West Palm would probably be one of your worst choices. We are so limited in south florida with lakes that if a) you want to live on one, you pretty much have 2 too choose from, b) you own a boat and have to drive too one of the three parks that have access which one requires a membership and there is only one pass so if there is another boat you have to wait your turn or c) you want to tow it and drop it in salt water at miami marine stadium or maybe an intercostal spot but good luck on finding smooth water or d) you want to pay dean lavelle $100 for a pull on a lake that is blown of over 50% of the time. Basically if you HAVE close and easy access, it is great, but if you have a distance to drive, don't live on one of the lakes, or don't know many people with access, you are going to be riding cable. Personally for me, Rixen is my favorite place on earth and I would rather ride it than the boat sometimes but when you are really itching to take a boat set, you are pretty much SOL. If Dean's had sick water all of the time, I think it would be worth the 30 minute set on occasion, but I have gotten skunked there too many times to say it is coincidence. He will weight the boat down as much as you want which is pretty sick and he is rockin' a 210 so too me it was just like riding at home minus the good water, and I am a calm water snob just because my lake is always flat and generally flat even on parts of the weekends. The lake is just completely exposed from every direction to wind and is close enough to the ocean that I think it just gets part of that sea breeze regardless of the day. I'm sure early in the morning is fine but unfortunately that isn't an option for most of us. I also preferred when Jimmy Trask was there, and we would just go out because if you go with Dean, even if you just want a "pull" it always ends up instructional (which would get on my nerves because i would take a boat set every few months after only riding cable so obviously i was rusty). With Jimmy, if you just wanted a pull, that's what you got and it felt more like being at home on the boat riding with your boys.
And as for surfing, you would much rather be in Orlando. It is a 1 hour drive to New Smyrna and all of those beaches around there. South Florida is rarely longboardable, but you can shortboard NSB every day of the year pretty much.
Last edited by kyle_L; 06-08-2010 at 11:56 AM.