But then again... there are those natural beachbreaks that provide moments of perfection, when everything comes together. Structure does provide better consistency. And that's what we look for around here. But if you travel, and are willing to seek out truly natural beachbreaks... complete with rivermouths, lagoons, natural dunes.... you can find excellent surf with reasonable consistency. These natural breaks tend to be shifty. Heavy rains and seasonal winds can make sandbars slide, build, flatten out... but overall, they can dish out some of the best surf you can expect to find on the East Coast. More remote, less accessible, less consistent... but also less crowded. It's hard to find these places here in the overdeveloped Northeast. But in the Mid Atlantic and Southeast, they're out there. You just gotta put in the time and energy.
I was lucky enough to get a free helicopter ride a few years ago. It was a sunny day and the water was very clear. We flew up and down the coast and you could clearly see the bottom configuration (sandbars, holes, etc). All the good breaks were very similar. Really cool to see the sandbars from the air.