Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz.


Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz. One...

One of the most famous surfing breaks in California. #burnfamilydrive

10 Responses to “Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz.”


  • Talk about “decisive moment”
    Love the shot!
    This reminds me of that movie “Point Break”
    Surfers roam in packs like families….

  • How long did you have to wait for this??

    And I think you have a surfer/surfing book on the back burner somewhere… could fit in easily I’d say.. ok.. so now I want a diptych, this picture with Big Sur, please.. ahhhhh..

  • Lovely picture and BTW I’m absolutely totally enjoying the freedom, sense of fun and creative improvisation which you’re showing us throughout the RoadTrip blog.

  • When I was in high school, my parents moved me from the north CA coast community of Eureka, which I loved, to Sacramento, which I hated. Every chance I got, which was nowhere near enough, I would head for Santa Cruz and usually wind up at Steamer Lane, sometimes Pleasure Point.

    I still dream about it.

    Thanks for the memory.

  • So, you’re on a pier, or a low flying helicopter? Cool photo.
    I can see you’re reluctant to head east. Well, if you keep riding the coast far enough north you could always hop on a ferry to Vancouver Island. I’ll give you the two dollar tour and introduce you to some cool back to the land folks on Lasqueti Island.

  • PS, if you want to continue the surfing theme, I’ll take you to Tofino, on the west coast of the island, mecca for cold water surfers.

  • Gordon, I suspect that David was probaby sitting atop the cliffs that rise straight out of the ocean at Steamer Lane. Also, thanks to the close proximity of the Humboldt current to shore, Santa Cruz is in the cold water surfing zone. The waters off Oregon and Washington tend to be warmer than in many places in Northern California – maybe not Santa Cruz, but in the Eureka-Arcata (which has the coolest average temperature of any Lower 48 city) area for sure.

  • Even without mentioning Santa Cruz, most surfers would be able to tell where the photo was taken. It’s a classic signature angle from the cliff, where viewing is excellent.

    Meanwhile it’s indian summer here on Hatteras.

  • a civilian-mass audience

    the BURNING ODYSSEY

    “Always be the best, my boy, the bravest, and hold your head up high above all the others. Never disgrace the generation of your fathers. They were the bravest champions…”
    ― Homer

  • SKIWAVES

    you are making me homesick….well we ARE heading east…eventually

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