About Cowells

Cowell's Beach is one of the best places in the world to learn how to surf. All the energy pulsing around Lighthouse Point mellows out by the time it gets to Cowell's, and the result is a long, gentle, easy wave that breaks for a very long time. Cowell's is one of the most crowded surf spots in Santa Cruz, but as most of the surfers are beginners, there is little animosity. Most of the people at Cowell's are there to learn and have fun and have a good time. Mixed in with all the learners and Banana Slugs and other flotsam and jetsam is a cadre of red-hot longboarders who can score major tip time from the staircase all the way to the beach.

Source: Cowells Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Beginner-Intermediate longboarder

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

None, all beginners.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Very, very crowded on sunny days, but it's mostly beginners.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Fun.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Minimal.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Getting run over by the pack or nailed by someone's longboard.

Access

Parking on West Cliff Drive and by the Dream Inn.

Bring Your

Longboard

Seabed

Sand over reef

Best Season

Year-round

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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