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O'Neill Coldwater Classic 2012 - Santa Cruz

O'Neill Coldwater Classic 2012 - Santa Cruz

The O'Neill Coldwater Classic in Santa Cruz wrapped up today and was quite a success by all accounts.  We have had AMAZING weather this week.  With 80 degree temperatures in November with no fog or wind, we have definitely been spoiled.  We were also fortunate to have decent waves for the last few days of the Coldwater Classic.

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This was the first time in 22 years that the O'Neill Coldwater Classic has been on the ASP Surfing World Tour and we had some all time great surfers entertaining us the past week like Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson, Gabriel Medina, the list goes on.  It was quite a thrill to watch these pros tear up our local spot, Steamer's Lane.

 

Joel Parkinson doing the 'run around' during his heat at Steamer's Lane - Coldwater Classic

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Steamer's Lane is a fantastic venue to watch a surfing competition as the way the bluff runs it makes it into a kind of natural surfing amphitheater.  The Coldwater Classic contest organizers were able to string up a mobile camera that ran between two spots on the cliff to catch amazing footage of the contest.

Santa Cruz showed up in droves to watch this years O'Neill Coldwater Classic.  There were said to be 15,000 people there on Sunday and even though the finals took place on a Tuesday there were plenty on hand to witness the final round between Taj Burrow and Matt Wilkinson.  It was a nail bitter but Taj Burrow ended up eking out the win.

 

Crowd watching the last day of the 2012 O'Neill Coldwater Classic at Steamer's Lane:

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My personal favorite 'heat' of the day was the Expression Session which was free surf that featured Kelly Slater, Corey Lopez, Gabriel Medina, and Santa Cruz locals Nat Young & Jason Collins.  They put on a great show before the final heat for 30 minutes.

The conditions this week were almost perfect for the 2012 O'Neill Coldwater Classic at Steamer's Lane.  We Santa Cruzians hope that the ASP makes this a Surfing World Tour spot next year too!

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