How Tides Impact Surfing At Capitola Beach

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Check the Tides!
Weather you are surfing at Capitola Beach or any of the other Santa Cruz beaches the tides impact the shape and power of the waves. Knowing how to read tides, and what spots favor low or high tides, can help you have a positive surfing experience. Read on to learn the details about how tides effect Santa Cruz surfing.

What are tides?
Tides are the rise and fall of the sea level surface. A 0 tide is when the ocean is at sea level. High tide is the measurement above 0, or sea level. Low tide is any measurement below sea level. High tide is when the water and waves come further up the beach and lower tides go further out to sea.

What causes tides?
Tides are caused by the sun and moon and their gravitational forces combined with the rotation of the earth.

How often do tides occur at Capitola Beach?
Capitola Beach most often experiences two high and low tides per 24 hour period.

When surfing Capitola, what is the difference between high tide and low tide?
Low tide is when the water is receding or being drawn out to sea. There will be more rocks exposed and the water is going out to the horizon during a low tide. High tide is when the water is coming in to shore and measures above sea level. A positive number like 3ft, 4ft, etc.

Are Tides important to surfers at Capitola Beach?
Tides shape the waves at Capitola Beach. Tides will tell you when you want to go surfing. Tides can shape the surfing conditions. Example, low tide might be too rocky, but with a high tide more water is moving and that can allow for a better shaped wave. Tides will cause waves to break. If the tide is too low, the waves may break all at once. If the tide is too high the waves may break right on the beach or rocks.

What is the best tidal range for surfing at Capitola Beach?
Capitola surf breaks work best on an incoming or outgoing tide between a positive 1’ – 3’.

Where can I get tide information if I want to surf at Capitola Beach?
Tide, wind information and the Capitola Beach surf camera can be found in the Surfline widget on the right or here on our lessons page. Surfing is one of the most fun things to do in Santa Cruz and Capitola Beach is a great place to learn. Capitola Beach Company has experienced surf instructors that are happy to answer any questions you have. Please feel free to email, call us with questions or book a lesson.

Surfing Etiquette

Right of Way
The surfer closest to the breaking wave has priority.

Do not Drop In
Be respectful of the surfer already riding the wave. Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you. Wait for your turn.

Don’t be a Snake
Select your position in the line-up and don’t paddle around other surfers. Wait your turn. Be patient. There are plenty of waves for everyone.

Stay out of the Way
When paddling back out paddle wide of the peak, and stay out of the way of another surfer’s line.

Furthest Out Has Priority
Although some surfers and stand up paddle boarders may abuse this rule – leave some waves to others – in theory, they hold priority. Take turns.

Do Not “Fling” Your Board
If you kick out or fall, try to control your surfboard. Surfboards can kill someone if they hit critical regions of the human body.

Communicate with Other Surfer
If you and another surfer are sitting on a peak, communicate with each other as to who will be going in either direction left or right.

Do Not Dive Off Your Board Head First
Rock reef or sand, the ocean floor can severely hurt you. You never know how shallow the water is.

Respect the Ocean and Beach
Pack your trash in the water and on the beach. Keep our oceans and beaches clean.

You Earn Respect by Giving Respect
Talk to all surfers the way you would want them to talk to you. Use your manners.

The Easter Bunny In Capitola!

HOP on over to Capitola Beach for a Easter egg hunt in the sand.

WHO: Kids 12 and under

WHAT: A free Capitola Village Easter Egg Hunt

WHEN: Sunday, April 15th at 11AM SHARP!

WHERE: On the beach in front of the Capitola Venetian Hotel

WHY: The Easter bunny will be there!!!

Sponsored by the Capitola Village Merchants & hosted by the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce.

For further information, click here.

Capitola Beach Welcomes “Operation Surf” to Santa Cruz Surfing

If you are looking for rewarding Santa Cruz activities, come join us on April 1st & 2nd, at Capitola Beach to help support our nations injured veterans. Operation Surf 2017 is held in honor of the veterans who have made sacrifices for the freedom of our country. Wounded veterans of various branches of our US military, who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, will take part in an inspiring experience on the waves at Capitola Beach.

This is the 4th year for Operation Surf here at Capitola Beach. For some of these heroes, the trip to Capitola and the Operation Surf event is their first time leaving the hospital after their injury. At last year’s Operation Surf event, Veteran participants were overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and appreciation by the Capitola community and its many volunteers.

Getting out surfing and paddle boarding Santa Cruz provides a unique opportunity to get back to nature and feel the healing power of the ocean. These heroes will overcome life challenges and build new understanding of their potential and Capitola Beach is excited to be participate again this year.

There are a variety of ways to get involved in this event: Water Survey, Set-up or Break-Down, Motivator, Translator, or Surf Instructor. You can also just come down to enjoy Capitola Beach and help cheer our veterans on. To volunteer or to view the 2017 event schedule, please visit amazingsurfadventures.org.

We hope to see you out in the water (or at Capitola Beach) April 1st & 2nd helping us show our veterans what Santa Cruz surfing is all about!

Surf Rental Trailer Opens April 1st

The rental trailer will be open for business starting April 1, 2017 in the Esplanade Park (right in front of the stage). We’ve got all your surf & beach needs covered! Come by to rent stand up paddleboards (SUP), surfboards, wetsuits, boogie boards, beach umbrellas & beach chairs. The trailer will be open from 10am–6pm weekends until Memorial Day (May 29th). For weekday rentals please come see us at the shop at 131 Monterey Ave. After Memorial Day, the rental trailer will be open daily. Please call us with any questions about rentals or lessons at 831-462-5222. See you at the beach!

Secrets to Great Surfing at Capitola Beach

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Check the Tides!
Weather you are surfing at Capitola Beach or any of the other Santa Cruz beaches the tides effect the shape and power of the waves. Knowing how to read tides, and what spots favor low or high tides, can help you have a positive surfing experience. Read on to learn the details about how tides effect Santa Cruz surfing.

What are tides?
Tides are the rise and fall of the sea level surface. A 0 tide is when the ocean is at sea level. High tide is the measurement above 0, or sea level. Low tide is any measurement below sea level. High tide is when the water and waves come further up the beach and lower tides go further out to sea.

What causes tides?
Tides are caused by the sun and moon and their gravitational forces combined with the rotation of the earth.

How often do tides occur at Capitola Beach?
Capitola Beach most often experiences two high and low tides per 24 hour period.

When surfing Capitola, what is the difference between high tide and low tide?
Low tide is when the water is receding or being drawn out to sea. There will be more rocks exposed and the water is going out to the horizon during a low tide. High tide is when the water is coming in to shore and measures above sea level. A positive number like 3ft, 4ft, etc.

Are Tides important to surfers at Capitola Beach?
Tides shape the waves at Capitola Beach. Tides will tell you when you want to go surfing. Tides can shape the surfing conditions. Example, low tide might be too rocky, but with a high tide more water is moving and that can allow for a better shaped wave. Tides will cause waves to break. If the tide is too low, the waves may break all at once. If the tide is too high the waves may break right on the beach or rocks.

What is the best tidal range for surfing at Capitola Beach?
Capitola surf breaks work best on an incoming or outgoing tide between a positive 1’ – 3’.

Where can I get tide information if I want to surf at Capitola Beach?
Tide, wind information and the Capitola Beach surf camera can be found in the Surfline widget on the right or here on our lessons page. Surfing is one of the most fun things to do in Santa Cruz and Capitola Beach is a great place to learn. Capitola Beach Company has experienced surf instructors that are happy to answer any questions you have. Please feel free to email, call us with questions or book a lesson.

10 Tips For Stand Up Paddle Boarding

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Whether it’s your first time in the water at Capitola Beach, or anywhere in Santa Cruz, avoid the most common mistakes by following our list of 10 tips for the beginner stand up paddle boarder (SUP). Knowing the basics will help ensure a good time for all in the water.

We offer rentals & lessons. To learn the basics, please book a lesson with one of our instructors.

1. Safety First : Use a leash

This actually goes for all stand up paddle boarders, but the sooner you are aware how vital a leash is in any kind of condition the safer you and everyone else will be when you are paddling.

2. Make sure your paddle is facing the right way

The shaft is the leading edge of your paddle. As you perform your SUP stroke, you pull the blade through the water in a slightly trailing position which aids blade stability. Holding the blade vertical in the water provides the best angle through the middle of the stroke for the most power.

3. Face your body the right way

Before you jump on the board, check where the fins are and make sure they are in the back when you paddle! Fins at the back help keep the board straight, this is called tracking, and help with grip while you surf waves. Fins up front make for a very twitchy paddle board that just won’t go straight no matter how hard you try!

4. Paddling with your core

Don’t use your arms. This may sound a little weird at first, but paddling is best done by your core. These are the strongest muscles of your body and provide the most effective power for your paddle stroke. Standing up tall, and using just your arms to paddle, will be very tiring and you won’t get much power.

5. Look ahead at the horizon

For the best stability you want to keep your head up, back straight and your body weight over your toes. It sounds silly, but with your head down watching you’re toes, you are likely to rock back on your heals and loose your balance.

6. Stay out of the way

Paddle boards are big and they can hurt when they hit you. Be mindful of other water users when you’re learning the art of SUP. Make sure you have plenty of room to practice standing, falling and paddling.

7. Fall off your board the right way

When you fall, you want to fall away from your board. Falling well clear of the board will let you fall gracefully into water without hitting yourself on the board or the fins. This is especially important in any location with current or waves, as the board will move independently of your input.

8. Ride waves you can handle

Be smart and ride waves in the right conditions for your skill level.

9. Watch the wind

It’s important to know the conditions when you paddle out. Also check the forecast so you are aware of any possible changes coming. When you’re standing on your SUP, you are like a sail in the wind. If you’re ever caught in an unfavorable wind change, lay down with your paddle tucked under you and paddle the board like a regular surfboard into safety.

10. Look after your board and paddle

Look after your board and paddle, they are fragile when thrown around on land. Your board will thank you!

We hope you find these tips helpful. If you have any other questions please let us know!

Is My Child Old Enough For a Surf Lesson?

We are constantly asked by parents how old their child has to be to take a surf lesson. While age is important, it is not the most critical factor when determining a kid’s readiness for a lesson. Given the ocean’s unpredictable nature, it is very important to know that the ocean is always in control, especially when surfing Capitola. Because of this, there are a few questions to consider capitola surf lessonswhen deciding if your child is ready for a surf lesson.

“Has my child shown interest in surfing?”

Interest is perhaps the most important factor when considering a surf lesson for your kid. Often times, parents have more interest in their child taking a lesson than the kid does, which can be detrimental in the long run. Unlike soccer or baseball, the sport of surfing puts a person at the mercy of the elements. Being caught in a bad spot when surfing is common and it is important to be aware of this before paddling out. Educating your child about the unpredictability of the ocean is key prior to taking a lesson.

 

“Is my child a proficient swimmer?”

Knowing how to swim is an absolute must if your child wishes to take a lesson. However, being a good swimmer in a pool can be very different from being a good swimmer in the ocean. Certainly, learning the basic swimming strokes in a pool is a great way to prepare for swimming in the ocean. But before taking a surf lesson, simply playing in the waves and getting used to being pushed around can be a great way for your child to become accustomed to the nature of the ocean.

Learning to dive under waves and becoming comfortable being tossed around prior to taking a lesson will allow a child to gain confidence in the water. Starting on a boogie board can be a great way for a kid to develop this comfort in the water that is crucial to creating a positive relationship to surfing.

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A Capitola surf lesson can be a great way for a child to learn the essential skills needed to ride waves. However, a surf lesson can be a bit overwhelming if they have not spent much time acclimating to the ocean’s power beforehand. It is important to start small and let them grow accustomed to characteristics of the ocean. Once they’ve logged some time in the waves, give us a call! For more information on surf lessons, please give us a call at our shop at (831) 462-5222.

Capitola Winter Festival

Come celebrate some Holiday magic with us on December 3rd in Capitola Village. There will be something fun for the whole family to enjoy. Face painting, cookie decorating, ornament making, tasty bites and sweet treats from local restaurants.

Village shops will be offering Open House specials and competing in the Holiday Window Display Contest. Vote for your favorites to enter the raffle for gift certificate giveaways (every 1/2 hour) and a chance to win a Grand Prize: a bike from Family Cycling Center & a Santa Cruz Sk8 Board from NHS.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy the tree Lighting and Grand Prize Giveaway in front of the Mercantile at 5:30pm.

FREE 3-hour parking in Capitola Village until December 25th.