11 October 2010

Dessert (Steamer Lane)

For my fifth surf session in four days, I feasted on the sweet sweet waves of westside Santa Cruz in the warm afternoon sun. I can't believe Huntington Beach has the audacity to claim the mantle of "Surf City USA" over Santa Cruz. I've never surfed HB, but there's no way a mere beach break can compare with the fine quality waves served up by the myriad of kelp-groomed point and reef breaks at the northern end of Monterey Bay.
The Point looked really fun with set waves a foot or two overhead, but it was packed. Cowells wasn't breaking, although I'm sure it turned on later when the tide dropped. Middle Peak was just right, shoulder- to head-high with a light crowd. After a quick but high wave-count session with Nikki, I dashed over to Arrow Surf Shop to drop off Magic for repairs. Hope she's back soon; I'll miss her.

Surfline: WNW swell mix continues to build as new SSW swell also slowly creeps up. Better breaks see mainly waist-chest-shoulder high surf, with a few larger sets for top exposures running head high to slightly overhead. Buoy 46012: (Wave) SWELL: 9.8 ft at 11.4 s NW / WIND WAVE: 3.9 ft at 5.3 s NW / WVHT: 10.8 ft / APD: 7.9 s / MWD: 308°


  1. I dig your snaps of these breaks up here. Try out ocean beach, san fran, i've been hit with some sweet lefts the past couple of days and double over head high. Also, my all time favorite would have to be drakes bay

  2. Thanks! I've never tried Drakes; I'll have to check it out sometime. As for OB, I'm not into the urban beach scene, and I'd have a hard time getting my 8'3" out at a beach break in those conditions. Maybe someday, when I'm a hotshot shortboarder...