Spring-Time Surf Brings Usual Frustrations to Bay Area

You can bet Santa Cruz pro Peter Mel isn't planning on leaving town anytime soon.

You can bet Santa Cruz pro Peter Mel isn't planning on leaving town anytime soon.

By Garrett Wheeler

Every spring, the same idea flitters across the mind of many a Bay Area surfer: maybe I should move to Santa Cruz. Let’s be honest, it’s the months of March, April, and May that deliver the most frustration for a Bay Area surfer, and it’s certainly not due to a lack of swell. Sure, plenty of mid-period northwest swells and even an early south swell or two have the buoys telling us to go surf; but we all know there’s one huge problem: onshore wind, and lots of it. From dawn to dusk and all through the night, that cold, merciless wind howls endlessly, turning perfectly good swell from Pacifica to OB into haggard, blown out, and utterly un-surfable crap. Yeah, there’s a nook here and cranny there that may offer some protection from the windy onslaught, but for the most part, the only way you’re scoring fun waves this time of year is to fill up the gas tank and book it to Santa Cruz. But move? C’mon, September ain’t that far away.

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