Charleston's Best Spots for Fueling Up Before and After Surfing

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If waiting too long in the line-up really puts a damper on your surf session, you're probably the one that hits the beach super early in the morning or later in the evening. This tends to be the case with the more seasoned surf veterans who hang around the Washout or by the Folly Beach Pier. Who knows, you may be thrown into the early bird or night owl category simply because you have a 9 to 5 job, and the only time you get to surf is after hours. Either way, you're going to need some liquid fuel in the morning, and a tasty meal at night to find your balance before and after a surf session.

As it starts to warm up and the days start getting longer, we're going to be able to stay out in the waves longer. That means low-test gas station coffee and cereal bars just aren't going to give you the energy you need to shred all morning or night. Don't fear: we've put together a step by step guide to ensure your tank is full, and that you won't have to end your session due to the munchies.

Surfing On Folly

A.M.  Before hitting the Washout, go to Lost Dog Cafe . Lost Dog is hands down the best breakfast on the island, and opens up early to cater to all of the hungry surfers that frequent the establishment. Incredible coffee, breakfast burritos, fresh fruit...you name it, Lost Dog has it, and it's damn good. The best advice we can give you is to just remember that you drove out to Folly to surf, and not chill in Lost Dog all day and stuff your face...although that is certainly welcomed.

P.M.  When it gets too dark to stay out in the water, throw a towel and some sandals on and head in to Bert’s Market. Picture a Whole Foods Market compacted into the size of a convenience store, stuffed with prepared foods, all the snacks you could hope for, and tasty local brews to help you unwind and taper off your surfing high. Bert's is open 24 hours, so you never have to worry about going hungry. Their motto says it all: We may doze...but we never close.

Logan Waddell

Surfing on Sullivans

A.M.  Sullivans' best kept secret,  The Co-Op , is the perfect place to run in and grab some Charleston Coffee Roasters coffee, and one of the best breakfast sandwiches possibly in the universe. The Co-Op is a favorite breakfast spot among the locals, but not very well known among out-of-towners, so it's never too crowded. If you're wise, you'll grab a to-go portion of Ms. Sherry's chicken salad and some pita chips to save for later, but be careful, it leads to a full on addiction.

P.M.  We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Poe's Tavern has got the burgers that will keep you coming back for more. Not to mention one hell of a porch to kick back at after a long evening of surfing. Ice cold local beers are always on tap, and friendly faces are everywhere. Scarf down a burger and fries from Poe’s, and you'll be feeling fully replenished immediately.

Surfing on Isle of Palms

A.M.  Although it's not located on IOP, chances are you will pass the Coleman Public House on your way out there. Go inside, order absolutely anything of the menu, and you will be more than satisfied and ready to take on the day, no matter how early it is. If you've got a buddy willing to drive you the rest of the way to IOP, have a bloody Mary or two with breakfast, Coleman Public House has one of the best.

Logan Waddell

P.M.  On the way back from the beach, stop inside The Shelter and refuel with an awesome meal. Almost every night when the weather starts to get warmer, you'll see dozens of kindred, salty spirits hanging out on The Shelter's deck and arguing over who had the best wave. The ones who aren't talking have a huge, delicious burger in their face.

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