So, Assateague and Ocean City...what's the deal?

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by Gaijin, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. Gaijin

    Gaijin Member

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    Mar 10, 2017
    I see that there are plenty of Delmarva folks in the forum.

    Yesterday I was riding sweeping lefts with an in-and-out barrel section and bowly turn section that led to a mushy wall section or thumping close-out on the bigger ones. By myself. For hours. On Assateague Island. No, I do not need company, nor do the thumping waves or potential wildlife keep me from surfing hours on end all alone. Which got me thinking.

    I'm almost always by completely myself. I've surfed OC and there were a ish ton of people out. What am I missing? Am I missing something? I see people all the time look at the waves on AI then get back in their car and head somewhere else.

    Maybe I should preface my query by saying I am not from Delmarva. I have the dishonor of living in DC for 2 years, 12 months of which has already expired. Making it out to surf requires tremendous effort and planning resulting in me surfing maybe 18 times over the last year. I generally look at several forecasts and pick which part of Delmarva to surf. No time to surf check more than a few peaks in a chosen area. I almost always surf weekdays, try to only go when the forecast is head high-ish, and usually paddle right around dawn. I had a spot in north OC I surfed the first couple of times here, but a two good skunkenings early last summer/late spring, I have largely abandoned it for AI.

    Disclaimer. I think the many of the surfers who grew up riding here are lighting fast shredders and good lil' barrel riders. The times I have surfed in crowds, I'm genuinely impressed by the local standouts. Especially because coming from somewhere else, I find the waves to generally be of poor quality, even when they are good. They are not easy to flawlessly rip on.

    So back to my question. Not talking specific spots, but rather just one 20ish mile chunk of beach compared to another, does OC generally hold a better wave on sizable/ properly angled swell? At the moment my mind is telling me AI seems a bit soft and difficult to properly combo up with maneuvers while those sessions last year in OC the inside sections seemed so much crisper.

    Thoughts? How would you characterize the differences?

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  2. SCOB3YVILLE

    SCOB3YVILLE Well-Known Member

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    Nov 16, 2016
    18 times? WOW, Thats awesome! I bet you were pulling in-n-out all day
     
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  3. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
  4. Gaijin

    Gaijin Member

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    Mar 10, 2017
    the first ish was in place of shit. The second ish was for measurement i.e.. roughly head high
     
  5. Mr.Belmar

    Mr.Belmar Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    Since your new and all- you should probably start an intro threade and you'll probably get hazed...

    I surf Belmar (best surf on the east coast) so I'm not as familiar with your spots. But I can say that up until few years ago (havnt seen it since)- OC has never had good sand bars to produce good waves... due to beach replenishment and sand pumping. Usually the waves break real close to the beach... not my type of wave...
    so i would say, count your blessings that it's not crowded and you know a good spot. I would guess sand positioning is better in AI.
    If I had to guess- The reason it's less crowded is probably due to travel. Ppl live on OC and don't want to take the extra time to travel down there... it's easier to drive a few blocks and surf the same spot all the time
     
  6. Rob Gnarley

    Rob Gnarley Well-Known Member

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    Mar 27, 2012
    Assateague sucks its always super mushy.
     
  7. red dog

    red dog Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    you haven't really surfed bro, until you surfed Nantasket! It's worth the 10 hr ride!
     
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  8. Gaijin

    Gaijin Member

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    Mar 10, 2017
    Hai. I did one a year ago. It is dumpy shore pound but it has its moments. True, but I can't help but wonder because I see folks look at it and leave. Arigato.
     
  9. Gaijin

    Gaijin Member

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    Mar 10, 2017
    If I can't say it I won't surf it
     
  10. smitty517

    smitty517 Well-Known Member

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    Oct 30, 2008
    Assateague and OC proper both suck. I would go to Belmar.
     
  11. Gaijin

    Gaijin Member

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    Mar 10, 2017
    Ok. Thanks for the feedback. It's hard to tell with the times I surf, time constraints, and in general not being too dialed into east coast surf. I only went to Assateague because of back to back getting skunked in OC last spring. One day I thought just sucked and the other was forecast to be waist high and was flat, not even a ripple. That time I went to AI and there was a fun wave as the tide dropped. I guess I took it as it was always better at AI. Arigato.
     
  12. Gaijin

    Gaijin Member

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    Mar 10, 2017
    What would you call OC proper?
     
  13. jimmycrab

    jimmycrab Well-Known Member

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    Sep 29, 2008
    I like the mellowness and the scenery, and the occasional sick session.
     
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  14. SCOB3YVILLE

    SCOB3YVILLE Well-Known Member

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    Nov 16, 2016
    I’m drunk and this made me laugh. Ha

    You should ask colon for a ride on the ski.
     
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  15. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Change your name to "Ishy".
    Ishy Pingelstein would be perfect......
     
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  16. smitty517

    smitty517 Well-Known Member

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    Oct 30, 2008
    I was semi joking. Here's the story. Ocmd can be better, worse or similiar to Assat. Depends on sandbars, tide, wind, and your personal preference. Also need to factor what you are looking for. Barrels, open faces, ramps, longer walls, shodt paddle etc all play into the equation. Need to constantly monitor sandbars etc. Good luck. Now go sit on a sharp stick.

    Note: i am breaking protocol by being freindly to a newbee thus had to end with insult. Enjoy!
     
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  17. Gaijin

    Gaijin Member

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    Mar 10, 2017
    Agreed. As I walked up the back up beach Thursday, a herd of six horses trotted by. Arigato.
     
  18. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    To quote BossMon: "Questions he was asking can't be entirely answered on a forum. That water knowledge has to be learned first hand."
     
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  19. Gaijin

    Gaijin Member

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    Mar 10, 2017
    Thanks for the feedback. I considered that it might all just be a toss up. I do generally try to only go in optimal conditions (swell size, tide change, swell angle, period, and offshores). Not mad at AI in prime conditions, except when it comes to linking multiple maneuvers. Seemed soft after the first section and I was looking for more. I tend to surf up to the level in the water, be it the conditions or crowd. When its just me and I am not 100% feeling it... I guess I'm just trying to get the most for my effort because it takes a lot. Arigato.

    Note: I shoved bamboo slivers under my fingernails while I typed this.
     
  20. ChavezyChavez

    ChavezyChavez Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    Ah yes, I used to have the same conundrum when I was a wee bit younger. My choice was to surf the the better wave but crowded OCNJ breaks or my home spot which is of less quality but I usually find a peak all to my self or with my sons there. I almost always choose my spot nowadays even sometimes when the swell direction is wrong at my spot and optimal at north end OC. Plus, I'm a real dickhead to be around.
    I guess my only advise to you would be to perform an intense regimen of sand reconnoitering from Lewes, DE to Cape Charles. Only then will you find the spot that will be your soul mate. The spot that you can make sweet, sweet love too on the reg.
     
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