“The top two 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,” said O’Neill spokesperson Marc Fuller. “If the full field of 144 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.”
This sounds like a good idea as it may, depending on how well they surf in the Stew, allow for more Canadians to make it into the O’Neill CWC. If the full field (under 142) or less show up, there’s a good chance we’ll see more locals in the comp since the spots will be open. However, the CWC being a 6-star event, it’s hard to say that most of the international surfer’s wont’ be showing up!