For decades now, one staple of late fall in Santa Cruz is the Coldwater Classic at Steamer Lane. Last year ushered in a new format unlike the various incarnations the event has seen previously. That same format returns in 2014 with the second annual O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational.
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Specialty Event, which will take place on two consecutive days of optimal conditions during a window of Oct. 28th to Nov. 1st, will give 16 unsponsored professional surfers the chance of a lifetime. One surfer will not only earn the 2014 title, but a yearlong sponsorship from the first American surf brand, O’Neill. With an estimated value of $50,000 USD, the grand prize winner will receive a travel, event and expense budget to compete in at least seven of the ASP World Qualifying Series events in pursuit of qualifying for the World Championship Tour and a personal videographer, at specific events and locations, to document the thrill of victory (or agony of defeat) with a minimum of six video segments during the 2014 competition year. O’Neill, the originator of the wetsuit, will also throw in a hefty arsenal of the best wetsuits through an O’Neill Wetsuits sponsorship, as well as, boardshorts and apparel.
Location: Santa Cruz, California, USA
Venue: Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz
Holding Period: October 28 – November 1, 2014
Event duration: 2-Day Contest
Trials: Online Video Submission
Rating: ASP SPECIALTY EVENT
Prize Purse: $ 50,000 prize purse
Surfer qualifications: Surfer must be UN-sponsored, which means the surfer cannot have a contracted sponsorship in 2014 to be eligible.