Santa Cruz is the shred capital of California. There’s a deep pool of talent that’s spread like grape jelly across the woodsy, patchouli-scented landscape. The cold water affects a lot of the surfers’ brains there¿the guys in Santa Cruz are a breed all their own, and they’ve always been the ones doing airs, trying flips, and basically just getting weird. There’s such a vast and eclectic mix of surfers in Santa Cruz that instead of just doing a story or a pro spotlight, we dedicated an entire issue to them. They deserve it, they want it, and damn it, they’re gonna get it!¿C.C.