughout the contest, busting some big moves and a sick lay-back snap to take the first game MVP award.
NEWS
October 30, 2003
RICK FIGNETTI The trek up north to the O'Neill Cold Water Classic at Steamer Lane Santa Cruz proved to be a pretty fun trip for some of our local surfers who found the chilly waters to their liking. The surf picked up at the end of the week, 6- to 8-foot, peeling off the point with some great shape. The high pressure that gave us the warm weather here, was the same up there, sunny and hot, and that brought the crowds out too, who were lining the cliff.
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FEATURES
By Rick Fignetti | November 12, 2009
The O’Neill Cold Water Classic lived up to its namesake as a fierce storm up north sent some giant waves down the coastline just in time for the final days of the event at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, which saw waves anywhere from 8 to 15 feet plus and water temps in the low 50s. The point was lining up, but the middle peak saw some huge sets, and the competitors were going for it right and left, and the crowd lining the cliff was loving it. ...
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SPORTS
October 30, 2008
Nat Young of Santa Cruz edged out Chris Waring of Seal Beach on Sunday to win the Assn. of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 4-Star O?Neill Cold Water Classic in great 4-to-6-foot surf in front of his home crowd at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz. Micah Byrne of Huntington Beach reached the semifinal round of the competition before being eliminated, but he did win the Macy?s CA Trifecta Surf Series based on his performance in Santa Cruz. His equal fifth-place finish gave him enough points ?
SPORTS
September 25, 2008
Micah Byrne of Huntington Beach made his way into the finals of the Oakley Newport Beach Pro on Sunday and went on to claim a fourth-place finish. The event was won by Nathan Yeomans, 27, of San Clemente. Dillon Perillo, 18, of Malibu, placed second and Travis Mellem, 23, of San Clemente, was third. Byrne, 26, finished the finals heat with 10.57 points. The Assn. of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) two-star contest was the second of three events that make up the 2008 Macy?
NEWS
By RICK FIGNETTI | May 10, 2007
The Western Surfing Assn. is hosting its Western championships this weekend at Church's beach in San Clemente. Surfers must have surfed in at least five events this season to get the invitation and qualify for the big one that will determine this year's West Coast champions. To qualify, surfers must have competed in at least eight of the World Championship Tour events and have the highest point totals to be deemed the winner. The WSA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the sport of surfing in all age brackets.
NEWS
By Kelly Strodl | January 4, 2007
As the cities of Huntington Beach and Santa Cruz remain mired down in legal combat over the Surf City U.S.A. brand, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts will make their second journey up the coast on a mission of peace when the two cities may need it the most. During 2006, the light-hearted rivalry turned ugly when the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau secured trademark rights over the Surf City U.S.A. trademark. Santa Cruz responded with a lawsuit challenging the patent's credibility.
NEWS
By RICK FIGNETTI | October 27, 2005
The focal point of the California coastline for pro surfing was up north in the chilly waters of Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz last week. The four-star, Assn. of Surfing Professionalsrated, $75,000 O'Neill Cold Water Classic lived up to its name with 50-degree water. The first solid northwest swell hit by the weekend for the finals, throwing 8- to 10-foot-plus waves for the final days. The fog was pretty thick, causing the finals to be delayed till last Monday. There were gray skies, some wind blowing and stormy conditions to go with that pumping surf.
NEWS
May 19, 2005
RICK FIGNETTI Team surfing hit Surf City this last week as former resident Brad Gerlach's "the Game" hit the shores of H.B. The first matchup in the new concept of team surfing featured the O.C. Octopus taking on the L.A. Arc Angels. In the first quarter, O.C. fielded a local unit of former H.B.H.S. star Brett Simpson, veteran pier local Mike Hoisington, Seal Beach rookie and H.B.H.S. captain Chris Waring and Laguna's Mike Todd for an early lead. Huntington's Shaun Ward was on fire throughout the contest, busting some big moves and a sick lay-back snap to take the first game MVP award.
NEWS
October 28, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI The pro surf scene was up the coast last week at the chilly waters of Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz for the last big-point World Qualifying Series event on the mainland. It was the $75,000 four-star O'Neill Cold Water Classic, a surf contest going back to the late '80s and the longest running event in Nor Cal. Newport Beach's Richie Collins, busting onto the pro scene as a hot up-and-coming grom, won in '87. Former world champs, South Africa's Martin Potter in '89 and Tom Curren in 1990, left their marks at the Lane.
NEWS
April 8, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI Last night in the Huntington Beach High School Auditorium, Timmy Turner's new surf film "Second Thoughts" premiered, with a good turnout watching some sick footage from Indonesia. Born and raised in Huntington Beach, Turner gives everyone a glimpse of his travels with a couple of buddies, another local Brett Schwartz and Seal Beach's Travis Potter in search of perfect waves. They travel to some remote islands in Indonesia, away from civilization, surviving in the jungle, but scoring some barrels of their life.
NEWS
February 19, 2004
RICK FIGNETTI The start of the yearlong Assn. of Surfing Professionals World Qualifying Series surf circuit has already begun. Two four-star events have run in Brazil, and top surfers are back in the states, on the north shore of Hawaii, for the $75,000 Hansen's Energy Pro at Banzai Pipeline. The waiting period started on Tuesday and can go as far as March 1 to look for the best days to surf that hollow, barreling break over the shallow reef, known for it's deep tube rides.
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