Should I take up surfing then if I plan on spending 4 years there and want to ride waves regularly?
I'll put it to you like this. The first couple weeks you are at UCSD, just watch.... Go to scripps, sit there and watch. Then spend an afternoon at Blacks and watch.... Go down to these "Slabs" in La Jolla and watch... If you go there and "suss" out what is going on at all the breaks, I am pretty sure you will answer you own question.... If after a few weeks of watching stand up surfers ride all those waves at all those spots, you don't feel the need to go invest in a surfboard and start learning to surf, then you will know what to do... Keep with the boogie board and have fun....
I am not saying you will feel one way or the other, but I can't imagine someone sitting there watching all those standup surf lines for weeks, and not get stoked to want to go try to stand....
Not saying anything one way or the other... But just go there, and observe. You will know what to do after that... Don't take my word for it about the SoCal/boogie board thing. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but go out there with an open mind, check things out for yourself, and you will very quickly know where you are welcome, where you are not welcome and I am just saying, you will know what to do. And if that is laying down, then thats what it is, and you are doing the right thing. I just couldn't imagine having a handful of World Class breaks within a mile in each direction, spending 4 years there, and not wanting to pick up stand up surfing while Im out there. You can accomplish a LOT, if you stay dedicated in the water out there for 4 years. Especially because the school years lies smack in the most consistent 3 seasons out there.
I am just saying, again, don't take my word for it, or anyone who is saying the same thing, but if you spend a few weeks observing the waves all around your new school, and you never see any boogie boards in the lineup, where the waves are actually breaking, you will probably make your own evaluations. Not saying you don't ever want to "go against the grain"... Observation won't lie. Second hand information is exactly that. See it with your own eyes, and challenge yourself. Sometimes trying something new is the way to go, even if its not the easy way out.
There are plenty of breaks in SD that you can bodyboard...pretty much at the end of any street in Mission or Pacific Beach. It's wide open and the peaks are all similar for miles, which allow you to pick a peak without having to paddle out with the fiberglass crew.
In summertime, they even flag areas as swimming and bodyboarding only...no surfers allowed.
If you want to bodyboard, then go get wet. If you want to learn how to surf, then do so. The plain and simple fact is that the best breaks have zero bodyboarders.
I guess it's a little different than the East Coast? I've seen bodyboarders at places like IRI (when it actually broke) and OCMD, but I don't remember any bodyboarders getting waves at the Star Bar when it was firing. I can't imagine that if the 'Squan was firing (never surfed there, myself) that the locals would give any bodyboarders their turn at the peak, or a pack of bodyboarders waiting their turn at Rye (which I've also never surfed).
Maybe I'm wrong. If so, be gentle and tell me otherwise.
On the east coast in nj I bodyboard at every spot and peak a lot of times being the only bodyboarders around. Some people are d!cks but I could care less. I am a local here and a lot more local then most surfers here. Obviously this is going to change drastically in San Diego but I'll figure it out and thanks for the advice guys especially little Ricky because that's exactly why I asked