I surf Tybee all the time. It is my home break. I have never surfed Hilton Head but have some friends that surf there all the time. I think tybee sticks out a little more and is usually bigger than hilton head. Tybee also use to have sandbars much farther out than hilton but since tybee recently got dreged and there hasnt been a chance for the bard to build back up. The waves are still fun though, 2nd street on tybee is usually the best break in the area for big windswells and for super clean waves. Otherwise the pier is the best bet and on South swells chest high or bigger there is a North side wedge that beaks directly off the T in the pier and is a fun right. Also, ther is a secret spot that only breaks a few days a year. I really don't know if Tybee sticks out more but it definatly picks up more swell than HH.
wikipedia defines low country as the entire south carolia coastal counties with more dominant ones on the middle to southside.
so what makes tybee so muc better. I have heard for years that tybee is the most consistent area, but its in northern georgia right?
does it have a deeper continental shelf? does it stick out off the shore? what is it?
I don't believe that the continental shelf is any closer.
Yes, it is in northern Georgia. When you are on the north end of Tybee you can see Hilton Head. It is even so close that guys have SUPed from TYB to HHI. Tybee is basically Savannah's beach and the only thing that really seperates HH and TYB is the mouth of the Savannah River
Without hijacking the thread, I do want to thank all for the good information found within. Without pissing and moaning too much, I just moved from MD to Columbia, SC -- does it get any worse?!?!?!? I guess it does... It's our ultimate goal to get closer to the coast sooner than later but that's going to be dictated by the job situation as I was laid off for the 2nd time in a year right after Christmas...
I've been lurking to find out more info on surfing SC\GA and certainly appreciate the insight. I'll be lurking and likely firing off a bunch more questions.
Man, I am sorry you moved to Columbia.... I lived there for a bit and was happy to get out. There is some fun to be had in that town but you can figure out the entire place within a month. People from Cola will tell you the great thing about the city is that it is two hours away from the beach and two hours away from the mountains and while that is true, you're still two hours away from everything. Nevertheless, you can get to some decent surf here in Folly beach or hop on 95 and get to wilmington, NC in about 4 hours.
Thanks for the vote of confidence ClemsonSurf! Just bustin your balls. Frankly, while not ideal, it made the most sense for me to move to Columbia. My girlfriend lives here; has a mackin home and; a really good job that she telecommutes. Me being without work and wanting to get to warmer weather, made the somewhat painful decision to make the move. I would never had done it without her being committed to moving closer to the coast sooner than later. That being said -- it's not all the bad. Her parents live right on Lake Murrray with a boat (wakeboarding) and have a house at Edisto (Hunting Island).
I maybe landlocked for now but it's not going to stay that way!
I didn't mean to come off so negatively, it sounds like you've got a good situation and a little sugar mama too. Plus, you're going in the right direction. Cola has got a lot of nice parks and there is tons of wildlife around there... I went tubing down the broad river that runs right through the town and actually saw some river otters playing around on the bank. There is a cool spot on the river at the end of the Riverbanks Zoo parking lot where people sit out on the rocks with their dogs and enjoy the weather.
You gotta understand, I went to Clemson so I gotta hate the Shamecocks.
I know you didn't mean anything by your comments... Your not the first to test my judgement on this one! A very good situation is what I have and I'm certain it's going to lead me to my ideal living situation (I keep telling myself that at least...)...
I've learned one thing in the short time I've been here -- I'm not getting into the whole Clemson\Cocks thing. It's almost like everyone down here telling me that Maryland isn't part of the South. My history books indicated that the Mason Dixon line is between MD and PA. Everyone acts as if I'm Mason or Dixon and put the damn line in the wrong spot... Oh well -- "Southern-history" I guess...
All I have to say is I bleed Terrapin brother!!! Go Terps!
Dude, MD & PA are 'yankee states'. I don't think the Mason Dixon is between them. I will look more into it however. Also - OF COURSE Tybee sticks out more than HHI. The island sits back into sort of a large cove where Port Royal Sound comes in to meet the Colleton River to the North and Tybee And Daufuskee Islands to the south. We get Tybee left overs. The Continental Shelf slows the swell down for the SE coast for sure. Look at a map guys. My friends SUP to Tybee from HHI all the time. You can see it clearly from the south end of HHI. And I doubt if you can ride waves on The Great Lakes like you can on HHI. I have dropped in on clean 6 footers here before. I have surfed all the hurricanes and tropical storms here. There are lots of waves. It is usually longboard small but we have our low pressure too. We will of course never be SoCal but we are prouder of our Southern areas. Long live the Confederacy! Just kiddin...
I was born in Frederick MD. The mason dixon line runs right above NORTHERN MD. Making the whole state southern.
I played baseball in the MASON DIXON baseball league in MD.
Baltimore is all southern if you want to get technical. I lived there for ten years. Terrible jumbled accents, southern cooking. Everyone in baltimore hates people from NYC, Jerz and phili. We dont consider our self confederate flag southern, what with all the racial implications.
And not to bring up a horrible statistic, but Maryland was the Final state to abolish slavery. Its an ugly truth.
P.S. I bleed terps blood too!
Ocean City is my home break from back in the day, but its just so cold!!!!