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October 10, 2017

Public Art in Unexpected Places: On the Hunt for Murals & Mosaics

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Discovering a mural or a mosaic down a hidden alley or behind a hair salon is a thoroughly satisfying experience. It can generate that same rush of excitement you feel when you stumble upon a great new lunch spot or a rope swing in the middle of the forest. It’s these small surprises that keep everyday life interesting and leave you itching for your next adventure.

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October 05, 2017

Get Stoked on Santa Cruz Surf Culture

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You don’t need a wetsuit to dip into Santa Cruz’s vibrant surf culture. Mainland U.S. surfing began here in 1885, eons before Jan and Dean serenaded SoCal beach goers. More than a century later, our flourishing surf scene continues to generate waves of excitement. To help get you stoked on the local surf culture and heritage, we’ve assembled a surf-themed guide to Santa Cruz. Follow along and you’ll be soon throwing shakas, grinding poke bowls, and maybe even going toes on the nose.

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August 16, 2017

Discover Abbott Square, Downtown’s Buzzworthy New Destination

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The latest buzz in Santa Cruz is Abbott Square, a dynamic plaza and marketplace that’s enlivened already buzzing downtown with six new restaurants, two bars, plenty of al fresco courtyard seating, and a lineup of free performances and public art. The $5 million endeavor is five years in the making, and a joint project of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) and developer John McEnery IV who created a similar community marketplace in San Jose.

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August 08, 2017

Artist Jared Leake’s Santa Cruz

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One glance at Jared Leake’s surf-filled artwork and it's clear the former East Coaster was lured west by endless summers and the California dream. “The warm climate, outdoor culture, and epic Pacific Ocean are what drew me out,” he says of his decision to move to California in 2011. Today, the Santa Cruz transplant makes the most of his adopted home through surfing, trekking local trails, and creating contemporary artwork that captures the good vibes and striking scenery of the local landscape in a new way. We asked him to share a little about his process, where he goes to get inspired, and where he finds the perfect pint of local brew.

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July 13, 2017

Remembering Surfing Pioneer Jack O’Neill

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Earlier this year, Santa Cruz lost a beloved local legend. Jack O’Neill, the surf pioneer credited with developing the wetsuit and changing surfing forever, passed away on June 2, 2017 at age 94 in his home in Santa Cruz. With a full scraggly beard and pirate-like black eye patch—the result of a surfing injury—the rakish O’Neill was a local icon, often seen cruising around town in his Jaguar and bellowing out surfing tips to those surfing outside his cliffside house in Pleasure Point.

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