dude you know our surf is epic all the time. only at the right spots that we cant give away.
Ha, you make me chuckle. For all we know, the whole beach is a secret spot. At least it's not highly publicized like cali, but it's a pain-in-the-neck to check out other beaches because they're barrier islands, unlike california that has a highway right next to the ocean. So, yeah sure, we have epic - ahem - I mean - no waves...
Not sure if that made remotely any sense at all...
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with google maps, anyone can explore every nook and cranny along the whole coast. there are no spots in all of cali that don't get surfed. just be lucky if u know a spot that has real difficult access.
aside from obx, that whole strech of coastline looks pretty accessable.
so riddle me this;do the north easters wrap down around obx and fill into wrightsville? that area looks real open to the south swells but not the north... any truth to that?
South Jersey. You could get a job as a chef in Atlantic City tomorrow and there are dozens of beach towns and mainland communities within 30 mins or less drive and the surf in NJ is better than just about everywhere else on the East Coast. Better than DelMarVA better than Florida and more consistent than New England. I'll help you out, come to New Jersey and ask for Salty J.
the obx is a good place to relocate for surf and workso long as you stay up north in 'town' which is mainly nags head, kitty hawk, and kill devil hills. Thats where the bulk of the people on the obx live and vacation. Once you get down south into hatteras it can get super SLOW in the winter for work (but super good for surf).
yeah, I hear a lot of good things about the surf in jersey. doesn't most of jersey face south tho? it looks like it misses out on the steeper winter north swells. but I've never been there. I will have to see how close jersey shore is to md. thanks for the advice. lots of restaurants up there. I like casinos too! =)
and as far as obx goes, I kind of assumed that nags head, kitty hawk would be the most densely populated area. so I thought most jobs and homes would be there. but does nags head etc shut down for the winter?
p.s. and jersey and obx are the sharkiest spots on the east coast too right? I mean big ones anyway
zach619...yea check your Google Maps/Earth and you will see the towns pretty clearly. Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, (North section of barrier islands) they all kinda run together..like one big town. Super beachy vibe, not like OCMD AT ALL. When the National Park was established, it was made that there were no mainstream businesses/franchises to be put south of there (national park area) in any of those towns, Avon, Rondanthe, Waves, Salvo, Buxton. It's all local business to keep the money local - (in reference to an earlier thread). So yea there's probably not much round season work there. I've only visited these areas in the summer and fall soo...
I absolutely LOVE Ocracoke Island, which is only accessible by ferry-only one historical town that rules-with 13 miles of sweet beach...mmmmm I miss that place.
I spent a week camping by myself in the OBX and it was one of the best things I ever did for myself. Coolest thing ever was being out in Ocracoke waters with 6ft surf and no one out, like at all. Then hitting the town for some beers at one of the local harbor bar grills. That was an amazing experience
The Nor' Easters you speak of, they go by that name for a reason- they move north east. So I'm not sure they will affect Wrightsville too much (correct me on that one if I'm wrong guys) but they will affect more north areas-VB, Delmarva, Jersey, etc.
But yea, I reckon you will want to be closer to your family in OCMD. So like Micah said, that would be a good bet, cause it will get decent here occasionally, and you won't be far from family.
But I also here ya on the living on the shore thing. I know I can never go back inland either
all valid points of view, but i think your #1 concern should be the economy and job oppurtunity. there are literally NO restaurants hiring right now in this region (delmarva), and i would think the last thing you would want to do is move here in the summer, get a job and then get laid off in october (well, except for the added surf time in peak season!). VB is not a bad town, but with city life comes city traffic, though you are probably used to that in SD. and yes, the outer banks are that much better, but only 3/4 to 1.5 hours from the VB metroplex (as all too many ob locals know!). how about long island, ny?
oh, and for the love of god, can the use of the term "cali" be banned for life? the only people who call it that are from the east coast, specifically the mid'lantic (throw in saying "frisco" instead of SF, or san francisco, too... frisco is in NC, or CO, not CA!). its annoying...
Originally Posted by zach619
So, I am originally from MD. OCMD was my home break for many summers.
I live in San Diego now. I moved here for the surf. I surf everyday, all year here.
My girl is also from MD, and we are considering moving back east to a beach town somewhere.
We want to be near a large city, so we can get work obviously.
We both work in the restaurant biz. I am a manager, she is a chef. So, pretty much every beach town has a little work for us.
Problem with OCMD is that not only does it get super f'in cold in the winter, it is a very seasonal beach town.
VB statistically gets better swell than OCMD and is a tad bit warmer both on land and in the water..
VB also is part of the whole Norfolk area, so it is a huge city with tons of jobs...
Wilmington is super chill too, but that is like 7 hours from MD.
So, anyway, all arrows are pointing us towards the VB area...
Now, I understand mid atlantic swell. where they come from, how the shorelines typically react...
So, I also understand that OBX is the best spot back east.
It is really close to the deep ocean bed which helps the swell hold up, where as every other place in the midatlantic has the gradual shore decrease, that kills the swell..
I understand a lot of guys in VB travel to OBX all the time...
But is OBX really THAT MUCH better? TO live? To surf?
I mean, guys from OBX make it sound like there is no surf anywhere back easy but there...
So, since I love surfing so much, is OBX the only place for me back there? I mean, if all the action is in OBX, i would be ****ting my pants in a flat beach town....
But then again, OBX is a bunch of small towns, its seasonal and there isnt much work..
So, again, is OBX leaps and bounds ahead of VB and the rest of the mid-atlantic?