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  1. #1
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    Surf near Charleston SC / Folly Beach

    Alright so I might have to relocate to the Charleston SC area for a job, anyone know if there's enough surf there to go regularly. I've been surfing VA beach / obx for the last few years, and surfed mostly cocoa and Satellite beach before that. Anyone have any idea how it compares to those places?? I know it's not as good as OBX or Sebastion Inlet, but I'm hoping it's at least better than VA Beach... Would it be comparable to most of central / northeast Florida? I've seen Pictures of Folly firing but not sure about consistancy..
    Last edited by Ecsrfr26; Jan 10, 2011 at 02:06 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ecsrfr26 View Post
    Alright so I might have to relocate to the Charleston area for a job for the next few years, anyone know if there's enough surf there to go regularly. I'm used to surfing crappy waves I know it's the east coast. I've been surfing VA beach / obx for the last few years, and surfed the cocoa beach / Satellite beach area before that. Anyone have any idea how it compares to those places?? I know it's not as good is OBX, but I'm hoping it's at least better than VA Beach... Would it be comparable to the east coast of Florida?
    less consistent than VA beach, less consistent than Cocoa. But hey, Charlestion a cooler city than either one.

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by Ecsrfr26 View Post
    Alright so I might have to relocate to the Charleston area for a job for the next few years, anyone know if there's enough surf there to go regularly. I'm used to surfing crappy waves I know it's the east coast. I've been surfing VA beach / obx for the last few years, and surfed the cocoa beach / Satellite beach area before that. Anyone have any idea how it compares to those places?? I know it's not as good is OBX, but I'm hoping it's at least better than VA Beach... Would it be comparable to the east coast of Florida?
    folly is prolly the best spot in sc. and the ladies in charleston are tops on the east coast.

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    Is it really LESS consistant than VA beach? Omg I hope not I figured it had to be better than that. Damn I heard Folly could actually get pretty good, haven't heard much about how often there's waves though.

    Keep in mind if you went to VB during ECSC those conditions aren't normal. Fall is the only reasonable season we get. And there's SO many surfers, it will get packed in the dead middle of winter if there's a swell in the water. Parking is a B#tch too.
    Last edited by Ecsrfr26; Jan 10, 2011 at 03:56 AM.

  5. #5
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    Check out this blog http://follysurf.blogspot.com/

    Every swell in the past year and a half has been documented.

  6. #6
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    Didn't see any swell documentation on the link, just photography... Is there any way I can get a history of surf over the last year or two. Anyone know?

  7. #7
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    Every post is dated and has a detailed description of the waves and wave quality along with pics. What other documentation were you looking for?

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by Ecsrfr26 View Post
    Is it really LESS consistant than VA beach? Omg I hope not I figured it had to be better than that. Damn I heard Folly could actually get pretty good,
    yup...i've caught folly good as well. not saying it cant get good, just that it seems a little less consistent than VA Beach, probably due to the HUGE amount of outer shelf, and north swell blockage by NC.

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    So Folly does get good, really good. And that being said, I certainly have not caught all of the swells this year but they have been documented so you can see for yourself. The one's I did catch were a blast and were legit waves.

    I moved to SC from MD where I surfed for many years and used think OCMD was fickle. SC has put things into perspective for me... While I will always consider SC my 2nd home (my wife is from here), I'm glad to know that we'll be moving back to MD -- at least from a waves perspective. While I know this year has been good as a whole, it is still very inconsistent. Just calling it like it is... I've heard all the reasons why including how the continental shelf plays into things but for a place that goes off when it's good, I sure wish it did it more often.

    It's a cool place especially the greater Charleston area. I could think of worse places to live but don't be counting on the consistency being any better than what you're used too -- in fact, I would suggest looking an alternate hobby for the flat days. You'll get really good at whatever you decide on...

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    There's a bar back on the marsh side of the island a couple miles south of the washout that steams oysters and just dumps the whole pile right in the shells steaming on picnic tables out on the deck looking over the marsh at sunset. Epic...it might sound odd steaming oysters but what a blast.