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It is the cloud break to the north of the surfing break "berts"
DistanceIn the city
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionNorthWest, West
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementFalling tide
- Rips / undertow
Rarely breaks, but if the swell is really lined up, or some freak reason occurs, and the sand bars are right, a sectioney left will apear, often weak, but sometimes the swell has enough strength to break hard on the take off, and will back off and then reconect with the inside bars, making a pretty long ride, at least for SC.
I lived on breach inlet, so I always had the opportunity to watch those outside sand bars, and sometimes they are a lot bigger than they look (and berts for that matter), and rarely some of those sand bars would line up perfect for long waves (Agian in SC terms). But PLEASE BE CAREFUL THOSE CURRENTS MOVE FAST, NEVER SURF ALONE OUT THERE, I did, and it really is not much fun (plus my mom would have whipped my ass). All you can think about is sharks, rays, and becoming another breach inlet drowning
I lived and surfed those bars all my Laing and Wando years, and got it really good only a handfull of times, so it hardly breaks, and needs a really low tide to work. (and how often do the words droping tide and constant/building swell occur in SC) but a few days in particular were well worth the occasional glaces out towards 3rd bar, it can produce VERY Very hollow, long lefts, like a real wave. Also if a SE swell has a lot line to it, check out the next bar over from 3rd bar for a right wedge that can be backdoored. I really can't explain why it occurs (almost like a south refraction swell hits the SE swell), but I am sure the Charleston Harbor Jetties play a big part.
By Steve , 31-01-2007
SW Swells - I think it breaks on sw swell w/ nw winds, too. I used to paddle out there on little summer swells and get super long point-style rides. Granted, the waves were only about knee-thigh, and I was riding a 10' board, but it was super fun nonetheless.I don't know if the sandbars are still shaped the same to create these long waves.
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