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mwelly007


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Where is the best place to live in order to easily access both of these amazing activites? Perferrably the West Coast, like California. Any thoughts?


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Sacramento...

Two hours to the best climbing

Two hours to the best surfing

Nice big modern city with more than enough California to go around...


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To surf you HAVE to live at the beach. Which generally puts you a few hours from the rocks.

I like Sacramento a lot, but it's a terrible place to live if surfing is your passion.

But it's better than Minnesota.


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Thailand.

In the US, the only places to surf seriously are California and Hawaii. And there ain't no climbing in Hawaii.


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i have friends in Sacramento. its near everything, but close to nothing. i want to be able to do something before or after work on the weekdays.


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In the US, the only places to surf seriously are California and Hawaii.

The only place to surf seriously and consistently is prolly california. but obx gets some pretty killer hurricane swell several times a year, and on portsmouth one day this past june it was 6 foot, glassy and peeling. truly all time.

we had a pretty good weekend, hit Ship rock, then drove to morris marina, and on portsmouth the next day.


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FRESNO.

2 hours to world class surf and 2 hours to world class climbing.

Short trip to LA and a short trip to SF. There is plenty of work here too.

The closest crag does take me 40 minutes to get to though (tollhouse or square nail). That kinda sucks. And they are hot in the summer. So I have to jam up to the high Sierras on the weekends. Usually Yos or Courtright to escape the heat. My surf spots include pretty much everything south of Big Sur down to about San Onofre.


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mwelly007 wrote:
i have friends in Sacramento. its near everything, but close to nothing. i want to be able to do something before or after work on the weekdays.

You'll need to choose one or the other. You can't have both.

Is proximity to surfing and climbing your only consideration? If so, I envy you. If not, perhaps you could tell us what other factors weigh in. Having lived in California all my life, I know a thing or two about other things our state has to offer.


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Fresno? Sacramento? You've got to be kidding me. Living in a shithole so that you can be 2 hours from the things you love to do is no way to live at all.


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I'm only here for money. I would be in the foothills otherwise. But, since the scratch is good and I can climb in Yos or Tuolumne every weekend I'll stay....for now


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jamatt wrote:
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In the US, the only places to surf seriously are California and Hawaii.

The only place to surf seriously and consistently is prolly california. but obx gets some pretty killer hurricane swell several times a year, and on portsmouth one day this past june it was 6 foot, glassy and peeling. truly all time.

we had a pretty good weekend, hit Ship rock, then drove to morris marina, and on portsmouth the next day.
True, but if you are anywhere near the coast in NC you are nowhere near the climbing. So you can live near the coast for those rare times there is good surf. Or you can live near climbing and drive all day to get to rare surf, and the surf might be gone by the time you get there. Your example, Portsmouth is 340 miles and about 8 hours away from Ship Rock. At best you could live about four hours from either place. So no, if you really want to surf and climb, I'd say that NC is probably not the place to live.


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So no, if you really want to surf and climb, I'd say that NC is probably not the place to live.

No doubt. I'm just saying that when the surf is good, it's real good.


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Peru


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San Diego is bar far the best option. I live here and pursue both sports. Surfing is as close as you would like. Blacks Beach, Sunset Cliffs, Scripts are all great breaks.

Tahquitz is about 2 or so hours away with amazing trad climbing. If you're intro sport there is Eagle Peak (a few trad lines, mostly sport), Corde Madera (trad and sport) and in Riverside there is the quarry ( Hard Sport).

San Diego is just about the greatest place to live as far as climate, its always climbing season.


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You could live in a shithole like Sacramento and have VERY CROWDED world class climbing and surfing 2 hours away.

Or, you could live in a nice place (I won't say where), with a modest population, low pollution, not much traffic, easygoing people, with very good (but not "world class") climbing and surfing within an hour or less each, and have the spots all to yourself...no fees, no crowds, litter, crag/surf dogs, etc.....

Food for thought. A perfect day at a modest crag beats a modest day at the perfect crag every time.


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caughtinside wrote:
To surf you HAVE to live at the beach. Which generally puts you a few hours from the rocks.

I like Sacramento a lot, but it's a terrible place to live if surfing is your passion.

But it's better than Minnesota.

Dude Minnesota is the bomb you just gotta get used to surfing on 3 ft swells and wearing a 7mm wetsuit.


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San Diego or Santa Barbara. You have to live close to the beach (like a couple of miles) if you want to surf even semi seriously.


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Oregon or California. I'm not a surfer though...but I always saw surfers at the beach in Newport, Oregon...and Smith Rock is there in Terrebonne. I lived in Sacramento...Its really nice to drive up to Tahoe whenever or down to the Eastern Sierras. Love the Owen's River Gorge and Bishop :) Sacramento is good for a midpoint, but if you are more into surfing, you might go for Santa Barbara or similar...and if you are more into climbing, go for Folsom or Placerville.


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You could start river surfing instead. You'd might have more success finding a river with good surfing waves near a high quality climbing destination.


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This is true I surf my kayak every weekend. Rivers ussually have a nice wave somewhere. Some are mean some are real smooth and if your in a river here in the southeast there are boulders everywhere. Not to mention the damn good climbing also. But I dont use a board to surf. I use a kayak and get in some nice runs down a river. I go home with my eyes the size of dinner plates every saturday and sunday in the summer. Adrenaline yea its at the big rivers. Ocean is mellow in comparison


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shimanilami wrote:
Thailand.

In the US, the only places to surf seriously are California and Hawaii. And there ain't no climbing in Hawaii.
Wrong. However if climbing is high on your list, there are better states to live in then Hawaii.


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squishy654 wrote:
Sacramento...

Two hours to the best climbing

Two hours to the best surfing

Nice big modern city with more than enough California to go around...

You also get the largest selection of rednecks. The weather sucks in sac compared to socal, but you do have rivers, which you won't have down south...


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Check out Arcata, California, or more generally- Lost Rocks. Miles of beach bouldering and great surf, some sport routes along some of the cliffs as well. I'll be moving there in less than 2 months.


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gmggg wrote:
squishy654 wrote:
Sacramento...

Two hours to the best climbing

Two hours to the best surfing

Nice big modern city with more than enough California to go around...

You also get the largest selection of rednecks. The weather sucks in sac compared to socal, but you do have rivers, which you won't have down south...

You may have found that to be true in the past but with all the state workers and the growth of Rancho Cordova, Roseville and Folsom it's a thriving city with jobs which rival the Bay area, including companies like Intel, Microsoft and HP. I truly don't see rednecks, ever in Sac and I've been living here for years. I use to think the same thing you do when I lived in the Bay area, Sac was just rednecks and fields, but it's untrue, so if you wouldn't mind, stop propagating false information...You should b talking about Lodi or Stockton if you hate rednecks...


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cporter wrote:
...Tahquitz is about 2 or so hours away with amazing trad climbing. If you're intro sport there is Eagle Peak (a few trad lines, mostly sport), Corde Madera (trad and sport) and in Riverside there is the quarry ( Hard Sport).

I think SD is a great city (though I'd rather live in a town--too bad for me I don't). Tahquitz is great but a bit of a drive, and I love Mt. Woodson, but it's really cruel to tell some out of towner that he'll be psyched to be close to the Riverside quarry... ;)

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