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Rip Curl Pro Search 2011 Brings World Surfing Champions To San Francisco (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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On Tuesday, locals crowded Ocean Beach to catch a glimpse of 36 surfing greats battling the merciless San Francisco surf in the Rip Curl Pro Search Competition. The competition is the tenth of eleven stops on the men's Association of Surfing Professionals World Title Race.

On Tuesday morning, up-and-comers like 24-year-old Adriano de Souza and 26-year-old Adam Melling went up against legendary veterans like ten-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (39) and the 40-year-old K2 Big Wave Challenge Champion, Taylor Knox.

The San Francisco competition should run through November 12, with Slater attempting to secure an eleventh world title. You can watch it live here, but we suggest heading to Ocean Beach.

The competition launched just days after a Monterey shark attack left surfer Eric Tarantino in the hospital. And while the attack didn't scare any pro surfers out of the SF waves, competitor Dusty Payne's Tuesday morning shark sighting did.

Check out our slideshow from Tuesday's first round, courtesy of ASP. Then watch ASP's 2011 Rip Curl Pro Search teaser video (which looks a bit like a Bacardi commercial, but is still getting us excited) below:

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Filed by Robin Wilkey