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Swimming the Good Life in Beautiful Capitola, California

Capitola California vacation homes with pool and spa

Capitola, California is a very popular place for second homes and vacation rentals.

Between the wharf and the whales (and other ocean critters) you can sure see why!

whale off Capitola coastline

Our wonderful customer Karon has both a pool and a spa.
A recent widow, Karon has turned to Surf City to maintain her vacation homes pool and spa.
We brought both up to date–and she sent us this great note!


Thank You note to Surf City from Capitola pool owner

Thanks for making our day, Karon!
We look forward to helping you keep your Capitola pool and spa sparkling and running great for years to come!

Read more about our happy customers

Photo of the Capitola wharf via the brokerage properties

Photo of the whale off the Capitola coast via Redfin

santa cruz hot tub among fire debris

Incredibly, Hot Tub Scorched–Still Standing After Loma Fire Devours Yard

You have got to see the photo to believe it!

We certainly don’t suggest you put your hot tub to this sort of test! And we hope none of us has to face another fire…

But we just had to share a photo that one of our customers sent after the Loma fire hit Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties last fall. If you weren’t in the area hardest hit, you might not be aware that this fire destroyed almost 4500 acres including 12 homes.

The message we got with the photo says it all:

The tub is always gonna save the day

Enjoy your hot tub, and let it save your aching muscles…whether it is to warm them up after lots of rain, or to relax after a hard day’s work rebuilding, or just for fun. After all one of the best things about living in Santa Cruz County is the peaceful relaxation in your backyard hot tub, am I right?

But Smoky says, in case of forest fire, please evacuate!

Warming Our Hearts During the Holidays

Michael Hall and presents

At Surf City Pool Spa and Solar we love helping make your holidays warm and bubbly–by keeping your hot tubs running great.

And even though every year I seem to look more and more like St. Nick, it warms my heart when our customers appreciate our efforts so much they give us Christmas gifts.

This particular shot was taken after Patsy, who happens to be 83 years young, handed me these beautiful presents in Santa Cruz this week. Even though she is on a very strict budge, she always finds time to give me smiles.

Thank you, and Merry Christmas Patsy!

We Love Getting Notes from Our Happy Hot Tub Customers

thank you note

This note came from a very nice couple in Santa Cruz. They use their hot tub for medical purposes.

They needed their tub fixed in a hurry.

We did just that.

thank you note from customers

Don’t you love a story with a happy ending?

Solar Heating Extends the Swimming Season in Santa Cruz County

The roof after Solar heating installation in Santa Cruz

Coil Swimming Pool Solar Heating System in place

All across Santa Cruz County many people are wishing they could still be enjoying their pools and hot tubs. At the same time, they really don’t want to have to pay to heat them all winter long.

Fortunately we have a lot of sunshine, even though we also get the coastal fog! We get enough sun, especially in the fall and spring to allow for solar heating systems to extend our water fun.

There are a lot of different types of solar heating systems available. Whether you are wanting something to heat a small hot tub or spa or a large family swimming pool will determine what is the best unit for your home or business.

Another factor to consider is just how warm you want the water to be, and how “hands off” you want your system to be. Believe it or not, you can actually have a solar heating system that can make your swimming pool TOO hot! It is important to know the size and capacity of the unit, the location of your solar panels (or coils as show in the photo of an install we did last year) and the amount of time you use your pool.

For some people a good cover may be enough. Other people will need to have a pretty sophisticated system that processes a lot of water.

We can help walk you through the options and determine which solar heating system is the best for your family pool, spa or hot tub.

OUCH! West Nile Virus Found in Santa Cruz County


West Nile has arrived according to county officials.

Don’t let your Santa Cruz swimming pool harbor the mosquitoes that carry the virus!

Santa Cruz County Mosquito and Vector Control collected a sampling of seven northern house mosquitoes at the lagoon July 12 with a dry-ice baited trap. The virus-positive results were reported by the Davis Arbovirus Research and Training Lab at UC Davis on Friday, and publicized Monday.

Warm weather has the virus infected mosquitoes appearing earlier than normal. Be aware, and take precautions. And be sure to keep your pool properly maintained.

Mosquitoes love stagnant water–not clean, circulating pool water. If you regularly use your pool, it is not going to harbor mosquitoes.

Be sure to empty any standing water that may be found near the pool, such as saucers under potted plants.

If you are not able to take care of your pool, give us a call and we can be sure that your pool is properly maintained and mosquito free so you can spend your time enjoying the water, not worrying about it.

Click here to read the original article from the Santa Cruz Sentinel by Jessica A York

For more information on West Nile virus, visit westnile.ca.gov.

Santa Cruz County Swimmer Sets Record

Chris Staka Aptos High Swimmer

We love swimming pools and the swimmers who use them, from little kids to retirees.

We are happy to share the news of one local swimmer, Chris Staka, a senior at Aptos High who has be recognized as one of the fastest swimmers in the country. Yep, that’s country with an ‘r’, as in the USA,, not just the count.

Aptos High's Chris Staka. (Dan Coyro -- Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Longtime Aptos High swim coach Jim Triplett earlier this year called senior Chris Staka the fastest swimmer to come out of Santa Cruz County.

Well, this month, it was announced by the NISCA that Staka officially made the list of All-Americans, placing in the top 20 prep swimmers for both freestyle and backstroke.

Staka will be leaving our county in just a few weeks for his freshman year at Alabama.

After that? He does have his eye on competing in the 2020 Olympics to be held in Tokyo. Right now, he is contemplating being part of the Croatian National Team. All of his grandparents were originally from Croatia.
Who knows what 4 more years might bring. Perhaps a spot on the US team. For now, congratulations on being one of the fastest in the water, here and across the country.


Thanks to Julie Jag and the Santa Cruz Sentinel for the original article on Staka’s accomplishment.

Photos courtesy of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Dan Coyro


Amar’e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks Fan of Red Wine Hot Tub Soak

Red Wine Ritual Hot Tub with Amar’e Stoudemire

In our tour of hot tubs filled with odd liquids around the world, this week we visit Aire Ancient Baths, in New York City.

At Aire you can get a variety of spa treatments and combinations. Yoga sessions, classical music (live, not piped in), 4 handed massages are just some of the options you have.

One that particularly caught our eye is the Red Wine Ritual, of course it is touted as providing lots of health benefits.

If you are a basketball fan, you may fine it interesting to note that Amar’e Stoudemire, 32-year-old power forward and center for the New York Knicks, enjoys a did. Apparently this is part of his off-day recovery routine. Hmmm. Recovery? Really?

According to Aire’s website, you will have a 30 minute soak in the bath with is a concentrate of tempranillo grapes from the Matarromera winery in Spain.

The red wine hot tub experience is reported good for the skin and provides antioxidants and hydration.

The harsh interview lighting didn’t do the spa justice–it made it look more like a back alley affair. Here is Aire’s official shot–check out those bubbles of red wine and the strategically placed beam of light.


This indulgent experience doesn’t stop there, it continues with a 90 minute exfoliating massage, a body wrap, and a 90 minute Thermal Session. During that time you sit in hot tubs at different temperatures, enjoy a steam room and a saltwater pool.

By the way, they mention you can sip tea during the session. No mention of drinking wine–from the hot tub or by the glass. Although their photo shows a bottle of wine and glass, poolside. With or without the drinkable wine, be prepared to pony up for this experience. The weekday rate is $564.

Want to read more fun filled hot tubs? Check out our posts on the Pork Ramen Pool and the Beer Filled Hot Tub.

Read the original article on The Daily Meal

Photo of Amar’e Stoudemire enjoying his soak courtesy of ESPN

Photo of Aire Red Wine Ritual from their website

Do you really want to soak in a hot tub filled with limp noodles?
Ramen Bath House

Don’t you just love relaxing in a hot tub? A good long soak, and you are feeling just like a limp noodle. But do you want to soak with them?

Well, in Japan you can soak in a hot tub that is designed to resemble a bowl of ramen. But the uniqueness of the soak is not just about the appearance of the hot tub…

The water does actually have pork broth (reportedly no chunks) and noodles in it.

Well, the broth is real, but the health department wouldn’t allow real noodles, so they are synthetic. Guess that’s good news…but it does make us wonder about the health department a bit that we are allowed to soak in pork juice.

According to the owners of the spa, the pork soak is good for your health. I don’t know…it just sounds like something the Big Bad Wolf would say to Little Red Riding Hood. Oh come on honey, just jump in and relax!

The broth contains large amounts of collagen, a protein high in amino acids, which are essential to healthy skin.

So, if you are interested in soaking in some extra collagen, head for Hakone, Japan, and find the Yunessun Spa House.

Recently we reported that you can soak in a hot tub filled with beer in Austria.

Perhaps we can come up with a list of odd ways to fill a hot tub and soak–a hot tub filled with fun tour around the world!

We certainly don’t recommend any of these ideas for your home hot tub or spa–save that for your next trip. And if you fun across a fun soak idea, let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

Photo credit:  Facebook Fine Design of Cipop
We found this article on The Daily Meal (yep, for real!)

Soaking in Suds–Don’t Try This Beer Filled Hot Tub at Home!*

We prefer our hot tubs hot, with clean, clear water.

We prefer our beer, crisp and cold.

But that doesn’t suit everyone’s taste, apparently. Someone has decided it is a good idea to soak in a beer filled hot tub. Seriously!

The Starkenberg Brewery in Austria has a hot tub that is filled with beer, available for guests to soak in. And in theory at least, to drink. No thanks–at least to the drinking part.

So what’s the deal here? The “hot tub” is actually an old fermenting vat which they have converted to a bathing spot. Filled with warm, bitter, beer!

Rather than drink the stuff you are soaking in, you can instead order a pint and drink that while you soak. That sounds better than the alternative!

According to the spokesperson in the video you don’t want to shower after your plunge:

“It’s very good for your skin,” Andrea Stigger, a Starkenberger employee said. “You get fine, velvety skin. We recommend not showering afterward so it can soak in.”

Just don’t head back to the office afterwards!

*And please, don’t try filling your hot tub with beer–use water and the appropriate chemicals–and enjoy your beer from a glass, or stein!