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Santa Cruz is located on the northern tip of Monterey Bay on California’s central coast. Surfing was first introduced to the U.S. mainland in Santa Cruz by three visiting Hawaiian princes in the late 1880s. Since those early days, the Santa Cruz surfing culture has blossomed into a thriving lifestyle. Many of the world’s most highly regarded surfers hail from Santa Cruz. In fact, Santa Cruz, or “Surf City” as its known, has become a popular destination for surfing aficionados of all ages. Surfing in Santa Cruz is a concise historical overview of the diverse and colorful surfing culture inhabiting the area.