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 Intimidating

Not much, but be polite.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

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

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

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

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.


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

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, sup



Best Season

Late summer, early fall, early spring.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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