I'll be in San Diego in May for work related training and I don't know the area.
I'd like San Diego to be my home base for the whole stay and I'm thinking Ocean Beach will be the place to surf on work days. On the three free days I have in the area, I'll likely go as far north as Trestles or even Huntington to see what it's about.
I'm certainly not an advanced surfer but I'm not a danger to anybody and I know my place. Paddling 100 yards through white water and short period overhead sets in 45 degree water would be a no go for me here in NJ so when I read that a spot is a tough paddle I think twice.
I'll definitely bring the 3/2 with boots.
I don't expect I'll need the 5/4 with boots and gloves.