East-coast surfing can be colder than the west-coast but depending on your location, heading to the Atlantic might be closer to your home.
Lawrencetown is the more popular surf location in Nova-Scotia Canada. Unlike Tofino it's not full of surf board shops and surf camps are not abundant. I only spent a day in lawrencetown but, driving down the road their is a surf shop, I could not find anyone. Lot's of wetsuits and boards lying around, It's was cold.(It was Feb)
Surf Forecast should be checked before heading out as temperatures are dramatically colder as it snows all winter. Full wetsuits must be warn and booties and hoodies are recommended all year. Look out for the ice. Don't surf alone!!! Thank you surf companies for putting R&D into wetsuits. Now you can buy a heated wetsuit.
Winter surfing is made more enjoyable with a warm van to get into after your surf session, as you will become numb after spending time in the cold atlantic ocean. The winter is better for waves as the storms bring the swell. I have heard in the summer the sand gathers on the beaches and get sucked out in the winter. Again I have not spent much time on the east coast and to get a little info a found a good book called Driving Minnie's piano.
I do think that the infrequent surf conditions compared to the west coast keep people from thinking about surfing the east coast. That does mean though, they are probably lot's of unsurfed wave. I hope to change that by finding some.
The more I learn about surfing in Canada it seems that it was americans that left their country for reasons that range from draft dodgers, vacationers and of course explorers search for uncrowded breaks or breaks that have never been surfed.
I think the east coast is the best place to find the elusive secret wave. With winter and remoteness and the society of you have to work all the time except your two week holidays, the breaks will probably go unridden for years to come.
Look at the east coast on a map. It is full of coastline. If you know a little about swell, wind, tides, types of breaks, you can see the possibilities. I do have issues with spreading the knowledge about surfing. I am starting to get more and more time in the water and it's uncrowded and everyone in the water is cool.(no pun intended)
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