The 6-Star Prime O'Neill Cold Water Classic California got underway today at Santa Cruz's Steamers Lane in 2- to 3-foot surf to complete the Local Trials and 12 heats of Round of 128. Day One standout, Evan Geiselman beat older brother Eric in their Round of 128 heat, with Eric finishing in a close second place. The two will now surf next in the Round of 96. For heat results and video, click here.
ASP North America Pro Junior Champion, Evan Geiselman posting a 7.50. Photo: Courtesy of O'Neill
Warm weather and consistent surf blessed Day One of competition. Photo: Courtesy of O'Neill
Jason "Ratboy" Collins is no stranger to Steamer Lane and used his local knowledge to soar past his competitors and into the Round of 96. Photo: Courtesy of O'Neill
O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada runner-up, Eric Geiselman will look to continue his run of good fortune into Day 2. Photo: Courtesy of O'Neill
Randy Bonds' dominant backhand earned him a second place finish in the Local Trials and entry into the main event. Randy later won his first heat and will surf next in the Round of 96. Photo: Courtesy of O'Neill
Torrey Meister throwing the fins out to solidify a Round of 128 win. Photo: Courtesy of O'Neill