About Pleasure Point

This is the East Side of Santa Cruz. Once the shy little sister to the West Side, Pleasure Point is now producing its fair share of world-class surfers. Jay Moriarity, may he rest in peace, used to live at Pleasure Point, Chris Gallagher at 41st Avenue.

Pleasure Point, with multiple sections peeling along the point, offers something for every possible kind of waverider, from bodyboarders to shortboarders to longboarders, and this place is very, very popular with all of that and everything between.

Source: Pleasure Point Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

The wave itself isn't generally considered heavy, but the well-established crowd makes it better for intermediate + surfers.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Edgy, especially when it's good.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Very crowded. This place is extremely popular with everyone. Mid-week is the best call.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Quite good.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Minimal to moderate depending on size.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Minimal. It used to be bad at Sewer Peak but no longer.

Additional Information


Kelp, long lulls, angry flesh eating sea otters, crowds.


Ask any local, access here is too easy. Just pull up to the cliff and park, then scramble down the numerous stairways.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish


Rock-reef, Sand, Kelp

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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