Oneill Cold Water Classic
Pro Surfer Chris Dennis & Peter Mel

Santa Cruz, CA

.Chris Dennis Pictures

The 2007 O'neil Cold Water Classic took place the week of October 9 in Santa Cruz, CA. We trekked down to meet up with professional surfer Chris Dennis, a native of Trinidad and Tobago. Chris has been surfing competitively for over 10 years. He is one of very few professional black surfers on the WQS circuit. This visit brought us an interesting 'behind the scenes' look at what these guys do in and around their events. Chris was staying with his good friend, and former Cold Water Classic Champion, Pete Mel.

(l-r, Kevin Cooke, Jason Gittens, Peter Mel, Chris Dennis , and Crib Butler)

Pete's house seems to be a hub for good friends who are also his surf opponents. Argentinean pro surfer Magnum Martinez was posted up at Pete's as well. It was very cool spend time with all of these guys as they went from game face during competition time, to just hanging out as friends way late in the night.

Other unexpected events were hanging out at "Camp Volcom" with Sean Slater (Kelly Slater's brother). As a rep for Volcom, Sean gets to sport this RV up and down the west coast during competition time. This Surfing RV was totally decked out with all of the best of modern day conveniences and amenities… including a 36" plasma television with DirecTV service!!!

Other surprises (or not) was running in to Santa Cruz native and big wave charger Ken "Skin Dog" Collins.

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