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If you don't have a boat, forget about it. It is at least a 45 minute boat ride.
Easy to find?Hard to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessBy boat only
Wave qualityRegional Classic
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising tide
- Rips / undertow
Bull Island juts further into the ocean than any other South Carolina beach. The spot picks up almost any swell. The northern and southern ends of the island can have very classic point like quality. The middle island is a nice hollow beach break. The bottom is a mix of sand, mud and old oyster bed. There are stumps in the water and the water is always very muddy. Sea life abounds: jellyfish, stingrays and some toothy fish.
If you really want to get away from the crowd, this is the spot in S.C.. Be careful. Most of the good looking breaks are on old oyter beds. The shells are packed into a hard black mud banks, which are amazingly shallow and sharp. The island is a wildlife refuge, so there is no camping allowed on the island. This is one of the last prestine areas in SC and supports a beautiful maritime forest. So, if you go, plan to take all of your garbage with you when you leave.
By Anonymous , 25-09-2009
Hurricane Bill at Bull Island - Surfed Bull Island on Saturday during Hurricane Bill. The northern tip on a large swell wraps off right along the beach. Where it was on shore winds for Folly Beach it was off shore on Bull. I think the constant SSW winds are off shore on Bull. However, with the big swell of Hurr. Bill, it was only about 1/3 to 1/4 the size on the northern tip. Expect it to be smaller but some of the longest rights I have seen in SC. Only the 4 of us out, felt like being in a different country and to have clean swell, wrapping off, and no Folly crowd- one hell of a place and fun time.
By dirty gert , 05-10-2006
cape shoal buoy - anybody besides me ever surfed outer cape shoal buoy, cape romain?
By anonymous , 21-10-2005
surf on bulls on monday - what do ayll think the surf will be liek on monday with huricane wilma off our coast. im planning on going out there anyone else?
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