Steamer Lane, Thomas Piekarski

Unknown Surfer Memorial at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, CA

Steamer Lane


The Santa Cruz Surfing Club has erected
a solid bronze statue here at Steamer Lane:
a bold lone surfer decked out sportingly
in summer shorts, bare-chested, stands
utterly determined as Christ atop Corcovado
but resembling the unforgettable Tab Hunter.
He has a firm grip on a surf board behind
his back that stands absolutely vertical.
He’s expressionless as a dead headwind,
master of the waves he was born to crave.

Thomas Piekarski

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