jaffa- Well, I know I wasn't very specific, but honestly, I don't much care what the town is like, I'm more after the wave. I guess the only real criteria I have is that I don't like cold water, so if there are towns with generally more warmness, I'd be much more attracted. Cold air for parts of the year is ok, but if there are towns with warm water and air year-round, I would rather that. I do have SOME criteria as far as the town, in that I would want to be able to work, but I'm willing to drive an hour or so to work if I can go out and check the waves every day, because I would be driving to the beach most days anyways, so that's one thing (a town right on the beach). I don't mind the country, I don't mind the city. However, I'd rather be surfing with some people, so somewhere where people do surf and I won't be all alone most of the time. Buuuut, and this is a big but, I don't like ridiculous crowds. I'd like most waves to be empty besides myself and my board. I find that it somewhat ruins the waves for me if I'm constantly dodging people every time I go for a wave, and every time I go out to surf. Maybe I will get over my fear of reefs and rocks, but I come from an area where there are only beach/sand breaks, and I started out skimboarding, so I'm used to falling on sand and not really too keen to falling on a reef and getting all cut up.
So here's the criteria in a nutshell:
-Inclined towards warm water and air, but SOME cold air welcome. I don't want to be getting numb in the line-up.
-Housing available within walking or biking distance to the local breaks, and work available within an hour or two.
-Not too crowded but not too remote
And that's about it. Other than that, I just want juicy barrels
Anyways, thanks a lot for your advice!
drowningbitbybit- We don't get barrels too often where I live, as the waves are small, and when it is barreling, it's not too consistent (maybe one or two barrels a session, if that), but I have the ability. Actually, what I'm really looking for in my quest is a place to learn how to get barreled better, how to hold a barrel, so that eventually I can take it back to my hometown and claim more waves. I love where I live, but I'd like to travel, live abroad, and take something from it, and if I can come home and be treated to more of my favorite type of wave-riding due to my "studies" abroad, I would be very grateful