Zach, dad was in the Coast Guard, he was stationed out at Point Loma. I used to go out and visit for like a month or two at a time. Yeah, I see whatcha mean about the economy deal. It's funny, after San Diego, he got stationed in VB. I like it down there, too.
i tried living on the coast but the necessity of a 'real job' brought me home to baltimore....years of working (and commuting to surf) allowed me to stay focused and am now fortunate enough to have a place at the beach too...point is...enjoy the ride. if surfing is that important - IT will find a way into your life.