The Icebox Open is a surf contest intended to celebrate year-round surfing by holding an event in the chill of mid-winter, but with February feeling more like April this year, the cold conditions aren't going to happen.
So the organizers at Ocean Surf Shop saw some fairly good surfing conditions coming on Saturday – despite forecasts for potential record high (air) temps nearing 80 – and decided to give it a thumbs up.
The sixth annual event will be Saturday. The first heats will start in the water at 8 a.m at The Washout on Folly Beach.
According to Ocean’s Bates Hagood, the waves on Saturday are expected to be “waist to chest high” as a low moves off the coast and towards the Northeast. Winds are expected from the west-southwest, going from 5 mph at 8 a.m. to 15 mph at 2 pm and then dropping through the afternoon.
While water temperatures are relatively warm for February, the 60 degrees still calls for wetsuits and isn't for the faint of heart.
There will be an early check-in party at Ocean Surf Shop – 31 Center St. – from 5-8 p.m. on Friday. Heat sheets will be created and posted online by 9 p.m. Friday. Beverages and food will be available during the check-in party.
Advance registration fees are $75 for adult competitors and $50 for groms (boys and girls under age 14). The cap for entries is 32 for men, 20 for women’s and grom divisions. Fees on Saturday are $100, if slots are available. Registration is available at Ocean Surf Shop, 31 Center Street, either in person or via phone at (843) 588-9175.
The top prizes are $700 in the men's competition, $300 for women and grom. An awards ceremony will be held Saturday afternoon, directly after the contest.
12th Race for Life
Another local event with some decent cash prizes takes place Saturday at James Island County Park.
The 12th annual LifePoint Race for Life, a 10K, 5K and half mile fun run, raises money and awareness for organ, eye and tissue donations. The fun run starts at 8:30 a.m., the 10K at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K at 9 a.m. A total cash purse of $1,900 will be divided among top male and female finishers in the 10K and 5K.
Fees range from $20 to $45. Money raised will promote awareness and help Team South Carolina participate in the 2018 Donate Life Transplant Games of America in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A new youth triathlon program, Palmetto TRIbe, kicks off with an information meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Blue Sky Endurance in Mount Pleasant.
Shana Fitch, the founder and head coach of Palmetto TRIbe, is seeking parents and their children who are interested participating in the program to learn about details of the coming season, including a Kids Triathlon race on April 15 on Kiawah Island.
“Our Palmetto TRIbe athletes will be racing at their event as their season race opener. So lots of exciting activities in motion to build a strong youth triathlon community here in the Lowcountry,” says Fitch.
40 Days of Bridge Run
Among the ongoing events celebrating and leading up to the 40th Cooper River Bridge is an exhibit of Bridge Run “artwork” from 1978 to 2017 running March 1-8 at the Charleston Museum, located at 360 Meeting Street.