Surfing Spectators - Santa Cruz, CA by

Journal Notes

We decided to get out of town for a night over the long MLK weekend, so my husband and I took a leisurely drive up the coast along Highway 101 heading north to Santa Cruz, California. Hotels in Santa Cruz are spendy, so we decided to stay in the city of Capitola, located just next door. When we woke up the next morning the weather was phenomenal literally perfect for walking along the beach and enjoying the coastal scenery of this quaint surf town. We downed some coffee and bagels at the hotel and decided to walk down to the beach to hopefully check out some world class surfing. At the recommendation of our breakfast server, we decided to head west on 41st Avenue until it dead ends onto a beach known as “Pleasure Point.” As our luck would have it, a surfing competition was taking place that very morning! We were so stoked at our luck, as arriving at 9:00 a.m. is pretty late in the day by surfing standards! However, we were just in time to see some kids shredding it up with the official announcer giving us a play by play! The waves were awesome, coming in at about 7 feet, and the northern Cal water was REALLY cold as surfers were wearing full wet suits with booties and hoodies. But, as we walked along East Cliff Drive, the views, the waves, and the surfing couldn’t be beat. I highly recommend taking in surfing as a spectator sport at Pleasure Point, located in Capitola, California. It makes for a perfect beach day!

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