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Santa Cruz Town - Drive there and Park then walk down the stairs.Park in one of the five parking spots or on the street.With this type of wave get there early when locals are out parking is limited you'll know.. showers and rest rooms avaliable..
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name The Lane
Wave qualityWorld Class
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomFlat rocks with sand
PowerFast, Powerful, Fun
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
This spot is world famous.It is a good spot for mid-level surfers to advanced. This place picks any swell at any size. Gets huge on big swells.It's sheltered from NW winds.
THE POINT - at the end of Seal Rock. hollow rights. Works with all swells. Better with S swell. Crowded and competitive.
THE SLOT - Good right on a W swell. Take-off close to the cliff. Good for tubes and tricks.
MiDDLE PEAK - Outside towards the channel, there are several reefs (First, second anf third reef). It works on any huge swell. Rights and Lefts. on rights: big drops and after, a soft shoulder. on lefts: big drops but hollower. Be carefule not to be caught inside.
INDICATORS - long righthand point.long walls, plenty of sections, lips, and so on. Need a perfect W-NW swell and low tide.
Fun everyone knows your name. Kinda chill. Kinda not chill. Lots of old timers who have been surfin' it forever and make the experience fun, as long as you show basic courtesy. A number of young punks and locals who sit at the point, especially in the summer, and think they own the place after they get off work or out of school. So many people watching up on the cliff makes you feel like you're surfing on a stage every time you take off.
It is a good spot for mid-level surfers to advanced. This place gets huge on big swells, the and the 2nd and 3rd reef lefts are a good place to see what you're made of. They looks short and stubby, but the power in the drop and the curl are mind-bending!
By Gerry Lopez , 03-05-2010
Oregon/California - I grew up surfing in NJ all year long in 33 degree water in the winter..then i moved to cali in the bay are for 2 years..then i moved to oregon for 3 years...ive surfed every good spot from Seaside OR to Point Loma in San Diego now im back in the bay are...let me clarify that Seaside (the cove) in Oregon does have its good days..but mostly its an onshore victory at sea..NW winds never stop...and furthermore the town of seaside is absolutely horrible...bunch of rednecks...so all in all sure seaside does go off and im sure its epic..but really its tucked the fuck all the way up in some redneck town...Steamer Lane gets surfable waves pretty often...and the vibe is surfing man...there are skaters everywhere...good food..and beautiful mountains, redwoods, and palm trees....i mean cmon lets get real....its like the retards who claim Portland is a better city than San francisco...
By Anonymous , 02-02-2010
Seaside surfers at Santa Cruz - Dude not all of the guys up at Seaside are dicks. Just the jerk crew. We also get crap from them and we live in Seaside and surf Seaside everyday. Those guys even go after highschool kids throwing them off their boards, dunking them, pulling leashes, and intimidating them. So cut the guys who show respect a break and don't freak out on all Oregon surfers at The Lane.
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