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Josh Kerr Wins O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada

| posted on October 15, 2010
With a win in Canada, Josh Kerr is now 33rd on the ASP World Ratings. Photo: Courtesy of O'Neill

With a win in Canada, Josh Kerr is now 33rd on the ASP World Ranking. Photo: Courtesy of O'Neill

Josh Kerr took home the trophy at the fourth stop on the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series in Tofino, Canada, on Thursday. The final day was almost perfect: blue skies, head-high surf, and just a breath of wind promised a good show. In heat No. 2 of the Round of 16, Josh Kerr knocked out Peter Devries with a first wave score of 7.17, squashing the local favorite’s hopes of repeating last year’s win. Also advancing into the semis with a close win over Tanner Gudauskas, Eric Geiselman punted a Kerrupt flip for a 9.10, and locked down the highest single wave score of the event. After a week of on-point surfing, the final came down to Kerr and Geiselman. In a relatively slow heat, Kerr took home the trophy and $20,000 thanks to a series of frontside air-reverses.

While Tofino is a finicky place to hold a surf contest, with massive tides and rough weather making both spectating and a competing difficult, it delivered in the end, giving up solid surf for most of the contest window. The next and final stop on the Cold Water Classic is Steamer Lane, where an extra $50,000 is up for grabs for the overall series winner.

–Alex Haro

“I never really felt like I had a cracking heat this whole event, but things just kept going my way,” said Kerr. “It’s my first time here and it’s a beautiful place so I’m stoked to have won.” Photo: Courtesy of O'Neill

“I never really felt like I had a cracking heat this whole event, but things just kept going my way,” said Kerr. “It’s my first time here and it’s a beautiful place, so I’m stoked to have won.” Photo: Courtesy of O'Neill

Josh Kerr’s patience and veteran knowledge proved vital in the inconsistent conditions to earn his second major ASP victory of the year. Photo: Courtesy of O’Neill

Josh Kerr’s patience in the inconsistent conditions earned him his second major ASP victory of the year. Photo: Courtesy of O’Neill

“It would have been nice to have won, but I’m stoked to get a result,” said Geiselman. “I haven’t really had one this year, so to make the Final is great.

“It would have been nice to have won, but I’m stoked to get a result,” said Geiselman. “I haven’t really had one this year, so to make the Final is great." Photo: Courtesy of O'Neill

Despite the chilly conditions of Tofino, hundreds of Canadian surf patrons came out to support Canada’s rising surf scene. Photo: Courtesy of O’Neill

Despite the chilly conditions of Tofino, hundreds of Canadian surf patrons came out to support Canada’s rising surf scene. Photo: Courtesy of O’Neill

Eric Geiselman’s Kerrupt Flip that earned the events highest single wave score of a 9.10. Photo: Courtesy of O’Neill

Eric Geiselman’s Kerrupt flip that earned the event's highest single wave score of a 9.10. Photo: Courtesy of O’Neill

O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada Final Result:
1 –
Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.10
2 – Eric Geiselman (USA) 10.20

O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada Semifinals Results:
SF 1:
Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.64 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.17
SF 2: Eric Geiselman (USA) 13.42 def. Shaun Cansdell (AUS) 10.96

O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada Quarterfinals Results:
QF 1:
Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.47 def. Richard Christie (NZL) 9.73
QF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.26 def. Glenn Hall (IRL) 11.17
QF 3: Eric Geiselman (USA) 11.33 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 11.20
QF 4: Shaun Cansdell (AUS) 14.30 def. Nathaniel Curran (USA) 11.57

O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada Round of 16 Results:
Heat 1:
Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.14 def. Peter Devries (CAN) 13.17
Heat 2: Richard Christie (NZL) 8.93 def. Hank Gaskell (HAW) 8.90
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.33 def. Rudy Palmboom (ZAF) 7.27
Heat 4: Glenn Hall (IRL) 11.00 def. Cory Lopez (USA) 5.33
Heat 5: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 11.07 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 7.03
Heat 6: Eric Geiselman (USA) 16.34 def. Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 12.30
Heat 7: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 14.30 def. Cory Arrambide (USA) 11.86
Heat 8: Shaun Cansdell (AUS) 15.37 def. Ben Dunn (AUS) 9.20

  • zach

    Mtich Coleburn arrested in Tofino!!!

    Cannot leave Canada until after sentencing. Surrenders passport.

  • Ryan Buell

    Lies…Lies…Lies

  • coach
  • zach

    Ryan -denial won’t help.

  • ScrewMitch

    Australian surfer behind indecent exposure involving children
    Stefania Seccia, Westerly News
    Published: Monday, October 18, 2010
    Mitch Coleborn, who competed in O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada in Tofino last week, has had to surrender his passport after police laid charges after the Australian surfer allegedly committed an indecent act Friday morning to adults and children.
    The 23-year-old man, from the Sunshine Coast in Australia, was in custody until Friday night after allegedly exposing himself to adults and children about a block from Tofino’s Wickaninnish Elementary School early that morning.
    Coleborn’s court date is tentatively scheduled for November 1 at Tofino Provincial Court, according to David Kidd, crown prosecutor.

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    Mitch Coleborn, who competed in O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada in Tofino last week, has had to surrender his passport after police laid charges after the Australian surfer allegedly committed an indecent act Friday morning to adults and children.

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    At about 8:40 a.m. on October 15, Tofino RCMP responded to several complaints of a man at the corner of Neill St. and Third Street allegedly committing indecent exposure.
    The police attended the area and arrested the man. He remained in custody until late Friday evening, according to Cpl. Andrew Waddell.
    Alcohol was a factor and Waddell said he is not aware of an act similar to this (involving adults and children) having occurred in Tofino.
    “This is a very isolated incident, alcohol and possibly drug use is a key factor in this incident,” he explained.
    reporter@westerlynews.ca

    © Westerly News 2010

  • simon

    Exposing your genitals to adults ok bit of a giggle.
    Excposing your genitals to children – way uncool. I am sure he is not a pedo
    but Jesus you have to be careful with this stuff.