Heck Backfire if you tell me where i can find 3 out of 7 or even 5 out of 7 days a week where there is surf i'll move there myself...lol...unfortunetly florida is not the place to be, although we have our moments during hurricane season or a north swell from a front moving offshore in the winter... consistency is not here, maybe 2 out of 10, maybe. Melbourne area to Cocoa Beach is a decent place to be though, there are many sandbars to choose from and the people are pretty laid back...well good luck to your future and hope this answered some questions...peace
Maybe 1, and if you're lucky, 2, every two weeks or so. Start visiting the Sebastian Inlet web cam (http://www.surfguru.com/florida-surf-reports), and just track or do a screen grab of the waves each day. Within a 30 day period (depending upon the season of the year and then adjust for hurricane season) you'll have a pretty good idea about how consistent, or inconsistent it can be. And for the record, EVERYWHERE experiences flat spells, sometimes quite extended ones, so you have to be willing to endure them no matter where you go, but I guess since you're listing No. California as your locale, then you already knew that, and what you are really looking for is warmth.
Last edited by MDSurfer; Jan 2, 2012 at 12:47 AM.
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I was gonna start a similar thread because it looks like I am moving there (Jacksonville) in a few months. Ugh. The comments so far don't give me much hope for consistency or quality. O well. Bet its a super cheap plane ticket to the Caribbean.
St. Augustine and Jacksonville may actually be a tad more consistant, but they are also somewhat colder in the winter. Probably the best waves I came across were at Spanish House above Sebastian and Anastasia State Park near St. Augustine, but the air temps went down to 32 in the campground that night in Anastasia. 3/2 wetsuit was still the order of the day.
Florida blows, i lived there for a year. The waves are weak and the swells never last very long. I can remember many times when a swell will just disappear with the tide and never return, like a fart in the wind. But it is warm.
well well. i am not from california originally, by the way, just spent some time there !
Thanks for all the answers !!
Basically it sounds like florida is crap for surfing. im just a bit disappointed now, since i was on vacation at melbourne area some years ago, and allthough it was summer, we had some waist-high fun days back then.
just as an experiment: if "waist" high, ( 1-2ft) is minimum size to have some fun, how often would there be rideable days ?
does not have to be clean,glassy etc..just enough size to be barely shortboardable.
dont wanna be a pain in the ass, but its just that , regarding my academics education , i would have some really nice options in florida, and i liked the weather and people and nature when i visited!
on the other hand, surfing is a hobby i really do more than enjoy, meaning that i want to spend some time in the water everyday ( if thats possible )
by the way: i checked st sebastion webcam everyday now for 30 days, im not sure what to think. i saw some rideable stuff, but almost no people surfing there...anything wrong with that spot ? forecasts been pretty ****ty the last weeks, just 1 ft crap though.
Last edited by backfire; Jan 31, 2012 at 02:41 PM.
Try NSB. It is certainly no secret the inlet usually has a wave when the entire coast is flat... That's why you'll be surfing with 200 of your closest friends. That's not entirely a bad thing as it's the shark attack capital of the world.Still, I like the place.