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    Winter Trip Ideas?

    I know it might be early for this but I'm planning a trip somewhere in January... I've done a lot of research already for good places to surf in Jan, but I wanted to hear from you guys who have actually experienced it. I've heard PR is good, but I've also heard it's crowded.

    If anybody has been on a trip in the winter with little to no crowds, I'd love to hear about it. I just dig surfing in seclusion.

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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    North Shore of Hawaii gets some swell and should be empty that time of year... There's a secret spot called Pipeline (don't tell anyone) that gets pretty hollow and you could score it by yourself!

    Seriously, I love Barbados. There will be some crowds, but nothing compared to PR. And you can always find an empty wave somewhere

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    forget the warm water destinations, and go coldwater, much better like Peru or Nova Scotia or Vancouver

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilman Photography View Post
    forget the warm water destinations, and go coldwater, much better like Peru or Nova Scotia or Vancouver
    YEAH !!!! Finally !!! Someone who isn't a warm-weathered surfing sheep. Oh, have I ever mentioned Iceland. Hey Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, where's my money you promised to hype Iceland?

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    Enjoying warm weather is not sheep mentality. I don't mind surfing cold waves, but if I had a choice I'd go tropical every day... I can surf cold waves at home. I can't surf in crystal clear 85 degree water at home.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddington Jetty Bear View Post
    YEAH !!!! Finally !!! Someone who isn't a warm-weathered surfing sheep. Oh, have I ever mentioned Iceland. Hey Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, where's my money you promised to hype Iceland?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nynj View Post
    Enjoying warm weather is not sheep mentality. I don't mind surfing cold waves, but if I had a choice I'd go tropical every day... I can surf cold waves at home. I can't surf in crystal clear 85 degree water at home.
    agreed sir

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    Quote Originally Posted by nynj View Post
    Enjoying warm weather is not sheep mentality. I don't mind surfing cold waves, but if I had a choice I'd go tropical every day... I can surf cold waves at home. I can't surf in crystal clear 85 degree water at home.
    Dude, first of all, lately every third day somebody axs where they should go on a trip. Then people jump to respond because Swellinfo community participation threads are a big hit, and..........and it's the same couple of places that get suggested. Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. Everytime.

    I disagree. It is kind of sheepish when someone axs aboot a trip and the same two or three locations are given. Puerto Rico........Costa Rica.....Barbados..........and maybe a Nicaragua thrown in for good measure.

    If there's going to be a new "Where should I go" thread every other day, lets have y'all get creative with the locations.

    And why is all aboot weather? It should be aboot waves. You can surf in 76 degree water in Jersey....sometimes. Sometimes you can even see a few feet under the water's surface. Hey, what's wrong with green/brown camoflauge water color? Actually, I saw a "Stronger Than the Storm" commercial and, WOW, you should have see how blue New Jersey's water was. Amazing.

    And it's not always ice cold in Nueve Yersey. You feel better after a cold water session. That's a scientific fact.

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    PR is super sick if the stars line up and its not really crowded except rincon and san juan plenty of semi secret gems over there and when its bombing 2/3rds of the people in the line up are just spectating anyway

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    I had been doing yearly winter trips to Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, etc., avoiding Puerto Rico because I had heard so much about crowds there. Then, I finally went one year about 7 years ago and it wasn't nearly as bad as I had thought. So I went the next 3 winters in a row. Can't beat the short flight. Although if I had my pick of a spot to hit in January at this point it would be Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragdolling View Post
    I had been doing yearly winter trips to Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, etc., avoiding Puerto Rico because I had heard so much about crowds there. Then, I finally went one year about 7 years ago and it wasn't nearly as bad as I had thought. So I went the next 3 winters in a row. Can't beat the short flight. Although if I had my pick of a spot to hit in January at this point it would be Ireland.
    +1, I think everybody says how crowded it is to keep people from going. I've found PR to be relatively uncrowded compared to a lot of spots back home. Maybe I just got lucky (twice)

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