Beware of the politics in SC. This is a RED State. I am an old fashioned Red (Commie) and this new designation for the Republican Party cracks me up.
Although the locals can be uptight about their politics for the most part Carolinians are very warm and open.
I surf IOP regularly. Small but surfable is what you can expect the majority of the time. Warm water though. We surf in a 3/2 throughout the cold months. Resort to boots and hoods for the coldest time. Just had to put on a full suit and this is a little actually a little early this year.
Charleston is known as a historical town with a drinking problem or a drinking town with a Historical problem. Take your pick, it's a laid back place. Urban Valium...Yumm.
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Was Hugo the one that took out the beach road and houses? Went on vacation to Folly a few years ago and the homeowner I was renting from told me about the road that used to be were the beach is.
On another note, I loved the mish mash of construction materials used to repair the houses down there. The random lumber and multi-colored mis-shaped plywood added to the DIY charm of the place but aren't there building codes in that town? None of that stuff would ever be allowed up here in VB.
Yup..direct hit...category 4...think it was the most destructive Hurricane ever money wise (but that was like 25 years ago so probably not any more).Was Hugo the one that took out the beach road and houses? Went on vacation to Folly a few years ago and the homeowner I was renting from told me about the road that used to be were the beach is.
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Just my .02 but if I move anywhere in the US it will be Wilmington/CB. WB is out as its been overrun by rich folks and they don't like my kind hanging around THEIR beach. Yes they own the whole damn thing now and the cops will back them up. Dirtbag surfers are not welcome.
As for Wilmington area vs. Charleston...I think most have covered the surf. I've never surfed Chucktown but seems like everyone agrees Southern NC is better. Beyond that, what are you looking for culture wise? Chucktown has a lot of old money, country club types. Lots of great restaurants and beautiful architecture but there is no underground culture scene that I could find, which is where I dwell. Spent 5 nights there and the first three nights we couldn't find a single bar playing music that didn't make me want to stab my ears out. (Afternoon Delight? really???) Had to go off the beaten path and finally found a little dive bar on the fourth night that was actually playing decent music, but that was about all it had to offer. Pop culture and disco meat markets everywhere. Tons of hot chicks but they all struck me as the spoiled rich girl type. Although spoiled rich girls do tend to love dirtbag surfers that their daddy hates...
Wilmington has a much more vibrant underground skate\surf\music\culture scene. Wilmington also has several good restaurants. If you're young and single..well they call it UNC Womenton for a reason. Plenty of hotties around. Up to your personal tastes, but if you're into the country club/golf scene and want (and can afford) to eat out at a different great restaurant every night then Chucktown is the place. Me, I'm more of the steak on the grill, punk/metal on the radio, and PBR crowd.
Again just my personal tastes, apologies in advance to anyone in Chucktown that takes exception to my comments.
Also there are several islands in South NC that may be more up your alley, and for quaint towns Southport is very nice.
Good luck, feel free to PM me of you want more details.
My take on SC (Charleston area) and the local surf scene (Folly Beach):
1. Place for most part has great weather year round, gets cold for a little bit but you can deal with it.
2. Charleston is a pretty cool place to cruise around.
3. Lots and lots and lots of girls if your single.
4. Lots and lots and lots of nice people as well as rich, stuck-up, arrogant southern folk.
5. Lots and lots and lots of people from the northeast who have moved there.
6. Great affordable housing developments, pretty much everything is currently being built or has been built over the past 5-10 years (especially in the Mount Pleasant area).
7. The area has its crime issues just like anywhere.
Folly surf scene:
8. Folly surf scene is ok. Definitely some people that rip and also guys killing it on the longboards.
9. Berts and Taco Boy rules.
10. Lots and lots and lots of weirdo hippies and drug addicts. There are, however, a lot of nice local peoples that are stoked all the time.
11. Waves there are less than average. Specifically inconsistent, small, weak. They do get good runs of consistent clean surf from time to time. Folly catches the most swell because of its exposure. Other places such as IOP, Sullivans, etc.. are usually 1/2 the size.
12. No Pop Outs?!?
13. Gets crowded. All those students from Charleston flock to the line-ups and create an absolute mess for the locals and people that can actually surf. I don't understand how I have never seen someone get there ass kicked in the line-up there.
.....and I have never been to Wilmington, so I cannot add to that side of the debate.
Not to sure about folly, but I surfed wrightsville as a kid every summer and it seemed fairly consistent. I hear the winter hits harder, wish I had means to make it over there more often.... Don't know about hipsters and bs. But every beach access held a bar with with something fun every day for me. Maybe I was just lucky, but that's not likely. **** that was minus cold fronts in the winter