There sure seem to be a lot of complaining about crowds at OB lately, what with the overall good October conditions. Here's a suggestion: Quit whining and get your ass out of bed early, you bum.
On a sunny weekend, everything in SF is crowded, not just OB. Weekday at 6:30am? Not so much. Overcast? Desolate.
If you don't need to be anywhere before 9:00am and you were not in the water for this morning's dawn patrol--or for that matter, any DP in the last month (or decade?)--my humble opinion is that your complaining is unjustified. And frankly, not very becoming either. As usual, this morning I saw all of four people in the water, all of them surfing different peaks.
It's a big freakin' beach. Most of the time, you can find an empty peak. Try paddling. Want crowded? Try Steamer Lane, Rincon, Lowers, or heck, Bondi.
Have a good 2012-13 season.