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Folly Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.3
Crowds: 3.8

Overall: 4.1

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Folly Beach break guidePhoto by: Ecoastprock

Folly Beach Surf Guide

Folly Beach in South Carolina is a fairly exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the east northeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

Folly Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
27.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Folly Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Folly Beach occur when a East-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Folly Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

novemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Folly Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 4% of the time in November while 15% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 81% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
4%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
15%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
81%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Folly Beach Location Map

Interactive Folly Beach surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Folly Beach is Charleston Afb International Airport (CHS) in USA, 28 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Folly Beach is Beaufort Mcas Airport (NBC), also in USA, 77 km (48 miles) away.

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Folly Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 19 September 2020, 15:44 Local Time
Saturday 19
11AM2PM5PM8PM
Wave (m) 1.7
ENE
1.7
ENE
1.6
ENE
1.6
ENE
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 35
NNE 25
NE 30
NNE 30
NNE
Wind State cross-
off
cross cross-
off
cross-
off

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Swell History at Folly Beach

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Wind History at Folly Beach

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