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August 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk plans to replace a 20-year-old steel coaster with the $5.5 million Undertow spinning coaster in summer 2013. > Photos: Undertow spinning coaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Undertow is being billed as Northern California's only spinning coaster after Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo removed Pandemonium, a short-lived 2008 Gerstlauer spinning coaster formerly known as Tony Hawk's Big Spin. The 50-foot-tall Undertow will reach speeds of 40 mph along a 1,400-foot-long track.
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October 28, 2012 | By Mike Morris
A family getaway to Santa Cruz proved this eccentric beach town along California's Central Coast is fun enough for a 5-year-old yet cool enough for a teenager. The excitement of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk entertained our young daughter, while the Australian exchange student we're hosting zigzagged her way in and out of trendy stores on Pacific Avenue. We were in town to cheer on my wife, who was playing roller derby against the Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats. Here's what we did with the rest of our time.
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May 6, 2007 | Beverly Beyette, Times Staff Writer
THE screams of the happily terrified filtered down as the Giant Dipper thundered above us. We were beneath the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, where the Dipper's 75-horsepower engine (the 1924 original) was pumping away. The 83-year-old Dipper is the most popular of the boardwalk's 35 rides. But it's not the oldest. The carousel, with its intricately carved and painted horses, dates from 1911, four years after the birth of the "modern" boardwalk.
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August 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk plans to replace a 20-year-old steel coaster with the $5.5 million Undertow spinning coaster in summer 2013. > Photos: Undertow spinning coaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Undertow is being billed as Northern California's only spinning coaster after Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo removed Pandemonium, a short-lived 2008 Gerstlauer spinning coaster formerly known as Tony Hawk's Big Spin. The 50-foot-tall Undertow will reach speeds of 40 mph along a 1,400-foot-long track.
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May 28, 1989
As thousands of Memorial Day revelers poured in to play at the West Coast's last seaside playground, the famed Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk was designated a state historical landmark. The half-mile-long boardwalk stretching along Santa Cruz Bay, about 60 miles south of San Francisco, was originally modeled after New York's Coney Island. It has been a favorite of vacationers and graduating high school seniors since 1907. "This is one of the most exciting amusement parks in the world and holds much nostalgia for many people who remember spending their youths here," said Ann Parker, a spokesman for the concern that has operated the facility since 1915.
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June 7, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Travel & Deal blogger
There are few things sweeter than going on vacation and plugging into summer beach concerts -- especially when they're free. If you're traveling up the coast to Santa Cruz , you can catch a variety of concerts at the historic boardwalk, including the 1960s British invasion band Eric Burdon & the Animals and '80s rock band Gin Blossoms. You can even BYOB -- that's your own  blanket, not booze. The deal: The " Bands on the Beach " concerts on Fridays at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will start June 17 with Starship starring Mickey Thomas, featuring hits of Jefferson Starship.  The Animals will appear June 24 and the Gin Blossoms on Aug. 5. Among other bands are Loverboy (July 15)
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February 11, 1996 | MARY FRANCES SMITH
DUNSMUIR--The fourth annual Winter Rail Fair is Feb. 16-18 in Dunsmuir's downtown district along Sacramento Avenue and the train tracks. The fair includes trackside activities, a swap meet and photographic exhibit. Weekend pass: $7.50, general; $12 per family. Schedule and information: (800) 386-7684. LA JOLLA--Examine life in the nooks and crannies of the seashore on two tide pool excursions offered by the Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
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August 27, 1989 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
Santa Cruz's 85-year-old beach boardwalk is a time machine, a vintage warp. There are touches of another era like the three Marinis at the Beach candy shops. Owner Joe Marini Sr. has been making saltwater taffy for 68 years on the same taffy machine at the boardwalk. "My dad opened this candy shop in 1915. I came here five years later when I was 10. Dad bought the taffy machine new in 1921. I've been using it ever since," explained the 79-year-old candy maker.
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October 28, 2012 | By Mike Morris
A family getaway to Santa Cruz proved this eccentric beach town along California's Central Coast is fun enough for a 5-year-old yet cool enough for a teenager. The excitement of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk entertained our young daughter, while the Australian exchange student we're hosting zigzagged her way in and out of trendy stores on Pacific Avenue. We were in town to cheer on my wife, who was playing roller derby against the Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats. Here's what we did with the rest of our time.
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June 7, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Travel & Deal blogger
There are few things sweeter than going on vacation and plugging into summer beach concerts -- especially when they're free. If you're traveling up the coast to Santa Cruz , you can catch a variety of concerts at the historic boardwalk, including the 1960s British invasion band Eric Burdon & the Animals and '80s rock band Gin Blossoms. You can even BYOB -- that's your own  blanket, not booze. The deal: The " Bands on the Beach " concerts on Fridays at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will start June 17 with Starship starring Mickey Thomas, featuring hits of Jefferson Starship.  The Animals will appear June 24 and the Gin Blossoms on Aug. 5. Among other bands are Loverboy (July 15)
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May 17, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A crowd of 30,000 fans descended on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on Saturday for the homecoming of " American Idol " rocker and native son James Durbin , who stuck around after a free concert to sign autographs, pose for photos and jump on some rides. Photos : "Idol" singer James Durbin at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk The Santa Cruz High School marching band led a "Durbin Day" procession from downtown to the waterfront amusement park, where police estimated the concert crowd was 50% larger than expected.
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December 26, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will offer unlimited rides on the Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster for the rest of the year in hopes of breaking the million-rider mark for 2010. For the price of a single ride ($5), visitors can ride the 1924 wooden coaster all day from Sunday through Dec. 31. The millionth rider will get a commemorative coin. Everybody else gets to ride a great, old California coaster all day long. Word is that the Dipper is about 12,000 riders away from a million for the year.
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May 6, 2007 | Beverly Beyette, Times Staff Writer
THE screams of the happily terrified filtered down as the Giant Dipper thundered above us. We were beneath the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, where the Dipper's 75-horsepower engine (the 1924 original) was pumping away. The 83-year-old Dipper is the most popular of the boardwalk's 35 rides. But it's not the oldest. The carousel, with its intricately carved and painted horses, dates from 1911, four years after the birth of the "modern" boardwalk.
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November 7, 2004 | Patricia Connell, Times Staff Writer
Santa Cruz It's been more than 20 years since I moved to L.A. from New York City, but certain things about wild California never lose their exoticism. Joshua trees. Hummingbirds. Migrating whales. Redwoods. And then there are monarch butterflies. Starting every October, thousands of monarchs from the northwestern U.S. and Canada make an epic journey down the California coast to spend the winter, their numbers peaking in November and December.
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July 24, 1997 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you ask Ollie Tyra, 85, what sets her apart in this sleepy town on the Central Coast, she will tell you with tears that she is Andy's widow, with pride that she's her church's premier "prayer warrior." Then, with a laugh, she will tell you the real reason the big shots down at the boardwalk invite her to lunch on a regular basis: Ollie Verne Olds Tyra is the last known living human to have ridden the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster the day it was unveiled in 1924.
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August 13, 1989 | MICHELE GRIMM and TOM GRIMM, The Grimms are Laguna Beach free-lance writers/photographers and authors of the updated "Away for the Weekend."
A sandy bathing beach isn't the only thing that lures visitors to the seashore at Santa Cruz. Another major attraction is the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the last of California's beachfront amusement parks. It's home to the Giant Dipper, a classic wooden roller coaster that has been thrilling riders for 65 years. Nearby is the municipal wharf, where you can fish from the pier or feast on seafood in a row of bay-view restaurants.
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June 28, 1992 | MARTHA FREEMAN, Freeman is a free-lance writer living in Sonora, Calif. and
On the first full day of our Santa Cruz County vacation, my 4-year-old daughter, Sylvie, awoke with an announcement: "I hate the beach." My heart sank. We had booked the last week in August at Manresa State Beach, counting on our children to love every minute of it. Aside from the obvious attractions of sand and surf, the great thing about this beach is that it is crowd-free, without traffic, and has miles of room for kids to wander without parents losing sight of them.
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February 11, 1996 | MARY FRANCES SMITH
DUNSMUIR--The fourth annual Winter Rail Fair is Feb. 16-18 in Dunsmuir's downtown district along Sacramento Avenue and the train tracks. The fair includes trackside activities, a swap meet and photographic exhibit. Weekend pass: $7.50, general; $12 per family. Schedule and information: (800) 386-7684. LA JOLLA--Examine life in the nooks and crannies of the seashore on two tide pool excursions offered by the Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
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