PHOTOS: Surfing contest at San Francisco's Ocean Beach

PHOTOS: Surfing contest at San Francisco's Ocean Beach

The Rip Curl Pro Search 2011 surfing contest started Tuesday at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

Click on the photo to the right to see photos from the surf contest.

Sunny skies and an offshore breeze greeted the 36 professional surfers and the hundreds of spectators who flocked to the beach to watch the competition.

There was one incident in the morning when a contestant left the contest in the middle of a heat, saying he saw a shark. It was not confirmed immediately if it was a shark or a dolphin and the contest continued.

 

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PHOTOS: Surfing contest at San Francisco's Ocean Beach

competes in the Rip Curl Pro Search 2011 surfing contest at Ocean Beach in San Francisco on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

competes in the Rip Curl Pro Search 2011 surfing contest at Ocean Beach in San Francisco on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

PHOTOS: Surfing contest at San Francisco's Ocean Beach

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PHOTOS: Surfing contest at San Francisco's Ocean Beach

competes in the Rip Curl Pro Search 2011 surfing contest at Ocean Beach in San Francisco on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Surfer Adriano de Souza

competes in the Rip Curl Pro Search 2011 surfing contest at Ocean Beach in San Francisco on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Surfer Adriano de Souza

PHOTOS: Surfing contest at San Francisco's Ocean Beach

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