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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanmcgaff View Post
    thanks for the reminder. Sometimes it gets easy to forget how lucky i am!
    Yeah bro- I grew up in and surfed So Cal until my late twenties. Moved to the PacNW about 8 years ago. Even though our swells up here are way more consistant than the East coast, you really don't know how good Lowers or Swamii's or even Huntington-freaking-Pier is until you're dealing with toilet bowl ripple slop that you have to pump a 10'0" log to catch. Our, umm, "surf" season is upon us though... no more kooks on soft-tops flailing about on the inside when the waves get more than waist high thank god.

  2. #12
    don't forget the zillions of surfers at those world class socal spots. Good luck getting a wave at swamis without a longboard (fortunately there's a decent, practically empty wave just up the beach). Trestles is a slalom course of people...when you finally do get a wave to yourself. Huntington gets so crowded, you can barely see any water...and most of them can't paddle, so they just sit there as obstacles.

    pacNW is a compromise; and not a bad one, once you get used to it: relatively empty/consistent breaks (is there ever an unrideable day?) in exchange for year-round freezing water and onshore wind...plus some of the best snowboarding in the world.
    Last edited by waterbaby; Sep 13, 2013 at 09:03 PM.

  3. #13
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    There are always waves...they are just very small, but surfable on the East Coast. It's sad, but yes, I still choose water time over other activities all the time. Paddington is right. This is my announcement...when I go to AC to visit some family, he will receive the coveted PM. It would be my first and boy I am so nervous...like...will he say "yes"? Perhaps "maybe"? That's not entirely a "no". Like OMG! I should get up there ASAP, but the Jersey trip is procrastinated until I have a moment in the middle of the night where I decide "Ima go up there and get myself confused on some substance".

  4. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    pacNW is a compromise; and not a bad one, once you get used to it: relatively empty/consistent breaks (is there ever an unrideable day?) in exchange for year-round freezing water and onshore wind...plus some of the best snowboarding in the world.
    No, you're spot on man- wearing at least a 4/3 and booties year round took a bit to get used to but I'll take that and the sparse line-ups any day over HB or Rincon or anywhere else south of SB. And aside from Seaside localism is almost non-existent. I think if anything the PacNW forces you to be a more resilient, observant surfer- I can read the bouys and wind and make my own predictions way better than I ever could have in SoCal. Most of the good breaks can't even be seen from the highway. You gotta hike, climb, fight off bigfoot...