Day 6 Cold Water Classic Canada: Round 4
Thursday October 14 North Chesterman Beach - Surfing Galore!
North Chesterman Beach was again the surf beach of choice for the Cold Water Classic Canada today. Organizers checked out other beaches (Cox Bay and Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park) for surf but the best conditions proved to be right here in our neighbourhood of Chesterman Beach.
Peter Devries, the only local boy left in the international surf competition, was up first in the start of the two surfer heats with Australian Josh Kerr. The beach was packed with locals and visitors who were on hand to see if Devries could keep his momentum going. With only two surfers in a heat priority comes into play. Based on several factors, priority is given to one surfer - meaning that one surfer has first right to catch a wave. Of course there is much more to it and quite interesting tactics involved and we'll go into that another time.
Three minutes into the heat Kerr jumped on a wave giving him a score of 7.17 Six minutes later Devries caught a wave posting a 4.00. Priority to Kerr and two minutes after that Josh Kerr scored a 6.43. There followed some see-sawing as both surfers caught waves with small scores until Devries clocked in a 8.67 fifteen minutes into the heat. We all smiled and cheered in the crowd hoping this was the start of the bigger scores for Pete. Kerr came back with a 5.50 but that score would not factor into his two best. We waited for the ocean to offer up some clean sweet waves for the boys, but it was taking a breath. Then Kerr came back and scored a 6.97 on his fourth wave. Devries needed a 5.47 to take over first place. Time was counting down and the ocean was stalling. Devries grabbed a 4.50 on his fifth wave and that was going to be the final good wave of the heat. Kerr had taken the heat 14.14 to Devries' 13.17.
“I’m disappointed, but still happy I made it through a few heats,” said Peter “I was hoping to make it to the quarters. That was one of those little goals I had in my own mind. But losing against Josh – there’s nothing wrong with that!”