Industry Press Release

Four Finalists To Face Off For Online Votes For Wildcard Into 2014 O'Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational


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Santa Cruz, CA (September  25, 2014) Over the past several weeks, videos have poured in from surfers touting their surfing capabilities in the hopes of attaining an exclusive wildcard into the 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic. Four finalists have been selected from the hundreds submitted, to go on to the online public voting phase, Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, to determine who will earn the coveted ticket into the main event.

The four finalists are:

Austin Smith Ford

Age: 26

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

  Jeison Torres Abarca

Age: 26

Hometown: Jaco, Costa Rica

Leif Engstrom

Age: 26

Hometown: Montauk, NY


Kadin Panesi

Age: 19

Hometown: Pacifica, CA

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Specialty Event, which will take place on two days of optimal conditions during the holding period of Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, will give 16 unsponsored professional surfers the chance of a lifetime, an O’Neill Wetsuits contract worth $50,000 in travel incentives and contest fees to chase their World Championship Tour (WCT) dreams.

Watch the live broadcast, learn more and follow all of the action at and tag #oneillcwc

Special thanks to sponsors and event partners Nexen Tire, Futures Fins, Watermans Sunscreen, Flips Audio, Banzai Bowls, On a Mission, Hotel Paradox, Cruzio Internet, East Side Eatery, Mulcoy Travel, SURFER Magazine and Surfline for supporting the 2014 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational.

About O’Neill

O’Neill, the original California surf, snow and lifestyle brand, was founded in 1952 when a young man named Jack O’Neill took his unstoppable passion for surfing and used it to ba