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Old 04-29-2008, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Surface of the Sun, AZ
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Hello all!

I am a young prof looking to move to florida when I graduate. I travel for my job so I am looking for an area near an airport (no more than 20-30min away), and that is also within 15-20 min from the beach. I love to surf and I imagine that floridas east coast is probaly better for that, but my rent range is $700-750 a month, (roomates are not an option) and I think most of Miami area is going to be out of the question for that price range. So my question is, Can you surf in the gulf coast? I know tampa is on the bay, but how far is it from beaches? Is it mostly older people who live there? Im 22 so I'd also like to be near nightlife,(clubs, bars, shopping ect.). Again my rent range is no more than $700-750. and I need to be no more than 20-30 min from the airport. I am also looking into the Jacksonville area as well because the rents seem cheaper there than obviously Miami, however im concerned about lack of nightlife there. Any help would be awesome, thanks so much!
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Eastern time zone
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You're not going to find much surfing in the Gulf. If you're looking for cheap rent and surfing, you might look at New Smyrna or Daytona.
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Surface of the Sun, AZ
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Are either of those near an airport? Again I need to be no more than 30 min from an airport. What about the Jacksonville area?
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Wherever there is water
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If you go south of St. Pete - say Bradenton or Sarasota you can get some waves... Not like the Eastern side though..... You give up what the Gulf has to offer by going East... such as great sunsets....Clean white soft sand... Cleaner clearer water... warmer (year round no wet suit) water.... But you get smaller - quick break waves with not much face.... Good for basic boogie or body...maybe even long board... but not if your a short boarder.... You can YouTube surfing in Florida and there is some good vids of surfin in the Gulf area but it only really seems good when there is a hurricane :0(.... BTW - Rent in those areas for a one bedroom or studio run you about $600 and up....sarasota.craigslist.org/apa/sarasota-bradenton apts ....Cocoa Beach area has good surf and reasonable rent but your 40 min from Airport in Orlando...Sooooo good luck with that Rachel...Happy surfin to ya from a fellow surfer from S.D Cali.... May the sand between your toes be cool and the sun on your face be warm and the waves always astounding.... Peace.... :0)

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Old 04-29-2008, 01:21 PM
 
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As much as I like the East Coast for many reasons, surfing isn't one of them. When storms are coming up, you'll get some decent and even downright scary-fun waves with the occasional tube but for the most part the southern end of the east coast is flat, flat, flat. The water is warm and great for swimming and day sailing but just not all that great for a surfer. Up near cape Hatteras in NC, the surf is OK to good. Up on the New England coast the surf can be pretty good but sometimes not. In my opinion the best places in the continental US to surf are Santa Cruz, CA, the Oregon Coastline, and the northern east coast depending on the time of year. The west coast will tend to give you better conditions year 'round. If you care to move out of the Continental US, Hawaii and most of Coastal Australia are heaven for surfers. Ireland, believe it or not, is actually one of the best places to surf but it is rather cool.

If you want warm water then Florida up to about Cape Hatteras in NC is about it. Cape Hatteras is about where the gulf stream takes a right turn and heads to England. North of NC, the water starts getting really cold, really fast. You can surf and still enjoy yourself but it's just not the same. An unfortunate fact about the climate and surf in the lower 48 is that if you want really good surf, you need to head for cold water. Personally I hate cold water and actually quit surfing shortly after moving to CA because I was always freezing my parts off. Ironically, though I grew up surfing on the gulf coast, now that I live very near one of the worlds best places to surf, I don't. I switched to kayak surfing to keep my tootsies warm. Just about any place on the gulf coast has waves big enough to hitch a ride but don't expect to find yourself on the cover of any magazines. Though opinions will vary greatly, I'd go with a longer board than what the average West Coast surfer might use because the smaller waves don't have the velocity to really drive a short board. At 210 lbs., I'm no lightweight so your mileage may vary.

Good luck.
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Old 04-29-2008, 01:37 PM
 
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Are either of those near an airport? Again I need to be no more than 30 min from an airport. What about the Jacksonville area?
Daytone has an airport 10 minutes from the beach. You'll only find big waves on the east coast. the west coast barely gets a ripple unless there's a storm brewing in the gulf.
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Old 04-29-2008, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Traditional surfing is out. You need to try foil-surfing.



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Notice the waves in both pictures? No?
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Old 04-30-2008, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Surface of the Sun, AZ
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To Danillefort, having never been to Daytona, is there tons to do there in the lines of restaurants, shopping and bars besides the beach? I love the Venice Beach area of Cali, but unless a miracle occurs and my boss decides to up my salary like 15k more a year, I won't be able to afford anything in Cali. Like I said though, I guess I am looking for a laid back, fun, slightly offbeat area that could be somewhat comparable to Venice Beach.
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Old 05-20-2008, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Foothills of the Appalachians
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Thought you surfers might enjoy a little Emerald Coast surfing video ....

Surf Smooth (broken link)
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Miami FL and New Jersey
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daytona sounds about right. (it seems like no one surfs in miami / ft. lauderdale lol) the hardest waves on the east coast come when there is a hurricane in the atlantic. other than that you really wont catch anything (in southeast florida)
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