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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Pawley's Island

USA, South East, South Carolina

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Pawley's is between Georgetown and Myrtle Beach. There are four main spots on the island. Not hard to figure it out, but don't ask the locals.

English (Translate this text in English): Pawley's is between Georgetown and Myrtle Beach. There are four main spots on the island. Not hard to figure it out, but don't ask the locals.

English (Translate this text in English): Pawley's is between Georgetown and Myrtle Beach. There are four main spots on the island. Not hard to figure it out, but don't ask the locals.

English (Translate this text in English): Pawley's is between Georgetown and Myrtle Beach. There are four main spots on the island. Not hard to figure it out, but don't ask the locals.

DistanceSurf trip

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFast, Ledgey

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthEast, NorthEast

Good wind directionWest

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionMid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdCrowded

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- Sharks

 Additional Information

Breaks are at extreme north and south ends of island, the pier, and one nice spot in the middle.

English (Translate this text in English): Breaks are at extreme north and south ends of island, the pier, and one nice spot in the middle.

English (Translate this text in English): Breaks are at extreme north and south ends of island, the pier, and one nice spot in the middle.

English (Translate this text in English): Breaks are at extreme north and south ends of island, the pier, and one nice spot in the middle.

Atmosphere

Everyone is very laid back. Many tourist come here for vacation, and to get away from fast-paced lifestyle. Just relax, paddle out, and pull in.

English (Translate this text in English): Everyone is very laid back. Many tourist come here for vacation, and to get away from fast-paced lifestyle. Just relax, paddle out, and pull in.

English (Translate this text in English): Everyone is very laid back. Many tourist come here for vacation, and to get away from fast-paced lifestyle. Just relax, paddle out, and pull in.

English (Translate this text in English): Everyone is very laid back. Many tourist come here for vacation, and to get away from fast-paced lifestyle. Just relax, paddle out, and pull in.

General

Best spot between Folly and Masonboro!

English (Translate this text in English): Best spot between Folly and Masonboro!

English (Translate this text in English): Best spot between Folly and Masonboro!

English (Translate this text in English): Best spot between Folly and Masonboro!

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Pawleys island
United States of America

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By PluffMud4Lyphe , 06-08-2011

Ehhhh... let's be real Souf Cack locals - The place sucks 95% of the time. I'll still go out there and catch a few sets because I fucking grew up here and damn it.... I just like Pawleys. It's very chill. I've never had any problems with the cops. Pawley's is a very chill part of the coast. Cool locals.... they have to be because the swells are so few and far between. I have had some good days out there though, but they were usually hurricane swells. Much like every other spot in the area, it is what you make of it. If you want the finest in the region, head to FL or OBX. If you can get wet for a couple hours and you're in the area, why not? Pawleys reminds me of what Folly must have been 30 years ago. Truly great days I could name over the last two decades I could probably count on my 10 fingers. Surf mush, have some bourbon, eat some local shrimp, and meet some locals. Great people. I surf Folly a good bit because I live here, and as crowded with little kooks from James Island and Wando HS, sometimes you just need a change of pace right up the road and Pawley's certainly gives you that. I just got back from Maui and I have 2 weeks in Pavones, CR coming up. I'll seek out the overseas spots when I want the goods.... or I just wait for that low pressure system come from the coast of Africa and give us a little nudge. It makes me not take our decent days for granted.

By bobby joe turner , 28-08-2006

king of pawleys - jordan pate is the lord of pauleys! he crushes it and can pull into anything!

By Anonymous , 18-07-2006

Shop and Lessons - Saw the questions about surf shops and lessons. Checkout Surf the Earth. Right off 17, south of the Foodlion

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