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Thurso East worked its magic to produce some of the best conditions ever seen in the history of this competition on the first day of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland 2011. But nevertheless this is the North coast of Scotland… Whilst the waves were drawing cheers from the crowds gathered on the shore, the weather was not. Cold temperatures both in an out of the water, coupled with rain and hail ensured this was classic Cold Water Classic conditions. But nothing was going to take away from the quality of surf today as contest organizers got through 20 heats in the first round of this 6 Star ASP competition.
English surfer Micah Lester made the most of the conditions scoring a perfect 10 in the final heat of the day with a huge barrel and massive cutback - that one wave taking him through the heat. Another standout from 10 hours of competition was Spanish surfer Indar Unanue who pulled out the best backhand barrels of the competition so far. Conditions did not relent throughout the day. Australian surfer Dion Atkinson started off the day with a high heat score of 15.33 in Heat 1. And in Heat 16 of the day New Zealand surfer Richard Christie came up with a score of 17.50.
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