I just saw this video of some serious ripping by Surfing America groms in Santa Cruz over the weekend. Apparently, while most eyes were glued to the Maverick’s break up near Half Moon Bay, some junior surfers were taking advantage of this local spot.
The sole grom with Santa Cruz ties to win a division in the fourth Surfing America Prime event of the season was John Mel, a Santa Cruz native who now lives in Newport Beach. He took the boys under-14 division ahead of runner-up Noah Hill of Marina Del Ray and third-place finisher Ryland Rubens of Pacific Beach at Steamer Lane, where the contest ran from Jan. 20-21, according to a Surfing America Facebook post. The event was the only Surfing America stop scheduled for the Santa Cruz area.
And in case you missed it, Mel’s father Peter won the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest Sunday.
Surfing America Prime Steamer Lane 2013 from Surfing America on Vimeo.
The last big swell of 2012 hit Santa Cruz over the weekend. This is a little video I put together during my shift yesterday of some Sunday morning action down at the Lane.
Spectators from around the world lined West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz to catch glimpses of World Championship Tour surfers as they competed in the O’Neill Coldwater Classic on Nov. 4, 2012. This is the video I put together with their thoughts on the event, with photos of the surfers by Shmuel Thaler.
Santa Cruz Sentinel crime reporter Stephen Baxter isn’t just on the phone, sitting in court all day, or typing at his desk ’til his fingers bleed — not if he can help it.
Thursday, he went out to the shore and caught some awesome footage of Jason “Ratboy” Collins, Nat Young, Adam Replogle, Josh Loya, Randy Bonds and more surfing Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz on April 5, 2012. Then, he put together this video with music by The Groggs. Song title: “Up to no good.”
The music in this video is “Up to no good” (Hint: The link takes you to a free download page) by The Groggs (…And this one goes to their official page).
— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter at CGullTweets