I like the ocean. Let me rephrase this. I am addicted to the ocean. When I look back at my personal day trips around the San Francisco bay area, I find one trip that I frequent every few months, year after year.
What is my favorite region? Every trip I take is special and I always find one feature that draws me in. I realize there is one place I consistently return to every few months.
I like walking and watching the surfers along Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, CA
Reasons why I enjoy:
- Up close – I stand on the cliff edge (behind the fence) that is immediately above where the surfers gather in the water to practice. This is where the Monterey Bay reaches the Pacific Ocean.
- Easy access – I drive my own car and park in one the many parking areas on Cliff Drive. If I am lucky, I get a parking place by the Surfer Museum Lighthouse. I advise leaving before 8 am during the summer months to avoid traffic and leave early afternoon around 1 pm. (or make advance hotel reservations and spend the night)
- Free – So far, knock on wood, it is free to park and walk.
- It is a great place to stop and talk with people. I find people from everywhere around the world because of the fabulous vista point. And, I find fun stories talking with the local surfers too.
I know my family in Central USA might think I am nuts that I spend most of my leisure time watching these surfers at this vista point. Perhaps they tire of my surfers pictures that I keep posting every year. Everyday I go I find something different - weather, people, events. The wind was blowing so much on this day it was difficult to hold your camera.
This is where I relax and an escape. Is it because I grew up in the middle of USA without the ocean? I enjoyed going to lakes, the ocean is different. The vast, endless body of water without a shoreline across from you – the unknown of what it brings to you.
I love watching this water sport of surfing. I admit I am not interested in participating myself, I am a spectator. Surfers are independent, they watch and decide which waves to ride and pass, yet they are social with their friends while they wait.
What makes you want to engage with this video?
|Wait for the Right Waves!|
Watching the surfers along Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, CA, my favorite escape ~ The Fun Tour Guru