So, I am planning a trip with my wife and 1 year old daughter in September. We are going to Hilton Head Island to stay in a time share with her parents. We are there checking the area out and having a week or so vacation. We are considering relocating down there in the near future, as my wife has relatives and family there already.
Anyway, I know the surf patterns there. I understand that it can be a huge crap shoot to get waves, but at least it will be in september, which is one of the best months down there with hurricane season. Are there any shops that rent out decent shortboards on the island? I would like to not pay bag fees etc. or pay for a board and maybe not see waves. Anyway, let me know how easy it is to get a hold of a decent board for a day or 2 down there. Im not trying to longboard (unless its pretty small) and I know a lot of town up in the midatlantic only rent out foamies and junky boards.
Just send you a PM but i figured id post it here too. Ive read a couple of your posts about relocating the EC. I dont know if you have considered it but i would take a kitesurfing lesson while in HHI. I recently picked it up and it has been an absolute godsend as far as keeping busy between swells. In the past 5 years kiting has revolutionized the safety and convenience of the sport and it has become much much cheaper and easier to get into. HHI is one of the best spots on the EC for kiting and has a couple great spots. Im sure your aware of the horrible flat spells we go thru here on the EC but kiting is something you can do 5 days a week. It keeps you in the water and in surf shape so when waves finally do come your body is used to going fast and smashing waves to pieces. Its really fun to learn, you will pick it up fast with the board skills you already possess and the power is instantly addictive. No crowds, the danger factor scares away the kooks, the expense keeps the groms away, there is wind almost every day and you can absolutely smash 1-3 ft waves with the power of the kite. Check out this video and take a lesson when you go to HHI!
I've lived there, Sept is my favorite month to surf there, still boardshorts and I swear last year we had waves for the whole month
September you will score. no crowds, no bathers, board shorts, and TS or hurricane swells. its the only consistent surf we get. but if you do catch it on a good swell it still might be better to hit hunting island. No board rentals here but there is a lot of SUP rentals.
From what I've been reading we are supposed to have a good season. so you should catch it. fingers crossed.