Santa Cruz is a classic beach town in Santa Cruz County, California. The intimate and mellow surf community is the genesis of surf culture in Northern California. A great variety of waves (around sixty) break along this stunning coastline, offering spots for every level of practice and skill. With such reliable waves also come crowds, so proper etiquette is expected. Several down-home coffee shops, bars, restaurants and shops make it a surfer's (and non-surfer's) paradise.
Also known as The Point. Pleasure Point has a few sections and waves can be mellow to barreling, ranging from normal to very long rides that go right. These are a combination of point, beach, and reef breaks. On the outside is Sewer Peak, a steep and barreling ride over kelp covered rock slab—for advanced surfers. First Peak is down the line and is slightly easier. Second Peak is a continuation of First Peak with walling rides, however, it becomes a little crumbly. Insides is the last section—a bit mushy and the most popular with longboarders and beginners. Consistency is year-round with mainly winter swells.
About the Access
Walk down the stairwell at 36th Avenue, standard paddle out.
Current Surf Report
- Surf Height4 - 6 ft
- Wind3 mph
Last updated: 1 day ago
- Skill LevelBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- ConsistencyYear round, Mainly winter swells
- Wave LengthLong, Very Long
- Wave DirectionRight
- Board TypeLongboard, Shortboard, Funboard
- Type of BreakPoint, Beach, Reef
- Swell directionsS, SW, W, NW
- Best wind directionsNW, N, NE
- Crowd levels / weekCrowded
- Crowd levels / weekendUltra Crowded
- SeabedSand, Reef, Rocks
- Best tidesLow, Mid, Rising
- PowerMellow, Powerful, Crumbly
- Access ByPublic Beach, Paddle out