I've been out to socal twice and didn't have any problem, well a little bit when I tried to surf malibu, but even that was ok in the end. I was mostly at Dana Point/Doheny (yup I got totally sick from the polluted water but the place is fun), San Onofre, which was pretty crowded, even at 7am, but still fun with a little patience, and Carrdiff. I went as early as I could and didn't have much of a problem with crowds. And no aggro-vibes. Though I guess I was a pretty mellow logging spots.
Never been out west, heard what it's like from people who visit but never from someone who was a local for awhile. Anybody know if there's any areas that aren't crazy crowded? That's my major turnoff as to visiting and enjoying myself there (being a new englander). Thanks.
You being a New Englander and all, NorCal thru Oregon would be a solid bet. Almost anywhere in Cali is great and less crowded during the winter when the kooks are in school or at work or to against the cold. Named breaks are to be avoided except during less crowded conditions. If its crowded, why surf it. Its like the North Shore in Hawaii, why worry about pipe when you can beat the crowd to Chun's and then catch Pinballs before it gets crowded. Oh wait, pinballs rarely gets crowded. If you like long boarding, Washington state is awesome. Canada is sick. Anywhere around LA sucks for locals, though I was in Huntington and the pier was crazy, but at the state park where I camped for twenty dollars beach side was chill as, because it was off season, and the breaks on both sides of the park were crowded as F, but the three peaks inside, barely had anyone.
Thus said, get out and go drive and go do it. New England ain't going anywhere.
there are nice points in WA, but you'll have to find them for yourself. The internet has ruined it for the locals there, and they are pissed. Surfing with the occasional Killer Whale makes things interesting, too.
Honestly, California (NOT "Cali") still has some uncrowded surf from Baja to Oregon. But if you want to surf places like Blacks and Trestles and Malibu and Rincon and Steamers and The Hook and etc etc etc, be prepared for a kookfest with 100-200 other interlopers. That's why I said to stay away from the "name" spots.
But if you want a little taste of California without all the BS, pick a town and get in your car and start exploring.
\ Anywhere around LA sucks for locals, though I was in Huntington and the pier was crazy, but at the state park where I camped for twenty dollars beach side was chill as, because it was off season, and the breaks on both sides of the park were crowded as F, but the three peaks inside, barely had anyone.\
sounds like my break. reality check includes weather report. it has been 100+ degrees inland the last few weeks, so no surprise, the beach is crowded with all kinds of poor saps escaping the heat, especially on weekends. however, school has started. thus, my monday session was me and 20 old dudes. timing is everything. colder weather (below 70 out here) and school season on weekdays you should be ok. weekends during summer.. yer wastin yer time. have fun.
Dudes, I've surfed all over Santa Barbara. Some swells. its crowded, some swells, its not. Again, avoid the crowd by surfing off camber spots that don't have 5 million peeps on them... Just got done a night session in Va Beach, no kooks, no crowds, no worries...Small but snookie free.