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Migration Madness: The Sooty Shearwaters are Back!

We are lucky in Santa Cruz to get visited annually by sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus) as they make their spectacular circum-global migration of 40,000 miles: the longest recorded migration of any bird. Each year, they spend about 5 months breeding and rearing their young and the rest of the year they are migrating! All sooty […]

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The Santa Cruz Wharf: A Hundred Years of History

The Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf has been helping people and businesses gain access to the ocean for ten decades! Lets take a quick peek at the past and possible future of the longest wooden pile wharf on the west coast of the U.S. It’s the dawn of the 1910s, and the many tentacled arms of national […]

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Kenyan Simon Ndirangu wins 42nd annual Wharf to Wharf

By Andrew Matheson Santa Cruz Sentinel Capitola >> Simon Ndirangu had never competed in the annual Wharf to Wharf Race prior to Sunday’s 42nd edition, but he likely fooled just about everyone in the field and everyone watching along East Cliff Drive. The 28-year-old Kenyan, who nearly led the six-mile footrace from wire-to-wire, knew when […]

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Mike Dilloughery Paddles Across The Bay And Back

On Sunday, July 20th Mike Dilloughery set out to complete a huge challenge. To paddle from Cowell’s Beach in Santa Cruz across the bay to Lovers Point in Monterey and back. The trip was a total of 50 miles and 12 1/2 hours of paddling. He was using an Unlimited Prone, Joe Bark 17’9″ board. […]

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USS Nimitz aircraft carrier stops off Santa Cruz coast

Aircraft carrier on its way to home port in Washington By Stephen Baxter sbaxter@santacruzsentinel.com @sbaxter_sc on Twitter SANTA CRUZ >> The USS Nimitz stopped by Santa Cruz waters on Friday, offering a rare glimpse of one of the largest war ships in the world. The 1,092-foot aircraft carrier was on its way from San Diego […]

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Freeline surf shop celebrates 45 years in Pleasure Point

Three generations of Mel family worked in store By Stephen Baxter sbaxter@santacruzsentinel.com @sbaxter_sc on Twitter PLEASURE POINT >> As newlyweds in 1968, John and Kim Mel hopped in their Volkswagen bus and set off from their home in Torrance to Santa Cruz for their honeymoon. They fell in the love with the world-class waves at […]

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Staycations: 5 ways to make every weekend healthy and fun.

It’s the summertime and we all want to get away and have a good long relaxing vacation. But, the pressures of daily life, work, or even family inevitably deter us. Still, just because you can’t go out of town, doesn’t mean that you have to sit on the couch and watch TV, especially in a […]

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Humpback whales snack at Santa Cruz wharf

By Stephen Baxter sbaxter@santacruzsentinel.com @sbaxter_sc on Twitter SANTA CRUZ >> Humpback whales cruised by the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf on Tuesday afternoon, snacking on schools of small fish about 50 yards from the wooden pilings off Cowell Beach. Up on the wharf at restaurants such as Firefish Grill, diners got a free show with lunch […]

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