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Southern California VS Outer Banks + traveling – choices choices #837088
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If you had to choose between living in say Oceanside, CA or living in the Outer Banks, NC and being able to travel what would you choose?

By living in Southern CA, I surf pretty good waves that are sometimes crowded but consistently fun. I don’t get to travel out of CA at all and that doesn’t bother me because I still haven’t experienced even 90% of what CA has to offer. I have no family or anyone out here at this point so I could go to HI if I could find a job and place to live if you get what I am saying. I could see something happening out here to make me want to stay if I stick it out but I just don’t know if its really worth it anymore.

By living in the Outer Banks, I could surf decent waves consistently and score backdoor type stuff once in awhile when it gets good. The water is warm in the summer and clean, super clean compared to CA especially but so cold in the winter that its boots, gloves, and 4/3. It goes flat in NC though and besides surfing their isn’t anything to do whatsoever not that I am a social party animal but its boring in NC, especially during the winter. Now the nice thing is if I lived in NC I could travel and take a couple surf trips during the winter to make it more bearable. I sort of feel like moving back to NC is sort of like settling for a girl your not really into but that treats you well if you get what I am saying.

I am just real confused about a lot of things at this point and I just do not know…

Re: Southern California VS Outer Banks + traveling – choices choices [Re: Homie] #837089
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are their decent jobs available in the outer banks? the place seemed like a thriving tourist economy the last time i was there but little to no commercialism... not that that's a bad thing, unless your trying to get a job

Re: Southern California VS Outer Banks + traveling – choices choices [Re: Homie] #837090
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Definitely California! No waves on the east coast.


I'd like to try surfing but everyone knows there aren't any waves on the East Coast.
Re: Southern California VS Outer Banks + traveling – choices choices [Re: el_calvo] #837091
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Its hard to come up with the cost of living being so high in CA but its hard to find an even decent job on the OBX. I am not really trying to make money a factor but I have a lot more backing in NC then I do in CA for sure and I could open my own small business that wouldn’t make me rich but I could surf and live off it. But I would be there and I would miss being able to go surf a reef whenever or have the option to do anything else. If I stay out here its going to be in Oside because I can get a cool but affordable / slightly ghetto place really close to some fun waves.

The OBX gets waves...



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Re: Southern California VS Outer Banks + traveling – choices choices [Re: Homie] #837092
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in NC...I could open my own small business that wouldn’t make me rich but I could surf and live off it.




not the case in CA??

owning a small business is one of the ways an "average joe" can make a killing in the US w/o going to a upper level school or not coming from money.

i was pretty close to moving to SoCal about 1.5 years ago but - not going to lie - the financials of it weighed a big part. granted, i don't live anywhere close to the ocean but my airport is the busiest in the world (hands down) and i can fly to almost ANYWHERE direct. i get a ton of vacation so i actually do travel. for me, i had to do what was best for my financial future. a girl and my family also played a big role in that equation and i'm glad i didn't move (even though if i did i'd be able to surf on a weekly basis).

i would ask yourself what your goals are over the next 5-10 years and go from there. my post probably didn't help you but maybe it did....



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Re: Southern California VS Outer Banks + traveling – choices choices [Re: Homie] #837093
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I'm not sure I could live on the outerbanks. You know it much better than I, but like you said, it gets slow. Will this business give you the time to take off and travel? How's the family life- ready to settle down with kids or go out with the wife? Gotta go, later.

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Re: Southern California VS Outer Banks + traveling – choices choices [Re: buttholesurfer] #837095
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having lived in NC for a while and been the outerbanks many times i would conclude the following: the outer banks is a nice place to live.. don't really know about jobs but in the 'off season' the place shuts down and becomes pretty empty... the waves are great when they happen but i don't think any where near the consistency level of the Socal and when you do get some waves to roll around in the winter its gonna be freezing cold... and if you do get some waves in the summer its gonna be crowded and some of the well known spots... so you need to explore around.... pollution wise its pretty clean but then again if you live there you risk having your whole life upended by a hurricane... after katrina they basiclly said over here that one is destined to hit the OBX or come up from wilimignton area etc.. .and people will be expected to fend for themselves for up to 72 hours... the hurricane factor is what really turns me off.. plus being up there in the winter sucks.....


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Re: Southern California VS Outer Banks + traveling – choices choices [Re: Homie] #837096
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Maybe you could compromise and go to Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach. Decent waves, more year-round jobs, and still relatively close to the Outer Banks.

If your main concern is getting good waves, go to California. Outer Banks is still East Coast, and it can be completely flat for weeks at a time. It's really hot in the summer, and really cold in the winter. SoCal is pretty mild year round.

I go to the Outer Banks every year, and I always say "It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there."

I've been to SoCal twice, and said the same thing.

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Tough call, I made mine, that's why I live in VB. Not much work in the OBX in the offseason except for construction. As a single guy, why limit yourself to these 2 choices? Maybe there's another option, groovn seems to be making that choice, why not you?

If it's only between the 2, then I would pick the OBX. Yes the winters are cold, yes the wave is not as consistent as Cal, but it's clean, crowds are low (comparitivly), and you have roots there. My thought is, if you are going to have to start fresh everywhere other than the OBX, then either stay here or move to Micronesia



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Re: Southern California VS Outer Banks + traveling – choices choices [Re: vbsurfer3001] #837098
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There are no waves in Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach.

And the job factor is pretty tough here, unless you like working in service related industry or have the cash flow to have your own business.

Stay in CA and travel home a few times a year to catch good obx and see family.

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Re: Southern California VS Outer Banks + traveling – choices choices [Re: vbsurfer3001] #837099
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Tough call, I made mine, that's why I live in VB. Not much work in the OBX in the offseason except for construction. As a single guy, why limit yourself to these 2 choices? Maybe there's another option, groovn seems to be making that choice, why not you?

If it's only between the 2, then I would pick the OBX. Yes the winters are cold, yes the wave is not as consistent as Cal, but it's clean, crowds are low (comparitivly), and you have roots there. My thought is, if you are going to have to start fresh everywhere other than the OBX, then either stay here or move to Micronesia






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