O’Neill Coldwater Classic 2012 at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz

Lighthouse Point is a fun location for photography, as the sun rises and sets over the Monterey Bay, and a constantly changing pattern of light dances off the rolling waves.

The O’Neill Coldwater Classic is an annual surfing competition at the iconic Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California. The 2012 O’Neill Coldwater Classic held local trials on October 31, and the first round began on Thursday, November 1. After a couple lay days — surf conditions were not adequate — the contest resumed on Sunday and finished on Tuesday, November 6.

The event has taken on various incarnations over the past three decades. For 2012, the O’Neill Coldwater Classic was upgraded by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) from a second-tier contest on the World Qualifying Series to a first-tier World Championship Tour (WCT) event in celebration of O’Neill’s 60th anniversary. The O’Neill company, founded in 1952 by Jack O’Neill, is known the world over for revolutionizing modern day surfing with the invention of the first wetsuit, along with many other innovations.

As the second to the last stop on the World Championship Tour, the contest brought out record crowds along West Cliff Drive to watch the best professional surfers in the world compete at Steamer Lane. As a result of thousands of spectators on Sunday, West Cliff Dr. along the lighthouse was closed to cars for the first time since 1990 due to the competition.

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Ten Years of Practical Activism Conference at UC Santa Cruz

The 10th annual Practical Activism Conference at UC Santa Cruz, organized by students at colleges Nine, Ten and Oakes, was held on October 20, 2012 at the College Nine & College Ten Multipurpose Room.

The 10th annual Practical Activism Conference at UC Santa Cruz, organized by students at colleges Nine, Ten and Oakes, was held on October 20, 2012, at the College Nine & College Ten Multipurpose Room. The student-led conference featured keynote speaker Angela Davis, ten workshops, various on- and off-campus organizations, performances, and a variety of hands-on activities.

In addition to Angela Davis, this year’s conference featured spoken-word artist Terisa Siagatonu. Terisa, born and raised in San Francisco, graduated from UCSC’s Community Studies program and also participated in Youth Speaks, the premier non-profit organization in the country targeting spoken word literacy art education for youth.

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Halloween 2012 on Pacific Ave. in Santa Cruz

On October 31, 2012, thousands of people turned out for the annual Halloween celebration on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz, California.

On October 31, 2012, thousands of people turned out for the annual Halloween celebration on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz, California. The sheer number of people forces the city’s hand, and Pacific Ave is closed off to motor vehicles during the unsanctioned gathering. Fences, lights, police, private security, porta potties and people fill the streets for Halloween revelry, which seems to be influenced by the creative Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City, Nevada.

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Son Altepee on Manovuelta Fall 2012 Film Tour with Simón Sedillo

Five traditional string musicians from Acayucan, Veracruz, Mexico known as the collective “Son Altepee,” were at the Springfield Grange in Watsonville touring a short documentary film, performing live music, and sharing their perspectives.

On October 30, 2012 five traditional string musicians from Acayucan, Veracruz, Mexico known as the collective “Son Altepee,” were at the Springfield Grange in Watsonville, CA touring a short documentary film, performing live music, and sharing their perspectives.

“Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Traditional String Music” (“Ayer, Hoy y Mañana: Música Tradicional de Cuerdas”) is a documentary film talking about their work and music, and how they use it as a tool for community organizing.

After the film and live performance, Son Altepee spoke about the current political situation in Mexico, including the effects of neoliberalsm on communities in Veracruz, the so-called war on drugs, and the current electoral fraud scandal.

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