Surfing is a very popular sport in Santa Cruz. It claims to be the original "Surf City", but officially that honor goes to Huntington Beach. The water is cold along most of the California coast, full wetsuits are a must year-round. We were watching the surfers near a little lighthouse that had been converted into a surfing museum, unfortunately, it was closed the day we were there. We were surprised there were enough waves for the surfers to ride, the ocean was very calm the day we were there.