Watching the awful surf at the Rip Curl Pro makes me realize how lucky we got it out here in nowhere. I very rarely surf with more than 4 other people, and the waves are much much better than this. Furthermore, the avg. skill level around here (at the good spots) is pretty high considering. I have surfed in a few places on the west coast and the water seems to be filled with people who probably shouldnt be out. I think you have to be pretty determined out here...thus, only the truly determined stick it out. Side note.. Army of Darkness + The Black Keys + Tequila = Rad.