About Folly Beach Pier

The Folly Beach Pier works on both sides on all swells. It breaks a little longer and farther out than the Washout, and on northeast/southwest winds it might be a little cleaner -- but more crowded. The south side typically has better sand and longer lefts. Pretty much your standard East Coast pier, but not as packed as the Washout. During the summertime the beach is pretty packed, and all manner of human flotsam litter the inside.

Source: Folly Beach Pier Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Not much, but be polite.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

can be heavy, but usually manageable

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

The south side can offer a quality long left when the sand is good, and under the right scenario. The north side is more of a typical beachbreak.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Hard NE and SW winds can produce strong currents, but generally pretty mellow.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Some runoff pollution after heavy rains.

Additional Information


Miscellaneous sea creatures in the water, and cranky fishermen on the pier.


Easy -- park and paddle

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, sup



Best Season

Late summer, early fall, early spring

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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