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    welcome to the left coast

    4x is right. do your homework. each school has a flavor. as for CSU being crap, there is a reason besides location that most UC and Cal State systems are impacted. Your grades (and money) will matter. Private schools (and to a lesser extent, the states) are more likely to offer partial or full rides for the eligible (my daughter has most of her expenses paid at UCSC b/c of her grades and her community service experience).... check it out. SanFranciso and San Diego are expensive places to live, SF being the worst. Also, once you get above Point Hueneme, the water will always be in the 60s or lower, if that matters. Santa Cruz and San Diego are both a bit crowded and territorial. However, when you are living up there you can make contacts to facilitate that aspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spongedude View Post
    4x is right. do your homework. each school has a flavor. as for CSU being crap, there is a reason besides location that most UC and Cal State systems are impacted. Your grades (and money) will matter. Private schools (and to a lesser extent, the states) are more likely to offer partial or full rides for the eligible (my daughter has most of her expenses paid at UCSC b/c of her grades and her community service experience).... check it out. SanFranciso and San Diego are expensive places to live, SF being the worst. Also, once you get above Point Hueneme, the water will always be in the 60s or lower, if that matters. Santa Cruz and San Diego are both a bit crowded and territorial. However, when you are living up there you can make contacts to facilitate that aspect.
    Have you ever been up north in like humboldt county? I feel like there's SO many spots and pretty consistent with swell, so is there a reason why it seems like not too many people surf there? I mean I understand there are surfers there but it doesn't seem nearly as crowded as areas farther down south... Sharks perhaps or currents??

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWocal View Post
    Have you ever been up north in like humboldt county? I feel like there's SO many spots and pretty consistent with swell, so is there a reason why it seems like not too many people surf there? I mean I understand there are surfers there but it doesn't seem nearly as crowded as areas farther down south... Sharks perhaps or currents??
    i watched a few youtube videos of humboldt county and all of the breaks looked weird, like kind of weak/fat or sloppy. but those were just a few crappy videos so i wouldn't base anything off of that. i am curious though

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  5. #15
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    location, location, location

    Quote Originally Posted by TheWocal View Post
    Have you ever been up north in like humboldt county? I feel like there's SO many spots and pretty consistent with swell, so is there a reason why it seems like not too many people surf there? I mean I understand there are surfers there but it doesn't seem nearly as crowded as areas farther down south... Sharks perhaps or currents??
    my daughter lives in santa cruz. i have friends in arroyo grande (pismo) and up in mendo (half moon bay, albion etc). there are more specific spots up north due to a more jagged coastline and rocks and accessiblity. south of long beach the coastline is essentially straight, sandy beaches and the surf is constant but relatively small, almost to the border (with some exceptions once you hit san diego county). up north the coast line is much more jagged (and cliffy) and you get bays and points and it is more picky. some spots are like north shore..it's either huge or nothing (mavericks). sharks are less a deal than finding that one spot where everyone gets in a line and takes off on that one wave, like steamer lane in SC. also, water is colder (oneill started in santa cruz) and currents are powerful up there. look around. you'll find something. you just may have to negotiate a bit.
    Last edited by spongedude; Sep 28, 2013 at 08:54 PM.