About Sullivan's Island

Sullivan's Island is just south of the Isle of Palms and gets energy from NE/E swells, but the jetty for the shipping lane blocks all southerly energy. On a NE windswell, the peak in front of Bert's Bar once offered board snapping power as it's right next to the shipping channel, so there's deep water just offshore. It's at the end of the south causeway to the island. It can be offshore here when it's howling side/onshore everywhere else. Strong north current on big swells. Shoaling has turned the area into a Kite Boarding mecca, and surf is rarely worthwhile anymore. Hopefully one day the sand will once again cooperate and locals can enjoy the wave.

Source: Sullivan's Island Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Can be heavy, but it rarely breaks anymore so mostly a non issue.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Can be heavy at Bert's.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Scattered peaks with an against the grain bounce that can square up a heavy wave for the size.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Hard NE winds and accompanying windswells can produce strong north to south currents. If it is working it will be drifty.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Some runoff pollution after heavy rains.

Additional Information


Miscellaneous sea creatures.


Lots of parking. Crowded with cars in summer and on big NE swells, 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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