The second annual Ice Box Open surfing contest is set for Saturday

Organizers have been waiting for the best surf AND the worst weather all month long. It’s here. On Saturday.


2013 Ocean Surf Shop Icebox Open

to be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 a.m.

FEBUARY 21, 2013 – Folly Beach, S.C - Ocean Surf Shop, in conjunction with the Eastern Surfing Association, has announced the shop will hold its second annual Ocean Surf Shop Icebox Open at the Folly Beach Washout (1700 Block, contest walk-over) Saturday, February  23 starting at 8 a.m.

South Carolina’s only cold weather surfing contest, The Ocean Surf Shop Icebox Open will be held in cold, rainy weather during one of South Carolina’s coldest months. Water temperatures will hover around 53* and weather will be a cool 65* with rain in the forecast for Saturday. Choppy south wind swell is expected during the contest, averaging waist to chest high.

Charleston’s best and bravest surfers will meet to square off in Saturday’s event, taking-on the elements and vying for a top cash prize of $1000. The women’s winner will score $400. There will also be many prizes for the runners-up, including a $400 Ocean Surf Shop gift card, memberships to Gold’s Gym, and custom bikini packages from Kini Kai for the women’s winners.

The contest weekend will start at Rita’s Seaside Grille on Friday night, with early contest check in from 6-8 p.m. Contestants can sign up for the remaining Ice Box Open slots at this time. The contest will start at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, and Folly Beach coffee shop Black Magic will provide coffee to warm the crowd. Mex 1 Cantina will serve lunch Saturday afternoon.

There will be an after party Saturday night at Rita’s Seaside Grille directly following the event, featuring Kona Beer, food and drinks. Rita’s is located at 2 Center St.  Folly Beach, S.C. Rita’s can be reached at (843)588-2525.

Cut and paste this link for a great story about this year’s Ice Box Open by Post and Courier reporter David Quick:

Last year’s Ice Box contest was cold, but was still a hit, bringing around 40 competitive surfers to The Washout for what turned into an afternoon of fun, cold surf. By the time the sea-fog had lifted, local surfer Kyle Busey took $1000 for the men’s prize, and Charleston surfer Grace Muckenfuss took home $400 in the women’s open.

For interviews with local surfers or information, press please contact Bates Hagood at (843)588-9175 or cell (843)822-5257.

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