don't forget the zillions of surfers at those world class socal spots. Good luck getting a wave at swamis without a longboard (fortunately there's a decent, practically empty wave just up the beach). Trestles is a slalom course of people...when you finally do get a wave to yourself. Huntington gets so crowded, you can barely see any water...and most of them can't paddle, so they just sit there as obstacles.
pacNW is a compromise; and not a bad one, once you get used to it: relatively empty/consistent breaks (is there ever an unrideable day?) in exchange for year-round freezing water and onshore wind...plus some of the best snowboarding in the world.
There are always waves...they are just very small, but surfable on the East Coast. It's sad, but yes, I still choose water time over other activities all the time. Paddington is right. This is my announcement...when I go to AC to visit some family, he will receive the coveted PM. It would be my first and boy I am so nervous...like...will he say "yes"? Perhaps "maybe"? That's not entirely a "no". Like OMG! I should get up there ASAP, but the Jersey trip is procrastinated until I have a moment in the middle of the night where I decide "Ima go up there and get myself confused on some substance".