I never said daddy's money or rich, i meant not dirt poor. Also considering you live on the east coast (if your username is logical), it should not be that hard to get to a beach. I live near boston and a nice beach is only a 45 minute drive. It really shouldn't be that big a deal for you.
Same could get to Lake Michigan in like 20 mins by train. But I have also been to both coasts, as well as Hawaii and Ireland. I would be surprised if anyone on a skiing website had not been to an ocean considering how most skiers live in the east and west portions of the country, in addition to the fact that most skiers have a decent amount of money.
fishing for striper last summer we saw multiple great whites just chilling 10-50 yards from our boat. i swear you don't know the definition of the word "ominous" until you see one of those fins just gliding through the water.
my families house on Nantucket is ON the beach on surfside. And I go to the Vinyard for a while too with my stepdads side of the family. But right now I am on vacation in Cali (live in VT). Taking a surfing lesson tomorrow. So stoked! so yes I have been to the beach