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Santa Cruz

Surf Spots

Santa Cruz has over a dozen surf breaks located across Santa Cruz County. The map below shows just a few well-known spots.

Steamer Lane

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Steamer Lane

The most well-known surf break in Central California is Santa Cruz's very own Steamer Lane. The lighthouse at Steamer Lane is an iconic landmark. This rocky reef break consists of three main lineups: the Point, Middle Peak, and Indicators. Each spot will break better or worse depending on the swell, tide, and seasonal sandbars. Usually best for intermediate-to-advanced surfers and has a strong local vibe.

Cowell's Beach

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Cowells Beach

This is one of the best beginner surfing spots in California. The waves are small and easy to ride. Plan to surf around the low tide for easy access and better conditions.

Pleasure Point

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Pleasure Point

On the eastside of Santa Cruz is Pleasure Point. This point / reef-break consists of three main lineups: First Peak, Second Peak, and 38th Ave. Intermediate-to-advanced surfers will like First Peak and Second Peak. 38th Ave is best for longboards and beginner surfers.

38th Ave

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38th Ave

The wave at 38th Ave (aka "Jack's") is usually slow and perfect for longboards. There is a contingent of longboarders that regularly surf there but are relaxed & friendly when given proper respect. Most of the time the slow rolling surf at 38th is good for beginners to practice their skills and there is plenty of room for everyone

the Hook

The Hook

The Hook is like an extension of Pleasure Point and is know as one of the best, most consistent waves in Santa Cruz. It is also one of the most crowded waves. Under 3ft, the Hook is a great beginner wave.

Capitola

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Capitola Beach

Capitola Beach is a hot tourist spot but can get good during the winter. I learned to surf there back in 1986! Its a slow moving wave that breaks outside and inside, and is generally considered a good beginner wave. Parking is tough due to 2hr meters or long haul.

Manresa State Beach

Manresa State Beach

Located south of Santa Cruz is Manresa State Beach. This is a long, wide, sandy beach that is popular with families. There can be rip currents at this spot so look for the lifeguards instructions. Generally, this beach break is best when the swell is small and under four feet. At five-foot and above the wave starts to close-out. Best surfed around the higher tides, access is no problem here.

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Sand Dollar

Look for the yellow sign.