Fan Photo of the Week

This week’s Fan Photo is actually a series of #SantaCruzNow photos by Instagrammer, @valentinsevrit. Valentin is visiting all the way from France and he sure seems to be enjoying his time in Santa Cruz, capturing some of the essence of our surf culture, the Boardwalk, Wharf, and the vast coastal beauty. Hope to see more #SantaCruzNow moments soon!

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There’s endless beauty to be discovered in Santa Cruz County!  Whether your visiting us internationally, domestically or you’re a local, share your Santa Cruz photos with us by using #SantaCruzNow.  Select photos will be re-posted on our social media channels with photo credit.  Hope to see your photos soon; we love seeing Santa Cruz through your lens!

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Fan Photo of the Week

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Fan Photo of the Week

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Fan Photo of the Week

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Fan Photo of the Week

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Fan Photo of the Week

Check out this glassy barrel shot by a talented young local – Julian McGuinness.  See more of Julian’s photos on his Instagram, @julianmcguinness, and check out his recent wave video footage on YouTube.  We’re pretty sure we’re going to be seeing a lot more of this young talent! There’s endless beauty to be discovered in…