5 Things to Know about Surfing in Charleston
While Charleston may not be the first destination on your list when thinking of best surf cities in the world, it does still have a lot to offer when it comes to surfing. Hitting the water at just the right time and under the right conditions, can leave you with one of the best surfing experiences you have ever had. Even if you are not an avid surfer, Charleston waters still have a lot to offer novice surfers. Here are five things you should know when surfing in Charleston, SC:
We do not live in the most wave-rich state on the East Coast, however conditions can get really good here.
While Florida and the Outer Banks of North Carolina may be more wave-rich destinations, Charleston can get some good swells from time to time. Folly Beach, specifically, has a varied coastline with jetties making it a great spot for novice and more advanced surfers to find spots that meets their needs. If you are looking to catch the best waves, Hurricane Season (June-November) is typically the best time to venture out.
You have to be dedicated and willing to surf every type of condition if you want to surf a lot in Charleston. Be prepared to surf in the wind!
Again, with Hurricane Season bringing us the biggest and best swells of the year, you have to be prepared to surf in less than ideal conditions. Be prepared to venture out on rainy, gray, muggy, windy days to catch some of the best and most memorable waves.
Explore Folly: although Folly Beach is small you can get away from the crowds if you want. Try to find sandbars with no crowds.
While most surfers on Folly Beach hang out in a specific area designated as the "Washout", there are many other great surfing locations along the beach. Prior to heading out, check surf cameras and surf reports to see where the best waves are that day. Surf Cameras like Surfchex and Surfline will also give you a glimpse into how crowded the area is at the time. Currently there are surf cameras set up monitoring the Folly Beach Pier and the Washout area.
You need to be a strong paddler.
It is usually windy and drifty be prepared to paddle against the current. If you can hold your spot in the line up and at the peak you will be able to get solid waves. Be prepared to work for the good waves!
If you have the day off or some spare time head to the beach— there is usually something to ride, and getting in the water is always worth it!
Sometimes it is best to just go with the flow instead of waiting for just the perfect time to catch the perfect wave. Take advantage of your downtime and head to the beach. There truly is no better way to relax than catching some waves at the beach. Don't stress trying to get the perfect wave!