Shapers Alley: Santa Cruz


Shapers Alley: Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz County has some of the most consistent, diverse and varied surf in the country, if not the world. Perfect points, slabby reefs, wedgy beachbreak, slow peelers — plus a wide-open exposure to pretty much any swell the Pacific can produce and enough varied geography and kelp to ensure that somewhere’s always glassy. A surfer’s dream — which means a shaper’s dream, too.

“Yeah, we’ve got this huge variety of surf,” points out longtime SC shaper Ward Coffey. “Up north you can get the big surf with solid reefbreaks, and as you move down the coast into town you get the pointbreak thing, in between there’s nooks and crannies that provide wedges and ramps. And because of this variety…

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