Hopefully you got a chance to check the Trestles Gallery from the last Pacific South Swell. While Jason Kenworhy nailed the flyboys using lowers as their own little skate park, there was some south swell in the Atlantic as well.
In fact, with the change of the seasons, low pressure systems are taking a different track across the country now. That means south swells instead of the constant barrage of beefy nor'easters (for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast at least) that lasted all winter. Regularfooters aren't too upset about the situation.
And similarly to California, this swell actually stuck around a few days instead of taking off the next morning, leaving us to feel cheap and used. But that's where the similarities end. While everyone gets to boost Trestles in a nice stretchy 3/2, the boots and gloves are still pretty mandatory on the Right Coast. Surfers on the West Coast have a pretty good idea which reefs will be breaking, while East Coasters have to scout out which sandbars are hot week to week.
But then there's the "round" factor.