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Santa Cruz Steamer Lane
Steamer Lane
Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California
Category: Activities
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Steamer Lane

Experience the most amazing surfing and surf kayaking in California at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz. Less than a mile from our hotel, this renowned surf spot attracts wave riders from around the world and hosts several professional surf tournaments. It got its unusual name in the 1930s when two college students hired steamships to go back and forth to create waves. Learn about the history of the sport at the Surfing Museum.


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Recreational surfing and surf kayaking is free.

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  • O'Neill Cold Water Classic
  • USA Surfing Championships
  • Int'l Longboard Assoc. Contest


  • Surfing
  • Surf Kayaking
  • Surfing Museum
  • Photography
  • People Watching
  • Scenic Lookout


  • When is the best time of year to catch waves and watch surfers at Steamer Lane?

    If you're an intermediate to advanced surfer, or just love to watch folks hang ten, you'll be happy to know that Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz boasts killer waves all year long. It's one of California's most crowded surf breaks. And when the swell rears its lively no so little head, the waves are of the incredibly epic and world-class proportion.
  • What will I see at the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum at Steamer Lane?

    Located in a lighthouse, the Museum delivers incredible exhibits that cover more than a century of the sport. Delight in a wealth of photographs that highlight the growth of the surfing culture throughout the decades. You'll also encounter all types of surfboards, such as huge hollow paddle boards from the 1930 and early fiberglass models from the 1970s.

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