Florida's Zoe Benedetto and San Clemente's Kolohe Andino have won the 2022 Cold Water Classic sponsored by O'Neill.
Benedetto came out of the blocks strong and defetaed San Clemente's Bella Kenworthy 14.83 - 12.74 in the final.
Benedetto, 4th in the QS rankings coming into the event, scored 7.50 and 7.33 in her first two waves to open a large margin. Kenworthy did a good job to battle back and be close with waves of 6.67 and 6.07 but could get no closer.
It was the second ever win for Benedetto, who in 2019 won the WRV Outter Banks Pro. Kenworthy adds to her great year, in which she now has two seconds and three thirds.
Andino had an exciting battle with San Clemente's Taro Watanabe.
It came down to the final 2 wave scores for Andino who put up a 7.23 followed by 7.63 in the closing seconds. His 14.86 total topped Watanabe's 14.70.
Here is how the day played out leading to the championship.
Zoe Benedetto def. Mia McLeish
Benedetto 5.07+6.17=11.24; McLeish 3.93+6.33=10.26
Havanna Cabrero def. Ella McCaffray
Cabrero 6.33+6.20=12.53 ; McCaffray 5.50+5.43=10.93
Autumn Hayes def. Talia Swindal
Hayes 6.00+7.67=13.67 ; Swindal 6.50+7.10 =13.60
Bella Kenworthy def. Maddie Storrer
Kenworthy 6.00+7.17 =13.17 ; Storrer 4.53+ 5.27 =9.80
Cole Houshmand def. Michael Dunphy
Houshmound 7.00+8.67 =15.67 ; Dunphy 6.50+4.27+ 10.77
Taro Watanabe def. Griffin Colapinto
Watanabe 7.50+8.07 =15.57 : Colapinto 7.27+7.57 =14.84
Kolohe Andino def. Shaun Burns
Andino 8.67+7.43 =16.10 ; Burns 7.50+6.70 =14.20
Ian Crane def. Sam Coffey
Crane 8.33+6.67=15.00 ; 7.33+6.17= 13.50
Zoe Benedetto def. Havanna Cabrero
Benedetto 7.00+7.83=14.83; Cabrero 6.33+5.57=11.90
Bella Kenworthy def. Autumn Hayes
Kenworthy 7.10+6.83=13.93 ; Hayes 7.00+6.77=13.77
Taro Watanabe def. Cole Houshmound
Watanabe 7.83+6.90=14.73; Houshmound 6.50+5.50=12.00
Kolohe Andino def. Ian Crane
Andino 9.77+8.00=17.77 ; Crane 6.17+5.97=12.14
Zoe Benedetto def. Bella Kenworthy
Benedetto 7.50+7.33=14.83; Kenworthy 6.67+6.07=12.74
Kolohe Andino def. Taro Watanabe
Andino 7.23+7.63=14.86; Watanabe 7.93+6.77=14.70