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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Santa Cruz - 26th

USA, California, Santa Cruz

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 36° 57.368' N
Longitude: 121° 58.842' W

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East Cliff and 26th. Straight out off the end of the street. Parking lot at the lagoon just down E Cliff.

English (Translate this text in English): East Cliff and 26th. Straight out off the end of the street. Parking lot at the lagoon just down E Cliff.

English (Translate this text in English): East Cliff and 26th. Straight out off the end of the street. Parking lot at the lagoon just down E Cliff.

English (Translate this text in English): East Cliff and 26th. Straight out off the end of the street. Parking lot at the lagoon just down E Cliff.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Powerful, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Localism
- Pollution

 Additional Information

All Surfers category, but this wave can pound and dump. Main peak breaks off a reef that sometimes is and sometimes isn't covered with sand. Some kelp. Jacks pretty hard, takeoffs are pretty steep and you need to pick and choose on the rights because a lot of them will close out pretty frequently. The lefts are better and barrels can be had both ways. Multiple peaks up and down the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): All Surfers category, but this wave can pound and dump. Main peak breaks off a reef that sometimes is and sometimes isn't covered with sand. Some kelp. Jacks pretty hard, takeoffs are pretty steep and you need to pick and choose on the rights because a lot of them will close out pretty frequently. The lefts are better and barrels can be had both ways. Multiple peaks up and down the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): All Surfers category, but this wave can pound and dump. Main peak breaks off a reef that sometimes is and sometimes isn't covered with sand. Some kelp. Jacks pretty hard, takeoffs are pretty steep and you need to pick and choose on the rights because a lot of them will close out pretty frequently. The lefts are better and barrels can be had both ways. Multiple peaks up and down the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): All Surfers category, but this wave can pound and dump. Main peak breaks off a reef that sometimes is and sometimes isn't covered with sand. Some kelp. Jacks pretty hard, takeoffs are pretty steep and you need to pick and choose on the rights because a lot of them will close out pretty frequently. The lefts are better and barrels can be had both ways. Multiple peaks up and down the beach.

Atmosphere

In summer with a good south swell this beach is packed with all kinds of people - cute girlies, families, etc. Nice mellow scene. Good sand but avoid high tides for surfing and hanging out - it'll wash over the width of the beach tot he rocks. Good skimming. Fun place to hang when the weather is nice. Really fun waves up and down the beach. They'll snap your board pretty quickly - definately not gutless stuff - and they'll stuff you too so while I wouldn't consider it hazardous you should know your limits. Pollution note: people get sick here from lagoon and street runoff after a rain - lots of diharrea and vomiting-type stuff. The water actually gets stinky and kinda filmy. Usually Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar after really winter rains.

English (Translate this text in English): In summer with a good south swell this beach is packed with all kinds of people - cute girlies, families, etc. Nice mellow scene. Good sand but avoid high tides for surfing and hanging out - it'll wash over the width of the beach tot he rocks. Good skimming. Fun place to hang when the weather is nice. Really fun waves up and down the beach. They'll snap your board pretty quickly - definately not gutless stuff - and they'll stuff you too so while I wouldn't consider it hazardous you should know your limits. Pollution note: people get sick here from lagoon and street runoff after a rain - lots of diharrea and vomiting-type stuff. The water actually gets stinky and kinda filmy. Usually Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar after really winter rains.

English (Translate this text in English): In summer with a good south swell this beach is packed with all kinds of people - cute girlies, families, etc. Nice mellow scene. Good sand but avoid high tides for surfing and hanging out - it'll wash over the width of the beach tot he rocks. Good skimming. Fun place to hang when the weather is nice. Really fun waves up and down the beach. They'll snap your board pretty quickly - definately not gutless stuff - and they'll stuff you too so while I wouldn't consider it hazardous you should know your limits. Pollution note: people get sick here from lagoon and street runoff after a rain - lots of diharrea and vomiting-type stuff. The water actually gets stinky and kinda filmy. Usually Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar after really winter rains.

English (Translate this text in English): In summer with a good south swell this beach is packed with all kinds of people - cute girlies, families, etc. Nice mellow scene. Good sand but avoid high tides for surfing and hanging out - it'll wash over the width of the beach tot he rocks. Good skimming. Fun place to hang when the weather is nice. Really fun waves up and down the beach. They'll snap your board pretty quickly - definately not gutless stuff - and they'll stuff you too so while I wouldn't consider it hazardous you should know your limits. Pollution note: people get sick here from lagoon and street runoff after a rain - lots of diharrea and vomiting-type stuff. The water actually gets stinky and kinda filmy. Usually Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar after really winter rains.

General

It's where I take out-of-town family and friends in the summer when they want to go to a beach and I want to get a fun session in. Crew here is on it when it's good and like every spot close to Pleasure, you gotta expect that when it IS good, the eastside rippas will be kiing it, especially at the main peak and down at the south end (Rockview). Let them have their local spot if it's crowded - there's plenty of good peaks when it's on in between the two.

English (Translate this text in English): It's where I take out-of-town family and friends in the summer when they want to go to a beach and I want to get a fun session in. Crew here is on it when it's good and like every spot close to Pleasure, you gotta expect that when it IS good, the eastside rippas will be kiing it, especially at the main peak and down at the south end (Rockview). Let them have their local spot if it's crowded - there's plenty of good peaks when it's on in between the two.

English (Translate this text in English): It's where I take out-of-town family and friends in the summer when they want to go to a beach and I want to get a fun session in. Crew here is on it when it's good and like every spot close to Pleasure, you gotta expect that when it IS good, the eastside rippas will be kiing it, especially at the main peak and down at the south end (Rockview). Let them have their local spot if it's crowded - there's plenty of good peaks when it's on in between the two.

English (Translate this text in English): It's where I take out-of-town family and friends in the summer when they want to go to a beach and I want to get a fun session in. Crew here is on it when it's good and like every spot close to Pleasure, you gotta expect that when it IS good, the eastside rippas will be kiing it, especially at the main peak and down at the south end (Rockview). Let them have their local spot if it's crowded - there's plenty of good peaks when it's on in between the two.

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By Anonymous , 03-01-2010

26 - i no i am going to get crap for this. but i am a valley guy that has earned my way in the line. i am there almost all weekdays and weekends. yes its local heavy you just have to not be an as and wait your turn.

By Anonymous , 13-05-2009

LOcal - Bottom line. Don't surf spots you can't handle yet. No one likes a board to the head. And bodyboarder vs surfer... Squash that shit! Just ride.

By Anonymous , 05-03-2007

Localism - Know your place and all is fine.26 has become more lax then it was in the past.I know these things because I am a local and two six is my home break.The truth is when the surf is really good there are no kooks to be found.Why?Cus you arn't here!

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