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Santa Cruz is Up Next

After an action packed, epic event in France, the ASP elite gets ready for the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California. This awesome challenge will take place between the 1st and 11th of November. The world’s best surfers will travel to Northern California for this event, which might determine the 2012 World Champion. The O’Neill Cold Water Classic is the second to last stop on the 2012 ASP WCT.

We will see Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Taj Burrow, John John Florence and many other amazing riders facing a real clash of the titans. This event originates from 1987, and has taken several forms over the years. It has been an ASP WCT event, as well as an ASP Star or Prime event. This year’s challenge has a prize purse of $425,000.

Renato Hickel, ASP World Tour Manager, says: “We’re very happy to confirm the 2012 O’Neill Coldwater Classic Santa Cruz as an ASP World Title event. Santa Cruz offers a variety of world-class waves for our surfers to perform on and we’re hopeful that conditions will deliver for the world’s best to do battle in.”

This year’s event coincides with O’Neill’s 60th anniversary. The famous lifestyle brand is proud to be part of this exceptional even, as Pat O’Neill, President and CEO of O’Neill Wetsuits says: "We are excited to see a World Tour level event return to Santa Cruz as part of O'Neill's 60 year anniversary. Santa Cruz, with its rich surf history and tradition, is the perfect venue for this pivotal event. Mainland surfing started in Santa Cruz, Jack O’Neill developed many pioneering surf inventions here and it’s been home to the O’Neill brand for over half a century. Santa Cruz has always been regarded as a true surf community and was named the number one surf town in the U.S. by Surfer magazine. With a World Tour event in 2012 and the possibility of the World Champion being crowned, we expect to see an exciting chapter in surfing history written right in our front yard.”