Steamer's Lane

5 stars from 1 reviews
Address 701 West Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Popular surf spot along West Cliffs drive just east of the Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse / Santa Cruz Surfing Museum.

• Parking: Poor / Few • Good For: Sunsets
• Surfing Level: Advanced • Surfing Level: Intermediate

Full Description
Steamer Lane is a famous surfing location in Santa Cruz, California. It is just off a point on the side of cliffs in the West Cliff residential area near downtown Santa Cruz, providing easy access and a good vantage point for viewing. The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is housed in a lighthouse there. "Steamer Lane" is the preferred form of the name used by the people surfing there. Steamer Lane was named by Claude Horan while he was a student at San Jose State in the late 1930s.

One flat calm day he and his friend Wes Hammond thought it would be a good idea to hire steamships to cruise back and forth to generate waves for surfing. It was at Steamer Lane that the modern surfing wetsuit and the leash were mainly developed by Jack O'Neill, who had his surf shop nearby for many years and lost his eye at Steamer Lane.

Santa Cruz has 11 surf breaks, including the point breaks over rock bottoms near Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point. Home to the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum at Steamer Lane, which continues to be staffed by docents from the Santa Cruz Surfing Club who have surfed Santa Cruz waves since the 1930s, Santa Cruz hosts several surf contests drawing international participants each year, including the O'Neill Cold Water Classic, the International Longboard Association contest, and many others.

Source: Wikipedia

Grayson G
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 54
Likes Received: 7
Steamers lane is one of my favorite surfing destinations. It is absolutely a perfect surfing place. I love it there. The waves are perfect for surfing. Steamers lane is stunning. It is absolutely gorgeous. there is nothing better than surfing in a beautiful location.
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