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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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 Burkes beach - Hilton Head Island

USA, South East, South Carolina

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 Access

Just look for the HHI signs. Once on the island
go on 278 down past Port Royal Plantation until you
see Burkes Beach Road. Walk the path and once to the beach
go left to the folly opening and paddle out but watch for
currents on Spring tides.

English (Translate this text in English): Just look for the HHI signs. Once on the island<br />go on 278 down past Port Royal Plantation until you<br />see Burkes Beach Road. Walk the path and once to the beach<br />go left to the folly opening and paddle out but watch for<br />currents on Spring tides.

English (Translate this text in English): Just look for the HHI signs. Once on the island&lt;br &#47;&gt;go on 278 down past Port Royal Plantation until you&lt;br &#47;&gt;see Burkes Beach Road. Walk the path and once to the beach&lt;br &#47;&gt;go left to the folly opening and paddle out but watch for&lt;br &#47;&gt;currents on Spring tides.

English (Translate this text in English): Just look for the HHI signs. Once on the island&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;go on 278 down past Port Royal Plantation until you&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;see Burkes Beach Road. Walk the path and once to the beach&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;go left to the folly opening and paddle out but watch for&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;currents on Spring tides.

DistanceIn the city

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeRivermouth

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFast, Ordinary, Fun, Powerless

Normal lengthShort (&lt; 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, SouthEast, NorthEast

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

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks

 Additional Information

this can get good
u go to the beach and find the folly opening, paddle out, and there is a sand bar
90 degrees to the beach, surf it but watch for currents and dont get pulled to the rocks
or into the folly, many people die here, or u can surf the beach break at any public
beach. I would bring your fish or longboard. many surfers when a swell is running
but hardly any kooks! When u park ur car at burkes beach, get there early and park on
the outside so u dont get blocked in by other cars, also lock ur car cuz there are
mexicans that will break in. The best time to come is in the spring or hurricane season
In the spring there are plenty of NE swells with side-offshore winds and they are good
If a hurricane swell is coming, the setup should be a swell hitting the coast around
low tide, it will be a very hollow shorebreak for 3 hours, at mid tide it gets
semi hollow and you get barreled on the takeoff but only a very short one.
As the swell hits the beach you want a front to come at the same time so the winds
are offshore. The only hazards are the strong currents and the rocks by the folly.
Also watch out for rays in the spring.

English (Translate this text in English): this can get good<br />u go to the beach and find the folly opening, paddle out, and there is a sand bar<br />90 degrees to the beach, surf it but watch for currents and dont get pulled to the rocks<br />or into the folly, many people die here, or u can surf the beach break at any public<br />beach. I would bring your fish or longboard. many surfers when a swell is running<br />but hardly any kooks! When u park ur car at burkes beach, get there early and park on<br />the outside so u dont get blocked in by other cars, also lock ur car cuz there are<br />mexicans that will break in. The best time to come is in the spring or hurricane season<br />In the spring there are plenty of NE swells with side-offshore winds and they are good<br />If a hurricane swell is coming, the setup should be a swell hitting the coast around<br />low tide, it will be a very hollow shorebreak for 3 hours, at mid tide it gets<br />semi hollow and you get barreled on the takeoff but only a very short one.<br />As the swell hits the beach you want a front to come at the same time so the winds<br />are offshore. The only hazards are the strong currents and the rocks by the folly.<br />Also watch out for rays in the spring.

English (Translate this text in English): this can get good&lt;br &#47;&gt;u go to the beach and find the folly opening, paddle out, and there is a sand bar&lt;br &#47;&gt;90 degrees to the beach, surf it but watch for currents and dont get pulled to the rocks&lt;br &#47;&gt;or into the folly, many people die here, or u can surf the beach break at any public&lt;br &#47;&gt;beach. I would bring your fish or longboard. many surfers when a swell is running&lt;br &#47;&gt;but hardly any kooks! When u park ur car at burkes beach, get there early and park on&lt;br &#47;&gt;the outside so u dont get blocked in by other cars, also lock ur car cuz there are&lt;br &#47;&gt;mexicans that will break in. The best time to come is in the spring or hurricane season&lt;br &#47;&gt;In the spring there are plenty of NE swells with side-offshore winds and they are good&lt;br &#47;&gt;If a hurricane swell is coming, the setup should be a swell hitting the coast around&lt;br &#47;&gt;low tide, it will be a very hollow shorebreak for 3 hours, at mid tide it gets&lt;br &#47;&gt;semi hollow and you get barreled on the takeoff but only a very short one.&lt;br &#47;&gt;As the swell hits the beach you want a front to come at the same time so the winds&lt;br &#47;&gt;are offshore. The only hazards are the strong currents and the rocks by the folly.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Also watch out for rays in the spring.

English (Translate this text in English): this can get good&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;u go to the beach and find the folly opening, paddle out, and there is a sand bar&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;90 degrees to the beach, surf it but watch for currents and dont get pulled to the rocks&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;or into the folly, many people die here, or u can surf the beach break at any public&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;beach. I would bring your fish or longboard. many surfers when a swell is running&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;but hardly any kooks! When u park ur car at burkes beach, get there early and park on&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;the outside so u dont get blocked in by other cars, also lock ur car cuz there are&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;mexicans that will break in. The best time to come is in the spring or hurricane season&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;In the spring there are plenty of NE swells with side-offshore winds and they are good&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;If a hurricane swell is coming, the setup should be a swell hitting the coast around&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;low tide, it will be a very hollow shorebreak for 3 hours, at mid tide it gets&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;semi hollow and you get barreled on the takeoff but only a very short one.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;As the swell hits the beach you want a front to come at the same time so the winds&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;are offshore. The only hazards are the strong currents and the rocks by the folly.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Also watch out for rays in the spring.

Atmosphere

Great restaurants and other things to do. The list
goes on forever. The surfers hang at sunnydaze surf
shop located by the FedEx place on Methews Drive
or at the Supreme Fuel Station by wild wings cafe.

English (Translate this text in English): Great restaurants and other things to do. The list<br />goes on forever. The surfers hang at sunnydaze surf<br />shop located by the FedEx place on Methews Drive<br />or at the Supreme Fuel Station by wild wings cafe.

English (Translate this text in English): Great restaurants and other things to do. The list&lt;br &#47;&gt;goes on forever. The surfers hang at sunnydaze surf&lt;br &#47;&gt;shop located by the FedEx place on Methews Drive&lt;br &#47;&gt;or at the Supreme Fuel Station by wild wings cafe.

English (Translate this text in English): Great restaurants and other things to do. The list&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;goes on forever. The surfers hang at sunnydaze surf&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;shop located by the FedEx place on Methews Drive&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;or at the Supreme Fuel Station by wild wings cafe.

General

Usually sucks but if you get the sweel, tide, and wind right,
it goes off!!! Especially if the tides are running fast and
you catch the folly bar just right, its awesome.

English (Translate this text in English): Usually sucks but if you get the sweel, tide, and wind right,<br />it goes off!!! Especially if the tides are running fast and<br />you catch the folly bar just right, its awesome.

English (Translate this text in English): Usually sucks but if you get the sweel, tide, and wind right,&lt;br &#47;&gt;it goes off!!! Especially if the tides are running fast and&lt;br &#47;&gt;you catch the folly bar just right, its awesome.

English (Translate this text in English): Usually sucks but if you get the sweel, tide, and wind right,&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;it goes off!!! Especially if the tides are running fast and&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;you catch the folly bar just right, its awesome.

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By Anonymous , 03-01-2010

Locals - Locals arent that bad here all u guys need to chill and just respect them. if u respect them they will respect u.

By peej jepherson , 24-04-2008

teh suckz0rz - why does 90% of our old man lineup suck dick and persist to cut off the groms who actually can surf?

By Anonymous , 08-06-2007

Dont mess with em and they wont mess with u - I am not a local, but I visit HHI regularly. I have never had any problems with locals and they have never had any problems with me. It's just a matter of being smart and not trying to cause trouble or be selfish. Anyways, the waves at HH can get very frustrating. If you get lucky you might run into some decent waves around 8ft. You must watch out for currents because they will sneak up on you. Also I was at Hilton head on June 6 2005 and I got some awesome hurricane swells, but other than that if you are expecting big waves at hilton head, unless you get lucky, you will end up dissapointed.

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