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  1. #11
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    I'm 2-2.5 hrs from the coast. It's the west coast, so there's almost always a ridable wave nearby, but the water is freezing. I liked it better when I lived in florida, but then it was flat for weeks at a time and I'm conveniently forgetting about the hoards of roaches and mosquitoes...but I digress.

    whatever you do, I would take the parents/relatives out of the equation. You've been right there with them for 14+ years and you'll still be within relatively close driving distance wherever you go (in fla). Sounds to me, now's your chance to move where you want...before you get really stuck. You've been in the same place long enough and it appears you're ready to move on, and up
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    Do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by goosemagoo View Post
    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.
    True, LOTS of real estate in FL, and tons of good deals since the market crashed, but I think the key is going to be to buy within the next 3 years before it goes back up too much. I pray for these pieces to fall into place, but it's going to take a bit more than praying, wishing, and wanting, it's going to take a huge effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brewengineer View Post
    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.
    Glad it all worked out for you man, hopefully I can pull off a similar manuever one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudicles View Post
    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! "
    Love the Braveheart paraphrase, one of the best movies ever, and couldn't agree more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    I'm 2-2.5 hrs from the coast. It's the west coast, so there's almost always a ridable wave nearby, but the water is freezing. I liked it better when I lived in florida, but then it was flat for weeks at a time and I'm conveniently forgetting about the hoards of roaches and mosquitoes...but I digress.

    whatever you do, I would take the parents/relatives out of the equation. You've been right there with them for 14+ years and you'll still be within relatively close driving distance wherever you go (in fla). Sounds to me, now's your chance to move where you want...before you get really stuck. You've been in the same place long enough and it appears you're ready to move on, and up
    I believe you are right, i've technically been in the same area for my entire life (32yrs) so I really could use the change.

  7. #17
    Stay where you are but keep your options open for the right job and location, it sounds like there's plenty of time to make the move.

    I live 15 minutes away from the beach here in Jax, and I'm trying to get closer, like looking at out of my window close, so I won't ever have to rely on cams ever again. I actually have my eyes set on a place in Melbourne sometime down the road if everything falls into place.

  8. #18
    Do it before you have or start thinking about kids, once that happens, you can forget it, or it will be 100 times harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McLovin View Post
    Stay where you are but keep your options open for the right job and location, it sounds like there's plenty of time to make the move.

    I live 15 minutes away from the beach here in Jax, and I'm trying to get closer, like looking at out of my window close, so I won't ever have to rely on cams ever again. I actually have my eyes set on a place in Melbourne sometime down the road if everything falls into place.
    I definitely have time because I would like to pay off all our debt first and save up a little bit of coin to make the move possible, my guess is we'll be in a good position in about a year or so. Any longer than 2 years and we could end up stuck because of what David here says...

    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    Do it before you have or start thinking about kids, once that happens, you can forget it, or it will be 100 times harder.
    The main obstacle is going to be finding new jobs before we move and finding a place to live all at the same time. I don't mind taking a bit of a pay cut to be closer to the water, but there is definitely a line I don't want to cross, as my wife isn't going to be too thrilled about being broke just so that I can surf daily (she doesn't surf really). If I could convince my company to allow me to work "remote" then that would solve a lot of problems, but not sure they'll go for that. I can work from home when I need to like I did yesterday when I had a dentist appointment but for a regular everday setup IDK if that'll fly.

    Quote Originally Posted by hanna View Post
    can't speak for others but money just doesn't compensate for lack of beach proximity....have turned down several opportunities to advance within my company because they would require relocation. i live about 90 seconds from the ocean - i just can't put a price on that.
    +1 Hanna, everytime I have to get in the car and head home I think about this. I go through this mixture of emotions, on one hand i'm stoked I just got a session in, on the other i'm sad that i'm leaving and won't be back for a about a week, maybe longer depending on conditions, and I know that it'll be really good during the work week, so I will have to watch it on the cams while i'm working...
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    I live on the ocean. Will never move inland, I don't care what "boss" I enter a nuptial with. There is nothing, I repeat nothing, like sitting on your porch before bed and listening to the ocean talk to you as you see the clearest sky you've ever seen and you smell salt water. Well, that is until you see the sun rise on said ocean. Nothing like it. You can waste away to a skeleton and be content with that view. I type this on my phone as I lay on my porch swing that gives me a permanence these beach denizens in front of me dream of but don't realize they can have too. We can have anything we want.

    Onto the surfing. I'm a mile from a more than adequate beach break and 30-45 minutes from several more if I get bored of the home break. I've done dawn patrol each day this week and while we are in the summer swell (lack of) there was still a solid 30 minutes of couple footers clean enough to have fun on since I timed the tides right. Wake up, grab board, step into liquid 5-8 minutes later. Eat breakfast, shower, start the rest of your day. By that time, everything else is a bonus. And we haven't even talked about the days it's cranking and you can get out 2-3 times in a day without lost time from driving.

    I know what you mean when you talk about commitment. I've gone anywhere for the things I love. When you can bring them into your habitat is when the afterlife becomes an extension of the present.