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April Fools

Updated: Apr 8, 2023

Saturday, April 1st was one helluva of day in the Charleston area. A ton of out of towners were visiting for several area events. Most notably, the annual Cooper River Bridge Run was happening, with approx 27,000 people taking part. The Credit One Championship Women's Pro Tennis event was getting under way. And other events and festivals were happening all over town and the surrounding area.


But for the Charleston Ocean Athletes, it was a day long anticipated that week thanks to a favorable forecast for the prevailing warm southwest winds and low level jetting (meaning the warm southwest wind over the cold ocean water wouldn't cause fog and light wind). It meant that spring was really finally here, the "third winter" was behind us, the pollen invasion was about done, the water was warming up and the winter marine layering was almost finished. This meant the beaches were finally going to get some consistent wind! Everyone was just hoping this wouldn't be some cruel April fools joke, whereby the forecast would fall through and leave everyone crying the blues on the sand.


Alas, the forecast proved out and we got consistent SW wind all day in the 22-27 mph range across all the beaches, along with 3-4 ft waves to play in. Yours truly got out to windsurf at Isle of Palms for a good bit, enjoying the action on the water with five other windsurfers and a couple of kitesurfers. Then I got behind the camera and roamed around Isle of Palms between 6th Ave and 3rd Ave, and then Station 28.5 at Sullivan's Island. There was big air, wave carving, and just plain good old speed. What a great day it was for everyone, ala the April Fools.


I hope you enjoy the video below (play it in HD full screen and turn up the sound!), plus all the photos below that.


~ Mac ~


If able, play in full screen HD and turn it up. Charleston Ocean Athletes featured in the video include (in alphabetical order): Mac Barnhardt, Chris Busacca, Peter Hess, Scott Hyland, Bart Liebmann, David Schar, Trey Sedalik, Scott West, among several others.


Video & editing by Mac Barnhardt

GoPro POV footage by Bart Liebmann & Scott West


All photos below by Mac Barnhardt


Dave Cavanaugh bottom turning into a juicy wave


Dave Cavanaugh throwing buckets


Scott West bottom turning back into the wave


Bart Liebmann wavesailing


Peter Hess just ahead of the froth


Dave Cavanaugh eyeing the wave


Dave Cavanaugh carving it up


Looking south towards 3rd Avenue & Sullivan's Island


unidentified sending it at 3rd Avenue


Chris Geganto big air


Alli Lehr taking advantage of the conditions


Trey Sedalik in the shallows


Gerrit Neve on the wing foil


Bobby Funcik airing it out


Jonn Meyers carving out a path


a familiar sight along our coast


Trey Sedalik mid-flight board grab


Welcome To The Jungle


Chris Busacca speed sailing on the inside


David Schar throwing spray


Scott Hyland inverted


unidentified going for the mid-air board grab


unidentified enjoying the big day


Chris Busacca off the lip


unidentified chopping it up


unidentified sending it


Scott Hyland of Sealand Sports was on the loose


Chris Busacca was finding ramps all over the place


unidentified mid-flight


David Schar looking for a landing spot



Scott Hyland board sliding



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