I also considered the expense of all the surf fishing equipment, vehicle and long trip expenses regarding productivity. But, the productivity I'm looking at is the learning experience. IF I were to live on the beach and could fish every day for almost no cost, then there would be no problem with slowly learning over a long amount of time by trial and error.
But, with a short window of opportunity to learn, I decided it would be cost effective to add hiring an expert surf fishing guide / distance casting coach to also pick the beach that I can drive on and time it with expected fish migration to have a productive surf fishing vacation.
I haven't had success at learning surfcasting with my practice and stopped practicing because it's not beneficial to develop bad habits, so I look to learn it from an expert when I find that expert.
So far, I spent considerable time mostly watching an internet surf fishing group that is mostly on the East coast. If you found a surf fishing group on the West coast or specific to Washington, then please let me know. I also still haven't found that guide / distance casting coach preferably in Washington for the reasons you gave or perhaps even further north in Canada or Alaska.
I like the idea of Alaska. It's a lot more distant, but it is our United States of America and they aren't trying to vote that away there and gun rights are excellent there!
Let's go fishing! I prefer to fish with others. I'm well equipped with plenty to share and have a vehicle with amazing off road capabilities to get us to even hard to reach fishing destinations. Let's team up! Private Message me to suggest I come to where you're fishing or plan a trip with me!
be prepared, be very prepared
Don't become a Zombie in The Great Collapse!
I'm using my BFT profile (revised 8/18/2018) as my personal dating website and posting my latest date invitations to single young BFT fisherladies with courage enough to put a worm on a hook. Movie dinner date proposal: Luxury recliner seat tickets for "LORE" on Tuesday, September 25 at Jordan Commons in Sandy and let's go water skiing for some cool fun on these hot days (Air Chair - see photograph in my profile) or off-roading with fishing and looking at dinosaur footprints (or what's left of them) this weekend!