16 Jan 2008 17:58:22
moving to the san francisco area

Does anyone have any tips about living and working near San Francisco
to work and surf? I have already been there before for a couple of
days and surfed at Ocean and Stimson beaches. I work in software.

Is the San Francisco area a decent place to be if you want to hold a
good job and also get a lot of surf? I have heard that the paddle at
Ocean Beach can be brutal, the wind is usually wrong, and the peaks
are incredibly shifty. Since this seems to be the main spot I am
concerned about having a variety of good places to surf.

I don't know that much about the area and will probably end up moving
according to wherever I can get a good job, which could also mean in
Silicon Valley (San Jose, etc). Would it be better to live there
instead and then drive to Santa Cruz for surf? (I have also visited
and surfed there for a couple of days). In either case I am concerned
about traffic and actually being able to get to the beach.

Thanks for any advice.


16 Jan 2008 18:14:03
Mike Sullivan
Re: moving to the san francisco area


<[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]m...
> Does anyone have any tips about living and working near San Francisco
> to work and surf? I have already been there before for a couple of
> days and surfed at Ocean and Stimson beaches. I work in software.

There may be a job opening for a guy to live up
in Clear Lake and do drive-by surfs at OB on
your way down to the peninsula to work,
get fat and bitter and get hammered by AS....

No experience (or even board) necessary.





16 Jan 2008 19:22:13
Dennis
Re: moving to the san francisco area

On Jan 16, 5:58 pm, [email protected] wrote:
> Does anyone have any tips about living and working near San Francisco
> to work and surf? I have already been there before for a couple of
> days and surfed at Ocean and Stimson beaches. I work in software.
>
> Is the San Francisco area a decent place to be if you want to hold a
> good job and also get a lot of surf?

There are plenty of surf days here (SF). Not always pretty but there's
usually something. Getting to the beach is not a problem. Pretty much
30 minutes from one side of the city to the other.

>I have heard that the paddle at
> Ocean Beach can be brutal, the wind is usually wrong, and the peaks
> are incredibly shifty.

Can be. Not always.

>Since this seems to be the main spot I am
> concerned about having a variety of good places to surf.

What are you used to?

> I don't know that much about the area and will probably end up
moving
> according to wherever I can get a good job, which could also mean in
> Silicon Valley (San Jose, etc). Would it be better to live there
> instead and then drive to Santa Cruz for surf? (I have also visited
> and surfed there for a couple of days). In either case I am concerned
> about traffic and actually being able to get to the beach.
>

Well if you don't like one place, move to another. You should only be
concerned with traffic if you're riding a moped on the freeway.



16 Jan 2008 21:28:16
Captain Fantastic
Re: moving to the san francisco area

On Jan 16, 5:58 pm, [email protected] wrote:
> Does anyone have any tips about living and working near San Francisco
> to work and surf? I have already been there before for a couple of
> days and surfed at Ocean and Stimson beaches. I work in software.
>
> Is the San Francisco area a decent place to be if you want to hold a
> good job and also get a lot of surf? I have heard that the paddle at
> Ocean Beach can be brutal, the wind is usually wrong, and the peaks
> are incredibly shifty. Since this seems to be the main spot I am
> concerned about having a variety of good places to surf.
>
> I don't know that much about the area and will probably end up moving
> according to wherever I can get a good job, which could also mean in
> Silicon Valley (San Jose, etc). Would it be better to live there
> instead and then drive to Santa Cruz for surf? (I have also visited
> and surfed there for a couple of days). In either case I am concerned
> about traffic and actually being able to get to the beach.
>
> Thanks for any advice.

All I can say is that, living in the valley makes it hard ot get out
regularly. Unless you don't have kids, wife, house, etc. in that case,
no worries. From here, go south to the beaches there. I do that and
make an occasional trip up north (Pacifica, SF). In the end, it comes
down to disposable income. Getting a job near the beach would be your
best bet if you need the regular seawater nasal purges IMO.

d.


17 Jan 2008 14:50:01
jw
Re: moving to the san francisco area

In article
<[email protected]m >,
[email protected] wrote:

> I don't know that much about the area and will probably end up moving
> according to wherever I can get a good job, which could also mean in
> Silicon Valley (San Jose, etc). Would it be better to live there
> instead and then drive to Santa Cruz for surf? (I have also visited
> and surfed there for a couple of days). In either case I am concerned
> about traffic and actually being able to get to the beach.

I moved to SF from New England and lived there for five years. If you
like living in the city, I'd choose SF over San Jose. You'll have to
commute if you're working in the San Jose area, of course, but you'll be
closer to the water and SF is in another league in terms of culture,
history, aesthetics, nightlife, easy access to the entire Bay Area, you
name it. The commute would not be much fun, but what commute is? I'd
much rather drive down there to work than live there and drive up to SF
for recreation. There are also plenty of tech jobs in downtown SF. (I
worked a couple of years downtown, and a few years from my apartment
closer to the water, but would occasionally make the drive to San Jose
area for meetings.)

You won't have to worry about traffic getting to OB, there isn't any 99
percent of the time. On the rare warm sunny day you'll find crowds, but
those only happen a few times per year, usually in the fall.

Others here can probably offer more, but that is some of my experience.
It's a great place to live and surf, and at OB, to work on your paddling
if nothing else. My usual disclaimer is that I learned out there and
only went out at OB on small days, but also got out at a couple of other
breaks in the area.

Good luck!

-jw


17 Jan 2008 11:57:47
lp
Re: moving to the san francisco area

On Jan 16, 5:58 pm, [email protected] wrote:

> Thanks for any advice.

the waters warmer and the locals are friendlier in southern
california. ;-)

my advise,
try to find work close to surf, if that's your passion.
but don't get on the long commute bandwagon.
it's hours on the road day after day, adding more smog, oil
dependence, costs, etc,,,bad on many levels.
if you have to commute for surf once in a while, no problem.
besides, you'll be working way more than you'll be surfing.
as sully said, you can move if you don't like a location.

lp


18 Jan 2008 07:38:36
Surfer
Re: moving to the san francisco area

I live on the West Side Santa Cruz.

The waves suck all year long in Santa Cruz. Although we warmly welcome
all new comers to the West Side I suggest living in Fremont and driving
over 92 to HMB and post up at Linda Mar.

-Surfer

In article <3c925d17-b50d-4ced-8906-d531b4a4bd62
@i12g2000prf.googlegroups.com >, [email protected] says...
> Does anyone have any tips about living and working near San Francisco
> to work and surf? I have already been there before for a couple of
> days and surfed at Ocean and Stimson beaches. I work in software.
>
> Is the San Francisco area a decent place to be if you want to hold a
> good job and also get a lot of surf? I have heard that the paddle at
> Ocean Beach can be brutal, the wind is usually wrong, and the peaks
> are incredibly shifty. Since this seems to be the main spot I am
> concerned about having a variety of good places to surf.
>
> I don't know that much about the area and will probably end up moving
> according to wherever I can get a good job, which could also mean in
> Silicon Valley (San Jose, etc). Would it be better to live there
> instead and then drive to Santa Cruz for surf? (I have also visited
> and surfed there for a couple of days). In either case I am concerned
> about traffic and actually being able to get to the beach.
>
> Thanks for any advice.


18 Jan 2008 09:42:10
lp
Re: moving to the san francisco area

On Jan 18, 7:38 am, Surfer <[email protected] > wrote:
> I live on the West Side Santa Cruz.
>
> The waves suck all year long in Santa Cruz. Although we warmly welcome
> all new comers to the West Side I suggest living in Fremont and driving
> over 92 to HMB and post up at Linda Mark.

wouldn't it have been easier to just send him to the eastside,
where it seems they are setting up contests every other week?
i also hear there's a sweet right on the southside of the farallons.
it's usually not too crowded.
don't let the guys with the cages chumming the water intimidate you.
just give em the stink eye and surf on.

lp


19 Jan 2008 20:45:41
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Re: moving to the san francisco area

On Jan 16, 6:14=A0pm, "Mike Sullivan" <[email protected] >
wrote:
> There may be a job opening for a guy to live up
> in Clear Lake and do drive-by surfs at OB =A0on
> your way down to the peninsula to work,
> get fat and bitter and get hammered by AS....

Don't forget the incessant shopping and battleaxe for a wife...