Ocean Beach: hard take-offs | Photo: Stoke Report/Vonstanger

San Francisco is the venue chosen for the Rip Curl Pro Search 2011. The iconic stage of the ASP Dream Tour is heading to California for another epic surfing competition.

If "discovering and surfing a secret spot" is the original motto, all rumours point the Ocean Beach as the favourite pick from the Rip Curl Pro Search organization.

The Ocean Beach is exposed to the best Pacific swell and offers interesting currents and cool waters. After Reunion Island, Mexico, Chile, Bali, Portugal and Puerto Rico, it's time for city surfing, in aresponse to the upcoming New York and Rio de Janeiro contests.

Several rules should be respected in order to keep the original dream of the Search alive. The surf contest should respect the local environment and won't show off with big lights, sounds and outdoors.

At the same time, the event must respect the local surf community and be accepted. Top professional surfing has been away from Ocean Beach for the last ten years.

The Rip Curl Pro Search 2011, in San Francisco, will be a golden opportunity to celebrate surfing in the heart of California, from 1st to 11th November.