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November 17, 2017

Go Behind the Scenes at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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Do you ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk? How do the rings in the Looff Carousel make it from the clown’s mouth back to the ring dispenser? Where do over 100 years of signage and old ride props end up? And who are the magic elves that keep the rides—including the nearly century-old Giant Dipper—operating smoothly and all those vibrant colors freshly painted?

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October 15, 2017

Local Bakers & Roasters Join Forces at Cat. Cloud. Companion

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The sweet scent of fresh baked pastries, hot from the oven, and the sharp smell of coffee lures professionals, families, and old friends to a small cafe in downtown’s Abbott Square Market. Cat. Cloud. Companion is a partnership between local coffee roasters Cat & Cloud and the community-minded, pastry and sourdough masters at Companion Bakeshop.

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August 29, 2017

Fall Festival Series 2017

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The secret's out! The fall season boasts some of the best weather of the year in Santa Cruz County, plus it's stacked with amazing events, fewer crowds, and sweet hotel deals! Visit Santa Cruz is celebrating fall by giving away mini vacations and tons of tickets to some of the season's best events. Follow us on Facebook to enter the Fall Festival Fridays' weekly mini-Santa Cruz vacation contests with hotel stays and more, and our Instagram for event ticket giveaways throughout the season!

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July 10, 2017

Jack's Historic Paddle Out - My Weekend In Santa Cruz

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After yesterday's historic paddle out, it would be easy to say that last weekend was all about Jack O'Neill. Our feed alone has been filled with videos and images from the once-in-a-lifetime event and I am honored to say I was able to attend. I got up bright and early to secure a good spot, and lucky for me, it paid off with a nice perch at the top of the stairs where I could see hundreds of surfers file down to the water with their boards.

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June 05, 2017

My Weekend in Santa Cruz - A Tribute to Jack O'Neill

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Santa Cruz and the surfing world has no doubt lost a legend with the passing of wetsuit pioneer, Jack O'Neill. Locals, visitors, and the surfing community as a whole, have been showing their love and respect for Jack, and this Sunday, July 9, a memorial paddle out will take place in his honor. The Jack O'Neill Memorial Paddle Out will be held near Jack's home and favorite beach, Pleasure Point, at 11am. Those who will be participating in the paddle out are encouraged to arrive an hour early and parking will be very limited. We hope to see you there and stand (or paddle) beside you on this day where we celebrate the life and legacy of Jack O'Neill! 

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