Santa Cruz: riding giants at Steamer Lane

The heart of Californian surfing and the birth of the modern wetsuit by Jack O'Neill. Santa Cruz offers classic surf in iconic surf peaks. The best surfers in the world are coming to town, in the O'Neill's 60th anniversary.

The O'Neill Coldwater Classic 2012 is the decisive stage of the ASP World Championship Tour. The event has been upgraded to the elite division of surfing and will certainly stay in the memory and history of surfing.

Jack O'Neill played a crucial role in the development of surfing, right from that mythical house at Pleasure Point.

Santa Cruz breaths surfing, beach culture and action sports. Steamer Lane is one of the most famous surf spots in California and is usually photographed by tourists from up the cliff.

Steamer Lane can get very big. The surf arena often delivers right-handers, but goofy-footers can get high scoring frontside rides here, too.

The O'Neill Coldwater Classic 2012 will have three surfers eyeing a possible world title. Joel Parkinson, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning have strong chances of clinching the cup, but this is not a reserved club.

How will the best surfers in the planet deal with the Northern California peak? The event born in 1987 will not only bring the top caliber of talent to Steamer Lane, but a lofty $425,000 prize purse as well. Get ready for adrenaline injections, from November 1st-11th.

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