AND WHY CALIFORNIA IS IT’S OWN CAPITAL.
California, with all it’s nature, liberal views and healthy living syndrome, has a way to captivate you long enough to start considering composting, biking an extra mile to a local market for 10 for a dollar artichokes and 10 for $2 grapefruits or even sacrifice WiFi for 180 degree ocean views. It will make you hold your breath and reconsider your prior life choices. Besides all the magical factors, Cali has also long been the domestic capital for progressive environmental decisions on governmental levels, all-encompassing views on drug use and social programs, it’s called a Granola Nation, it is the world capital for tech start ups, it has legalized weed and banned plastic bags, and as of October this year, the state of California also banned the captive breeding of orcas. Quite impressive for a state. In fact, California will manage to have your attention long enough to even be the first US state to have a sushi roll named after it. In the 60’s.
California to me is a different country within the US.
Today, I will take you with me on a visual journey to Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz- a picturesque beach town, where surf is one of the best on the coast and views are breathtaking. Mindbogglingly high cliffs are reflected off the blue waters, where seals swim along surfers. In some surreal harmonious way, it almost seems as though humans have found a way to coexist with animals here. For the time you’re here, you almost fully believe it, so beautiful it all looks together.
Some Facts about Steamer Lane.
Steamer Lane is a famous surfing location in Santa Cruz, California. It is just off a point on the side of cliffs in the West Cliff residential area near downtown Santa Cruz, providing easy access and a good vantage point for viewing. The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is housed in a lighthouse there.
“Steamer Lane” is the preferred form of the name used by the people surfing there. Steamer Lane was named by Claude Horan while he was a student at San Jose State in the late 1930s. One flat calm day he and his friend Wes Hammond thought it would be a good idea to hire steamships to cruise back and forth to generate waves for surfing. It was at Steamer Lane that the modern surfing wetsuit and the leash were mainly developed by Jack O’Neill, who had his surf shop nearby for many years and lost his eye at Steamer Lane. (source)
These surfers are incredibly good for a reason. The dangerous proximity to sharp cliffs and the size of most waves on a good day, makes this area super dangerous to surf. Add constant shark sightings (the week we arrived, 20 were spotted in this exact area) and you can guess what kind of surfer these waves attract.
Steamer Lane is magical for photo-shoots too! 🙂 I couldn’t help but shoot a look here. I felt like such a free spirit that day in my boho caftan dress, big hat and a huge lens! Sometimes it’s refreshing to feel like a traveling hippie. Makes you want to let that dress flow in the wind carelessly as you aim through your lens at those bodies riding nature.
Tank top- JCrew
Bra – Agent Provocateur
Robe dress- Forever 21
Boots- Rock & Republic
Hat – Henschen Hat Co
Bag – Kelsi Dagger
Sunnies- Oliver People’s
Tooth necklace- erikapena.com
And here’s a preview of my next California story- Big Sur!
TO BE CONTINUED…