Charleston’s coast is interrupted by dozens of barrier islands that stick out into the Atlantic, which help create beautiful swells that have surfers foaming at the mouth. Charleston’s surfing community revolves around Folly Beach, known for its low-key, noncommercial coastline as well as for being one of the most popular spots on the Carolina coast for surfers, kayak surfers, and coastal paddlers alike.
The Folly Beach community is very welcoming to those in search of waves or places to paddle around town, and locals will happily point you in the direction of the best swell, which most of the time happens at The Washout. Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palms all have a reputation as laid-back, quiet beach communities that love their surfers.
In turn, local surfers have taken excellent care of the resources, and are the first ones to fill you in on our inconsistent, choppy waves; which produced a humble and welcoming surfing community known for making the best of any size swell.