Industry Press Release

Open Call For Entries For The O'neill Coldwater Classic Invitational


Four Spots Into the Famed Event Up for Grabs; Entry Deadline 9/24

Santa Cruz, CA (September 19, 2013)The O’Neill Coldwater Classic has completely reinvented itself this year with a new invitational format for unsponsored professional surfers, four of which will be selected by an online vote by the general public. For a chance to earn a coveted wildcard, surfers can submit a 30-60 second video through Sept. 24th at


Santa Cruz’s Steamer Lane will play host to the 2013 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Invitational for three days in November (holding period Nov. 6-10). The epic “winner take all” grand prize is an enviable yearlong sponsorship from O’Neill Wetsuits and $50,000 in travel incentives and contest fees.

The 16-man field of competitors will include 10 invited unsponsored surfers, two company chosen wildcards and four wildcards determined by the public via an online poll. Wildcard submissions are now being accepted at through Sept. 24 just by completing a form, submitting 30-60 seconds of action footage and a headshot. The public will be able to vote on finalists Sept. 30 through Oct. 6.

What really sets the event apart this year is what is on the line. One surfer will not only earn the 2013 title, but a complete year of sponsor support from the first American surf brand, O’Neill. Valued at $50,000 USD, the grand prize includes a travel, event and expenses 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.

Since 1987, the O’Neill Coldwater Classic has been Northern California’s premier professional surfing event held at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz. “The Lane,” with its natural ancient Roman stadium like setting with steep, vertical cliffs overlooking the fabled right point break, is perhaps the best spectator venue for a surf contest to be found anywhere in the world.

Learn more and follow all of the action at and tag #oneillcwc

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 battle Mother Nature. Jack’s initial vision of producing functional and innovative board riding products continues to lie at the core of everything the company does. From the first neoprene surf wetsuit and board leash to the world’s first stitchless board