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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

2012 O'Neill Coldwater Classic Surf Images ~ Photography by Terry Way

The 2012 O'Neill Coldwater Classic saw a return of the top ranked professional surfers in the world (the first time in Santa Cruz since 1990) to take on Steamer Lane. The waves cooperated and the weather was perfect with several 80 degree days. I managed to check out a few days and even boated over from the harbor see see the action from a different angle. Here is a sampling of images from the contest.

a clear sunrise outside the Santa Cruz Harbor

Kelly Slater

Local wildcard "Ratboy" Collins nearly took out 11 time champ Kelly Slater in the 2nd round
Kelly Slater finding a familiar place 
Kelly Slater knows how to impress a crowd (and judges) with his explosive surfing
powerful surfing from Brazilian Jadson Andre

Hawaii's John Florence went down early

John John ripping

Aussie Matt Wilkinson would go all the way to the final
The Lane is a tricky wave. Many gems went unridden

a gnarly Santa Cruz local keeps an eye on the contest scene 
Former CWC winner and Westside legend, Anthony Ruffo

John Florence
Adam Melling
Damian Hobgood
Travis Logie

Kelly Slater had a hard time figuring out the quirks of Steamer Lane


Michel Bourez power carve

Jeremy Flores slicing
and going on to win this heat
leaving KS baffled
post heat interviews
the final day saw an increase in swell

Gabriel Medina

Joel Parkinson



the final saw an Aussie match up between goofy foot Matt Wilkinson

and the regular foot from Western Oz, Taj Burrow (who won!)
Middle Peak


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