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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