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5th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival in Aptos

The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival was created by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz to celebrate the world class mountain bike facilities, riders, and cycling industry of Santa Cruz county, and to raise funds to support local bike projects. This family-friendly eco-conscious event continues to grow year after year with the generous support of their […]

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Santa Cruz Paddlefest Sunday @ Steamer Lane

Paddlers of all kinds scored some great waves on Sunday afternoon for the 28th Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest at Steamer Lane. Photos: Paul Topp

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Ride A Wave Volunteers and Patagonia staff at Saturday’s event

To see the full gallery: Ride A Wave’s event at the Patagonia Outlet

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Colby Phillips made some great stickers which sold like hot-cakes!

To view the full gallery: Jimbo Phillips Art Show at Natural Motion

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Jimbo Phillips Art Show at Natural Motion Art Collective

The Natural Motion Art Collective hosted world famous skateboard artist Jimbo Phillips at their store on Friday. Jimbo displayed a variety of art, prints, stickers, and apparel works for sale.  Jimbo’s unique style is well known around the world and he’s a super cool guy.  His son Colby, who’s an artist and ripper on the skateboard, […]

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Ben Nelson and David Dennis at Board Makers of Santa Cruz to benefit Surfrider Foundation

To see the full gallery of photos go to: Surfrider Event, Board Makers of Santa Cruz, at Cafe Iveta

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Surfrider Event, Board Makers of Santa Cruz, at Cafe Iveta

This project started not with a bang but with a ding. Ben “Major” Nelson repaired a hole in one of local photographer David Dennis’s surfboards. Ben was cool enough to let David shoot him while he was doing repairs on the Westside one afternoon. From there, the project grew with each photo session leading to […]

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Santa Cruz Socialites raise funds at Michael’s on Main for Sprouting Hope Project

This group of women come together to help each other and the community. The Santa Cruz Socialites are for the young ladies who need mentors, the stay-at-home-warrior moms, women looking for a night out, and the corporate business women who want a break from the long work day. This group is inspired by a vision […]

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Friday Shredfest @ The Lane

Friday afternoon saw small, but rippable conditions at Steamer Lane giving a small group of locals a chance to shred without the unruly crowds of this past week.  Surfers included: Carlos Carpenter, Richie Schmidt, and Sam Coffey to name a few. Photos: Paul Topp

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President’s Day Air Show on the Eastside

The Monday holiday brought out some top talent for an afternoon surf session on the Eastside.  Surfers included, Nat Young, Matt Taylor, Parker Coffin, Nic Hdez and Tyler Fox to name a few. Photos: Agnes Topp

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Twisted Tasting, Top of the Ritt

On Saturday, February 15 2014, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing hosted a gala event at the Top of the Rittenhouse building, showcasing forty of the most unique, experimental and unusual beers in the world partnered with locally produced exotic, beer inspired food. Twisted and delicious! Or at the very least, adventurous. Guests engaged in a mind-bending, […]

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First Friday at the Wrigley Building

It was another fantastic First Friday at the Wrigley Building on the West Side of Santa Cruz. Lots of people came in, out of the rain and cold, to check out the different open studios, see the featured art hanging in some of the businesses, enjoy wine and marvel at the R. Blitzer Gallery Santa […]

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Overhead Surf and Low Tide Tuesday @ The Lane

Tuesday afternoon still offered waves in the head high+ range with some light surface texture and not too many surfers in the line-up at Steamer Lane.  Those who chose to make the best of the shifty conditions scored some nice waves.  Surfers included Darryl “Flea“ Virotsko among others.  To Purchase a photo from this gallery, please email […]

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Tyler Fox Puts On a Power Surfing Clinic On The Eastside

Saturday morning brought the occasional  overhead wave to the Pleasure Point area and Tyler Fox was there to take full advantage of it. Photos: Paul Topp

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The Rockhold Brother at Suda Celebrating Luke Rockhold’s UFC Win

To see the full gallery of photos visit: Luke Rockhold’s UFC Victory Party at Suda

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Fun Waves Monday Afternoon @ The Point

Monday afternoon saw a declining swell that still had head high sets at Sewers and First Peak, Pleasure Point.  Surfer included Santiago Hart among others.  To Purchase a photo, please email toppphotos@yahoo.com Photos: Paul Topp

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Longboards Rule Tuesday @ Pleasure Point

A group of longboarders make the most of a sunny day and small waves at Pleasure Point.  Surfers included Dave Brown and CJ Nelson to name a few. Photos: Paul Topp

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True Blue Tuesday @ The Hook

Blue skies and clear water made these little waves at The Hook even more enjoyable for these surfers on Tuesday afternoon. Photos: Paul Topp

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Little Leftovers Tuesday @ Pleasure Point

By Tuesday afternoon the long run of fun surf around town had dropped to almost nothing with Pleasure Point being on of the few spots that still had some rideable waves, and there was a good number of surfers on hand to ride whatever was left of the fading swell. Photos: Paul Topp

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Fun for All Ages @ 38th

Tuesday afternoon saw clean, waist high waves and all around good conditions for surfers of all ages at 38th Ave.  Surfers included Reilly Stone and Tyler Newell to name a few. Photos: Paul Topp

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Beautiful Tuesday Morning @ The Hook

The South Swell was still holding sets in the head-high range with clean conditions on Tuesday morning at The Hook and a big crowd of surfers were there to take full advantage of it.  Surfers included Brian Waters among many others. Photos: Paul Topp

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Mid-Day Tuesday @ The Point

Pleasure Point showed textured but rideable surf in the shoulder high range on Tuesday with a lot of surfers on hand to take advantage of it.  Surfers include CJ Nelson and Sammy Nigh to name a few. Photos: Paul Topp

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Toes on the Nose Tuesday @ Pleasure Point and 38th

Tuesday afternoon provided small and mushy conditions under blue skies at The Point and 38th.  Surfers included Marciano Cruz, Bud Freitas and Reilly Stone to name a few. Photos: Paul Topp

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Wednesday Morning in Motion @ The Hook

Small but fun waves and gray skies on Wednesday morning provided the opportunity for some experimentation with motion at The Hook. Photos: Paul Topp

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