Best Post-Surf Food in Charleston

Our favorite CHS eats after a day in the water.

Every surfer has their pre/post surf routines. One of the most important and our favorites is where to eat after six hours in the water. There are so many really good places in Charleston (and Folly Beach) it can sometimes be overwhelming. So to help you out we have made a list of our top four places to eat after surfing. 

1. Huriyali - Huriyali is our go to spot to grab a bite to eat and drink after a morning surf. They offer an insane variety of fresh pressed juices, smoothies, acai bowls, and sandwiches in their original space and now they offer way more in their market located right next door. Located on Huger Street (downtown Charleston) it isn't the closest place after a surf but trust us, it's significantly better than any other similar establishments closer to Folly. Our usual order usually consists of the dragon berry smoothie, dragon berry acai bowl, and the organic turkey panini, which we eat in the back garden. No better place to eat healthy and relax after a morning surf!

2. Brown's Court Cafe - Another quick and easy option, Brown's Court offers really tasty breakfast sandwiches and some insane breakfast pastries including cinnamon rolls and doughnuts. Definitely not the healthiest option, but sometimes you've got to treat yourself. They also have great coffee to fuel up for the rest of the day. Tasty, quick, and easy to get to.

 
Early morning Folly Beach. Where to eat after this session?

Early morning Folly Beach. Where to eat after this session?

 

3. Circe's Grotto - Circe's Grotto is special to us because Reed and I both worked there when our good friend Nick Stella opened up in the fall of 2014. Circe's offers Charleston's best (and biggest) sandwiches for a very reasonable price. You cannot got wrong ordering off the menu. We would recommend the Turkey Melt, Breakfast Burrito, and the Caprese. They also have great outdoor seating to enjoy the weather or to get some work done. Head in and tell Nick we sent you!

4. XBB - This is our recommendation for a post-surf dinner spot. Xao Bao Biscuit is on the corner of Rutledge and Spring Street. They offer a 50/50 mix of indoor and outdoor seating. Can't go wrong either way. The restaurant was converted from an old gas station and has tons of charm and subtle designs that make it very laid back and a fun place to grab dinner and some drinks. We've had everything on the menu and can honestly say everything is incredibly unique and one-of-a-kind. As far as I'm concerned there is no other food like it in the greater Charleston area. 

Best Surf Cars for CHS

What makes the best surf car for the Low Country?

I have always been a car lover and am fascinated by the different types of vehicles I see transporting surfboards to the beach everyday. You end up seeing some pretty ridiculous stuff. Like a Porsche with a 7 foot fun board in the front seat or a lifted F-250 with a short board strapped to the roof. There is no shortage of bizarre ways to transport your board to the beach, but I prefer to do it a little more thought out. This summer I decided to document some of my favorite surf cars based on functionality, but mainly aesthetics. Let me start of by saying I am very biased because my life revolves around surfing and transporting surf gear. My needs are definitely a little more extreme than the weekend surfer who just needs a car that will fit their board.  

For the sake of this "review" lets just assume all the cars below or used for the sole purpose of surfing and would not be daily drivers. I love any older model 4x4 that has that classic surf car look. Old Jeep Wranglers, Land Rover Defenders, Broncos, and FJs are some of the classics that I love. Over the summer I managed to spot some pretty cool ones. There is something so nostalgic about these vehicles. Every time I spot a one I immediately think of sand in the tire tread, wetsuits in the trunk, and late evening surfs parked on the dunes. 

What makes all these cars (trucks) great though? Is it the ease of throwing a board and wetsuit in the bed? Is it the feeling you get driving it? Is it the way the car makes you feel? To me its a mix of all of these things and it all really depends on what you're looking for. I guess for me, it's the feeling the car gives me. All of the cars below remind me of being a kid and my first job working at Nantucket Surfari. There's no better feeling than finishing a day of work/surfing with the crew hanging in the parking lot having a sunset beer with wet wetsuits piled into the bed of trucks. 

 
 

Unlike back north, here in Charleston there's no real need for a 4x4 but if you plan to travel to Florida or to OBX it's always a nice thing to have. A Subaru may be a better choice for a daily driver and a surf car, but for me nothing will be better than a big 4x4 to pack all your buddies and gear into. 

It may seem cliche and stupid but cars play a huge role in our surfing lives. The amount of time spent driving up and down the coast chasing hurricane swell or even just a typical day checking the different spots on Folly Beach, we spend a lot of time in our cars with the people we surf with. Piling all your gear and friends and going to "check the next spot" is a daily occurrence so why not do it in style?  

 

 

2017 Hurricane Season Update

Irma/Maria Affects on Charleston

The tropics have been active this fall! Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people who have been affected by the multiple hurricanes we've had during the past few weeks. Its very unfortunate that Texas, Florida, and now the Caribbean Islands are dealing with some worst case scenarios, but it is the reality of living on the coast or in the islands. Too often we forget the potential threat that these storm systems pose to our vulnerable cities and towns. This fall has been a rude awakening! We are thinking of all our friends in Puerto Rico and hoping they can come out the other side of Maria stronger and more united. 

Here in Charleston, we got very lucky with the track of Irma. Charleston especially vulnerable to the storm surge associated with hurricanes and a landfall event similar to Hugo (89') would have been devastating. We are in a low lying region and our beaches are susceptible to massive beach erosion. This is especially true for Folly Beach. Even without large surf, Folly erodes on a yearly basis and depends on re-nourishment to sustain the beach. The Irma swell has eroded the entire beach and at high tide there are only a few spots that have more than 5 feet of beach left. I have seen the Army Corp of Engineers taking measurements and other data which I assume means they are preparing for another re-nourishment project. 

In terms of waves, Irma and Maria brought significant swell to our region and we definitely had our moments of great conditions. The Irma swell was plagued by strong NNE winds that made for drifty conditions. But, even with the drift there were some really fun waves to be had. The Maria swell started filtering in this weekend and peaked at a little over head on the sets. This swell is still plagued by N wind but if you're willing to hold your spot in the line up you can catch some gems. We still haven’t seen a perfect day of off shore winds yet but hard to complain since we have been surfing non-stop for three weeks with another three days ahead of us. 

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