between the 27th of April and the 1st of May, will be…
Santa Cruz Gnarly Surf
Santa Cruz is known as an epic place to surf with great beginner breaks and also some big waves to keep the most advanced surfers eyes wide open. Santa Cruz is nicknamed "Surf City" any surfer need to put this killer location on the list of must hit surfer spots. If you are looking to charge the big waves then here are the top 3 most gnarly surf breaks in Santa Cruz. With so many things to do in Santa Cruz surfing the big waves is at the top of the list.
Streamer Lane: Is the most famous surf spot in Santa Cruz mostly because big swells come through in the winter and during the rest of the year the waves stay fairly consistent. There is a cliff overlooking the break that makes the perfect place for spectators or a place to scope the wave before you get wet. This spot is conveniently located close to down town near the West Cliff residential area. This is also where the Santa Cruz Surf Museum is located, look for the light house. Jack O’neill developed the wetsuit at streamer lane with his surf shop located close by. Jack also lost his eye at Streamer Lane.
Natural Bridges: This is an epic spot to check out just for the scenery alone. The natural rock bridge is a site to see and will make a wicked picture. The wave is super smooth and barrels perfectly when the swell is big enough. Beware of rocks on the left hand side that seem to come out of nowhere, it’s a right hand break so you should be OK but you definitely don’t want to be caught in the wrong spot. If you’re looking to avoid a walk down the beach then park at Marine Lab and walk down the cliff but be careful.
Pleasure Point: Amply named, this spot is sure to give you the pleasure you are looking for. Also nicknames “the point” because it is a point break with killer formation. Watch out for rocks which are increasingly dangerous during lower tides, the surf is best at low to mid tide. This is a very popular break and you will be fighting the crowds on the weekend. The swell starts working at 1 meter and holds up to 5 meters before closing out.