So, we went for a little trip out to Sandiego and hit all the best spots that we know of, Blacks, Trestles, OB.......... and the waves were good, really really good, but the one major difference was that for every wave that came through, there were always 15 people going for it. It seriously looked like a bunch of hungry dogs going for the last scrap of food on earth. In a 3 hour session I think I only scored about 12 waves and I was cut off on more than one occasion. I think that us east coasters take for granted the lack of crowds that we have here. It's true that we don't get the same types of swells or as frequent surf as the west coast (or any Pacific Ocean spots) and our water does get ALOT colder than theirs, but it's definitely nice to come home to some decent waves that are UNCROWDED. Even when OC breaks seeem crowded, they're really not. Just imagine adding 10 more people going for every wave that you try to score and that's what it's like out west. This was my 7th time out and I think that the crowd factor was the worst this time by far. Anyway, not sure what I'm trying to get out of this but next time you're out and you see a decent wave coming in and you look around and it's just you and your bros, just remember that we're lucky
I have lived in OC all my life. I think the reasons why its so crowded down in so cali is because there is a lot of people here so that means there is a going to be more peeps in the water, especially if there is good waves. Second, there is a lot of money around here, soo all the kooks have all this money so they buy a board and think they are a surfer now, three, surfing as become so mainstream down here now that everyone thinks they can go out there and be like Kelly Slater. Just remember you were here in the winter, so think how the summer is, even worse, when the water warms up. Plus, the weather does play a big part too. All you you need here is a 3/2 wetsuit here. I just got back from Nor Cal where i was wearing 4/3 and booties. Never worn booties before down here. I understand that people drop in on you and thats just something you have to deal with. But if you have wave savvy, you can always find a spot where there is not that much peeps. Im glad you had fun here man. Hopefully i could help you out on your thoughts.