Look for my friend Turtle. He lives out there and can show show you some of the spots, although you need to beware of the locals and be ESPECIALLY wary of their sisters. Things are pretty heavy and the photogs are out in full force, so I'd suggest practicing in a wave pool of sorts just to get comfortable popping up. I hear twin fins work best. When you get there, if Turtle isn't around look for my buddy Chandler's place. He's a real cool cat, old school kind of guy. Some may even call him a 'soul surfer'. I hope art school in Manhattan is going well!