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  1. #11
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    If you go on a road trip, you don't know what you're gonna get in terms of surf... UNLESS you have some flexibility and can time it for a swell, either north or south. If you know there's going to be waves, you can make the decision at the last minute, and certainly do some exploring and score. If you love just traveling for the sake of traveling, and waves are just a bonus, hit the road. New England is beautiful, but the water will be cold, and although there appears to be a lot of coastline, much of it has limited swell windows and access can be an issue. Going further north, into Canada, is an option and NS is loaded with potential, but again, plan on roughing it. I go north every summer for a week or two, and if I had to move, that's where I'd go.

    As for building your own board... you can get away with minimal tools for your first board. You can rent space at Greenlight, use his tools, and get some advice as you go, and your chances of coming out with a decent board are much, much higher. If you want to do it on your own, here's my advice: Build a set of racks in your woodshop, and buy minimal tools for your first board... you can get them all from Brian, along with blank, cloth, resin, and hardware.

    PM me if you need a quick list of the minimum tools required.

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    A week is pleanty to do a road trip north. Go to montunk for a cpl days and do a cpl days in RH or maine. Odds of finding surf up there in the spring or fall are good . I am planing a trip like this in May if I can get off from work

    If you rent a van from enterprise from saturday threw the week til satuday it would cost around 419 unlimited milege east of the missisippi.

    Hey it a cargo van but you can find places to park and camp close to the beach and most places up that was you can cook out on grill and it would save you some cash
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    What I meant by "it would be a waste of time to drive up north" is that going all the way up to Canada is a waste of time in that its a day of travel in itself.
    I'm open to going all the way up to Maine, just not Canada.

    For the people who have road tripped up North. Are there alot of campgrounds with good beach access and where else did you guys stay?
    I've heard of people sleeping in their cars in surf shop parking lots and Walmart parking lots...anyone know anything about that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaniac07 View Post
    What I meant by "it would be a waste of time to drive up north" is that going all the way up to Canada is a waste of time in that its a day of travel in itself.
    I'm open to going all the way up to Maine, just not Canada.

    For the people who have road tripped up North. Are there alot of campgrounds with good beach access and where else did you guys stay?
    I've heard of people sleeping in their cars in surf shop parking lots and Walmart parking lots...anyone know anything about that?
    I know if you have a RV you can stay at any walmart parking lot for I thing 25 bucks a day but I be they wouldnt even notice a van there overnight or for a week. I am sure there are places in NY and Maine to camp at close to the beach . I am still planing and gathering intel for my trip I will pass and info along

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    Quote Originally Posted by MATT JOHNSON View Post
    I know if you have a RV you can stay at any walmart parking lot for I thing 25 bucks a day but I be they wouldnt even notice a van there overnight or for a week. I am sure there are places in NY and Maine to camp at close to the beach . I am still planing and gathering intel for my trip I will pass and info along

    I'm planning something similar in April. A lot of campsites by the beach I have come across are for RVs ONLY which is kind of annoying. Keep us updated on what you find and I'll do the same...

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    I've been able to score in NE in all four states... MA, RI, NH and ME. But I've never done it in June or July. Late summer and early fall, when tropical systems start to fire, are good... as well as spring, when the winter storm patterns are still in effect. June and July are the worst time to travel north, statistically speaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    I've been able to score in NE in all four states... MA, RI, NH and ME. But I've never done it in June or July. Late summer and early fall, when tropical systems start to fire, are good... as well as spring, when the winter storm patterns are still in effect. June and July are the worst time to travel north, statistically speaking.
    Yeah thats why I was thining May not all the summer crowds but still not super hot out yet aswell

    Odds are getting waves are still good also

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    My problem is I have school and with all this snow it looks like my spring break may be gone also. But my brother wouldn't be home from college anyway.

    I think I'm leaning with the road trip and maybe shape a board next spring/summer when I have some more money.

    I have been up North mainly in MA and RI over the past few summers. Don't remember coming across that many beach camp areas, but I also wasn't looking.

    I'll let you know if I find anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by MATT JOHNSON View Post
    I know if you have a RV you can stay at any walmart parking lot for I thing 25 bucks a day but I be they wouldnt even notice a van there overnight or for a week. I am sure there are places in NY and Maine to camp at close to the beach . I am still planing and gathering intel for my trip I will pass and info along

    Walmart RV parking is free and permitted, Cracker Barrel too. I do it often, however, most Florida towns have laws against staying overnight in parking lots. Only state I know of that restricts, I've done it in just about every eastern state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaniac07 View Post
    My problem is I have school and with all this snow it looks like my spring break may be gone also. But my brother wouldn't be home from college anyway.

    I think I'm leaning with the road trip and maybe shape a board next spring/summer when I have some more money.

    I have been up North mainly in MA and RI over the past few summers. Don't remember coming across that many beach camp areas, but I also wasn't looking.

    I'll let you know if I find anything
    Found this one in Montunk

    http://www.lirv.com/camps/hither.htm

    I am waiting to here from my friend who spends alot of time up there to ask him