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  1. #31
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    Mar 2010
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    damn i made this same move out to SD about 4 years ago. eventually came back home. but man, all this talk about getting outta dodge and going somewhere with waves pretty much everyday is making me want to get the F outta here again. Like zach said, theres so many spots to surf in san diego. everything ranging from OB beach break, to the reefs at sunset cliffs to la jolla reefs and supercrowded but my favorite wave blacks. just so much variety in the surf, the culture, really everything. DO IT. get outta here.

  2. #32
    Join Date
    May 2009
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    Mission Beach/Spring Lake
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    I check the forcast out there all the time - It is insane how it is always clean and green every morning..

    First thing when I walk in the office this morning, they are talking about a new owner coming in for March 1st. At that point they will fire everybody and rehire us the next day at 20% lower salary.... AND start from zero for vacation time.

    All signs are pointing to a big move..

  3. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    And 6-7 years ago, when I spent every weekend in Baja, we literally thought of re-locating down on the coast of baja somwhere. Perfect empty surf. A beach front home for 40K... But if you add up the variables of living "off the grid", it becomes a huge risk and a potentially sketchy way of life.... When baja turned terrible, we stopped even considering it. But again, I moved out here with my girlfriend.. I will never live with my wife and kids in some shady 3rd world region. Just not an option for me now.
    i was in the same situation.. definitely miss baja now

    Quote Originally Posted by SJerzSrfr View Post
    the reefs at sunset cliffs to la jolla reefs and supercrowded but my favorite wave blacks. just so much variety in the surf, the culture, really everything. DO IT. get outta here.
    my 2 favorite spots in SD are the cliffs and blacks, absolutely epics, and at least worth taking one trip to surf

  4. #34
    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    I have family up there. I visited before I moved out to SD cause they offered me a room in santa cruz. I just didn't get the same vibe up there as I did in socal. Lots of clouds. More rain. Heavy, heavy, sharky surf... And the local economies are much smaller. So relocating to Central CA (Santa Barbara up to Santa Cruz) is more like relocating to a midatlantic style region on the west coast. There are no palm tree up there. They get rain. Its not 85 in January. Its a different world. Very rugged. GREAT SURF!... dont get me wrong. OUTSTANDING SURF... but a completely different culture. If you want palm trees and warm weather/water, central CA is not for you. If you want isolation and empty, big swells, then maybe you would do better in Santa Cruz (if you can find work)....

    You will be wearing a wetsuit in August in Santa Cruz. They max out in the high 60s in the water.

    You can live around SF and surf the areas surrounding, but the markets and stuff are no good outside of SF.

    Cool areas. But different lifestyles for real. I thought it was an amazing place, but not what i was looking for. To each their own though.

    I think central california has a ton to offer, but I think you need to be more established to start over up there. You need money. You need a career. in SD/LA/OC you can come out here, then figure it out....

    This thread is named "Califonia Dreaming" so I am offering a socal point of view. Central CA is obvisouly california, but personally after living here, I think they should seperate California into 2 parts. Everything north of Santa Barbara... And then everything south. Two different worlds. the state of CA is so huge. Its like the difference in living in Southbeach and then Central Jersey all in the same state... It should be broken down into many different subclimates and subcultures.
    great info man....thank you....everytime I look at the santa cruz wave forcast....it makes my mouth water.....seems like if you know the spots well...you can get waves pretty much everyday

  5. #35
    Zach great info, but please stop, you're seriously making me considering dropping everything as well and move out there....ah, i wish. maybe after college..

  6. #36
    Quote Originally Posted by Scobeyville View Post
    I check the forcast out there all the time - It is insane how it is always clean and green every morning..

    First thing when I walk in the office this morning, they are talking about a new owner coming in for March 1st. At that point they will fire everybody and rehire us the next day at 20% lower salary.... AND start from zero for vacation time.

    All signs are pointing to a big move..
    .......that would be last straw for me.

  7. #37
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
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    My wife and I consider moving out there like every week. We have a house but no kids and we hate the cold. We feel like Cali would fit our lifestyle perfectly as many of our friends dont like the same things we do (beach, surf, food). SD seems to have perfect weather we are just concerned with the crime around there, of course it is everywhere.

    It is crazy how you look at a surf cam and on anyday its atleast 2-4 and clean. Plus zack makes a good point you dont have to rush and surf when there are waves, if you have a busy week you can say "ill surf tuesday and thursday this week" you cant do that here.

    The toughest thing is we are our parents favorite children (it's true) and would have a hard time leaving them - they would be crushed. It is not just a car ride away, its a day of traveling. Plus I have a good job with a pension and tons of days off (school district) so until things change i will probably remain a jerseyite. Def gonna try to make more trips out there tho like every other year or so. Maybe retire out there and get a condo.

  8. #38
    Quote Originally Posted by Scobeyville View Post
    I check the forcast out there all the time - It is insane how it is always clean and green every morning..

    First thing when I walk in the office this morning, they are talking about a new owner coming in for March 1st. At that point they will fire everybody and rehire us the next day at 20% lower salary.... AND start from zero for vacation time.

    All signs are pointing to a big move..
    oh EFF that dude. You should show up on the first, get laid off, and refuse the re-hire. This will allow you to start pulling unemployment (based on your current pay) for a few months to keep everything at bay while you MOVE. Dont feel bad about it either, your employer pays into unemployment insurance all year, its not exactly milking the govt, its taking advantage of something the employer has already paid into. My 2 cents anyways.... Your just lucky that you have 1.5 months to plot on a new job. Better burn up that vacay and sick time first too.... widweek surf sessions!!!
    Last edited by leethestud; Jan 21, 2011 at 07:38 PM.

  9. #39
    Quote Originally Posted by leethestud View Post
    oh EFF that dude. You should show up on the first, get laid off, and refuse the re-hire. This will allow you to start pulling unemployment (based on your current pay) for a few months to keep everything at bay while you MOVE. Dont feel bad about it either, your employer pays into unemployment insurance all year, its not exactly milking the govt, its taking advantage of something the employer has already paid into. My 2 cents anyways.... Your just lucky that you have 1.5 months to plot on a new job. Better burn up that vacay and sick time first too.... widweek surf sessions!!!
    good plan, but watch yourself because if you refuse the re-hire....you will more than likely lose unemployment as well

  10. #40
    Buoy 46042, 10.8 ft @ 21 secs, E Wind @ 5.8 kts