Ocean Sailing & Safety


The Pacific Ocean is dangerous! The water is cold and a full wetsuit is required all season round. Although sailing conditions are almost always side/onshore so you probably won't drift to Japan, you could face a difficult landing through surf and rocks if you get blown downwind at many Santa Cruz sites. Here are a few suggestions for ocean safety:

Launching in the Surf

Lots of visitors (and locals) lose masts, booms, fins, and even boards in quite gentle looking surf. Even small surf packs a big punch! Here's my tips for successful launching:


Sailing In Through The Surf

It's usually easy to outrun most waves, but its more fun to try to ride them.


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