1. O’Neill Cold Water Classic 2011 - California - Highlights of Day 3


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    It was a non-stop day of action at the O’Neill Cold Water Classic 2011, as the event took full advantage of its mobile format to make the most of the swell on offer. Starting just after sunrise at Steamer Lane to finish off the Round of 96, the event packed up and headed up the coast to the beach break of Waddell Creek to plough through the Round of 48. Then just to finish things off, it returned back to the Lane to get stuck into the man-on-man heats in the Round of 24 until the sun set. Jordy Smith who currently sits at number 6 on the ASP World Ranking took the final wildcard position at this ASP PRIME event and advanced with ease through to the Round of 24. Currently in the lead but out of the competition is Brent Dorrington. However still in the running in order of current standing are Adam Melling, Willian Cardoso, Miguel Pupo and Tom Whitaker.

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    • O’Neill Cold Water Classic 2011 - California - Highlights of Day 2


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      Once again it was the setting for a perfect day of competition - clear blue skies, and whales out in the bay - on day two of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic, Santa Cruz. A high tide meant that despite at 7am start for the call, Steamer Lane wasn’t working its magic until after lunch when local surfer Jonny Craft got into the water and took out the first heat of the day. With current Series leader Brent Dorrington out of the event Adam Melling is now eyeing up the $50,000 prize money on offer to the CWC Series winner as he sits a mere 920 points behind Brent. And he made his intent known in the early stages of his heat, pulling out the highest wave score of the event with a 9.50. Another fighter out in the water was Josh Kerr. Sitting in first, he picked up an interference and slid down to 4th place. And then pulled out the second highest wave score of the event, a 9.30!

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      • mason ho - santa cruz 2011


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        mason ho free surfs before the cold water classic 2011 in santa crus, ca

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        • O’Neill Cold Water Classic 2011 - California - Highlights of Day 1


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          The O’Neill Cold Water Classic Santa Cruz got underway in the bright Northern Californian sunshine on the stage that is Steamer Lane. The conditions at this final stop of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series 2011 provided the perfect first day. An early start saw the local trials completed before the high tide came in, putting a stop to the action for a few hours. When the tide dropped and the competition resumed, the 4-6ft swell, offshore winds and blue skies set the stage until the final heat of the day, set alight by Julian Wilson as dusk set in. Stand out performances in front of the gathered crowds included Kolohe Andino who came through his heat with the top score of the day - a 16.53 with an 8.50 and 8.13 Straight off two back-to-back ASP6 Star wins in Brazil, Kolohe would appear to be the surfer to watch right now. Watch it live: http://www.oneill.com/cwc/LiveClassic.html

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          • O’Neill Cold Water Classic 2011 - California - Trailer


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            The O’Neill Cold Water Classic Santa Cruz is gearing up to return once again to the rugged shores of Northern California for the final stop of the 2011 CWC Series, from October 26th - 31st! The ASP PRIME World Tour event will bring together some of the most progressive surfing talent in the world to put on a spectacular show in the natural amphitheatre setting of Steamer Lane. In addition to the $250,000 prize purse for the event, an extra $50,000 is on offer for the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series winner who will be crowned out here in California! Watch it live: http://www.oneill.com/cwc/LiveClassic.html

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            • Eric's Ride


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              After heckling Justin and I for quite some time about sucking at surfing, Eric paddled out to the legendary Steamer Lane. Keep in mind, Eric has little to no surfing experience, localism at the Lane is at a ten, and that what you see here isn't even HALF as bad as when he tried getting out!

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              • OUR COAST


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                Extensive coastal development in the past 50 years has been detrimental to California's natural landscape and its famous surf spots. "There”s no question that California”s population has doubled in the 43 years since I’ve been here," said Gary Griggs, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California-Santa Cruz. "It's gone from 19 million to almost 39 million people. And most of the those people, 75 percent of them are living in coastal counties." In just over two generations, more than 90 percent of California’s open coastline has been developed. As erosion increases, surfers lose historical surf breaks and families are forced out of their homes during extreme storms and weather conditions. In January 2010, a state of emergency was declared near San Francisco. Due to extensive erosion, 900 feet of coastline fell into the sea, jeopardizing a 14-foot tube carrying raw sewage underneath parts of the Great Highway south of Sloat Boulevard. City officials responded by building a temporary wall of giant boulders along the bluff. As tidal currents are thrown off their natural course, California's coastline faces major erosion that is intensified during El Nino periods when ocean temperatures rise with water levels. Seawalls have become a temporary solution, but waves crashing into these fortified structure ultimately shift sand down the coast eroding neighboring beaches instead. “If sea level rises by one foot or two feet or three feet by 2100, were going to see a lot of California’s beaches disappear," Griggs said. "No matter how much sand we might throw on them to keep them there, it’s going to be a different coastline than we see today.” While disappearing beaches are evident over time, more subtle is the increasing presences of pollution making its way into the Pacific. Runoff from river mouths, farms and improper sewage outlets streams directly into the ocean and back into the air. Among those who have taken notice and are greatly affected are longtime surfers. Once treasured surf spots such as "Killer Dana" at Dana Point are disappearing. In 1967, the land was transformed into a harbor, and the construction and pollutants from boat traffic eliminated Killer Dana altogether. Also, pollution has been the cause of dramatic changes at Birdrock in La Jolla north of San Diego. What was once a grassy reef has turned into a rock reef following the replacement of a nearby sewage pump. Surfers now commonly cut their feet as they try to walk onto the rocky reef toward the lineup. While cuts may heal, significant health threats are surfacing as well. Surfers are increasingly complaining of stomach flu, sinus infections and more recently, MRSA, a contagious staph bacteria that is difficult to treat. At some point, some surfers are forced to ask themselves when to call it quits to save their health. This documentary includes perspectives from environmental experts and avid surfers who are devoted to better understanding and managing the state’s urban transformation for different reasons, while encompassing the natural beauty found along California’s 840 miles of coastline.

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                • Steamer Lane | Bloom


                  from ian boyle Added 711 13 0

                  Went down to Santa Cruz this morning and shot stills and some 60fps footage at Steamer Lane. Amazing day. Minimal cutting. Mostly arranging. "Bloom" by Radiohead on "The King of Limbs" Canon 7D Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM MK1 60fps conformed to 30fps with Cinema Tools. Steamer Lane Santa Cruz, CA March 12, 2011

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                  • March 11 2011 KASCBMX


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                    Kayotic Aesthetics on the west side of my town today, hit the beach, the bank (like money kinda bank), derby, and some swift street. original soundtrack and editing, Kyle Foster, riding and filming, Michael Hutchins, Kyle Foster. enjoy! http://kascbmx.com

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                    • Santa Cruz Fall 2010


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                      A couple of the cleaner days on the Westside during the lackluster fall of 2010. Shot mounted and handheld with a Canon T2i/550D using a 75-300mm lens. Featured are Willie Eagleton, Chris Ward, Brett Simpson, Nathaniel Curren, Mason Ho, among other team riders and locals. Music by Ted Nugent. Scroll down for pictures

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