A good friend of mine has moved down there for work and I should visit for few days. I could take the next week off and head down...So, last couple of months I have been eye balling conditions there and using SI for general prediction only to find out that it seems to generally...suck. I at least compared to OCMD and south NJ. I'll still visit but should I even bother to bring my board there? This weekend we might have a bump coming out way but that does not even register there. I could just ride my bike down and not even have to drive if I am not taking the board(s).
What am I to expect? I have never been there before and have never gotten out on east coast south of Frisco. Is there a good place for me to paddle out and get wet? Or will I need to rent a SUP and tool around wondering why am I not home in a warm water line up?
Charleston is an awesome town filled with old homes and a lot of history (at least the oldtown is). It's a great place to visit with lots to do and see. If your only going for a few days I might skip the surfboard and just enjoy the area. You could always bring the board and swing over to the outer banks on the way back although that's many hours out of the way.
folly beach in particular the washout is the surf scene of charleston. i can tell you from living here the surf is usually small to non existent. unless there is a nice swell showing on the charts your best bet is just renting a longboard on folly. like zippy said charleston is an awesome town with tons of history and better yet a college town. i dont know how old you are but if theres no waves theres still plenty to do like checking out all the bars and trying your luck with the college girls. remember this is the real south so bring your manners ; )
Other than the mediocre surf Charleston and Savannah are my favorite cities in the United States. If you go don't miss the Confederate Museum. It might be small and they charge a fee but it is one of the best civil war museums in the country.
The waves might be small but if your are desperate i would take a Kitesurfing lesson or rent a sup. Downtown is a blast on the weekends, as well as Center St. on Folly or the windjammer on IOP. Charleston has something for everyone, waves, women, history, beautiful people/places and smiling faces. Its the Friendliest and Most attractive city in America 3 or 4 years in a row. Dont be another toolbag from Jersey, as someone said bring your manners and you will have fun.
Last edited by ecoastprock; Sep 20, 2012 at 03:44 AM.
i know nothing about charleston (not even sure why i'm reading this thread, but that's swellinfo for ya) but i do know - unless it's a total hassle - that it's better to have a board and not use it than to want it and not have it...