This is a great place to learn to surf with an easy paddle out and other beginners on foam boards. There are sand volleyball courts on the beach. Duration: 2 hours.

Cowell's Cove is located just south of Santa Cruz’s iconic Steamer Lane. The break is a slow pealing right, and is a very user-friendly wave for beginners. It can get crowded on weekends, especially when it's sunny, but no need to worry, there are a lot people out on foam boards and most are beginners as well. If you want a friendly and easy place to surf or are looking for a trip to Santa Cruz, this is the spot for you! The friendly conditions also make it a good place to learn to stand up paddle surf as well, just make sure you give yourself enough space from the crowd to turn the bigger board.If you need to rent a board and wetsuit or want to get a lesson, you can go to Cowells Surf Shop, which is right across the street from the beach. If you’re looking to make a day of it down in Santa Cruz, check out the sand volleyball courts or satisfy your inner foodie by heading into town for a bite at Café Campesino.

Pack List

  • Surfboard
  • Wetsuit
  • Towel
  • Volleyball (optional)
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Activities Stand Up Paddle, Surfing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Beach
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic

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If you've ever taken a lesson before or are comfortable paddling for waves and standing up, this is a great spot to hone your skills. The crowd is usually very friendly and the waves are forgiving.

Great spot to learn how to surf. Best conditions with a negative or low tide.

Cowell's gets crowded but there are nice, gentle waves to learn on and plenty of good breaks close by if you want to step it up.


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