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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippy View Post
    I will walk a half mile down the beach to find a crappy wave to myself rather than surf with a crowd of people all bent on showing each other up.
    I'll do that too or just stay to the outside if I'm deadset on a crowded break.

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    has the poor economy the past 18 months affected any of your locals breaks? I guess locig would point to less money in people's pockets mean less trips to the coast, which means less crowds in the water?

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    not so much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippy View Post
    I think older guys will drop out because of crowds. I am kinda known as an anti crowd person by everyone around here. I will walk a half mile down the beach to find a crappy wave to myself rather than surf with a crowd of people all bent on showing each other up. Before I started shaping I was getting pretty fed up and would skip sessions or cut sessions short because of the crazy crowds, I could see myself just stopping some day because of it, but after 35 years or so it is a hard habit to break.
    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    has the poor economy the past 18 months affected any of your locals breaks? I guess locig would point to less money in people's pockets mean less trips to the coast, which means less crowds in the water?
    De beaches have gotten more crowded. Shops and food places will be empty but beach is full. We are clase to philly, balt., and dc so we are getting alot of people coming here by driving in stead of flying for vacation. Number of surfers has also gone up alot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippy View Post
    I will walk a half mile down the beach to find a crappy wave to myself rather than surf with a crowd of people all bent on showing each other up.
    Yeah Buddy, I couldn't agree more. Some days in mid summer I've drove around to a half dozen or more breaks to find one thats sane. I have a few secret spots that are good in certain conditions that are not well used. Problem is once the life guards are on duty things get tight. I will sacrifice the quality of the wave to get away from the crowds.

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    totally. There is a spot in Monmouth Cty that 5 years ago there were 100 + people out during a decent summer day. Then certain things happened, some manmade, and some natural, and the place just stopped working. Past year or so its been back to form and the most thats been there when I've been - on a chest-high summer day - is maybe 20 people. I'm sure it'll creep back up, in fact people have been gossiping about it, just overheard a couple people at a local shop talking about how good its been "lately"

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    Got in the car today and decided to drive over an hour to get to a spot that I knew would be firing. Got there, and there were about 15 guys in the water. Good surf, but not THAT good that I needed to jump in with the crowd. Got back in the car and went up the road, to a spot that a guy showed me a few years ago. Perfect lefthanders, one after another, peeling for 200 to 300 yards. I stepped in s$#t for sure. Nobody out. Surfed for about an hour and left. Nobody even came down to check it the whole time I was out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    Got in the car today and decided to drive over an hour to get to a spot that I knew would be firing. Got there, and there were about 15 guys in the water. Good surf, but not THAT good that I needed to jump in with the crowd. Got back in the car and went up the road, to a spot that a guy showed me a few years ago. Perfect lefthanders, one after another, peeling for 200 to 300 yards. I stepped in s$#t for sure. Nobody out. Surfed for about an hour and left. Nobody even came down to check it the whole time I was out.
    wish i got some today. looked real fun. lb hasn't been working that great on these ENE swells though probably gonna drive a bit south for the weekend..

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    I have to say the Poor Economy hasnt affected People for visting the shore last summer. Wildwood is one of the only non beach tag beaches left. Resturants, boardwalk , and other attractions were took a hit this year but the Beach was packed. Somedays if you didnt get there early have fun finding a spot to put your stuff .

    Wildwood and the Crest are always crowded in the summer but I think is was more this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mOtion732 View Post
    wish i got some today. looked real fun. lb hasn't been working that great on these ENE swells though probably gonna drive a bit south for the weekend..
    Yea... the combination of generally East swell and generally North wind is rough here in Mon Co. No choice but to throw the gear in the car at hit the road. It's either that, or just decide to spend the day pulling into closeouts just for the view. West wind and East swell... you can find a few spots without driving too far, but North wind's a buzz kill.