About Isle of Palms Pier

The surfing on Isle of Palms is mostly centered around the pier -- with the north side being the most popular peak -- and the Windjammer bar and resort to the south of the pier. Keep in mind that the locals like both these spots, but, as long as you're polite, there shouldn't be a problem. Its wide sandbars generally make this area more conducive to longboarding.

Source: Isle of Palms Pier Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Not much, but be polite.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Can be heavy by pier and Windjammer, particularly during a decent swell.

Spot Rating

Poor

Poor Perfect

Scattered peaks, ideal for all types surfers most days. Generally a better longboard wave though.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

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 on the pier.

Access

Lots of parking. Crowded with cars in summer, though.

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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