First surf expo to feature swap, lessons and lore

File/David Quick/staff Carolina Coast Surf Club will host a surfing expo this weekend at The Windjammer.

It is well-established that the hub of surfing in Charleston is The Washout on Folly Beach, but a surfing festival of sorts will head to the other side of town and virtually take over The Windjammer on the Isle of Palms all day Saturday.

The Jammer is hosting the Carolina Coast Surf Club's inaugural Surf Expo and Board Swap 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, an event designed to bring together the local surfing community, young and old, and to lure more people into the sport.

The expo will have something for everyone, starting with an old-school surfboard swap, along with gear and equipment from local surfing stores for swap or sale.

"Swaps are part of the surfing culture," said Lucy Jacobs, expo chairwoman and part of the 97-member surf club first organized in 1963.

The club reformed several years ago with a reunion and has since expanded its surfing outreach to establishing a "surf cam" on the Isle of Palms, volunteering with the local Surfrider Foundation chapter, Adopt-a-Highway on Sullivan's Island and Surfer's Healing camp for children with autism, and providing $2,000 in college scholarships to local surfers.

The expo, however, is one of its most ambitious efforts to date.

Among the activities will be appearances by surfing archivist Peter Fritzler from the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Randall Library, Maryland-based surfing historian and surf board appraiser Bill Simon, and "Ghost Wave" author Chris Dixon, who will present a film documentary at 4 p.m.

Those who want a free appraisal of boards are urged to email a photograph and description of boards to Simon at surfersimo@aol.com before the expo takes place.

Also at the expo will be a balsa board exhibit by Spencer Surfboards.

And in case you're wondering, the expo also will include some surfing and stand-up paddleboarding in the form of free lessons by Oli Nah, Charleston Watersport Outfitters and Odyssey Surf Shop. Registration is required.

For more information, go to carolinacoastsurfclub.org.

Breakaway No. 5

The fifth of five low-key 5Ks in The Citadel Bulldog Breakaway series will be at 6:30 p.m. today, staged from The Citadel's track. The course encompasses the campus and adjacent Hampton Park.

Cost is $25 and sign-up is 5:30-6:15 p.m. the day of. Find out more at active.com.

Series, etc.

More 5K race series options continue July 19 with the second of four 5Ks in the Daniel Island Twilight Fun Run series ($20 with no party) at 6:30 p.m. at Bishop England High School on Daniel Island and the fifth and final 5K in the Race the Landing series ($25 with a party) at Charles Towne Landing.

For more on the Twilight Fun Run, check out www.theextramileinc.com.

For more on Race the Landing, go to racethe landing.com.

Reach David Quick at 937-5516 or dquick@postand courier.com.