Written by: Emily Bates
College life is unforgettable, and as a surfer, the experience is even better if you can catch a wave to escape the finals stress, dwell over your paper thesis while waiting for sets, even a casual setting to meet new friends in your new home as a student. With unbelievable opportunities at your fingertips and challenges to face, deciding the best university for yourself is just down right hard. What sets one perfect university apart from the rest? Well, if you’re a surfer, choosing the right part of the United States coastline will be as necessary as paying your tuition. The good news is that there are a bunch of schools in prime locations for daily surf sessions to break up all that studying.
The Surf Channel presents the Top 10 Universities for Surfers.
#10 – California State University, Long Beach
Although there is no surf in Long Beach (take down the breakwater and there will be!), there is an essence of surf culture and overall beach attitude at the university which is located only a few miles from the coast. Let it be known, the surfing championships were held in Long Beach in the 1930′s! However, a quick 20-minute drive south will take you to Huntington Beach, Southern California’s Surf City (there is an ongoing argument that Santa Cruz is the real “Surf City,” but that is for you to decide). There are a lot of breaks along the way in Seal Beach, Surfside (an ode to Surfside colony is made in Sublime’s song titled, “Paddle Out”) then there is Bolsa Chica and a huge stretch of beach known as HB cliffs. If you choose to wander north of Long Beach, there is Coastal San Pedro, the coveted Palos Verdes Peninsula and Torrance. If you are willing to search around, you can find waves in PV that are empty and perfect. Be weary of agro locals! True, the surf is not always epic in and around Long Beach, but when it’s good, it is really good… barrels for days and perfectly groomed a-frames! Believe me, I have seen it. If you don’t mind surfing fun, punchy beach break all the time, CSULB is the school for you! Not to mention, it is nestled in one of the Top 5 Most Diverse Cities in the country!