About Moe's

Situated on the east side of town, 26th Avenue is a playful beachbreak that can get good when the swell’s not too big. its shifting sandbars can offer a nice change of pace from the impacted lineups of the surrounding point waves like Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, but beach erosion is a concern here. Best on small to medium swells — too much energy and it will close out. Obviously, Santa Cruz is rich with surf talent, so when it’s good here, folks around town know about it. But on an average day, 26th is a viable option if you’re looking to surf somewhere a little less intense.

Source: Moe's Surf Guide

Ability Level


Beg Int Adv

Not exactly an ideal wave for beginners, but also generally overlooked by Santa Cruz’s resident pros. A good spot to get a few waves if you’re competent.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

There are lots of really talented surfers in Santa Cruz, and with all the pointbreaks around town, 26th Ave. offers the rare opportunity to fly at a beachbreak.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

It’s no secret when 26th Ave. is good, and as such, the local creatures turn up when the peaks are popping.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Not exactly the crown jewel of Santa Cruz, 26th Ave. is a fun beachbreak that can offer a nice respite from the more impacted lineups around town.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Breaking relatively close to shore, the paddle-out at 26th Ave. isn’t that bad. That can change when it’s really pumping, but by then you’ll be checking the points.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

The water quality is decent at 26th Ave., but like most places in California, caution should be exercised after periods of heavy rains.

Additional Information


Cold water, shifting currents.


Limited street parking with additional parking at the nearby Moran Lake Park a couple blocks north.

Bring Your



Shifting sandbars with boulders piled along the shoreline to help prevent beach erosion.

Best Season

Breaks on a variety of swells, from strong SW pulses in summer to clean, consistent W swells in winter. Spring can be a bummer with inconsistent swells and bad winds.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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