Alright its time, I'm going to college and want to be able to surf while I'm there. I'm planning on going west, as far west as i can go. I don't have the best grades 82 AVG but i have good recommendations and a decent ACT score (29). what colleges are the best for surfing on the west coast? looking into california state schools.
There's also Hawaii (UH at Monoa) and Australia (Griffith, Bond, Southern Cross). You'd probably be able to get into Hawaii fairly easily, but I'm not sure about the Australian universities. Does anyone know about those?
Alright its time, I'm going to college and want to be able to surf while I'm there. I'm planning on going west, as far west as i can go. I don't have the best grades 82 AVG but i have good recommendations and a decent ACT score (29). what colleges are the best for surfing on the west coast? looking into California state schools.
First things first. What do you want to major in? Also, out of state tuition is steep.
California has lots of universities near or even on the ocean. In addition to those already mentioned, let me add Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. It's in central coastal California, north of Santa Barbara and south of Monterey. Beautiful area. It's about a half hour to Pismo Beach and Avila Beach to the south. And it's about the same distance to Morro Bay beach to the north. It's small town and rural, certainly not city. Lots on vineyards. I graduated from there in 79. Engineering, architecture agriculture, business, and environmental sciences are big there. Depending on the popularity of the major, it can be fairly selective. Pick a less popular major (sheep husbandry?) to get in then change it after you're there.
You want constant waves. SF State U or go up to Humbolt. You had better like surfing if you go up there. It's cold, wild and uneven. easily 2-3 times bigger than SD and SC every day in the fall, winter and spring. You'll never pray for waves again.
I have to disagree with most of the people who have replied so far. You do not need to pick a specific major before you show up, but you should at least have a general idea of what you want to study: physical sciences, computer sciences, engineering...? Pick a broad field of study and make a list of schools that fit that bill. THEN worry about surfing and quality of life. The same goes for jobs. I can tell you from firsthand experience that choosing a job SOLELY because of the waves in the area is a terrible awlful no-good very bad idea. You should not disregard it entirely, but I caution you against making it your number one priority. If that were the case, I would say maybe you shouldn't go to college right now. I do not mean that to be derogatory. I am, once again, speaking from personal experience. I went to graduate school in Monterey, CA and surfed my damned brains out...so much, in fact, that I did not have a good educational experience and now consider that year of my life to be a wash. If you want to go study, it has to be priority number one! Otherwise, it's too hard to do it correctly.
My personal recommendation, if it were me in your shoes: study physics at UC Santa Cruz. They have a great department. It's a challenging field of study, and you will work VERY hard, but it's (in my biased) opinion the most interesting stuff anyone can learn, and there are plenty of good waves and nice people.