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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Fripp Island

USA, South East, South Carolina

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 Access

Fripp is a private, gated community. You need to either make friends with a surfer from Hunting Island, or paddle the 1/4 mile accross the channel between Hunting and Fripp. Not that hard, but the best waves are on the south end of the island; i.e. a LONG walk down the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Fripp is a private, gated community. You need to either make friends with a surfer from Hunting Island, or paddle the 1/4 mile accross the channel between Hunting and Fripp. Not that hard, but the best waves are on the south end of the island; i.e. a LONG walk down the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Fripp is a private, gated community. You need to either make friends with a surfer from Hunting Island, or paddle the 1/4 mile accross the channel between Hunting and Fripp. Not that hard, but the best waves are on the south end of the island; i.e. a LONG walk down the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Fripp is a private, gated community. You need to either make friends with a surfer from Hunting Island, or paddle the 1/4 mile accross the channel between Hunting and Fripp. Not that hard, but the best waves are on the south end of the island; i.e. a LONG walk down the beach.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Private access

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerOrdinary, Fun, Powerless

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, South, SouthEast, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Private beach

 Additional Information

Access is aweful. I made friends with a surfer on Hunting ISland, and that's how I got onto the Island. If you DO paddle the channel, do it at low tide, so you can be far down the river mouth, that way the gaurds can't see you. A boat would be sweet.
Watch out for the incoming tide; it happens quick. If you're hesitant in leaving the water, you'll be forced to shimmy-up the rock breakwall. Not fun.

English (Translate this text in English): Access is aweful. I made friends with a surfer on Hunting ISland, and that's how I got onto the Island. If you DO paddle the channel, do it at low tide, so you can be far down the river mouth, that way the gaurds can't see you. A boat would be sweet.<br />Watch out for the incoming tide; it happens quick. If you're hesitant in leaving the water, you'll be forced to shimmy-up the rock breakwall. Not fun.

English (Translate this text in English): Access is aweful. I made friends with a surfer on Hunting ISland, and that's how I got onto the Island. If you DO paddle the channel, do it at low tide, so you can be far down the river mouth, that way the gaurds can't see you. A boat would be sweet.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Watch out for the incoming tide; it happens quick. If you're hesitant in leaving the water, you'll be forced to shimmy-up the rock breakwall. Not fun.

English (Translate this text in English): Access is aweful. I made friends with a surfer on Hunting ISland, and that's how I got onto the Island. If you DO paddle the channel, do it at low tide, so you can be far down the river mouth, that way the gaurds can't see you. A boat would be sweet.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Watch out for the incoming tide; it happens quick. If you're hesitant in leaving the water, you'll be forced to shimmy-up the rock breakwall. Not fun.

Atmosphere

After living in SC for 4 years, I am 100% convinced that Fripp is THE best surf spot in SC. FAR better than Folley, Cat, etc., and NO crowds. Those who are out there are usually you're friends(they GOT you onto the island). Here's the gem; Fripp is the most south facing beach in SC. So a powerful winter North swell, which has Folley in a state of chaos, will be clean and lined-up to the horizon at Fripp.

English (Translate this text in English): After living in SC for 4 years, I am 100% convinced that Fripp is THE best surf spot in SC. FAR better than Folley, Cat, etc., and NO crowds. Those who are out there are usually you're friends(they GOT you onto the island). Here's the gem; Fripp is the most south facing beach in SC. So a powerful winter North swell, which has Folley in a state of chaos, will be clean and lined-up to the horizon at Fripp.

English (Translate this text in English): After living in SC for 4 years, I am 100% convinced that Fripp is THE best surf spot in SC. FAR better than Folley, Cat, etc., and NO crowds. Those who are out there are usually you're friends(they GOT you onto the island). Here's the gem; Fripp is the most south facing beach in SC. So a powerful winter North swell, which has Folley in a state of chaos, will be clean and lined-up to the horizon at Fripp.

English (Translate this text in English): After living in SC for 4 years, I am 100% convinced that Fripp is THE best surf spot in SC. FAR better than Folley, Cat, etc., and NO crowds. Those who are out there are usually you're friends(they GOT you onto the island). Here's the gem; Fripp is the most south facing beach in SC. So a powerful winter North swell, which has Folley in a state of chaos, will be clean and lined-up to the horizon at Fripp.

General

It is deffinately worth the effort to get on the Island. Even if you end-up going commando style.

English (Translate this text in English): It is deffinately worth the effort to get on the Island. Even if you end-up going commando style.

English (Translate this text in English): It is deffinately worth the effort to get on the Island. Even if you end-up going commando style.

English (Translate this text in English): It is deffinately worth the effort to get on the Island. Even if you end-up going commando style.

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By surf4life , 21-06-2008

fripp is awsome - yeah I live at fripp too! Yeah I love#28 on the south side went yesterday... but just saying if anyone wants to go from hunting island go to the south side BUT NOT AT HIGH TIDE yes, I know high tide is the best time for surfing but the beach is flooded on hightide! so wear a tide watch or something.

By Anonymous , 12-12-2007

prichards - there is also prichards island south of fipp where the surf is sometimes better witch is a long paddle from frip but it is somtimes worth it and that is the only way to get there besides a boat

By Anonymous , 04-06-2007

beach entry 28 - if you want good surf on fripp you have to go down tarpon to beach entry 28. its near the jetties and the waves are always good. also, no one is there so you dont have to worry about people getting in your way.

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