Downtown, Beach, Santa Cruz

Art near the beach and wharf
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Art was on exhibit on a small plaza a the foot of the wharf and overlooking the beach.


Downtown Beach Santa Cruz   •  Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 20 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:23:54 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #172354_2327BCX
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Children played near the wharf
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Several small creeks feed into Monterey Bay from Santa Cruz. Here kids play in the warm sand above one creek, as the afternoon began to wane.


Downtown Beach Santa Cruz   •  Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 20 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:24:10 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #172410_2328BCX
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Surfers practiced on small waves
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Santa Cruz is home to a great deal of surfing activity. Although the afternoon was fading, many were still out in the surf practicing.


Downtown Beach Santa Cruz   •  Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 20 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:24:14 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #172414_2329BCX
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He headed out through breaking surf
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The larger waves were present on the western side of the Wharf. The Wharf itself served as a breakwater to protect the boardwalk side to the east.


Downtown Beach Santa Cruz   •  Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 20 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:24:14 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #172658_2338BCX
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He waited for a good wave
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The shape of the beach and the angle of its sandy floor combined to create a routinely good surfing experience.


Downtown Beach Santa Cruz   •  Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 20 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:27:26 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #172726_7272TNT
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He carried his board back to shore
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Here a short board was being carried back to shore. A short board is more responsive than a long board. The short board allows for acrobatic maneuvers and turns, but is more difficult to learn.


Downtown Beach Santa Cruz   •  Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 20 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:28:08 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #172808_7276TNT
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Even small waves curl
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Here a small, seven or eight foot wave brakes and curls over just like its huge brethren.


Downtown Beach Santa Cruz   •  Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 20 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:28:22 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #172822_7278TNT
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Two surfers caught a wave
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Two surfers caught a wave as it was just starting to form. This place where waves form for riding is called the "lineup." The area from the beach to the lineup is called the, "crash zone."


Downtown Beach Santa Cruz   •  Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 20 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:28:44 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #172844_7281TNT
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A pattern in the sand left by surf
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The lower surf was to the east of the Wharf. That is, to the side with the boardwalk.


Downtown Beach Santa Cruz   •  Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 20 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:29:36 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #172936_2347BCX
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Birds waded in the shallow surf
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A gull loitered near the high water mark. An egret was actively seeking food further out.


Downtown Beach Santa Cruz   •  Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 20 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:30:18 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #173018_7290TNT
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The boardwalk was only partly open
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The boardwalk, with its carousel and roller coaster, was only partly open during the week so early in the season. The arcade was open, but the rides were closed.


Downtown Beach Santa Cruz   •  Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 20 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:30:40 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #173040_2348BCX
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The rides were closed
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An attraction since 1865 (only a bath house then), the boardwalk now features many carnival rides. The public beach runs all along its front.


Downtown Beach Santa Cruz   •  Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 20 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:38:12 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #173812_2354BCX
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The beach and boardwalk at sunset
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Sunset was still early at the end of winter. The beach and boardwalk as seen from the Wharf.


Downtown Beach Santa Cruz   •  Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California   •  (Photo posted Saturday 20 March 2010)   •  (Photo taken 17:38:12 Wednesday 10 March 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #191824_2423BCX
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