sounds harsh. if i could give you a suggestion, i would say that if you get there to check the surf and there's nothing, instead of turning around and getting in a car for another 2 hrs. just stay at the beach and enjoy the ocean. go for a swim or something just so that you don't go crazy being in a car for 4 hrs for no reason
Oh I totally agree I was just pointing out that I couldn't eyeball/check the conditions of the ocean because I'm so far away. And that I try not to gamble to much and I rely on buoys/cams when I go the beach because I have such a long drive and it's disappointing if there's no waves. Of course if it's a warm day, I'll go for a walk/hang out on the beach. I love the ocean/beach. I've never actually driven that far to the beach and then turned around and went home. That would truly be insane.
the waves today were bigger than forecast...why not just be stoked about that! my recollection is forecast was knee-thigh and OCMD was waist-stomach all day. not saying it was great, but it was ridable and hot out.
I was bummed to miss some fun waves on Sunday. The report posted ankle - knee, but it was fun glassy waist high with chest high sets. I only visited the beach to enjoy a day with family, but I would have brought my surf board if I would have known the conditions were good. In actuality I could of hit the waves at first light. It was probably my fault because the buoy read close to 4.0 ft and I should have known that was would be in the 2-3ft range, not ankle to knee high. Know I know, I must trust my instincts.
ive not paid mind of the forecast many times and go catch waves. im close enuff to beach to get "the feeling" if there is waves. also a stiif west or south wind howling all day will bring me out even if forecast says ankle...ive been out several times in waist when forecast said ankle.....lol