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  1. #1
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    Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    Lately I've been doing a lot of thinking about my current situation. Currently I live / work in the Tampa Bay area, been doing so for the last 8-9 years. The job I currently have has enabled me to buy new boards and all the accessories I need to enjoy surfing as much as one can living inland.

    I've been able to afford gas in my Tahoe to drive 2 - 2.5hrs each way to the East Coast every weekend, and 45 minutes each way to and from the Gulf during the week / after work when there are actually waves. We take a mini-vacations and stay 3-4 days on the E. Coast about every 6-8wks, and have taken two trips to Puerto Rico in the last 6-8 months and will be doing the same thing every year or to someplace similar. So although I live inland I'm able to surf pretty frequently, just not as much as someone that lives right there.

    With that being said, i'm trying to figure out if I should be content with my current situation and just continue to make the most of things without living right on the coast or at least less than 30 minutes from it or if I should start finding a way to get closer to the water. Driving as much as I do is NOT fun, but I've been able to condition myself into thinking it's not all that bad because the end result (surfing) is always worth it, which it is. But like all things that require that much commitment, sh*t gets old and you just want to simplify things. If I lived right on the beach or less than 30 minutes from the water then I'd be able to fulfill my dream of surfing daily (conditions permitting), but it would require a complete life change I believe.

    I'm not so sure we could find jobs that pay us well enough doing what we do or something similar in a coastal area. Not only would the job situation be a challenge, but so is convincing my wife that we should move further away from our parents / family and closer to areas that get affected worse during hurricane season. I think if money / jobs weren't an issue for us I could convince her of the move, because we would still be driving distance from the family if we needed to visit. It just wouldn't be as often as we do now.

    We're getting close to being 100% debt free, and will soon be able to save some money and plan to buy a house, so this has me thinking. If we buy a house in the area we are currently in, it'll pretty much solidify what's going to happen for at least the next few years, BUT, if the right pieces were to fall into place, we could find ourselves on the beach or just over the bridge...

    What would you do? And How would you go about doing it?
    Last edited by DawnPatrolSUP; Jun 19, 2013 at 04:23 PM.

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    That's a tough one. Here's what I did

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    I'm about an hour from the closest wave, and as much as I would like to live closer I have a house(that I like, w/ a fenced in yard for the pooch, which I need). As much as I would like to be closer, it's just not in the cards at the moment. I would say that if you're still renting, and thinking about buying, make the plunge and buy closer to the coast...even if that means taking a cut in pay or whatever, just buy something you'll be able to keep up with in anticipation of a lower wage. My $.02.
    Last edited by seldom seen; Jun 19, 2013 at 04:31 PM.

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    if your married, that's a tough one. if you aren't and dont have any real commitments, GO. you wont regret it. im still in school and i still live it home. i just commute to save money. convinced my mom to move two blocks from the bech. best move we have ever made in my opinion. im lucky and i appreciate it everyday that we did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seldom seen View Post
    I'm about an hour from the closest wave, and as much as I would like to live closer I have a house(that I like, w/ a fenced in yard for the pooch, which I need). As much as I would like to be closer, it's just not in the cards at the moment. I would say that if you're still renting, and thinking about buying, make the plunge and buy closer to the coast...even if that means taking a cut in pay or whatever, just buy something you'll be able to keep up with in anticipation of a lowe wage. My $.02.
    Thanks, that's definitely what I would prefer to do. We are currently renting, this would be my 1st home purchase (renting for the past 14 years), I know once we buy that we'll be sitting put for a little while, so I don't want to make the wrong move ya know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 757surfer View Post
    if your married, that's a tough one. if you aren't and dont have any real commitments, GO. you wont regret it. im still in school and i still live it home. i just commute to save money. convinced my mom to move two blocks from the bech. best move we have ever made in my opinion. im lucky and i appreciate it everyday that we did it.
    Yep, newly married, No kids, 1 dog, renting a townhouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    Yep, newly married, No kids, 1 dog, renting a townhouse.
    take the pay cut if you have to and buy a reasonable house. If you think you surf enough now you have no idea how much more you will once you live close. You can still budget trips and whatever else you want to do all you have to do is have the will to make it happen. you your wife and the dog will be much more happier. Make the drive for the family visits not the ocean visits

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    I went through the same thing that you are going through now. I had to leave Charleston for work back in 2009 (thank you fugged up economy). I ended up in Richmond, with a really good job. I went from engineer to project manager, and was very good at what I did. After a couple years of dealing with the commute back and forth to the coast every couple weeks, I decided I couldn't stand living inland. All I did all week is dream about being on the coast. After a year of searching, I found an engineering position in Charleston. However, this position was still a step back from project management. I ended up going for it, as the pay was slightly better. In the end, I am happy to live in this area. I don't particularly like my job, and it isn't really a challenge, but I work to live. Nothing feels better than getting home after work, loading up the board, and heading to the beach. I will hopefully find a project management job down here eventually, but I have no regrets about the decision I made.

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    I'm going to guess that you are still young (I think I remember seeing you were in your early 30s) and it doesn't sound like you have kids and you don't own a house. I would do it man. You don't have many roots down besides family and honestly, I like to keep my distance from them although free childcare is pretty nice. We moved to Wilmington a couple years ago and surfing was the furthest thing from my mind, but now I totally appreciate being a 15 minute drive to the beach, but still think "what if we were closer, that would be awesome". Maybe someday, after the kids are growed up we'll get a place on topsail or CB.

    And I'm paraphrasing Braveheart but "And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to live near the beach and tell your families that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR SURFING! "

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    One thing to consider is the atmosphere surrounding water activity centric communities. Even if you aren't right near the beach there is a laid back atmosphere that is usually prevalent once you get near communities that have a lot of waterways and/or beaches. Having grown up near the beach and bay I can't imagine leaving the area for an inland suburbia even if I never surfed another day in my life. With that being said and after seeing some of the real estate that's for sale in FL I'd say keep your eye out for all of the pieces falling in the right places.