my wife and I camped from San Diego to Crescent city, took 56 days to kick it (feb and march), lived out of a toyota tacoma.
First, buy a stormrider guide for north america
Standouts for me?
sunset cliffs, blacks, pretty fun
SKIP LA COUNTY
SKIP ORANGE COUNTY (except trestles)
if there is surf, check out ventura RINCON!!!!!!
If there is large west swell, el cap is LIGHTS OUT...SO GOOD
Jalama by Lompoc, the cracks and tarantula's were sick, had food for 3 days, stayed for 8, had to go into town for supplies
Big sur has some waves, had better times other places
'The Dune' at moss landing...do you like whoopings? and tubes? the place has both in spades
santa cruz obviously
novelty wave at fort point, its a burger, skip
POINT ARENA HOLY MOLY THIS WAVE ROCKS, kinda sharky, like spidey sense tingling, SICK WAVE
SHELTER COVE YOU MUST GO!!!!!!!
Those are the named ones, make friends along the way and find more
best to do a trip like this now before more and more checkpoints and police state ruin everything
Also, dont drive in the midwest during a snowstorm, we got ****ked: hit and run by a tractor trailer on our way back east (I have moved from EC since this adventure) and had to sleep in an autobody shop during a blizzard, kinda sucked, wifey and I were A-ok, had to drive from nebraska to jersey with no lights or front bumper, but we made it
Go to SoCal and head SOUTH!!!! Not North. You know how friggin cold its gonna be up there?!
If you insist on going North though I would recommend renting a van. There's a really cool deal up there in which you can rent a vintage VW decked out for surfing and camping and its actually fairly cheap.