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1/4 to 1/2 mile west up West Cliff Drive after Steamer Lane. There are two dog's beaches after Steamers. The first is right around the point from the lane, the second is where this break is.
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Santa Cruz Wedge
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South, SouthEast
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
This is pretty much only a bodyboarding and bodysurfing spot.
You can park anywhere on West Cliff Drive facing the water (should be free w/ no time limit). There are two wedges, one that only works at high tide and one that only works at low tides.
The one that works at low tides is at the far east end of the beach. A wave will reflect off the rocks which can be ridden into the barrel of an oncoming wave (like a speed booster) or can be used to propel oneself off the resulting peak of two colliding waves to make aerial manuevers.
The high tide break is about 50 ft west up the beach. There aren't as many barrels here, but equally good aerials.
This breaks almost year round. As long as Steamers is waist high, the wedge should be doing its thing.
Locals think they're hot s**t. These consist mainly of barely pubescent highschool brats and low-I.Q. locals who couldn't get into college. If they try to trash you, spit in their face. That should shut them up. Best time of day is midday to avoid the high school brats. Again, don't worry about them. Chances are good that you outweigh them two to one. Literally.
Fun place. Great to go when everything but Steamers is small. A waist to chest high surf report at Steamers is the sign for the wedge being good to go. Above that, it only gets better.
By Shain , 23-09-2008
The Wedge ???? Kook - Who ever wrote this obviously doesnt ride anything there. It is called It's beach !! or just It's. And go ahead spit in the locals face you and your car will be smashed for sure. Santa cruz is one of the most local places to ride anything hands down. Respect the locals and the breaks and get a few rides.
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