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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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 Kiawah Island

USA, South East, South Carolina

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 Access

Go to the end of Johns Island and go onto Kiawah. Security gate can be hard to get past if you do not know anyone in the neighborhood.
You will need to go to the county park or find a way to get into the gate.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to the end of Johns Island and go onto Kiawah. Security gate can be hard to get past if you do not know anyone in the neighborhood.<br />You will need to go to the county park or find a way to get into the gate.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to the end of Johns Island and go onto Kiawah. Security gate can be hard to get past if you do not know anyone in the neighborhood.&lt;br &#47;&gt;You will need to go to the county park or find a way to get into the gate.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to the end of Johns Island and go onto Kiawah. Security gate can be hard to get past if you do not know anyone in the neighborhood.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;You will need to go to the county park or find a way to get into the gate.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Private access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityChoss

ExperienceBeginners wave

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerOrdinary, Fun

Normal lengthShort (&lt; 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionWest

Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Private beach
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Is a mushy wave that is very similar to the isle of palms. Hardly anyone is ever out. I go there a few times a month when the waves are rideable. Is a very easy wave to ride but not much fun usually. Only reason to go is if you live close like me. Best bring a longboard.

English (Translate this text in English): Is a mushy wave that is very similar to the isle of palms. Hardly anyone is ever out. I go there a few times a month when the waves are rideable. Is a very easy wave to ride but not much fun usually. Only reason to go is if you live close like me. Best bring a longboard.

English (Translate this text in English): Is a mushy wave that is very similar to the isle of palms. Hardly anyone is ever out. I go there a few times a month when the waves are rideable. Is a very easy wave to ride but not much fun usually. Only reason to go is if you live close like me. Best bring a longboard.

English (Translate this text in English): Is a mushy wave that is very similar to the isle of palms. Hardly anyone is ever out. I go there a few times a month when the waves are rideable. Is a very easy wave to ride but not much fun usually. Only reason to go is if you live close like me. Best bring a longboard.

Atmosphere

Empty lineups. Just a few people walking the beach. Except for all of the sharky's swimming around here. Can barrel but is usually weak and mushy. Decent lines.

English (Translate this text in English): Empty lineups. Just a few people walking the beach. Except for all of the sharky's swimming around here. Can barrel but is usually weak and mushy. Decent lines.

English (Translate this text in English): Empty lineups. Just a few people walking the beach. Except for all of the sharky's swimming around here. Can barrel but is usually weak and mushy. Decent lines.

English (Translate this text in English): Empty lineups. Just a few people walking the beach. Except for all of the sharky's swimming around here. Can barrel but is usually weak and mushy. Decent lines.

General

It is not a good wave but it is okay to surf if you can't go anywhere else. It is a really crappy break but when i can't get to folly it has to do. Never gets big and is usually very small and weak. Hurricane swell is the only time it is even decent.

English (Translate this text in English): It is not a good wave but it is okay to surf if you can't go anywhere else. It is a really crappy break but when i can't get to folly it has to do. Never gets big and is usually very small and weak. Hurricane swell is the only time it is even decent.

English (Translate this text in English): It is not a good wave but it is okay to surf if you can't go anywhere else. It is a really crappy break but when i can't get to folly it has to do. Never gets big and is usually very small and weak. Hurricane swell is the only time it is even decent.

English (Translate this text in English): It is not a good wave but it is okay to surf if you can't go anywhere else. It is a really crappy break but when i can't get to folly it has to do. Never gets big and is usually very small and weak. Hurricane swell is the only time it is even decent.

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By Lost Local , 25-04-2006

Kiawah - Ok so here is my knowledge of kiawah. I'm not giving directions, but its only accesible by boat cause the security for the insane golf course is tight. Anyway, with a good swell in the right direction(not giving that info for the educated that would give away the spot), it has this beautidul point break on a huge sandbar. All of the sand from Folly is building this huge sand bar with a nice left point break if it big enough and wind is right. I know you dont believe me, but for those who have the surfing knowledge, you can experience this spot, pick a good day with a solid swell no wind, and a big enough boat to break that swell and you are set. I know there are a few people out there that know the spot I'm talkin about. Shortboard or longboard, just get out there and surf.

By Brendan , 19-08-2004

Small Surf - I was there for a few days last week. I rented a nine foot foamie and had a pretty good time. Like most other people have said, it is not epic at all, but it seems like a good place to learn how to surf. High tide seemed to be the only time it worked - nice knee high glassy peelers coming through. I had fun

By mon , 02-07-2004

Go somewhere else - Been going to Kiawah since I was about 6-it's got nothin. The only shot you'd have of getting up on a surfboard would be down by Beachwalker with a hurricane coming in. Occasionally the surf can bet decent sized but the waves just don't form right.

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