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Surfing in Tybee Pier, Savannah, Georgia USA

Level of experience:
All
Type of wave / quality / direction :
Beach-break, sloppy, right and left
Best wind direction:
SE,NE
Best swell direction:
S,SE,N,NE
Dangers:
Rocks, sharks
Savannah is the county seat of Chatham County and the oldest city in Georgia, USA. The city was established in 1733 and at the same year it became the colonial capital of the Georgia Province and later the first capital of Georgia. Today, Savannah is a strategic port city, industrial center and a very important Atlantic seaport.

The Hostess City of the South, as Savannah is known between locals is the fifth largest city in Georgia and is situated on the Savannah River, from whom it was named after, about 20 mi / 32 km upriver from the Atlantic Ocean.

Near Savannah lies Tybee Pier, an awesome beach, extremely popular among surfers. This public accessed beach is beautiful and due to its location very easy to find. All surfers are welcome on this beach regardless the level of experience. Novices can learn how to surf either alone or as suggested with a qualified instructor.

At the scene there are schools with the appropriate equipment and highly trained instructors, who love their job and will show you exactly what you have to do, if you want to learn how to surf. On the other hand, if you are an intermediate surfer or even an expert, you can enjoy a nice day dominating the sloppy waves and practicing on your moves and tricks.

The beach-break waves that come from both directions right and left are hollow, fast, fun and powerless disturbing sometimes the sandy bottom of the beach. The wind in its optimum direction blows from southeast and northeast, while the best swell direction is south, southeast, east and northeast. The swell starts from less than 1 m/3 ft and holds up to 2+ m/6+ ft.

Tides are rising and in their best position are mid and high. You should bear in mind that there are some hazards, as rocks and sharks. Although the water is usually mushy and the clean ride-able sessions are kind of rare, it is the best brake in Georgia, so on weekends it is very crowded. On week days, you will probably come across a few surfers though.

The beach is great and the spot is the best, so if you are a local or just happen to pass through the state and you find yourself near Savannah, you should definitely try surfing.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Athens
220 miles / 354 km, 4 hours 7 minutes
Head east on Baxter St towards S Pope St, turn left at S Lumpkin St, turn right at Baldwin St, continue to Williams St, turn right on Oconee St, continue to Oak St, slight left at Oconee St, continue to GA-10 E / Lexington Rd, continue to follow the GA-10 E, slight right towards GA-22 W / Crawfordville Rd, continue to follow the GA-22 W, turn left into the GA-12 E/US-278 E / Broad St, continue to follow the GA-12 E/US-278 E, continue to Legion Rd, turn right onto GA-80 S / Quaker Rd, continue to follow the GA-80 S, turn right at GA-296 S / George St, continue to follow the GA-296 S, turn right onto GA-17 S/GA-4 S / US 1 S/US-221 S, slight left at GA-4 S / US 1 S, turn left at GA-57 E / N 2nd St, continue to follow the GA-57 E, turn left to enter the I-16 E, take the exit on the left towards Interstate 16 E / Montgomery St / Downtown, take exit 167B on the left towards Montgomery Street Savannah / Civic Center / Downtown, join the Montgomery St, turn left at W Oglethorpe Ave, take the first turning right into Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, turn left at W Bay St.
BY CAR FROM Valdosta
184 miles / 296 km, 3 hours 26 minutes
Head northwest on N Ashley St to E Valley St, turn right at E Valley St, turn left at N Lee St, take the first right turn in Smithland Pl, turn left at N Troup St, take the first turning right into E Magnolia St, turn right at N Forrest St, turn left on GA-38 E/US-84 E / E Hill Ave, continue to follow the GA-38 E/US-84 E, turn right on Glenmore Ave, continue to S Nicholls St, turn right onto GA-520 E/US-82 E / S Georgia Pkwy W / Jane St, continue to follow the GA-520 E/US-82 E, turn left on GA-99 N, turn right at the GA-32 E/GA-99 N / Harrell Hwy, continue to follow the GA-99 N, turn left to merge on I-95 N, take exit 99A to merge on I-16 E towards Savannah, take the exit on the left towards Interstate 16 E / Montgomery St / Downtown, take exit 167B on the left towards Montgomery Street Savannah / Civic Center / Downtown, join the Montgomery St, turn left at W Oglethorpe Ave, take the first turning right into Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, turn left at W Bay St.
BY AIR
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport,
9.9 miles (15.9 km)
BY TRAIN

Amtrak services cover the entire US area, so you can take a train from anywhere in USA or Georgia and abort at Savannah, GA (SAV) central station. From there, in order to get to the beach, you can take a bus or rent a car. The distance is short.

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