uk es it fr pt nl
The Washout break guidePhoto by: Don Rogers

The Washout Surf Guide

The Washout in South Carolina is an exposed beach/Pier break that is usually a safe bet and works all around the year. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Beware of groynes, rips, sharks,jellyfish,polluiton.

The Washout Spot Info

Icon beachBeach/pierIcon  s33.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
12.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Washout:

The best conditions reported for surf at The Washout occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

novemberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing The Washout with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 30% of the time in November while 33% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 37% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore The Washout Location Map

Interactive The Washout 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 The Washout is Charleston Afb International Airport (CHS) in USA, 28 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Washout is Beaufort Mcas Airport (NBC), also in USA, 80 km (50 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Map placeholder
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
The Washout Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 27 January 2023, 10:41 Local Time
Friday 27
Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 7 7 7
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
off off

Swell History at The Washout

Surf stats for The Washout, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at The Washout

Wind stats for The Washout, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near The Washout. Click below to view there surf guides.

Wave Buoys Nearest To The Washout: