Is California really better then New Jersey??

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by surfnurse7, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. surfnurse7

    surfnurse7 New Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    In the future I may have the opportunity to go work in California in the upcoming spring and summer, so during my research I am trying to decided what part of California to relocate to for this time period. While looking at what surf spots to base my travels, it seemed like many of the spots are fairly inconsistent (by Californians' standards). I have grown up surfing in Ocean City, New Jersey my whole life. So my question is, for the spring and summer seasons, is California really that much better then Ocean City? Water temperature is warmer here, but sometimes I feel like I'm fighting with hordes of people over 2ft. waves, so is California that much more consistent, and worth a 4/3 up north? or will one still be fighting crowds and inconsistent surf that time of the year, just in colder water? Wanted to hear from some Jersey people who have had a real sense of both sides of the coin. Thanks for any advice.
  2. Koki Barrels

    Koki Barrels Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2008
    Ocean City, NJ is way better than Cali, is this some kind of sick joke?



    Sep 17, 2013
    Koki Koki, I gotta say no

    surfnurse I surfed in OCNJ for waaay to long, and my winter camping up the cali coast killed nj.
    Everything south of point conception is clownshoes, if you can handle a jerz winter, even Humboldt will be easy.
    If I had to go to one spot in cali it would be moss landing, santa cruz is close enough to moss landing too, lots of variety
    2nd choice shelter cove and 3rd choice is point arena
    most of those spots will work until winter storms stop, santa cruz has some summer spots, but if you are trying to escape crowds dont go to santa cruz

    I dont know summer spots as good as the winter spots though
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2013
  4. brewengineer

    brewengineer Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2011
    I would say someone who grew up surfing the prime Cali spots would consider Ocean City not worth the paddle out on most days.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2013
  5. jizwhale

    jizwhale Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2011
    I don't know if you should mention the nuke plant spot, those guys don't eveving want people taking pictures there. Out of respect I try not to be specific. Anyway, I agree.
    Brew, very true.
    Nurse, Cali gets 3-5 day swells NJ gets 3-5 hour swells.
    Personally I like northern better (above big sur) because of less crowds, more consistancy, and more size.
  6. Koki Barrels

    Koki Barrels Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2008
    Edd Zachary!!
  7. gutterjack

    gutterjack Member

    Nov 22, 2012
    get the book Surfing California by Bank Wright. surf the right spot on the right day and surf all over. and, regarding 2 ft waves in cali, you're gonna get them all to yourself.
  8. ioman2

    ioman2 Active Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    If your work sends you to California take advantage of the opportunity. You will be able to make your own judgments on the west vs east coast. I guarantee you will not say in 10 years, "i wished i never surfed in California".
  9. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    holy sh*t yes. Plane ticket is like $500, go out there and see for yourself and you will realize how stupid of a question that just was.
  10. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    So 2007 but love the hell out of that one. Good work, brah.
  11. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    After reading this, I'm totally taking my round trip airfare to San Diego on Thursday and trading it in for 5 round trips to Newark. Who wants in?!?!

  12. punkaboy

    punkaboy Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2012
    If you have only surfed OC, NJ then you have no idea what a point break is.
    It is a different type of culture, but there is plenty to choose from San Diego up to Half Moon Bay.

    Take a 3-4 day trip up and down the Pacific Coast Highway to really see what is out there...

  13. shark-hunter

    shark-hunter Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    Is this a serious question?

    LOL.... NJ/EC is lucky if you get a few times a month of chest high +. In cali, you get it almost everyday. It's like asking which area gets more snow....the high rockies or hunter mountain!!?
  14. bassplayer

    bassplayer Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2012
    NJ has long straight beaches. Maybe 2 point breaks and several jetties we pretend are points. Almost all the breaks are sandy bottom beach breaks. California has an insanely varied coastline with beaches facing every direction, points, reefs, beach, piers, jetties, and big waves. I surfed at Malibu and have never experienced a wave like that in my life. It wasn't even a good day there. And its probably not the best point break there. I would love to go back and try Rincon at some point.
  15. Paddington Jetty Bear

    Paddington Jetty Bear Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2013
    Check out Cowell's up in Santa Claus and San Onofre down south. Why did I respond to this? I don't know. What am I doing here? I don't know.

    You think "you are fighting for two foot waves?" Yes, you are fighting for two foot waves. Ocean City is the "Surf City" of the east coast from South Carolina to Maine. 10 degress out? 1-2' and clean? Welp, there will be at least five guys out at every friggin jetty.

    What no winter surfing in Jersey? Ahh man, what are you doing? In the central and northern parts of Cullyfornia the water never gets warm. It's always cold, which is b!tchen.

    All the premiere spots in California are spoken for, unless you're Spicoli and find Lowers deserted and everybody perfect gentlemen, in September no less. Don't expect to nab quality sets from a group of bearded grizzly-Adams dudes up north or a bunch of punk LA hooligans at Topanga. These guys on here from the east coast who claim they dominate Moss Landing and shoot are pulling your chain. Moss Landing is totally regulated and they wouldn't even make it to the waterline.

    Jersey guys might try to throw some vibe at Karge St or 18th Ave, but Californians really take this stuff seriously and are much more dedicated to keeping outsiders out. Don't wear a leash at Sunset Cliffs.
    Clear boards and black fringe colors. Look confused, but angry when approaching new spots. Only use monosyllabic words. Keep mentioning how rad Carl's Junior's Bacon Double Cheeseburgers are, and find the area's most prolific Mexican joint and always walk around with a burrito.

    Say, "WHOOOAAAA, GNARLY" alot.

    Hey, you driving cross the country this Spring? I'll come with you. I used to ride whitewater in Oxnard so I'm cool with the cholos.
  16. peakhunter

    peakhunter Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2013
    you get more consistent swells. instead of surfing good waves 1-3 times a month you can expect to surf good waves 3-6 times a month. swells are long-period usually so you wait for sets. the points, reefs, and beachies can all be good there at the right time. the reefs love the big souths. not to mention most people know surfing etiquette there and you wont get as many retarded people going straight and not understanding why you're staring at them. i lived in SC for a few years. anyone who thinks it is better here is absolutely nuts
    oh yea and come up with a cool story about how you made a bunch of money and are successful in the surf industry. everyone in the lineup has one there.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2013


    Sep 17, 2013
    never said I dominated moss landing, the jetty is regulated, the dune is friendlier but heavier wave, I liked that place, its heavy and I had days when I said 'no' as it was too much......I surfed it a bunch when I was there and when it wasnt too gnar.

    I also surfed the jetty one day...when was last time you surfed Moss landing PJB? I was there in 2011
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2013
  18. ukelelesurf

    ukelelesurf Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2007
    Move to California then paddle straight out at the Jetty at Moss.....then report back here. This should be interesting!
  19. Paddington Jetty Bear

    Paddington Jetty Bear Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2013

    So you can act cooler because you were there more recently.......

    or do I act more cooler because I was there first?

    Hey you aren't Chuck Allison are you....lying aboot your age?

    I'll be damned, its Chuck Allison...........


    Sep 17, 2013
    uh, no you are obviously cooler. did you have fun at the landing?