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  1. Hey Greenroom, what about Beaufort N.C.? Although i've got a friend that just moved down to Daytona and i think he's loving it down there (for more reasons than i care to mention here). Do you need a "true" city to live in, or would a quaint little southern town do the trick? Check out what you can about Beaufort, if nothing else just to get some ideas.

    Beyond that, i would vote Wilmington over Charleston any day of the week. Wilmington's essentially a smaller version of Charleston; the waves are a whole notch better than anything you'll find in S.C. as well.

    haha Banman, so true, so true.

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    Does anybody have any experience or recollection of how Washout broke before Hugo in '89? I lived on Folly (Charleston locals told me it was the "Redneck Riviera", LOL) from October '98 until April '99. The only surfers I ever saw were at Washout and the Pier. I even checked IOP several times, but never scored there.

    Being from the Left Coast, I was pretty surprised at how good Washout could get. Board-snapping, spitting barrels good. But not Outer Banks good. And when it gets flat....it gets F.L.A.T. Consistency seems to lack, but I'd like to see what it's like during the hurricane season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenroomhoo View Post
    appreciate all the thoughts. pretty much can live where i want with what i do, so i can pick my spot. Sadly the west coast time zone will be too harsh on me so i must stay east (i would even go further east, which would be better but think crossing the pond is going to be difficult)

    I have to balance quality of living location too. It has to be decent enough to raise a family and send kids to good enough schools.
    Jax can be rough around the edges as far as raising a family, but there are silver linings to every cloud. Ponte Vedra Beach ( home to the PGA Tour and the TPC Players Championship), St. Augustine Beach, and even Jax Beach(including Neptune and Atlantic Beach) are good to decent areas to live and are close to lots of good breaks. Good seafood, funky southern beach culture, and lots of tourists to make fun of. The water still gets too cold for me during the winter, but I am a South Florida bred spoiled thin blooded surfer that will gladly sacrifice wave quality for being able to feel my feet. Word of caution: If you decide to move to Florida, you have to fail the standardized IQ tests, but pass the concealed weapons class. Driving abilities and common courtesy are seen as weakness. Mullet is our most prolific bait fish and the latest hair style. And the smell of diesel fuel, herb and fried fish means you're home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanna View Post
    who moves for food?
    I married a chef, so that just proves food is a big factor in any decision I make. Well before I met her, one of my mottos was and still is: "The key to a good buzz is a good meal". Just sayin.

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    WB, Topsail and CB trump any South Carolina waves and the atmosphere is sweet. Charleston is a cool city but I would choose southern NC over it any day and as mentioned 3-4 hour trip to OBX and you got the best waves on the EC period end!

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenroomhoo View Post
    is Florida that much better than other spots on the east coast? I know Smyrna is....but wonder about the other exposed coasts like Jax/St. Aug etc.
    I wouldn't say better, because everybody has their preference, but it's pretty damn good. Anywhere from Jax down to Sebastian is pretty money, any further south and the consistency really drops off

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidrock View Post
    Does anybody have any experience or recollection of how Washout broke before Hugo in '89? I lived on Folly (Charleston locals told me it was the "Redneck Riviera", LOL) from October '98 until April '99. The only surfers I ever saw were at Washout and the Pier. I even checked IOP several times, but never scored there.

    Being from the Left Coast, I was pretty surprised at how good Washout could get. Board-snapping, spitting barrels good. But not Outer Banks good. And when it gets flat....it gets F.L.A.T. Consistency seems to lack, but I'd like to see what it's like during the hurricane season.
    I don't think the washout breaks like it used to. Actually, at high tide, it is almost unsurfable. IOP gets really good if you hit some of the northern spots on the island. That said, it is still SC.

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    Was anyone around Charleston when Hugo hit? That must have been horrific.

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    Was anyone around Charleston when Hugo hit? That must have been horrific.
    Destroyed the place... including the Coast Guard housing we lived in on Folly...don't even think they bother to rebuild the station but for a kid it was awesome.... school was out for a month

    s Florida that much better than other spots on the east coast? I know Smyrna is....but wonder about the other exposed coasts like Jax/St. Aug etc.
    For the EC surfer, Jax has surprising consistency with a decent wave quality... playful rip-able wedgey peaks even at OH... not deep barrels like OBX or a ton of power like up north. Marque breaks in the area offering jettys, piers and even unobstructed inlets that break waaaaaay outside ...quality and consistency only gets better as you move further south.

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    sc is the best state in the world and produces the best waves and surfers in the world, dont move here we have enough tourist and transplants. make sure to bring your shredstick and wait in the line up for 3 hours before we let you get the white water scraps that is the wake of my 14ft log.