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Old 07-23-2017, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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1. As close to the beach as possible. I know it gets expensive so I am planning on trying to find roommates (using Craigslist I guess, unless you'd have any other suggestions)

2. I am graduating college next May, and the company I intern for has two locations in SD (Serra Mesa and Carmel Mountain Ranch) as well as locations in Redondo / El Segundo. There is a better chance I can work in one of the SD locations, so I've been pushing for that, but if LA is significantly better I could try for that

3. I'd say intermediate. I surf on the East coast many weekends throughout spring, summer, and fall whenever we get swell

4. As a transplant I'd rather have a low key beach break, but I'd also want to try to pick off insiders at more famous spots to try them out

5. Don't know anyone and haven't visited since I was young, so I definitely want to live somewhere that I can meet people
I think you'll fully enjoy both locations. Redondo Beach, specifically 'the Avenues' gets really good along with nearby Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches. Keep in mind that these are all beach breaks which vary in shape and size depending on the swell. Though there is always usually something breaking even if small. There are loads of 20 somethings living in the South Bay area.

Serra Mesa is in a nice location not too far from the coast. Its close the universities with lots of young people hanging around. La Jolla's Windandsea is my favorite surf spot over a reef which breaks year round. Perfect shaped rights and lefts come off the reef. Right next to is the infamous Big Rock which breaks like Pipeline over a very shallow shelf. You can pick off insiders at both locals until you venture a bit more into the main lineup. But I recommend against Big Rock unless you have experience in very shallow reef waves. It can get pretty aggro and the consequences of getting slammed on the reef can be swift and severe.

Near the UCSD is Blacks Beach which is one of the best beach breaks in CA. It gets really top to bottom barrels on a big swell. So you have to be up for it. Mission Beach and Ocean Beach are the more mellow options which still get good waves.

Carmel Mountain Ranch is a bit closer to North County which is my favorite area of SD. Cardiff by the Sea, Swamis and Carlsbad all have good waves.

Its a tough call and really depends on which area you end up liking more. There's life outside the water to consider as well which includes professional opportunities along with the local sub culture.

Regarding places to stay, I think Craigslist is a good idea. I recommend getting within walking distance or a short drive. Then you can surf after work as well especially during the Summer. its always better to live in a smaller place closer to the water than a bigger one further out. That may require roommates which is what most young beach lovers do. You just have to pick wisely.

Lastly, I wouldn't say LA is 'significantly better' in terms of surfing. At least its not enough to make a move there worth it based on the surf alone. I would only do that if the job was better or there were other things you wanted to be close to as well.

Derek
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Old 07-23-2017, 06:03 PM
 
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I think you'll fully enjoy both locations. Redondo Beach, specifically 'the Avenues' gets really good along with nearby Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches. Keep in mind that these are all beach breaks which vary in shape and size depending on the swell. Though there is always usually something breaking even if small. There are loads of 20 somethings living in the South Bay area.

Serra Mesa is in a nice location not too far from the coast. Its close the universities with lots of young people hanging around. La Jolla's Windandsea is my favorite surf spot over a reef which breaks year round. Perfect shaped rights and lefts come off the reef. Right next to is the infamous Big Rock which breaks like Pipeline over a very shallow shelf. You can pick off insiders at both locals until you venture a bit more into the main lineup. But I recommend against Big Rock unless you have experience in very shallow reef waves. It can get pretty aggro and the consequences of getting slammed on the reef can be swift and severe.

Near the UCSD is Blacks Beach which is one of the best beach breaks in CA. It gets really top to bottom barrels on a big swell. So you have to be up for it. Mission Beach and Ocean Beach are the more mellow options which still get good waves.

Carmel Mountain Ranch is a bit closer to North County which is my favorite area of SD. Cardiff by the Sea, Swamis and Carlsbad all have good waves.

Its a tough call and really depends on which area you end up liking more. There's life outside the water to consider as well which includes professional opportunities along with the local sub culture.

Regarding places to stay, I think Craigslist is a good idea. I recommend getting within walking distance or a short drive. Then you can surf after work as well especially during the Summer. its always better to live in a smaller place closer to the water than a bigger one further out. That may require roommates which is what most young beach lovers do. You just have to pick wisely.

Lastly, I wouldn't say LA is 'significantly better' in terms of surfing. At least its not enough to make a move there worth it based on the surf alone. I would only do that if the job was better or there were other things you wanted to be close to as well.

Derek
Thanks man I appreciate the info
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Old 07-23-2017, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Thanks man I appreciate the info
Glad to help. I guess my vote would be for SD the more I think about what you are after. Just for fun take a look at this of Big Rock. This is on a somewhat mellower day. Lower tide gets crazier:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77VcOJRLEdk

Derek
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