If I can surf every Saturday, that is a lot for me. My job takes a tremendouse amount of my time and I don't live particulary close to the ocean. From my town in northern California, there are many accessible beaches. However, the drives requires 45 minutes to 2 hours. This range allows me to access Dillon Beach, Bolinas Jetty, Pacifica/Lindamar, and Santa Cruz (38th st, 41st St, and Pleasure Point). San Francisco's Ocean Beach is also within the 45 minute range, but I'm not strong enough to surf there. For much of 2007, I managed to go nearly every Saturday and even managed to go on a few evenings during the week. So far this year, it's been a bust. Not only has my job kept me from surfing, it has kept me from sleeping. I'm pretty beat. If I get into the water this weekend, I'll probably just float around.
My wife surfs some, too, and that can make it easier to go. However, whenever she is involved we ALWAYS leave home too late. Sometimes we'll rent a vacation apartment in Santa Cruz for a week at a time. That is great because we surf every day then. Other times we camp. At Christmas we camped about 4 hours north at Caspar Creek in Mendocino County. That was the coldest water I have ever surfed in. After 3.5 hours, I could not feel my feet. It was still a blast. It was cold and damp there at that time and our old big black dog really suffered due to arthritis. She was miserable. Me, on the other hand, was loving it.
I'm seriously looking into new employment in Hawaii, Australia, and San Diego. I look in Santa Cruz, too, but don't have any promising leads like I do in these other locations. I think it'd be a dream to live really close to surf spots. Can you believe it? The one solid employment opportunity that fell on me would require my return to Germany. I love it there, but there is no surf! (unless you count that standing river wave in downtown Munich)
Well, maybe one day you will holiday here in northern California and I'll take you to surf at all of my spots.