West Palm Beach

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by KillaKiel, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. KillaKiel

    KillaKiel Well-Known Member

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    Feb 21, 2012
    So the future Mrs. is talking about this as an option. Currently in VB. I looked up this locale. Could be real good and real flat. I know life isn't all about surfing, but any thoughts on that area and YES, I do want to know about the surf there.

    It looks to be about as consistent as Virginia Beach. I noticed that the swells can be on the weaker side down there until they roll in fat and they do get bigger there than VB. Is it worth losing out on access to the OBX if I am still here on the East Coast?

    I could say more, but I want to start off with that. Job situation shouldn't be too much of an issue (real good for her, descent for me).
     
  2. rcarter

    rcarter Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    Wow man tough choice since the job market for her is real good. Never surfed West Palm but I will say being close to OBX is like a warm sunbeam shining through your window on a cold day. Just makes you feel good inside.
     

  3. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    I personally wouldn't move that far South, but it can get really good down there on North Swells. Most stuff from the E / ESE / SE will get blocked, so you'll need to drive North to get it regularly. I think it's like 1hr 45 minutes to Sebastian Inlet from there. You could also hit Fort Pierce which would probably be just at about an hour. If you don't mind a little driving it could be really good. If she would compromise, I would go an hour or two North if that's in the cards at all.
     
  4. KillaKiel

    KillaKiel Well-Known Member

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    Feb 21, 2012
    Some really good swells I am seeing in the photos. Looks like it would be kind of like VB with respect to distance to good surf when its produced, but no more dredgy OBX surf (well I guess there are the reefs). Shorter, cheaper trips out of the states too by the looks of it.

    Thanks for y'alls input so far. Where's the rest of florida at?
     
  5. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    I'm a native of WPB, my mom too. So I may be a bit prejudiced. It's a nice place to live if you can afford it. Anywhere west in suburbs is crime infested and traffic infested, but in northern Palm Beach County (Singer Island, Jupiter, Juno Beach, Tequesta) there is a high quality golf and yachting lifestyle.

    Waves are good from October to April. Sometimes real good. Cheap flights to Centro and PR. Easy 2 hour no traffic drive to Brevard during the summer/early fall during our flat spell. World class fishing year round, offshore and inshore. Great snorkeling, spearfishing, scuba diving. Good days can get crowded. Nowhere near as powerful as OBX, but lots of fun waves and a good surf culture, if you can deal with an annual 3 month flat spell. PM me if you come down on recon.
     
  6. rcarter

    rcarter Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2009
    Good point about the shorter and cheaper trips to the caribbean and other Central American locaations.
     
  7. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    [QUOTE I know life isn't all about surfing, but [/QUOTE]

    (huh?)
     
  8. KillaKiel

    KillaKiel Well-Known Member

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    Feb 21, 2012
    (huh?)[/QUOTE]

    Haha, I am just trying to rationalize everything, but I made an irrational remark...
     
  9. KillaKiel

    KillaKiel Well-Known Member

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    Feb 21, 2012
    Thanks Dude! I just need to make sure that I can score waves conveniently wherever I go. She is stoked on this place because she doesn't want cold, likes the mellow waves down there and of course the better pay she would earn.
     
  10. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Do it, just remember the further North you go the more consistent it gets.
     
  11. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Marry her and let her earn.
     
  12. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Elephant in the room: Its VERY warm there. All the time. I too had to decide to go back to Delmarva for marginally better and more consistent surf, but I chose the SE where there is warm weather, warm water, palm trees and a less seasonal coastal economy. I have not been disappointed as of yet. Certainly, I see some of Mitchell's pics and I miss Maryland some, but it is what it is. The coastal lifestyle down in the SE and Florida is rather enjoyable. I actually spend more time at the beach and doing non-surf related activities than any other time in my life. And with far more consistent surf that VB an hour or so north of you, I can't really see too big of a downside for you. I looked at Central Florida for a long time, since housing down there is insanely cheap, but I really had no connections down there and nothing panned out as far as opportunities.
     
  13. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    In the summer - OBX or Costa Rica. Melbourne Beach FL for quick road trip, or St. Auggie for some waves and history.

    Saturday here: chest high and offhsore/79 degree water/75 degree air.

    Sunday -Tuesday: head to 3 foot overhead -offshore early Sunday, then near VOS except for a few key spots that will be head high plus and semiclean, kinda drifty/79 degree water/60 to 75 degree air.

    This will repeat each week for a while as the fronts push down. If they stall, we get waist to chest high windchop/80 degree water/ 85 degree air. Later, in the deepest coldest part of winter, it is 68 degree water/ 40 to 65 degree air/ clean shoulder high to DOH north swells, lasting 3 days, every week or every other week. Hope you like to go left.
     
  14. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    I can dig it! There's a shortage of lefts in the world
     
  15. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    If you are a pro caliber surfer who needs lots of gaping barrells, or if you are a young up and coming shredder trying to get sposnored, or if you can't stand old people, this place is not for you. If you like a nice lifestyle based around surfing/diving/fishing, this place is the tits.
     
  16. KillaKiel

    KillaKiel Well-Known Member

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    Feb 21, 2012
    Those Nor'esters here have trained me on the lefts, just wish I could hack it better when its super ledgy (then again, that will arise on the OBX).

    Haha, we're getting the knot tied in April. I'm thinking I will be back in school if the job situation is not good for me, but I do have multiple skills. As much as I'd like to be a total surf bum, I know I will need to work.

    I am totally getting stoked out on this to be honest. Surfdogg & DSUP, I may be hitting you up. It seems like we are at a point where we may go somewhere else, and it is likely to be in the Southeast. I do like central Florida and I can handle the heat. The only thing that really bums me out is when its super hot and no waves.

    I was in Cocoa this summer. Liked it, caught it with some swell (4 @ 10). My buddy who lives there swears it to be the "Small Wave capital of the World." He said there is always something to ride if you can deal with the longboard. Does this hold true in West Palm (area) at all?

    Being that I live in VB, everyone here says "its flat", yet I can go out most every day (except the last few) and there is something to ride and I have been staying off the longboard. I am just stating this for perspective. If there is always at least a little something out there, I will survive.
     
  17. KillaKiel

    KillaKiel Well-Known Member

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    Feb 21, 2012
    Haha, I'm just a dude that likes to surf and have a little space beween him and the next guy on a board. That's what's up. I'm liking your remarks surfdogg
     
  18. KillaKiel

    KillaKiel Well-Known Member

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    Feb 21, 2012
    Ok, I'm a slow typer when distracted by co-workers.
     
  19. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Cocoa has dribblers from knee to waist all summer, and it is totally Lake Atlantic (you can literally waterski from here to the Bahamas from June 15 to August 15) down here. That's why all my buds are well travelled. Costa Rica, Nica, Indo, California, Jerzy, OBX, outer islands in the Bahamas, all are destinations that give us a change of pace and perspective. The cost of living is cheaper in Central FL v. PBCounty. The water here is much clearer and much warmer, as we are the closest spot to the Gulfstream on the east coast. We get 3 days a week on average for rideable surf, Central Florida probably 4-5 days a week on average. The fishing is great either area. Snook, tarpon, pompano, snapper all inshore; dolphin, wahoo, cobia, kingfish,sailfish, grouper, snapper, swordfish just offshore here in PBC, a bit further offshore CFL. Lots of sharks either place, but the water is clearer here, so there is less people getting nipped. New Smyrna and Daytona get lots of shark bites due to murky water. If you can't travel, summer here sucks. As a kid we used to jump off bridges, get thrown out of water parks, all kinds of antics to cure the summertime no wave blues. Life is a series of tradeoffs. It is always good to get as much info as possible before making a big jump. Good luck KillaKiel. If you get down here to check things out, hopefully there will be some swell and I'll show you a few good spots.
     
  20. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Definitely hit me up if you make it down here, I can show you around anywhere from Ponce Inlet down to Sebastian Inlet and anywhere in between. You're buddy is right about Cocoa, there is almost always a rideable wave, usually nothing big, but it can be. There's a few stand out spots that are lesser known that get really good too. Just let me know when you're going to be in the area. I drive over literally every weekend.