So after months of deep contemplation, I've decided I'm going to just pick up and move out to Oregon or Washington. I'm going there for the mountains, and from what I understand the surf can be pretty damn good too. Job is an afterthought.

Does anybody have experience surfing either of these two states? Where are some good areas to surf? How is the crowd factor and its vibe? Is it tough being the new kid in town? I hear Oregon surfers can be a bit territorial in places.

Also, any recommendations on cities/towns that would be within a reasonable drive to surfing areas? Right now my plan is to stay at a friend's place in Seattle for a few months until I can get myself set up out there.