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  1. #61
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    Quote Originally Posted by seldom seen View Post
    Yankee and DP nailed the rewards of the search/intrinsic benefits of the travel/all of the above...I am a little envious of you guys that are right there, but I'd bve afraid I'd never get anything done at all if I could access waves multiple times a week all the time.

    Fortunately I'm close to da beach(no waves though), so at least I could get brined when I need to.

    The flip side to all this, just came up in a discussion i was having, I've heard dudes who lived right there say they paddled out less when they did...wait for the tide, wait for the wind to switch, then say f**k it I'll get in tomorrow. I don't see that happening to myself, but to use the parlance of our times, 'ijs'...

    We are extremely fortunate to have our health and the ability to get in whenever we can. Let us give thanks and praise
    what happens if you live with waves within walking distance is you get lazy about checking other spots. why go searching when its breaking right out front? Its a hard habit to break especially if time is an issue due to work or whatever. that 1/2 hr drive, bike ride, or walk down the beach eats into your water time. i regularlly surf 2 spots. one is 20 minutes away one is less than 5. the spot 20 minutes away can be the better break but I don't surf it as often as i do the one right out front because its right out front. Gives you forty more minutes of water time before work or the sun sets. I surf the other place only when I have some time off to enjoy it without the obligation/**** i have to do monkey on my back.....like tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peajay4060 View Post
    what happens if you live with waves within walking distance is you get lazy about checking other spots. why go searching when its breaking right out front? Its a hard habit to break especially if time is an issue due to work or whatever. that 1/2 hr drive, bike ride, or walk down the beach eats into your water time. i regularlly surf 2 spots. one is 20 minutes away one is less than 5. the spot 20 minutes away can be the better break but I don't surf it as often as i do the one right out front because its right out front. Gives you forty more minutes of water time before work or the sun sets. I surf the other place only when I have some time off to enjoy it without the obligation/**** i have to do monkey on my back.....like tomorrow.
    I would say that is a good problem to have.

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    no complaints at all. except i got some buddies that live pretty close by that i don't surf with much anymore because they got waves in front of thier houses and i have waves in front of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peajay4060 View Post
    no complaints at all. except i got some buddies that live pretty close by that i don't surf with much anymore because they got waves in front of thier houses and i have waves in front of mine.
    Nah man I didn't take it that way...perspective is a funny thing tho, in regards not surfing with your buddies nearby. I'd bring spliffs if you let me camp in your backyard

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    Quote Originally Posted by seldom seen View Post
    I would say that is a good problem to have.
    Exactly. Surfers are creatures of habit, especially when you find what suits you. I would surf the same 2-3 spots, all within walking distance from my house 90% of the time. People would invite me to go elsewhere all the time, I would almost always decline. Nope, im good, I know that spot X is exactly where I want to be now. Why waste time driving and looking, when what you are staring at is perfect. I wouldn't call that lazy, I would call that calculated. It's basically, am I going to surf the jetty, the pier or the reef point?

    Like SS said, that was a great problem to have. It was all the guys I knew that would say "Ohh, its too small, ohh its too windy, ohh its too big" all the time. Those were the lazy ones. The ones that want to go get coffee and have a big breakfast before we paddle out, and ohh, lets drive down the cliffs and check every spot. Those were the lazy ones, buying time, when inevitably, they let you paddle out alone anyway. The over-all laziness of so many "surfers" I knew just got to the point where I would almost never plan to go to a spot with someone, or drive somewhere or plan anything. It was always, swell is hitting tomorrow, I will be at this place at this time. See you there if you want to join, but I am not going to waste 2 hours with you guys "checking" spots and wasting time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peajay4060 View Post
    no complaints at all. except i got some buddies that live pretty close by that i don't surf with much anymore because they got waves in front of thier houses and i have waves in front of mine.
    Yup... Dude, Calsbad is firing right now. So is OB. Come to North County. No. Come to OB. Its so good up here. Its always better down here. Alright bro. Have fun.

  7. #67
    I live an hour away what's worse is I have a bay right near me so I see the ocean but there's no waves anyone who lives walking distance from the beach I envy you never take for granted what you have I would love to come home from work and just go out no matter what the conditions and if there that bad I just get out and go home the only thing that works in my favor is I work 30 mins away from the beach so if its firing (like tomorrow) I can take a quick drive

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    Yup... Dude, Calsbad is firing right now. So is OB. Come to North County. No. Come to OB. Its so good up here. Its always better down here. Alright bro. Have fun.
    That's really funny!
    change the names and that is the exact conversation!

  9. #69
    I lived 5 minutes from the beach (10 from both of my main breaks) for the past 13 years. But I have been driving (by car and Harley) 2 and 1/2 hours to and from work every day for the same time. Now, I live 2 hours from the beach but only drive 15 minutes one way to work every day. Since the move about a month ago, I've surfed almost as much as I did before. I'll take the trade off. My job enables me to 'sneak away' for surf so I am lucky. Plus, Pennsyltucky isn't as bad as you would think. I lived here as a kid (in DELCO) and have hunted, fished, and mountain biked it's hills for decades. The ordinary, hard-working people seem pretty cool too. It's only when they vacation in NJ/DE/MD/NC that they turn into idiots!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post
    As always, well said by The Seen.
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    I live in what most of you would term Satan's Kingdom (metro DC). It is, actually, Satan's Kingdom, because you send us YOUR moron politicians.

    I drive 2.5-3 hrs ea way to surf 'my break' over on the eastern shore.
    $110 gas RT. Every time.

    This year, I've surfed almost every single week & sometimes x2 per week.
    I got no complaints: I'm fortunate to be able to surf, and I'd do whatever it takes to surf.
    3 hr drive solo is meditative.
    3 hr drive w a dog is meditative & full of goodness.
    3 hr drive w human company is awesome fun & laughs.

    I don't mind putting in extra effort to surf. Ever.
    Makes it that much more special.
    When I have to work harder for something, you bet I appreciate it much more. Human nature.

    Work is all that I do during the week. Work out & road bike to stay ready for surfing.
    CEO of three companies. Surfing is my reward.
    My goal: surf treks whenever I can. This year: Florida, CRx4, PRx2, SANx3, France, and more.
    I don't pay for plane tix (miles).

    My 3 hour drive leads me to a perfect place. Perfect to me. Come across that bridge & know exactly where that wind is coming from. Know exactly what the surf will look like. Dodge a few very large critters. Head for the place where very few go.
    I surf where there's none of that east coast beach replenishment hoo-hah; so, if one knows what winds the break can hold, and what tides shape it up just right, and if the bars are lined up, which they have been all joyously effing year long, then even when it's dead red it's so many waves. And no one out.

    FJ's piling on the miles without complaint.

    Saw the title of these pics and remembered this post.

    Tailgate Teepees Photo: Devine



    another cool shot.

    Nothing like a tailgate air show. Jeffery Myers. Photo: Devine.