We are just back from a trip to Santa Cruz for the 27th Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest - formerly known as the Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival. Santa Cruz is known for its great surf but also its crowds. As soon as we got there, we went to check the surf and saw waves with hundreds of people in the water. Ugggg - despite the sunshine and nice surf, I was ready to go home to our uncrowded surf breaks and rock gardens.
I hung in there though, and we both enjoyed and competed in the event (although we have a hard time thinking of surfing as competition). Jeff was in the HP Men's Open with some of the top kayak surfers in the world surfing Steamer's Lane. He got some great waves and enjoyed surfing a world class break with only 3 other surfers.
|Jeff Laxier surfing in Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival 2013 photo by Steve Mickel|
|Cate Hawthorne surfing in the 2013 Cowell's Classic photo by Steve Mickel.|
|Patty runs her first rock garden pour-over with us.|
Busy, busy, busy, but we are still taking time to watch the migrating gray whales, listen to the birds sing, smell the flowers, and surf some waves. There's no place like home.
|Noyo Anchorage Buoy|