Wilder Ranch

Mountain bikers on the Engelsman bypass. Photo credit: Hilltromper.

If you've got just one day, this is the place.

Steamer Lane

Steamer Lane is almost always breaking — and packed with protective locals. Photo by Chip Scheuer.

The ultimate Santa Cruz wave.


A mob of longboarders on a sunny day at Cowells surf break. Photo credit: Hilltromper

Easygoing waves on the Westside.

Moss Landing Surf Break

A guy in a wetsuit surfing a big, cold-looking wave in the afternoon. Photo credit: Patty Bruno.

Consistent, heavy beach break.

26th Avenue Surf Break

Skimboarder on 26th Avenue surf break in Santa Cruz. Photo credit: Mark Grissom.

Pleasure Point’s scrappy little brother.

Manresa State Beach

Wisps of evening fog settle over the sand at Manresa State Beach. Hilltromper photo.

Miles of empty beach in either direction.