Yup. And we already know, this isn’t Hawaii. But an educated surfer or weather guy knows that wind is what makes waves. Fetch is needed to create swell. (Fetch is the distance wind blows across water) Even the great lake produce fun surf. Short lived? Yes. And generally speaking so are east cost waves. However, if you know when to look, the chances are good that you can surf some fun waves. If you just turn up to the beach on a hot summer day, you won’t see a ripple. Some people may visit a beach once a year and score waves every time. Thats NOT the beach. That is a coincidence. OCean storms generally produce the best waves, but powerful Nor-asters do the trick as well. Why is the pacific so good? Because its huge. Hawaii sits in the middle and can get swell from all angles. Long period swells that travel fro far away storms. Some times thousands of miles. The allows for the swell to get organized into sets. The east coast can only receive NE E S SE swell Sounds like a lot. But if your in Rhode Island you only get S and some SE. North of Cape Cod only gets swell from the NE and the E directions. Wind and tide will play a huge factor at your favorite spot. All swells are effected by local conditions. Ideal conditions are a long period swell with local off shore wind. Now there is board selection. You can’t play a full round of golf with just one club. Surfing is similar. Small mushy waves are best ridden on a long board or a fishy style (wide,thick) short board. Waves with shape and power can be ridden with performance boards. These performance boards generate speed and turn on a dime. Most people learn on longer boards until the y figure it out. Your local shop should be able to help you out!