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Humpback whales draw a crowd of whale watchers in the Monterey Bay as seen from the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf on Monday morning October 31, 2011. (Shmuel Thaler/Sentinel)
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Local photographer Paul Schraub, while on assignment for the Santa Cruz County Convention and Visitors Council, captured this photo of spy hopping whales in the Monterey Bay on Tuesday.
Nik Wallenda practices on top of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Ferris Wheel on the morning of April 15. He is performing two stunts on Saturday, April 16 at the Boardwalk. Photo contributed by Donaven Staab
Riders on the Hurricane roller coaster and the Sky Glider are silhouetted as darkness descends on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. (Shmuel Thaler/Sentinel)
A mother gray whale escorts her young calf away from the surf line off the Main Beach and San Lorenzo River mouth Friday. (Dan Coyro/Sentinel)
A gray whale-- less than 100 yards offshore-- spouts off the Main Beach Friday. (Dan Coyro/Santa Cruz Sentinel)
A gray whale mother and her young calf cruised the Santa Cruz Main Beach Friday just past the surf line. (Dan Coyro/Santa Cruz Sentinel)
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Santa Cruz surfer Kenny 'Skindog' Collins in green jersey, turns to watch Chris Bertish in a steep takeoff during the Maverick's final Saturday. Bertish overtook Shane Desmond of Sant Cruz to win the $50,000 first prize.
Josh Loya kicks out with the radar station in the background. (Dan Coyro/Sentinel)
Josh Loya of Santa Cruz slides down the wave face in front of a monster Maverick's barrel during the third heat.
Former Maverick's champion and Santa Cruz surfer Anthony Tashnick begins to fall from his board during the Maverick's final. (Dan Coyro/Sentinel)
Santa Cruz backside surfer shane Desmond rockets down a steep wave face in front of a crowd during the Maverick's final Saturday.
Carlos Burle enjoys a fleeting moment inside a Maverick's barrel before being creamed by the falling lip of the wave. (Dan Coyro/Sentinel)
A group of women attending the Bridal Expo at Cocoanut Grove watch models wearing gowns from Jewels on Pacific during a fashion show at the annual event Sunday. (Shmuel Thaler/Sentinel)
Kristina Dniprenko of Cirque Magnifique performs at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on July 12, 2009. (Photograph by Shmuel Thaler)