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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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 The Washout

USA, South East, South Carolina

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 32° 40.129' N
Longitude: 79° 54.483' W

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From Charleston, SC, head to Folly Beach. Once there, take a left at the only light, and travel a few miles. When you see all cars on the right and no houses, you're there.

English (Translate this text in English): From Charleston, SC, head to Folly Beach. Once there, take a left at the only light, and travel a few miles. When you see all cars on the right and no houses, you're there.

English (Translate this text in English): From Charleston, SC, head to Folly Beach. Once there, take a left at the only light, and travel a few miles. When you see all cars on the right and no houses, you're there.

English (Translate this text in English): From Charleston, SC, head to Folly Beach. Once there, take a left at the only light, and travel a few miles. When you see all cars on the right and no houses, you're there.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast, East

Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

Webcam urlhttp://www.follysurfcam.c... 

Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
- Localism

 Additional Information

Wedgy peaks all over the place. Easy to get out, but can be board-crunching once head+. Watch parking in the sand w/o 4-wheel drive. Recent beach re-nourishment has altered this wave.

English (Translate this text in English): Wedgy peaks all over the place. Easy to get out, but can be board-crunching once head+. Watch parking in the sand w/o 4-wheel drive. Recent beach re-nourishment has altered this wave.

English (Translate this text in English): Wedgy peaks all over the place. Easy to get out, but can be board-crunching once head+. Watch parking in the sand w/o 4-wheel drive. Recent beach re-nourishment has altered this wave.

English (Translate this text in English): Wedgy peaks all over the place. Easy to get out, but can be board-crunching once head+. Watch parking in the sand w/o 4-wheel drive. Recent beach re-nourishment has altered this wave.

Atmosphere

The Washout is located in about a 4 block area with rock groins each block. Waves wedge around the rocks and sandbars are numerous. Also, the beach itself slightly curves back towards the NW through the break and the waves are less likely to close out than other locations.

English (Translate this text in English): The Washout is located in about a 4 block area with rock groins each block. Waves wedge around the rocks and sandbars are numerous. Also, the beach itself slightly curves back towards the NW through the break and the waves are less likely to close out than other locations.

English (Translate this text in English): The Washout is located in about a 4 block area with rock groins each block. Waves wedge around the rocks and sandbars are numerous. Also, the beach itself slightly curves back towards the NW through the break and the waves are less likely to close out than other locations.

English (Translate this text in English): The Washout is located in about a 4 block area with rock groins each block. Waves wedge around the rocks and sandbars are numerous. Also, the beach itself slightly curves back towards the NW through the break and the waves are less likely to close out than other locations.

General

Since this is the only relatively consistent break in SC, it is very crowded when decent and out of control during bigger swells. This includes the beach; its like a big stage. Locals are aggressive and will intimidate (not many fights)...I know, I was one of them. Better surfers than you would think.

English (Translate this text in English): Since this is the only relatively consistent break in SC, it is very crowded when decent and out of control during bigger swells. This includes the beach; its like a big stage. Locals are aggressive and will intimidate (not many fights)...I know, I was one of them. Better surfers than you would think.

English (Translate this text in English): Since this is the only relatively consistent break in SC, it is very crowded when decent and out of control during bigger swells. This includes the beach; its like a big stage. Locals are aggressive and will intimidate (not many fights)...I know, I was one of them. Better surfers than you would think.

English (Translate this text in English): Since this is the only relatively consistent break in SC, it is very crowded when decent and out of control during bigger swells. This includes the beach; its like a big stage. Locals are aggressive and will intimidate (not many fights)...I know, I was one of them. Better surfers than you would think.

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The Washout
By ccbridgman
Feb 15, 2011
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The Washout
By jeff1
Dec 9, 2006
- My Comments: Session Highlight: Comment on Swell, Waves and Wind: My Perfectible Points: Air Temperature: Water Temperature:
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The Washout
By Dolly Dagger
Nov 30, 1999
- This is my homebreak.....and she's a bitch....she can be sooooo much fun, but she's notorious for letting you down. She's very BIPOLAR...but she'll give you enough to make you stick around. Great on N,NE, SE, S groundswells, but the w
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Trip: Spring Break Soul Surfing
By ccbridgman
From Feb 15, 2011 to Feb 15, 2011
A trip with me and one of my boys to surf our way up the east coast.
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By weberwithoneb , 25-08-2011

Hurricane - This place is going off right now, they have an HD video for it on surfline. Lots of good guys out too. Really making me want to surf, too bad it's flat here on the west coast. :/

By jaxon , 05-07-2011

good...compared to gulf - I surfed the washout exclusively for 2 years in the early 80s. Gotta say it was a godsend for a dude who had only surfed in the Gulf (Pensacola)...east coast is much more consistent/better shape overall. Trunkable 7 months of the year, but water got down to 45 deg in winter (5/4 suit, booties and gloves) and waves sometimes got heavy/slammy and intimidating (I might ride those now). Air temps were surpisingly mild, though, never getting below 40 deg. Even back then, the locals were already doing aerials (first airs I ever saw). If you live right near the beach, that area would keep the surfer satisfied.

By matti_j , 18-11-2007

pancakes for breakfast! - it's so freaking flat here ALL THE TIME! I don't understand how the locals can deal. I've only lived here for 3 months now, and I've never seen a worse place to surf. In the entire hurricane season, there were exactly FOUR (by my count) days of head high or bigger. That's enough to drive me over the edge, so much respect to you guys who have dealt with that your whole lives and still have commitment to getting down there when it's good.

On a side note, why the heck does Folly Beach force people to pay to park on the side of the road? It's absolute horse-crap to charge money to use the beach, especially at the Washout, where there is nobody around anyway and no public service seems to be provided other than the garbage cans (which I am pretty sure are maintained by Surfrider folks). Freaking communist liberals over there, for real. Anyhow, 5 more months of flat nastiness, then it's back to the west coast and real waves, crowds, and kooks.

Pray for Surf!!!!

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