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Fun Sized and Relaxed at Steamers

Tide was low around 6pm and the waves were 3 to 5 feet. The weather could be described as “partly cloudy” but for us that means that wispy stuff overhead “Hey wow, a cloud! Look another one!” It was a warm day by any standard, let alone early spring. I saw a number of groms […]

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Saturday Paddlefest: SUP, kayak, and surf!

There was so much going on Saturday that it was hard to keep up! The Big Enchilada was Santa Cruz Paddlefest. The Covewater Surf City SUP Race had two courses that took participants from Cowells to the harbor and back plus a longer event that rounded the mile marker buoy. The Cowells Classic surfing event […]

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Low Tide and High Fun at The Lane on Saturday

I’m usually shooting from the cliffs but Saturday was a great opportunity to get down low. The day was warm and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. And it was the end of January in our beloved Santa Cruz without a drop of rain all month. No that’s not really a good thing for […]

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Big Waves and Strong Tide

We had a fine summer day this January 24th, 2015 with the sky clear and warm temperatures at Steamer Lane. I was wearing my best winter shorts and my good sandals. Other than that Saturday didn’t work out quite like I expected it to. The low tide looked an awful lot higher than your typical […]

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Glassy Saturday at The Lane

Saturday morning saw high tide and nice, glassy waves. Some folks were out but it was mostly the groms having the best fun. In the afternoon brought low tide and more surfers for an absolutely gorgeous day. January in Santa Cruz; it’s hard to beat. Today we saw Mary McCormick, Tommy Hernan and more.

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Sunset Session Thursday at Steamer Lane

The new swell was in full effect on Thursday afternoon and the Lane was crowded with surfers eager to take part in the festivities. Surfers included Nat Young, Richie Schmidt Jr. and many more. Photos- Paul Topp / @toppshots on Instagram

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Surfing America Prime Series, Saturday at Steamer Lane

Saturday morning could only be described as perfect. The sunrise was a blaze of color against the clouds overhead. It was warm and the surf was glassy, big, and… I know I already used the word but here we go again; perfect. Surfing America had a grom event at The Lane, all part of the […]

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Surfing America Contest at Steamer Lane

New swell in town just in time for the Surfing America Contest at Steamer Lane on Friday. Here are some of the lucky contestants who scored! Photos – Paul Topp / @toppshots on Instagram

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