I agree with a lot of you. September through November are the best times and normally no crowds. Though surfing in the snow is fantastic especially if its breaking head high on the outside and clean and no one out. Its like surfing on ice. the only trouble is when you're in the tube and it closes out. then you get to take all that cold water on as it squeezes you to death and your manhood runs and hides inside your body until you hit the hot shower.
I like a mix of surf through the different seasons. Breaks things up and keeps it interesting and magical.
2nd week of september to the 2nd week of october is the best 30 days of the year for surf for me. Amazing air temps and crowds aren't too too bad plus on a good hurricane day most of them crowd to one break when plenty of stuff is working.
i prefer the summer because i absolutely hate the cold, but the people who paddle out in the summer are so annoying!! i was sitting off of a pipe at the break a block or 2 from my house and i was literally 2ft away from it and some kid tried to squeeze in between me and the pipe. and i hate the jellyfish