About South Washout

With a number of jetties and varied coastline, Folly Beach has a number of different spots. All of Folly is lined with jetties. They've done a questionable job of protecting the beach, but they've produced lots of different peaks. The best spot at Folly is called the Washout. It's a long stretch of jettied beachbreak that can break with a tremendous amount of power on northeasterly swells or on hurricane swells. Beware of jetty rocks, underwater debris and current on larger swells. Take Highway 17 south of Charleston, then take Highway 171 to McKevlin's surf shop. Buy wax, head East onto East Ashley. Park along the beach.

Source: South Washout Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Not much localism, but if you can't surf, you might want to surf elsewhere if it's good.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

can be heavy, but usually manageable

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Fun scattered peaks, ideal for all types surfers most days. Can turn into proper draining barrels under the right scenario.

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


Some scattered groins/rocks.


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

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, sup


sand, but beware of rip rap and groins

Best Season

Late summer, early fall, early spring

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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