About Delphine Foo-Matkin

Delphine Foo-Matkin recently finished a 2-year adventure surfing around the world with her husband and blogging along the way at Surfing Round The World. Her passions include writing, learning new skills, exploring Santa Cruz, and crafting with fibers and fabrics, but her first love will always be surfing.

Guide to the Swift and Ingalls Street Courtyards

Kelly's French Bakery at Swift Street Courtyard

Located at 402 Ingalls Street, the Swift Street Courtyard is an oasis of chic yet laid-back hipness.

Opened in 2003 from a converted brussels sprouts packing plant, it now houses a combination of over twenty retail shops and dining and drinking establishments. It has become a destination space, where you can spend an entire day and not be bored.

The sister complex to the Swift Street Courtyard, the Ingalls Street Courtyard, shares the parking lot in front of Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery. Together, they make a pretty good argument for a full day spent shopping, dining and drinking all in one place.

Here’s the lowdown on all the spots that make the Swift and Ingalls Street Courtyards a destination in their own right. [Read more…]

Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival: Spreading Stoke Through Film

santa cruz surf film festival
Whether you’re an avid surfer or just an ocean lover, the 19 films featured at the inaugural Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival are guaranteed to tell a story you’ll want to watch.

Taking place at the Del Mar Theater September 24th and 25th, and the Rio Theater on the 26th, the festival features 6 different screenings of short and long films from all over the world, with a focus on issues, people and places in surf culture. None of these films have ever been screened in Santa Cruz before, and this may be your only chance to see them on the big screen!

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The Bike Church: Skill-Sharing for Santa Cruz Cyclists

Bike Church Santa CruzGive a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

That’s the philosophy behind the Bike Church, a non-profit cooperatively-owned bike workshop in downtown Santa Cruz.

The Bike Church seeks to empower the community by teaching repair and maintenance skills to cyclists, as well as giving them low-cost access to tools and workspace.  There’s a $5-per-hour suggested drop-in fee for access to the shop and help from mechanics, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.

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