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  1. #21
    I live in wilmington and am in HS so i know a thing or two about UNCW. It's a good school as far as academics go, but not fantastic. You'll probably have a better chance of getting into uncw than UC schools. Also, trust me, the surf isn't always there. You'll understand because you're from LI. The surf here usually stays from 1-3 feet and I have only surfed it when it was head high once or twice, and I've been surfing here for like 5 years. That being said some of the students there are really talented surfers. So i would agree with the people above and say check out some California schools more.

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    you seem.... a tad naive to this whole process. What do you want to major? What exactly is is GPA? SATS? ACT? $ situation? Nonetheless, if possible, I'd say go to a school in California. I go to UNCW, I love it. I transferred in after spending a miserable year in a college in PA, and now i'm living beach front for the upcoming semester (ta daaa, cheap too actually). Everyone kinda shreds here for the most part, and I'm gonna say WB is the best surf town on the EC. The school itself is killer, the campus, girls, academics (except for the crazed liberal english dept and administration, but what school isn't like that?) especially the sciences and business (which i am currently killin it in). I could go on, but i don't feel like typing right now.

    I do that 1 bit of advice; Do not go to Hawaii. It's a death pit. It's almost too perfect. I know 2 people that went there for college and they are completely different now. I dont know if its a coincidence or what, but the drugs, culture and vibe is different as a student rather as a visiter.

    I would have gone to California if I could, but money and the fact that my parents who are helping me pay for college wouldn't let me.

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    I moved to San Diego (Pacific Beach originally, now in Mission Beach) a year ago.

    This place is PARADISE. Hot chicks everywhere & waves are always rideable. Dont settle for somewhere you will be misearble (east coast). You can honestly apply to university of phoenix and do online classes from your porch facing the beach.

    I know people from Ivy league's that cant find a job and guys that never went to college that have a phenominal career and great pay. It's all about how much effort YOU put into your own education and future.

    But like I said if you're miserable always thinking about surf - you will never get anywhere. Find out where you will be happiest (geographically) and move forward from there.

    Edit - Check Mesa Community College in SD county. Get your residency in 1 year or even get your AA then transfer to SDSU and get in state tuition. Any idiot that jumps right into a 4 year school at $30-$50K a year is a fool and shouldnt be crying about ridiculous student loans. Most people say a car or a home is your biggest purchase. Im going to go ahead and say college is. Do all of your research
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    Quote Originally Posted by KillaKiel View Post
    Many may disagree with me, but I moved to the mountains. I took up snowboarding and did that for a few years. Return to the coast and you will have a new perspective on surfing. Your passion for it will be off the charts. There are cheaper schools as well (even if you stayed in the East Coast).
    I'm bumping this. I chose academics over staying local and landed in central VA, for college. Being so close to the mountains, I experienced the mountain life. I never got into skiing/snowboarding, but mountain biking was a blast. Every break, I would get more out of my surfing sessions than before. When I moved back to Wilmington, I had a totally new perspective on surfing.
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    i've already spent some time away from the coast and i'm definitely not looking to do that again... totally sucks but it does increase your appreciation for surfing. and regarding the guy that says hawaii is a "death pit". if there is any truth to this can someone please elaborate?

    also, would it make more sense to live in CA for a year to get residency, then go to 4 year college, or do 2 years of community college there first? are there financial benefits for doing 2 years of community over there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by surf05 View Post
    i've already spent some time away from the coast and i'm definitely not looking to do that again... totally sucks but it does increase your appreciation for surfing. and regarding the guy that says hawaii is a "death pit". if there is any truth to this can someone please elaborate?

    also, would it make more sense to live in CA for a year to get residency, then go to 4 year college, or do 2 years of community college there first? are there financial benefits for doing 2 years of community over there?
    To elaborate a bit more on Hawaii, I went there a year ago for work. I worked a week in Honolulu and vacationed a week on Kauai. I have nothing against anyone from HI or anything, but what the folks above mentioned is true. Drugs are everywhere and (at least in Honolulu) it is not the nicest place in the world and definitely not somewhere I'd want to live. And if you think localism is bad where you live.... Most folks over there are not fond of mainlanders. Kauai was much more laid back, but I don't think you'll find a big name university there. And as I mentioned earlier, everything is insanely expensive and you are a long way from home (If you're from LI, you'd likely take American out of JFK, connect in either DFW or LAX and you're talking 12-16 hours of flying to get home).

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    Quote Originally Posted by surf05 View Post
    and regarding the guy that says hawaii is a "death pit". if there is any truth to this can someone please elaborate?
    Lots of meth and pills (oxy) in Hawaii. Earlier this year a friend of the family who I watched grow up (I'm over 10 years older) was killed riding his bike in a hit-and-run near the campus. They later found the driver cranked out of her mind. She has multiple drug and vehicle past offenses, yet she still found it in herself to plow over this young man and cut his life horribly short.

    Read up on the stories of Da Hui or just google "Hawaii" and "crystal meth."

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    regarding honolulu, every day on the news it seems: something burns down and/or someone gets killed by hit and run. Depending on what your major is you could look into one of the UH satellite campuses like UH Hilo...
    Personally, I don't know that I'd necessarily base my academic and professional future on going to school where the best waves are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surf05 View Post

    also, would it make more sense to live in CA for a year to get residency, then go to 4 year college, or do 2 years of community college there first? are there financial benefits for doing 2 years of community over there?
    Either way is a smart route. IF you do a year at mesa college, get your residency then transfer your credits they may not ALL be accepted, but you cut the 4 year university's bill down substantially due to you being a "resident".

    On the other hand if you complete an associates degree at mesa CC (1.5 - 2 years depending on course load), most state schools will honor that degree and you can pick up right where you left off.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dlrouen View Post
    Denali is landlocked. I meant to say Denali Parkway - I believe that is the highway I took from Anchorage to Yakutat. It connects mainland to the southern regions/beaches. Ideally, Juneau is the closest \\\\\\\"city\\\\\\\" to Yakutat, but UAA is the best university in AK.
    denali parkway? highway to yakutat? uaa best? not too sure what you're talking about here. never heard of the denali parkway and there are no roads to yakutat - access is by plane or boat only. if you drove, you didn't get there...uaf (fairbanks) is the flagship of the ua system but obviously not a surf school if you check a map. uaa (anchorage) is a couple of years removed from being a community college, but anchorage isn't a bad place to be for surf (and big mountain) access because you can get short flights to kodiak, yakutat, etc. (the best breaks in ak are only accessible by plane or boat). the only decent surf you can get to on the road system is out on the kenai peninsula. there are a couple of community college branches on the kp - one in kenai and one down in homer. homer/anchor point probably has the best road access surf in ak (3+ hour drive from anch) - regularly fun, but rarely epic. boat trips and/or short flights are required to really score up here. camping on homer spit last week:IMG_1786.jpgIMG_1665.jpg
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