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Round of 48, Heat # 4 - 1st Pete Devries CAN [8.33 + 7.33] 15.66pts, Win by 2.66
Round of 24, Heat # 3 - 2nd Peter Devries CAN 12.94 pts
advances to Round of 16 heat # 4
Looks like a pretty ugly today tomorrow with heavy rain and storm-force wind. Might surf some heats, but Saturday will be the final day
LOCAL SURFER PETER DEVRIES WOWS THE CROWDS ONCE AGAIN AS HE MOVES INTO THE ROUND OF 16 AT
THE O'NEILL COLD WATER CLASSIC CANADA
THE MOST NORTHERN, THE MOST SOUTHERN, THE WILDEST, THE COLDEST &
THE MOST CLASSIC SURF CONTEST ON THE PLANET
As the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada moves that step closer into the final rounds of
competition, the excitement in the town of Tofino has been building – primarily focused around
now local celebrity Peter Devries.
The Canadian surfer has been wowing the home crowds lining the beaches with his aerial surfing
and also his solid progression through this 6 star ASP WQS competition.
"I was excited to surf a three man heat – it was my first," said Peter. "Although, the swell had
picked up so much, it was crazy out there, I couldn't even see any of the other guys in the water."
Peter surfed and won his morning heat in the round of 48 in a clean one-meter swell. By the time
he got back in the water in the afternoon for the round of 24 the swell had nearly doubled.
"That can happen here in Tofino," he said. "It can change so quickly. And it looks like it will
change a lot more as we have a storm forecast to come through here tomorrow."
In his round of 24 heat, Peter finished second behind the Australian Irishman, Glenn Hall, and
now moves through to man-on-man heats in the round of 16 – again for the first time ever.
"I've never been in man-on-man heats. I am sure I am going to get all sorts of interference calls!"
Surfing once again the beach break of Cox Bay it was a full day of action as the top names in this
competition continued to impress.
Among them were two surfers who are openly not the biggest fans of the cold water, but look like
they were born surfing these climes. Hawaiian Dusty Payne progressed with some solid power
surfing through to the round of 16 despite insisting; "I will never get used to this cold!" And
Florida's Cory Lopez pulled out some incredible trademark aerial surfing – taking the day's
highest score of a 9.5 with a massive backside air.
Australian Mark Mathews was another big name to storm through his heat into the round of 16
despite the rapidly varying conditions typical to this region of British Columbia which even has its
own ?storm watching' season: "The swell today was totally different than what was forecast," said
Mark. "I had to run back to get a board that I wasn't expecting to use."
Conditions aside, it is the rugged natural beauty that makes the journey to get to this remote
corner of the world that bit more exciting for every surfer.
"It's a long way from Spain," said Gony Zubizarreta – another surfer to convincingly make it
through to the last 16. "It's a few planes, a car, a boat and then another drive – in about two days.
But when you get here it's worth it," he said.