That is too bad you guys are going through a flat spell. It has been a whacked year overall....except;
Since I moved away from the Mid-Atlantic to the Pac NW in June, the waves have been non-stop and never below chest high.
Yea, the water is cool, but not cold year round and with the right gear you can surf anytime you want. All you need is a 4/3/b/g, but the water hit 62 in $%@#! during September so I was fortunate to wear just a jacket and baggies for a few weeks.
It's been pretty big here in WA the last couple of months with a dozen or so 10'-12'+ days.