Day 1 started bright and early with heats beginning at 7:30 am. As is typical here on the coast things started a little grey but quickly turned into a mix of sun and clouds as the waves rolled in one right after the other. Never having attended a surf competition I didn't know what to expect so I was really surprised at how fast things moved along. Approximately every 16 minutes a new group of competitors would be headed out in their brightly colored jerseys. For those of you not familiar like I this is done so that the judges are able to clearly see the competitors especially since they are seated quite far back from the action. For a newbie like me, it helped me focus on the action as there was a constant stream of surfers on either side.