chris0805 wrote:CROWDS all these cali places other than hastings are super crowded. I don't know much about the crowds on the east coast but would be stoked to find out. I could see all the NYC beaches being super crowded but really don't know. Any east coasters want to drop some knowledge?
NYC beaches are pretty empty after labor day and before May (which is actually when the surf is good and also the time law school is in session). During this time, you can surf anywhere on long island. Now, Montauk or 90th street at rockaway can get crowded, but it's easy to find a spot pretty much all to your self (even if you can only use the subway).
Also, New England is getting more crowded every year, but it's still NOTHING compared to Cali or HI crowds.
Bra, crowding is a NON factor on the Right Coast, with the exception of June-August when all of the weekend warriors come out with their massive long boards. However, if there is 'cane juice in the water, trust me the set waves we clean up any un-necessary kooks. The rest of the year is completely empty, at most I've been in a pack of 10-15 guys at the peak whens it's firing, but compared to 200 in California it's nothing. I'm living in Manhattan, but am a Newport Beach transplant. I scored dbl overhead bombs yesterday on Long Beach with 3 guys out, you can literally pick any wave you want. But like Chris mentioned before don't forget that 6mm, hood, gloves, and booties, if you want a legit sesh.
Also, Chris, are you in Manhattan currently? Always looking for new guys to paddle out with. Let me know.