The upcoming Rip Curl Stew in Tofino will be functioning as a trials event for this fall’s O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada. Here’s how it breaks down, via CWC Canada Event Organizer Marc Fuller:
“The top 2 finishers in the Rip Curl Stew will receive entry into the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada main event, with all the remaining surfers being seeded according to their standings at the Stew. If the full field of 144 (142 + the top 2 surfers from the Stew) is not realized by the closing date, those seeded surfers from the Stew will gain entry into the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Canada according to their placing in the Stew.”
Makes sense, right? Two from the Stew will be in for sure. If there end up being 10 spots open because only 132 international guys show up, the top 10 from the Stew all get seeded into the main event.