Cold Water Classic
16-year old Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA) defeated elder standouts Nick Rozsa (Oxnard, CA), Adam Wickwire (Satellite Beach, FL) and Travis Beckmann (Vero Beach, FL) to claim the Oakley Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America Championships during a performance barrier-breaking affair in clean three-to-four foot waves at Santa Cruz’s Steamer Lane.
Competing in both the ASP WQS 4-Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic presented by Jeep as well as the ASP Grade-3 Oakley Pro Junior, Young stood out all week with his progressive and powerful backhand approach at The Lane.
“I surf a lot on my backhand so I’m pretty comfortable out at Steamer Lane,” Young said.“I had been competing in the ’QS event, so by the time I got to the junior, I had a good amount of confidence. Surfing against the older guys didn’t really faze me. We didn’t have the best waves in our heat, but I managed to get a couple of running ones and pulled off some maneuvers.”
While not in the running to qualify for the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships, Young’s win in front of the hometown crowd gives the wunderkind a solid ratings position for an assault in 2008.
“Having all the hometown support on the bluff was great,” Young said. “Every time I took off on a wave, people were cheering. It was really motivating. Hopefully this win gives me a good jump in the ratings and I can do lots of events next year. We’ll just take it as it goes, but I’m enjoying this win for now.”
As the first ASP Grade-3 event in North American history, the Oakley Pro Junior in Santa Cruz offered more ratings points than any before it, and the final day of competition saw some high drama as surfers battled it out for one of four qualification seats into the prestigious Billabong ASP World Junior Championships in January.
Nick Rozsa walked away with the win, following his solid runner-up finish in the ASP Grade-3 Oakley Pro Junior. Rozsa wins a bonus $3,500 dollars and will add another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments.
“The Oakley Jr. Series which includes three events in California that make up the Macy’s California Oakley Pro Junior Trifecta have been insane events this season,” said Shea Perkins, Oakley Surf Sports Marketing. “The Trifecta has given the top talent in America a chance to crown a champion from the best contest locations in the country. Oakley athletes have been the front-runners in the success of this series, with Brent Dorrington and Nat Young winning two out of the three jewels of the series and Nick Rozsa winning the Macy’s California Oakley Pro Junior Trifecta points race. These accomplishments truly showcase the future of the Oakley Surf program.”
Oakley Pro Junior – ASP Grade-3
- – Nat Young (OAKLEY) 13.37
- – Nick Rozsa (OAKLEY) 12.24
- – Adam Wickwire 10.16
- – Travis Beckmann 10.10
ASP North America Qualifiers for Billabong ASP World Junior Championships in January
- – Adam Wickwire
- – Nick Rozsa (OAKLEY)
- – Cory Arrambide
- – Chris Waring
Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series presented by Jeep – ASP North America Specialty Series
- – Adam Virs $10,000 as well as an all-new Jeep Patriot (valued at $26,000)
- – Nathan Yeomans (OAKLEY) $3,500
- – Austin Ware $1,500