Water cold enough? Icebox surf contest opens

Kyle Busey won the men’s division of the fourth annual Icebox Open surfing contest on Folly Beach last year.

Ocean Surf Shop continues its efforts to promote surfing in the worst stretch of winter with the announcement that the “call period” for the fourth annual Icebox Open on Folly Beach is underway.

The call period refers to the time frame in which the shop’s experienced surf forecasters will keep an eye on the surf and call the day for the contest, sometime within the next six weekends starting this weekend. The period runs from Saturday to March 13.

Ocean Surf Shop’s manager Bates Hagood says surfers should check the store’s website starting the Wednesday before the coming weekend. Hagood says they will usually call a Saturday contest by Wednesday and a Sunday run by Thursday.

“Unless we are darn sure the waves will be good, then we would call it earlier. We will call it as soon as we can to give everyone a chance to get here and get signed up,” says Hagood.

With January’s seasonably cold temperatures, water temperatures have been at about 50 degrees of late.

Open divisions will be held for men and women. This year, the contest will feature an open grom division for the kids (under 14 years old). There will be four-person heats of 20 minutes, with top surfers advancing to a final, cold, big-money showdown.

And while the Icebox doesn’t draw the numbers of the Governor’s Cup or Wahine contests, prize money for the top finishers is relatively good. The top men’s prizes are $1,000 cash for first, $300 and $200 Ocean Surf Shop gift cards for second and third, and a six-month membership to Gold’s Gym for fourth.

Women’s prizes include $400 for first, a $200 Ocean Surf Shop gift car for second, a two-hour sailing charter by Fate Sailing Charters for third and a six-month gym membership to Gold’s for fourth.

The top grom gets $300 cash from Myatt Air Conditioning. Second, third and fourth get $125, $75 and $50, respectively.

Fees for males participating are $65 in advance and $80 day-of (assuming slots are available. The fee for females and groms are $45.

Check Ocean Surf Shop’s Facebook page or website for more.


Yet another race held on the roads at Patriots Point is having to move.

The sixth annual Go Red Heart Run, in memory of Robin Seay, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at James Island County Park.

Founder Nicki Seay Carter, a personal trainer at the MUSC wellness center, says she’s hoping participants will enjoy the change of venue for a race that usually draws 200-300 people. The event is held in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, which for more than a decade has worked to raise awareness of the No. 1 killer of women: heart disease.


Since 2000, the Save the Light Half Marathon and 5K has helped raise money and awareness of one of Charleston’s most iconic structures: the Morris Island Lighthouse.

And while the lighthouse has been given more attention in the years since the event started, organizers still see a need to keep it in the public eye.

Saturday’s races will start at 8:30 a.m. on Folly Beach.

Late fees are $50 for the half and $25 for the 5K. Early packet pick-up and late registration is 4-7 p.m. Friday at The Tides hotel, 1 Center St. on Folly Beach. Race day pick-up and registration is 7-8 a.m. Saturday.

Due to time restraints, the half-marathon is for running only. The 5K is open to both runners and walkers.