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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    Correct. Its really the only notable spot on any map down there. I just didn't want to ruffle any local feathers. I guess its obviously no secret =)

    But yeah, a couple buddies told me that when swell arrives on HHI, the gaskin banks etc kill quiet a bit of power as the swells come in. So they said when swell is there, 99% of the island can still be ankle high. And then you get to Burkes, and there is a decent (chest high) wave. I looked at google maps, and from the photo they took, it looks like there are waves breaking at burkes, and literally not a ripple throughout the whole rest of the island....

    I knew no one with experience there would come out and tell me that HHI is the pipeline of the east coast and gets incredible or anything. I just have heard from some guys I know that they have caught fun swell down on HHI, while others have told me more of a "There is never anything there" kind of thing....

    I guess I will have to hope Burkes will pick up some swell throughout my visits...

    Stoney: I for SURE am bringing the clubs... That place is SICK for golf... too bad the cheapest green fees down there are like $150... CRAZY! and that is for the cheap, low budget courses... Harbour Town and all those PGA courses are like $300+ for 18 holes!!!!

    I currently play Torrey Pines South for $36!!!! HHI is freakin expensive to golf!
    Actually I played 18 holes for a 65.00 fee. It depends on what time of day you play. It seems there is about 20 local surfers on the island. I met a guy named John that was a really killer dude. Everyone seemed pretty laid back there. I'm just sad that I'm missing the swell for this coming Tuesday.

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    Good sh**. Thanks a lot for all the good info guys. Much appreciated. Have fun next week when the waves hit.

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    Yeah, if your into just some laid back knee to waist riding a log sorta thing stay at Hilton but when the swell picks up and your ready to ride your shorty I would deff pack up and take a drive to the folly. Deff worth it. And I wouldnt be mentioning the secret spots on here, if they locals find out about it yourr deaddd brah

  4. #14
    I moved to SC from MD a couple of years back and have had the chance to surf most of the SC coast. Yes, Folly is better than anywhere else in the state. That being said, don't expect much.

    We had a good hurricane season last year -- checkout Waves in Our Pocket as it documented the year of good surf. I've had the opportunity to surf most of the East Coast from New Hampshire through Florida as well as quite a bit of Cali and Costa Rica so I have a diverse perspective for what's it worth...

    IF and WHEN there are hurricanes, you'll find waves with some push. Any other time -- better get a longboard or at least a fun shape. I've been a shortboarder since I started surfing 28 years ago and am now shopping for my first log -- what does that tell you? I too am at the age whereby I get satisfaction from just being in the water so I'm looking forward to "logging" for the first time.

    I guess there are "secret spots" everywhere but I had to laugh at the comment regarding SC... Just sayin...

    All that being said, I enjoy it here. Cost is living is right, people are nice and the weather is good for the most part. And yes, the golf is good as well. If we have the opportunity to relocate and be near the Atlantic, we've decided we're headed to NC...

    Enjoy when you visit!

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    Zach

    I have lived and surfed on Hilton Head Island for 22 years. The reason I havent replied is that I have been in Melbourne Fl. surfing. I started surfing on North Forest Beach which has a good sand break near Jacana St. But you have to know someone who lives there to park. The rich own it all! The most popular break is Burkes because it is free to park and has the folly twisting by it to create another sand break. We usually have 2-3 foot swells with larger sets in storms. We also have sand banks surrounding the island that break up the good swell before it hits us. Our biggest problem is the tides. We are so shallow and have 8 foot tidal changes which create their own swells. Problem is that if the tides not coming in - it is flat - even on good days. So we have only a 2-3 hr. window to surf. Too bad if high tides are in the dark! We also have Hunting Island to the norht and Tybee to the south. I dont know why everybody is talking Folly Island and Myrtle Beach - they are as alien to people down south here as California or Hawaii. Hell, Myrtle B. is probaly 400 miles away. Dont know - never been there. We live closer to Savannnah. We go on day trips to Jacksonville which is usually firing. If you come here - bring a long board! If you play golf - STAY AWAY! We have enough riche snobs not allowing us access to our beaches! And to the guy who said there are only 20 surfers on HHI - needs to come here.
    There are app. 350 surfers on this island I would say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCislander View Post
    I have lived and surfed on Hilton Head Island for 22 years. The reason I havent replied is that I have been in Melbourne Fl. surfing. I started surfing on North Forest Beach which has a good sand break near Jacana St. But you have to know someone who lives there to park. The rich own it all! The most popular break is Burkes because it is free to park and has the folly twisting by it to create another sand break. We usually have 2-3 foot swells with larger sets in storms. We also have sand banks surrounding the island that break up the good swell before it hits us. Our biggest problem is the tides. We are so shallow and have 8 foot tidal changes which create their own swells. Problem is that if the tides not coming in - it is flat - even on good days. So we have only a 2-3 hr. window to surf. Too bad if high tides are in the dark! We also have Hunting Island to the norht and Tybee to the south. I dont know why everybody is talking Folly Island and Myrtle Beach - they are as alien to people down south here as California or Hawaii. Hell, Myrtle B. is probaly 400 miles away. Dont know - never been there. We live closer to Savannnah. We go on day trips to Jacksonville which is usually firing. If you come here - bring a long board! If you play golf - STAY AWAY! We have enough riche snobs not allowing us access to our beaches! And to the guy who said there are only 20 surfers on HHI - needs to come here.
    There are app. 350 surfers on this island I would say.
    Cool, thanks for the info. Yeah, some people were telling me about the crazy tidal changes there. Some others spoke of the sand banks that are off shore, breaking up swell. Which is bad for surf, but I suppose if they weren't there then who knows what Hilton Head would even be at this point. Those same banks probably protect the beaches during heavy hurricanes as well.

    But yeah, I was interested in the surf specifically there on HHI. I know Folly gets good from what I hear, but again, Unless im really strapped for waves a 2 hour drive north isnt something you can do all the time... Ive just noticed that there is really not a lot of data, photos, video etc of surfing on HHI. I found thousands of sites with Folly photos and videos... Only thing ive seen (online) on HHI are some SUP and longboard shots and video.... wannasurf.com has about 20 photos of various days of surf on HHI, and all 20 of those photos look pretty fun....

    I was just thinking that maybe those offshore banks are just mainly off the central and southern protion of the island, since Burkes and the north end actually break while the rest of the island doesn't. I thought maybe the banks end a little south of there so swell sneaks around and into burkes....

    I have been trying to find a bathymetric map of the S.C. coast. I have not been able to find any nautical maps or anything of the hilton head island coast... Google imaging doesnt get close enough to see the bottom contours... I will keep look for one... Usually if I good underwater obstructions or shipwrecks, it will show data about water depth, sand banks and wreckage... I couldnt find one of HHI though...

    Thanks for the info though...

    P.S. Surfing is what I do. Its completely my passion. But I do golf as well. I turned 30 last year, and I live in San Diego. I feel like everyone I know is a golfer, so I play around with it now. Im not super serious about it, but I will for sure be bringing clubs to HHI =) But don't worry, I'm not a rich snob, I will be lucky if I can even afford 1 tee time while im there!!! And trust me, I would much rather be surfing... But as you know, getting surf there specifically can be a crap shoot. If im there for a flat spell, I will go hack up some fareways... I have a mean slice, so maybe I will take out a few windows of those empty mansions along the fairways!

    Thanks again!

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    SCIslander! After I posted that, I noticed you had photos on your swellinfo account. I checked them out. Those first 3 look great! Those look like some seriously fun waves on HHI during the igor swell. Best conditions I've seen in the photos i've come across. Nice!

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    Hhi

    I forgot about Hunting Island. It does have some pretty consistent surf in terms of size, swell direction and break zones. It's a state park, though, and getting there from HHI can take a while...but it's a scenic drive. In terms of golf, let me know when you get here and I can hook you up in HH Plantation. I'm pretty sure I can get the pro at Bear Creek to give you a rate that isn't stupid. I don't play, but he's offered lessons to me and some mutual friends for $50/hour.

  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by SCislander View Post
    If you play golf - STAY AWAY!
    So Kelly Slater is not welcome in Hilton Head by you because he plays golf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    SCIslander! After I posted that, I noticed you had photos on your swellinfo account. I checked them out. Those first 3 look great! Those look like some seriously fun waves on HHI during the igor swell. Best conditions I've seen in the photos i've come across. Nice!
    Most of the great pics are on FB with my friends. We have good days. We also have some hard core cold water dawn patrol fanatics. It's either that or be depressed. I havent got to surf here in month or so. On HHI - all aspects must come together. Tide time & height, swell height and direction, wind, weather, etc.

    alright you 'golfing yankees' - GOLF IS GOOD! I dont do it but if it wasnt for Golf - HHI would be as empty and poor as the rest of SC. If it wasnt for the Golfers - I wouldnt make all my money to buy surfboards!

    Kelly Slater has no reason to come here unless it is to play golf - but I can assure you - his rich ass would be behind Plantation gates where you and I are not allowed to even enter with a board. Down here it is more in the line of the Hobgoods. They surf in the morning, gator hunt in the afternoon, and attend Babtist church in the evening.

    Good luck on your observations of HHI - but dont get to analitical. The science of surfing is left a little shy in our shallow coastal lowcountry.

    PS ... Keep Surfing!