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Old 06-17-2010, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Now we have to compete with Hawaii? You are so correct there though. I say we forget this Florida, California thing and head over to the Islands to sit on the beach and contemplate who has the best beaches while we sip a beverage of choice.

Yeah, that is kind of what I was getting at. I personally DO LIKE Florida beaches a lot.

But for most Californians the first place that comes to mind for an ideal BEACH vacation is HAWAII.....flight time is about the same so why NOT.
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:26 PM
 
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I live here on the gulf coast of Florida but have spent time on California beaches. I love the beaches in California. I also love the beaches here on the west coast of florida but it can be very difficult being a surfer here. Despite what people think, we do get surf here but it is not very frequent and the wave quality is lacking. People in California are lucky, b/c the surf almost always there. In comparing the two states, the scenery and waves on the California are awesome. The thing that is better about Florida is the warmer and clearer water. Definitely more shark attacks in florida especially on the east coast in New Smyrna. New Smyra Beach is one of the most consistent surf breaks in florida but has the most shark attacks. Another thing that people don't realize is that some of the best pro surfers come from Florida (i.e. Kelly Slater, Damian and CJ Hobgood, Cory Lopez, etc.)
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I live here on the gulf coast of Florida but have spent time on California beaches. I love the beaches in California. I also love the beaches here on the west coast of florida but it can be very difficult being a surfer here. Despite what people think, we do get surf here but it is not very frequent and the wave quality is lacking. People in California are lucky, b/c the surf almost always there. In comparing the two states, the scenery and waves on the California are awesome. The thing that is better about Florida is the warmer and clearer water. Definitely more shark attacks in florida especially on the east coast in New Smyrna. New Smyra Beach is one of the most consistent surf breaks in florida but has the most shark attacks. Another thing that people don't realize is that some of the best pro surfers come from Florida (i.e. Kelly Slater, Damian and CJ Hobgood, Cory Lopez, etc.)

The west coast of Florida is VERY beautiful....from the Panhandle to Captiva Island. Slater's surf dominance is all the more impressive when considering where he grew up....

More shark attacks in Fla. but MORE fatal ones in Calif. (read: Great Whites).
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Old 06-17-2010, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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The west coast of Florida is VERY beautiful....from the Panhandle to Captiva Island. Slater's surf dominance is all the more impressive when considering where he grew up....

More shark attacks in Fla. but MORE fatal ones in Calif. (read: Great Whites).
That fact came up in another discussion recently and made me feel a little uneasy about swimming near certain areas. I am also surprised by how many shark sightings occur almost every week at the local beaches
Pacific Coast Shark News

Great Whites jumping into the air within 40 yards of the sand!

I remember tv footage last summer of a school of thresher sharks not far off the Santa Monica pier. I don't know if that particular type of shark attacks people or not. I love to swim at night because of the thrill and also the water is at it's warmest. But the thought of a shark out there that I can't see makes me wonder if I should do anymore night time swimming.
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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Florida beaches are nice and pretty, but they are boring. You can only go and sit on the beach and wade in the water so much before it gets old. At least for me it does. I love to surf, and trying to surf in FL is very frustrating and unfulfilling. I'll take Mission Beach anyday. I could surf everyday from now till I die and be happy, so thats why my vote goes with Cali.
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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It is funny that we are doing all this comparison. Seems that we all are lucky to get to go to the beach or live near one, or on one as the case may be. I spend every day of my life looking at the ocean, even from work I can see the ocean. I drive on the Pacific Coast Highway every work day and have this amazing view of the Channel Islands in the distance. If you are like me and love the beach and the lifestyle that goes with it remember how fortunate we all are. I know that I am very happy to have grown up here and still have the opportunity to live where I live. I am possitive that if i lived in Florida I would be letting people know how nice it is to live there. Two of my sisters did live in Key West for a few years and I learned to appreciate that cool little island.
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Old 06-17-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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It is funny that we are doing all this comparison. Seems that we all are lucky to get to go to the beach or live near one, or on one as the case may be. I spend every day of my life looking at the ocean, even from work I can see the ocean. I drive on the Pacific Coast Highway every work day and have this amazing view of the Channel Islands in the distance. If you are like me and love the beach and the lifestyle that goes with it remember how fortunate we all are. I know that I am very happy to have grown up here and still have the opportunity to live where I live. I am possitive that if i lived in Florida I would be letting people know how nice it is to live there. Two of my sisters did live in Key West for a few years and I learned to appreciate that cool little island.

All very good points....and I agree Key West is very cool. Of course, so is Catalina Island!
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:55 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Another thing that people don't realize is that some of the best pro surfers come from Florida (i.e. Kelly Slater, Damian and CJ Hobgood, Cory Lopez, etc.)
I think this is fairly well known but what's always puzzled me is why surf-friendly SoCal has relatively few top pro surfers while relatively surf-poor Florida rules.

I've never been to Florida but the beaches in L.A. and Florida seem like totally different animals. Regarding diving, L.A. doesn't have coral reefs like Florida but we do have pretty spectacular kelp forests. Does Florida have kelp forests (just curious, not trying to start an argument)? We also have a lot of seals, dolphins and whales (Florida?); this is probably a big draw for great whites.

A recent 60 Minutes episode made the case that great white sharks are very curious animals and may approach humans without ever being noticed (and certainly not attacking). I think some may remember the local aerial footage from a few years ago showing the silhouettes of sharks swimming around a bunch of oblivious swimmers. Gotta admit, that looked spooky even if the actual threat level was minimal. In any case, we are the mortal threat to sharks, not the other way around.
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:07 PM
 
Location: los angeles/florida
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If you could take the best of California beaches (surf, scenic topography, low humidity) and combine it with the best of Fla beaches (warm, clear water & white sand) you would have PARADISE.

Oh wait, I think that place is called HAWAII.....

Good point! I've never been there but I imagine it is the best of both worlds.
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I think this is fairly well known but what's always puzzled me is why surf-friendly SoCal has relatively few top pro surfers while relatively surf-poor Florida rules. .

Yes....but that has NOT always been the case. Tom Curren (Santa Barbara) was a three-time world champion (85, 86, and 90) and there were quite a few others big time guys from So. Calif. back in those days.

No question the last 15 or 20 yrs it's been the Australians, Slater (FLA), and Hawaii....
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