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Old 04-20-2018, 08:02 AM
 
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I never surfed, but did live in Huntington Beach (Southern Calif), one block from the beach, years ago. They would have surfing contests there. IOW, the surf would be very good.

Here, not even close to what Huntington Beach was like. Wife and I have been down to Jax Beach and could see surfers getting pretty small waves and surfing a pretty short distance. But, then again, when that's all they have, "that's all they have". But, when a hurricane or tropical storm some miles offshore, the waves can be pretty big and lots of surfers know that.........out they go!

But don't think you are going to visit here and think you are going to see the Banzai Pipeline, like in Hawaii.......isn't going to happen!
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:17 AM
 
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I don't care so much about size as I do quality. San Diego County is very consistent with good loggable waves. I ride a heavy single fin LB 99% of the time...Velzy pigs almost always. if it's waist high, but clean, I am happy.
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Old 04-20-2018, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville
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I don't care so much about size as I do quality. San Diego County is very consistent with good loggable waves. I ride a heavy single fin LB 99% of the time...Velzy pigs almost always. if it's waist high, but clean, I am happy.
Then you should have no problem getting a day or two of surf in, if you're coming in late Summer/early Fall. I had some knee high and clean the other day, I think it was on Monday when I went out. Occasional waist high sets. The water will also be quite a bit warmer here that time of year than it is in San Diego.
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:32 PM
 
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The most consistent surf in Duval county is probably up in North Atlantic Beach, by what is locally referred to as "The Poles."
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:43 AM
 
Location: The American West
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Then you should have no problem getting a day or two of surf in, if you're coming in late Summer/early Fall. I had some knee high and clean the other day, I think it was on Monday when I went out. Occasional waist high sets. The water will also be quite a bit warmer here that time of year than it is in San Diego.
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The most consistent surf in Duval county is probably up in North Atlantic Beach, by what is locally referred to as "The Poles."
Thanks for the input guys,I'll be sure to check it out. I know surf spots are not to be given away, so I don't expect that. SD water temps aren't bad. The only time I have not paddled out was in February when the air temp was 36 and the water was 60. That was a pretty frigid morning and I don't do booties, so there was no surfing for me that day....it was GOOD too LOL! Thanks again!
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Old 04-22-2018, 06:38 AM
 
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If you don't mind paddling out in chop you can surf plenty here. Last month I have surfed almost every day ranging from waist high chop to head high glass. I live in St Augustine where there is a decent variety of breaks. So much beach here you could surf alone everyday but most people hit the named better spots. If you like logging you will surf plenty. I ride a shortboard, fish, and log in summer time and never go to crazy from lack of surf. Its good to taking up fishing here for those prolonged summer flat spells.
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Old 04-22-2018, 06:41 AM
 
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Oh yea it gets cold here. Winter water temps get into the low 50's and 40's some years (this year!!) but usual only lasts a month. Most of the year the water is in the upper 70's.
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Old 06-24-2018, 10:01 PM
 
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If you are satisfied with just logging then you will find plenty of that here in FL. Choose anywhere between North and Central FL, and if you are planning to be here end of summer to early fall, the consistency starts to get better. Historically June is the worst, just not enough storms to stir things up in the Atlantic, I think this current flat spell is one of the worst I've even seen in a while. After I bought a wide groveller my longboard started collecting dust. The people who surf in Florida have the waves, wind, weather pretty dialed. You have to be really on it, surfing the 2-hour window of glassy surf after each afternoon summer squall passes. etc.

Check out these surf report sites, with almost daily updates/pics of surf conditions (look at the archives from previous years and during the timeframe you plan on visiting):

North FL:
911surfreport.com

Central FL:
gulfster.com
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Old 06-25-2018, 06:07 AM
 
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I'd say the surfer "culture" in NEFL is improving, but that doesn't translate into better waves lol. Sebastian Inlet is still the "go to" spot on the east coast for waves.
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Old 06-25-2018, 06:38 AM
 
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Let's just say if you surf in Cali you will be epically disappointed in FL unless it is days prior to a coming hurricane, but then there are hellish riptides to deal with also.
Actually, one of my female bosses used to surf in California. She said it is so much easier to surf out there than here. Out there you catch a wave and you can stand up and surf without as much effort. Here you have to work the waves more and it tires you out.

To the OP we are a surfing family but live farther down between Cocoa Beach and Sebastian inlet. I have a friend whose son surfs in St. Augustine area, but I would advise coming further South to at least New Smyrna area.

Summers the Atlantic is Lake Atlantic so I advise waiting to come out till September when the storms out on the ocean bring in a possibility of more waves. You can usually get some good waves in the fall or winter. It is not that unusual to get chest high or higher waves during Sept/Oct. One good thing the water will be warmer than the Pacific.

Most surfers use short boards here, but you see long boards catching more waves on some days. My son has both, but rarely chooses the long board.

If you want to make a surf road trip, I say come South to Brevard County. Check out the live cams for Cocoa Beach and Sebastian Inlet.Check out the 2nd light forums. Unfortunately they are adding fake reef and covering our reef close to shore with sand and it is ruining the surf areas that we have, but hopefully it will not kill all surfing here.

https://magicseaweed.com/Sebastian-I...rf-Report/352/

Check out the waves from March compared to summer in the pictures on this site.
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