Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
April 28th marks the 1st anniversary of Santa Cruz's dedication as a World Surfing Reserve (World Surfing Reserves proactively identifies, designates and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and their surrounding environments around the world).
The Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve is located at the northern edge of Monterey Bay along California’s Central Coast, within the protected coastal waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Covering 276 miles of shoreline and 6,094 square miles of ocean (larger than Yellowstone National Park), this federally protected area extends, on average, 30 miles from shore. At its deepest point, the sanctuary reaches down 12,713 feet, or more than two miles. It is our nation’s biggest marine sanctuary.
Encompassing approximately seven of the sanctuary’s nearly 300 miles of coastline, the Surfing Reserve includes world-renowned right-hand point breaks Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point. In all, some two dozen surf spots—point, reef, and beachbreaks, both famous and lesser known—fall within the reserve’s boundaries.
To learn more about World Surfing Reserves and/or download the Santa Cruz WSR Book , for which I served as Art Designer and wrtier, click here.