I'm a college student (22yrs) going to a conference from April 17-20th at Stanford. After that I have a buddy who lives in Santa Cruz that I am going to hang out with for another day or two. I want to book my flight right now but I want to know if I should stay for 1 or 2 days extra. Basically I love beaches (with big waves) although I have never surfed but would like to try it out. I'm a pretty nature loving guy so I'll probably stick to the coast for the majority of the time I'm there. I'm not even sure if it is worth surfing? Wouldn't I need a wet suit?
I have a few questions, should I stay near SF in a motel and take a train down to Santa Cruz? Is that too far of a train ride? Or should I stay in Santa Cruz near my friend and then take a train back up to SF? What beaches in Santa Cruz have the biggest waves during April, if any?
I'm gonna be by myself majority of the trip and have to bring my carry on along with me most likely for a majority of the time. I'd also need a way of transportation to the airport in San Fran.