About Hilton Head

The surf potential here is not terribly good, due to a wide continental shelf and occasional sandbars from outflow from the Broad River, so you'll find typical Carolina beachbreak with no real standout areas. Hilton Head picks up the best swells from the S and E, and works best on an incoming tide. Hurricane swells will be best.

Source: Hilton Head Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Not much.

Crowd Factor

Mellow

Mellow Heavy

light

Spot Rating

Poor

Poor Perfect

Scattered peaks, ideal for all types surfers most days.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

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

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Some runoff pollution after heavy rains.

Additional Information

Hazards

Miscellaneous sea creatures in the water, and cranky fishermen near the piers.

Access

Several beaches have public access and parking. But boating to the island is a must.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, sup

Seabed

sand

Best Season

Late summer, early fall, early spring

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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