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Topic Title: Monterey, CA
Topic Summary: where to plant the flag & what to expect?
Created On: 12/16/2012 04:47 AM
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 12/16/2012 04:47 AM
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ucfLee1

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besides high prices?hey ya'll, long time, no postswe are relocating in June for work. i was considering living in santa cruz & making the drive every day ...salinas isĀ not an optionĀ 
 12/16/2012 04:58 AM
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dan

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Never lived there but I have been up that way numerous times. Carmel is nice, Carmel By The Sea is even nicer but big $$. Santa Cruz is a cool town but that drive is gonna get old.

Great surf in Carmel By The Sea, I surfed a spot there at the end of the main strip down the big sand dune...killer left right there.
 12/16/2012 05:26 AM
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Greensleeves

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Permanent or temporary?  I'm with Dan, if you can swing Carmel...

 



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dan

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That looks exactly the the spot I surfed there...golf course off to the north.
 12/16/2012 06:05 AM
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ucfLee1

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Thanks guys!I will be there for at least 3 years.Visiting faculty at PG School.
 12/16/2012 09:09 AM
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ww

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I'm sure the PG School can lead you to people who know where to find semi-affordable housing.  School districts also seem a big deal, affluent/agricultural communities. 

The beach at Sand City, just NE of Monterey, is famous for its regular cusps and rip currents, very convenient for researchers working on currents at beaches.  I think the area also has a reputation for sharks.  

It's a beautiful area.  The Monterey Bay Shoreline Guide (University of California Press).  

 12/16/2012 10:43 AM
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surfnole

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I don't think that's an easy drive each day. Why not live near Monterey and have far less crowded surf with much closer access to breaks further south? Santa Cruz is always crowded, and it's not cheap. Its been years, but I remember seeing just a handful of guys out along that 17 mile drive in Carmel
 12/16/2012 11:31 AM
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I relocated out here a year ago but a little further north to Healdsburg. My "home" break is Salmon Creek but I'm only an hour north of OB and 2 hrs from Santa Cruz. Having said that I travel the 2hrs every chance I get. The waves are insane and the threat of Whities is minimal. Any place north or south of that can get sketchy certain times of the year. There have already been numerous of attacks, a few fatalities, and a bunch of sightings including from me. I've surfed all my life (I'm 40) at NSB and have literally jumped over sharks, been bumped by them and have seen attacks first hand, but these critters out here are different. Be safe live close to Santa Cruz you will not regret it.

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 12/16/2012 11:39 AM
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ww

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The seventeen mile drive is a fairly stiff toll, but Asilomsr, a state park, is at the north end.  Google Maps shows parking and the rock-infested beach.  The dunes there were once mined for sand, but have been restored as habitat for several endangered species.

 12/16/2012 05:52 PM
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MoonlightMike

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Perhaps this goes without saying, but "Surfing California" by Bank Wright is essential.  It's a paperback and probably at Ron Jons for sure.  If not, Amazon has it.  It's a great book and Bank Wright is a class act for sure.  You can have one of my copies if you want (I can mail it).

There is always surf there (Central California....Northern California for those surfers who care about stuff like that, even though Northern California technically starts on the north side of San Francisco Bay).  Most people surf in packs because it always feels a little safer.  Surfing alone is a bit unnerving up there because of the Great Whites.

Don't go cheap on the wetsuit.  It's better to be warm and stiff than cold and stiffer.  Unless you're a die-hard athletic shortboarder, you're going to get cold in anything but the best gear.  Booties and a hoodie will keep you out longer.  

The waves get big.  Know your limits.  It gets just as big and serious as Hawaii.

If a local gives you crap just tell him, "You don't know me.  Don't talk to me."  Unless, of course, you screwed up.  In that case you apologize and leave.

Finally (and I always get crap for saying this):  Don't call it Cali.  Kooks call it Cali.  Might as well call Florida Flori if you're going to do that.  People born and raised there aren't in such a hurry that they need to shorten it.  The reason? Why would we shorten the name of the nation's best state?



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 12/17/2012 08:38 PM
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Originally posted by: surfnole I don't think that's an easy drive each day. Why not live near Monterey and have far less crowded surf with much closer access to breaks further south? Santa Cruz is always crowded, and it's not cheap. Its been years, but I remember seeing just a handful of guys out along that 17 mile drive in Carmel


A friend of mine who I met on a surf trip is now in his 60s and surfed Santa Cruz his whole life. I have visited him a few times. He tells me that there are no sharks at Santa Cruz inside the kelp beds and the kelp beds keep the chop out of the waves. I can vouch for the glassy waves when the wind is blowing....but damn it is crowded. If he didn't tell me where to sit, what to line up on, who to take off on because they couldn't clear the peak, I would have never caught a wave. As it was, I only caught a few and one weekend session I didn't catch a single decent wave at 2nd peak...think that was the name near Pleasure Point.

We surfed Waddell one time, and he told me how nobody surfs there in October because all the seals give birth at a place called Ano Nuevo. It's great white season then I guess.

He told me a story about a guy suiting up an Waddell in the parking lot and saw a great white come and take a seal out of the lineup. He took his suit off and went home. Good stuff.

Perhaps the original poster can live near Watsonville, which is kind of dumpy, and be close to work and Monterey.
 12/17/2012 09:23 PM
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Originally posted by: Whop I relocated out here a year ago but a little further north to Healdsburg. My "home" break is Salmon Creek but I'm only an hour north of OB and 2 hrs from Santa Cruz. Having said that I travel the 2hrs every chance I get. The waves are insane and the threat of Whities is minimal. Any place north or south of that can get sketchy certain times of the year. There have already been numerous of attacks, a few fatalities, and a bunch of sightings including from me. I've surfed all my life (I'm 40) at NSB and have literally jumped over sharks, been bumped by them and have seen attacks first hand, but these critters out here are different. Be safe live close to Santa Cruz you will not regret it.

 

 

^ there it is.

for my money, don't surf ANYWHERE outside of SC proper, especially, all of -Monterrey- north to Capitola, then again anywhere north of SC to,,,,,,,Alaska. anytime of year not only seal pupp'n season. That's the problem over that side now, either insanely crowded or truly deadly by the big chomp~ git some

 

oh ya, ^ bunch of us got chased outta the water there @ Salmon Cr. too by big ass mf'er, same @ Jalama, and a real, real close deal alone (like a dumby) @ Scott Cr.

Have fun brah !



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 12/18/2012 07:07 PM
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pappanuevo

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Back in 200/2001 my job moved us out to San Fransico and then Lo Jolla. My first wave in California was at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz. We spent time touring the coast north and south of the bay. Personally, if i was to work in Montery, i would want to live near by. But thats just me, i dont like to commute. I think if you tried to live in Santa Cruz the drive would get old pertty fast. Try to find a uniqe rental as close to a killer view as you can.

There is tons of surf around Montery and you can travel to points south. I saw perfect waves on sandy beaches that were accessable along the highway that were empty. Then again, i also saw seals and fog which i think ups the creepy factor. one time i was surfing further up north near Pacifica and after the session there was a half eaten seal on the beach. That did it for me. It was refreshing to get down to La Jolla with some clear water.

Anyway, i think that area where you are going is awesome. Surfing aside, there is a ton to take in. You should get some outdoors equipement and get into hiking. There is some great public lands in Central California that are yours to enjoy.

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UCFLeeWest

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belated thanks for all of the info. Ended up in Carmel and have been able to score great surf in the area, north, south, and way south on long weekend trips. I have grown accustomed to the wetsuit hassle. I have been plenty cozy in my 3/2 and booties. There have been a few days when I would have liked more but there have also been a handful of days where I broke out the spring suit.

 

 03/02/2015 09:36 PM
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ww

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Congratulations on landing the job and finding a place to live in a choice location.  

3/2 and booties sounds great.  Living in Florida makes you cold sensitive, but today it was fun watching the northern tourists skinning it.  Locals are starting to do likewise, or at least shorties.

Over on NPNR, I linked to a new book on kelp forests, if you're fascinated enough.  

There's an ancient photo of me as a little kid with a monster redwood at Big Basin north of Santa Cruz.  That area also has some interesting (at least to vegetation ecologists) "barrens."  

I was on hand for a shark nibble (worth several days in the hospital) a year or so ago in Vero.  

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ww

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Looks like we are spammed.

Update:  it was an odd incident, quickly cleaned up.  



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indowaver

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Lived there 3 times building golf courses, longest stay about 8 months. I would swing Carmel like some others suggested, best wave, always glassey and fun. Asilomar can get fun but not consistant like Carmel. I lived in Pacific Grove, very cool area and Seaside, not so cool. I wouldn't wanna make the drive from Santa Cruz, too foggy all the time, plus monterey is worth trying out. If I win the lotto I'll see you there, been almost everywhere building golf courses and Carmel is my pick of the crop.

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Beaglehole

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Santa Cruz is one of the best towns I have ever visited. Very laid back and seems to have a vibe that is family friendly. I went out there two years ago for a good swell that hit right after Christmas. Surfed either east side or Three Mile the whole time I was there. There is a lot of people in the water but I still got plenty of waves. Water was cold but after a day you get used to it. If I wasn't tied down to FL I would seriously consider living there. Real estate is pricey though I believe.
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shapewright

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I'll be spending some time up there, my youngest son will be at the Presidio of Monterey studying languages for Army intelligence for 52 months

 03/05/2015 09:13 AM
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artz

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Great waves to be had at Moss landing right up the road from Presidio Monterey. 

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