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Kitesurfing - South Carolina - Isle of Palms

THE LURE

The Charleston area offers some of the most well-rounded kiteboarding conditions in the USA. The salt flats and Atlantic swells make a wonderful playground for all experience levels and the launches are super-friendly.


THE SET-UP

Expect about three days a week on the water here during the summer and when the wind and waves do turn on, it's hard to beat what 'Chucktown' delivers. Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island and Folly beach all have great wave conditions, with Sullivan's having a unique sandbar producing table cloth flat water for speed runs at low tide. The waves at Folly tend to hit a bit harder and are generally for the more advanced riders. Isle of Palms and Sullivan's have a slight crescent shape to them and tend to be more forgiving.

From 3rd street on Isle of Palms to the south and west is the designated College of Charleston Kiteboarding Club's kite spot. Great for wave riding, it also works well as a high-tide launch. Station 28 to the north and east at Sullivan's are the best low tide and flat water spots in that area. This is just one area of a 63-mile stretch of coast, however, 60% of kite launches are located within 19-miles of each other, providing excellent riding in all wind conditions.


WIND WATER AND WEATHER

November - March frontal systems provide southwesterlies before the front, and northeasterlies after. Good surf conditions - expect four - eight foot faces and water temps around 10°C / 50°F. Wind averages 15 - 25 knots. March - October, mostly 12 - 18 knot sea breeze conditions with two - three foot waves. August - late October epic tropical storm ground swells can hit, but currents and squalls can get much more severe. Winter air temps 4°C / 40°F - 15°C / 60+°F in the winter. Cold snaps don't last too long, so water temps average 8°C / 47°F - 13°C / 55°F. Summer, 28°C / mid-80s+°F and still around 25°C / 78°F at night.


GET AROUND

All the fun of Chucktown is ten miles down the road and, with so many kite spots to hit, car rental is the best way to go.


ACCOMMODATION

Plenty of hotels in Mt Pleasant just three miles away from Isle of Palms, or find your own rental right on the beach. Charleston has everything from affordable to plush luxury: motels, hotels, inns, beach homes, condos, villas and cabins.


FOOD AND DRINK

Anything from home-style BBQs to eclectic gourmet dishes, plus all the nightlife you can handle. Charleston Peninsula is the college of Charleston campus and a lively vibe.


NO WIND

The unique 'Chucktown' mix of art, culture, historical forts, music festivals, shopping, nightlife and fantastic cuisine. On the activity side: surf, wakeboard, hike, bike, fish, kayak and skating are all big here.


AIRPORT

Charleston International airport (CHS) 15 miles from Isle of Palms. CHS has connections to every major US city. Also fly to Columbia(CAE), Myrtle Beach (MYR) or Hilton Head Island (HHI)  all roughly 90 minutes away from the Charleston area by car.




Added: 2011-10-12

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