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Costanoa: An Eco Adventure Resort

  Costanoa Up the coast North of Santa Cruz lies a lodge and resort called Costanoa. Santa Cruz Waves wanted to know a little more about Costanoa; so we asked general manager Trevor Bridge a few questions about this pristine area of Central California. SCW: Could you please tell us a bit about the history […]

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The local boys at FitAid

Life Aid- Local Spot Light LifeAid Beverage Co. is a company created in the heart of Santa Cruz. In this article we take a look into how some local boys broke into the beverage industry. Located on the West Side in the old Wrigley Gum factory, LifeAid produces beverages and has created brands such as […]

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Vital Body Therapy- Taking holistic healing to a new level of excellence!

There are few spas in Santa Cruz that “bring the level of skill and commitment to excellence to their clients” like Vital Body Therapy, according to co-owner Kelly Stoll.  Set in the coveted Seabright area next to Shopper’s Corner, Vital Body Therapy is consistently bringing clients to a higher level of well-being through Massage Therapy, […]

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Sleeping 101- Siesta to a healthier you!

  Sleep is more important than you think, and you likely are not getting enough of it.  We live in a hustle and bustle world where sleeping less and doing more is the standard.  Unfortunately burning the candle at both ends may actually shorten your life span.  You have to ask yourself then, “What is […]

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Attack of the Migraine

  I started suffering from migraines at fifteen.  I would come home almost every day from school with a headache, but the migraine attacks were at least once a month.  Migraines are extremely painful, and unless you are a sufferer as well, you never quite understand the pain.  For some unfortunate folks, migraines are a […]

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Precision Wellness Center- A Cut Above the Rest

Santa Cruz County is surely known for its health conscious culture, but what we lack is an all-inclusive wellness center focused primarily on rehabilitation and fitness. Well… until now! Visionaries and doctors of physical therapy and fitness rehabilitation James Vegher, DPT, NCS and Chris Christensen, DPT, CSCS, partnered 4 years ago to move forth on […]

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Question of the Week: Worst surf injury & how did you recover?

                                Zach Morell: I got hit in the face by my board and had a big black eye and small gash. I just iced it and had to deal with looking like a boxer for a couple weeks. However, the […]

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The Benefits of Ayurvedic Oil Massage

I’m not a vain person, I swear. My body confidence levels teeter between ashamed of excess flab and “passable” if I’m wearing black or happened to go for a run that morning. But after a full body oil massage with the Santa Cruz-based Ayurvedic practitioner Heather Nagel, a curious thing happened: I felt like the […]

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Meaningful Massage Therapy

  Here in Santa Cruz massage studios are kind of like Starbucks in San Francisco in that they can be found on nearly every corner and the quality tends to be hit and miss.  Speaking for myself, I’ve tried nearly every spa and massage center in the county, oft-times paying upwards of $200. (Stupid, I […]

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Jeff Denholm – Athletic Extraordinaire and Environmentalist

    There are certain people that you meet in life that you know are special right away; teaching us and inspiring us to push beyond our own perceived limitations.  Jeff Denholm is not only an incredible surfer, paddle boarder, skier, and mountain biker, but also an active environmentalist and innovator for high-tech prosthetic arms […]

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Ice vs. Heat

Many of us are confused about what to do when we get an acute injury.  Do we ice it or do we use heat?  Knowing the proper ways to treat an injury can reduce recovery time, getting you back to your active lifestyle as soon as possible. Ice your acute injury!  Acute injuries are traumatic, […]

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Coconut water

For over 4,000 years coconut water has been a natural source for wellness and nutrition. During times of famine and war, coconut water was even used intravenously and saved countless lives. Now of course I would never suggest that someone shoot coconut water into their veins; but I do recommend that instead of choosing to […]

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Journey to Living

Journey to Living   For the past two and a half years of my life I have been battling Cancer. Only but a mere week ago, that two and half year battle came to its long awaited end and I can finally utter the words ‘”I am Cancer free” with a delightful and grateful heart. […]

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Santa Cruz Core Fitness + Rehab- Love making you feel better with customized self-improvement

Santa Cruz Core Fitness + Rehab- Love making you feel better with customized self-improvementEstablished only two and a half years ago by Jaimi Ellison, Santa Cruz Core Fitness + Rehab is a blooming new local business. Owner and founder Ellison had been through a traumatic bicycle accident in 2001 while riding down from UCSC.  After […]

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Losing Sleep?

 Sleep, catching zzzzzz’s is very important…   Losing Shut-eye?    Your Memory is Wiped.  A study in Sleep found that people’s accuracy on working-memory tasks dropped by about 15 percent while they pulled an all-nighter. Sleep helps your brain consolidate information, so without that recovery time, you’re unable to file away important data. Your Waistline […]

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Q and A with big wave surfer and Chiropractor Benjy Darrow

  Santa Cruz Waves chats with big wave charger and Chiropractor Benjy Darrow.   SCW:            Name? Age? Current City?   BD:            Name: Dr. Benjamin Z. Darrow,  Age 41, El Granada, Ca. (I work in Daly City with access to the whole Bay Area…)   SCW:            Field of specialization?   BD:            Chiropractic Doctor specializing in Physical […]

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Baja Fish Tacos

    Baja Style Fish Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Sauce  Mexico is calling your name, better yet a trip down the Baja is calling my name! Pack up your quiver and your camping gear, summer time is around the corner! K-58, San Miguel say no more, you pick your spot and rally up. Carry a […]

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The One and Only Huevos Rancheros

    Post Surf Homemade Huevos Rancheros  Ingredients 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 (6 inch) corn tortillas 1 can whole pinto beans 1 can jalapenos 4 eggs 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese or queso fresco (optional) 1 small can stewed tomatoes 1/2 cup salsa (optional)   Directions 1.Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high […]

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1st Annual Santa Cruz Chili Cook-Off

    1st Annual Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off Saturday, October 23, 2010 At the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk The cooking begins at 9:00am  Admission FREE. Tasting Kit is $8. (Includes 5 taste tickets, spoon, cup, & People’s Choice voting ballot)     Don’t miss the Boardwalk’s first Chili Cook-Off!   Bring your appetite and join […]

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1st Annual Santa Cruz Chili Cook-Off

    1st Annual Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Chili Cook-Off Saturday, October 23, 2010 At the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk The cooking begins at 9:00am  Admission FREE. Tasting Kit is $8. (Includes 5 taste tickets, spoon, cup, & People’s Choice voting ballot)     Don’t miss the Boardwalk’s first Chili Cook-Off!   Bring your appetite and join […]

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