O’NEILL COLD WATER CLASSIC TASMANIA

23 Mar 2009 0 Share

Queensland's Mitch Coleborn scored a great barrel ride to win through his opening round heat today.

Queensland's Mitch Coleborn scored a great barrel ride to win through his opening round heat today.

23 March 2009, Marrawah, Tasmania - The O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series
launched in style today with Bluff Reef putting on a solid display of six to eight foot
waves, showing the incredible potential of this area of Tasmania.
And it was Tasmanian surfer Dustin Hollick who showed the rest of the world how
these challenging and wild waves should be surfed, achieving a score of 8.33 off
an impressive barrel – and that on his third heat in a row.
“I didn’t have a local advantage in terms of knowing the wave,” he said, “because
I’m from down south in Hobart, and I only come up here a few times. But maybe in
terms of water temperature I had a bit of an advantage - some of these guys were
saying it was freezing for them.”
Dustin qualified through the local trials, finishing his first heat then paddling back
out again for the trial finals, before heading straight out again for the first heat of the
competition where he finished top, in front of Jarrad Sullivan.
Watching and cheering him on from the comfort of the house of Max and Christel -
a local couple with a house right on Bluff Reef who have welcomed the entire crew
and surfers – were his friends, and the rest of the Tasmanian support crew.
“Luckily I was really tired,” he said. “By the time I got to the qualifying round I wasn’t
nervous because it was way too quick and I was too tired.”
Although a renowned Shipsterns rider, Dustin is in awe of the level of surfing
currently here in northwest Tasmania. “I’m looking forward to going through and
surfing the next heat,” he said, “but I’m also looking forward to seeing all the guys
surfing these waves. We’ve never had anything like this in Tasmania.”
Among the top surfers here for the O􀀁Neill Cold Water Classic, Tasmania, is former
WCT surfer, and legend, Cory Lopez who has been struck by the beauty of this
area. “It’s my first time in Tasmania,” he said. “And this place is beautiful – really
awesome. It’s amazing to discover this super isolated place with rolling hills and
good waves. I’m really looking forward to doing this event.”
Also eagerly looking forward to his heat tomorrow is the only British surfer of this
event. Sam Lamiroy.
“I’ve been so surprised by the quality of the waves here,” said Sam. “Here at the
Bluff is probably as good as you are going to get on the tour. This feels like a real
step in the right direction. It’s got raw power and good shape on the right ones.”
“But it’s not just the competition,” he said. “It’s also everything that goes with it – the
scenery, the people who are so welcoming, and even the snakes and Tasmanian
devils.”
The next call for the second day of competition will be tomorrow (March 24) at
7.30am

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