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Surfing ... with a Paddle?
Get up, stand up on a paddleboard

Let's face it. Surfing is not for everyone. So if your dreams of becoming the next Kelly Slater don't seem to be happening anytime soon, why not try a more user-friendly way to ride the waves? If you thought Jesus looked cool walking on water, wait until you hop on a paddleboard.

Paddleboards are heavier and longer than surfboards, making for a larger surface area (10-14 feet long, 27-29 inches wide) that allows you to stand up in dead flat water. Unlike surfing, in which one needs the momentum from waves to stand up, one can paddleboard virtually anywhere: rivers, lakes, into the heart of darkness — whatever floats your board.

"It's really not that difficult to learn if you're new to the sport," says David Camferdam from the Half-Moon Outfitters Store in West Ashley. "As long as you have a good sense of balance and a good attitude, you should be fine."

You can rent directly through Half-Moon Outfitters for $40 per day. Oli Nah is another good option, with rentals starting at $50 per half-day and 90-minute lessons starting at $75. Charleston Watersport Outfitters offers rentals and lessons for $50. —Nick Rosser

Paddleboarding Rentals/Lessons

Charleston Watersport Outfitters
1547 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
(843) 884-9098
charlestonwatersport.com


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Half-Moon Outfitters
425 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
(843) 881-9472
280 King St., Downtown
(843) 853-0990
94 Folly Road Blvd., West Ashley
(843) 556-6279

Oli Nah
1204 Palm Blvd., Isle Of Palms
(843) 886-3337

Surf the Earth
47 Da Gullah Way

Pawleys Island
(843) 235-3500
surf-the-earth.com


Time for a Trip

Slip into a kayak and explore Charleston's waterways

There just might be no better way to enjoy Charleston than to hop on a kayak and explore the coastline.

Coastal Expeditions offers half-day (3 hrs.) and full-day (6 hrs.) trips, multi-day excursions, kayak rentals, and instruction. Full-day excursions include the black water creeks of a cypress swamp in Francis Marion National Forest, the old canals of abandoned rice fields in the ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge, and the waters around the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

Feel like taking on the wilderness alone? In addition to offering full-day, half-day, and multi-day excursions, Nature Adventures Outfitters allows you to self-guide your own expedition and will help you plan the equipment, supplies, camping permits, tide preparation, and emergency provisions to make your trip complete. If you're not brave enough for a completely solo trip, half-guided tours are also available that allow you to paddle out to your campsite with a guide and paddle back to civilization on your own the next day.

If you're looking for some solid instruction, Sea Kayak Carolina may be your best bet. In addition to offering daily paddling tours, they also specialize in a wide array of open-water training workshops and lessons. They don't have two person kayaks, however. Take note that all of these companies plan expeditions and lessons based on your individual paddling experience. That means no experience necessary, folks. —Nick Rosser


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Coastal Expeditions
Shem Creek Maritime Center
514-B Mill St., Mt. Pleasant
(843) 884-7684

Folly Beach
2223-A Folly Road, James Island
(843) 406-0640

Isle of Palms Marina
41st Ave., Isle of Palms
(843) 886-9590
coastalexpeditions.com

Nature Adventures Outfitters
1 Seafood Drive, Mt. Pleasant
(800) 673-0679
natureadventuresoutfitters.com

Sea Kayak Carolina
1731 Signal Point Road, James Island
(843) 225-7969
seakayakcarolina.com


Ride the Waves

Although the waves in these parts aren't the most impressive, they're ideal for the novice surfer —Chris Haire

Air Company
Lesson: Kiteboarding
1313 Long Grove Drive, Mt. Pleasant
(843) 388-9300
catchsomeair.us

Beachtown
Lesson: Surfing
1101 Ocean Blvd,. Isle of Palms
(843) 886-9845

Charleston Watersport Outfitters
Lessons: Surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding

1547 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
(843) 884 9098
charlestonwatersport.com

Folly Beach Shaka School
Lesson: Surfing
6 Street East, Folly Beach
(843) 607-9911
shakasurfschool.com

Oli-Nah
Lessons: Surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing
1204 Palm Blvd., Isle Of Palms
(843) 886-3337
oli-nah.com

Sol Surfers Surf Camp
Lesson: Surfing
1170 Lazy Lane, Mt. Pleasant
(843) 884-9098
solsurfers.net

Surf the Earth
Lessons: Surfing, paddleboarding
47 Da Gullah Way
Pawleys Island
(843) 235-3500
surf-the-earth.com


Get Your Sea Legs On

If "motorboating" at the bars isn't getting you anything but a restraining order, try the ocean. Charleston offers a wide array of motorboat tours, sailing excursions, and deep-sea fishing charters that are designed to satisfy any sailor's love for the sea. Not extreme enough? Jet-skiing may be your best bet, but make sure you leave the urine drinking and sea jousting to Kevin Costner. —Nick Rosser


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Charter Boats

Absolute Reel Screamer
1027 Ocean View Road, James Island
(843) 270-4464
charleston-fishing.com

Atlantic Offshore
1413 Shrimp Boat Lane, Mt. Pleasant
(843) 884-7486

Captain Ivan's Sport Fishing
805 Duck Hawk Retreat, James Island
(843) 762-2020
captainivan.com

Charleston Fishing
1407 Shrimpboat Lane, Mt. Pleasant
(843) 881-9735
charlestonfishing.net

Hot Shot Charters
95 Ripley Pointe Drive, West Ashley
(843) 209-1630
hotshotcharters.com

Inshore Fishing
2223 Folly Road, James Island
(843) 860-5176

Knot at Work Fishing Charters
85 Rivers Point Row, James Island
(843) 442-7224
knotatworkfishing.com

Shem Creek Charters
100 Church St., Mt. Pleasant
(843) 856-4090

High Speed Boating

Thriller Charleston
Ripley Light Marina
Ashley Point Road
(843) 276-4203
thrillercharleston.com


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Sailing

Captain Jack's Sailing Charters
605 E. Arctic Ave., Folly Beach
(843) 588-2823
kiawahsailing.com

Eco-Tours

Barrier Island Eco-Tours
50 41st Ave., Isle of Palms
(843) 886-5000
nature-tours.com

Water-skiing and Wakeboarding, Jet Ski/Waverunner Rentals

Extreme Jet Ski Rentals
200 W. Arctic Ave., Folly Beach
(843) 270-7474

H2Osmosis Sports
3050 Marlin Road, Johns Island
(843) 793-4470
h2osmosis.com

Tidal Wave Watersports
Isle of Palms Marina
69 41st Ave., Isle of Palms
(843) 886-8456
tidalwavewatersports.com

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