Surfers at Steamer Lane, From Above

by Owen James Burke

Steamer Lane has got to be one of the most geographically dramatic surf breaks in Santa Cruz, if not all of California. A building swell slips past a lazing colony of seals on a lone rock before barraging the cliffs with an explosion of water, which fizzles out into a small bay to the west as, to the east, it wraps around the lighthouse point forming an arguably perfect right-hand wave. Filming this spot by air is likely the only way to capture its majesty with any considerable justice.

Eric Cheng

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