I went out yesterday and waves were small with the wind on it. I was the only one out there for about an hour and then a couple others showed up. I'm not very good at all but needed to at least get out and paddle. Was psyched to catch a few. My brother lives in Santa Cruz, CA and sometimes I look at the cams on surfline. When it's windy and choppy NO BODY is out there. When I move there I'll have the wind chop all to myself and by that time I will have mastered it with all of my East Coast experience. Just call me "queen of the wind chop."