Record setting low temperatures on Folly Beach won't scare the strongest of surfers as they compete this weekend in the 2015 Icebox Open.  Whoever wins this event is the MAN!, or WOMAN!, or GROM!. All three divisions are awarded prizes with the top prize of $1000. Here is the information from Ocean Surf Shop. Bundle up and come out to the washout to compete or cheer on this exciting contest.

February 19, 2015 - Folly Beach, S.C – It’s ON!  Ocean Surf Shop - in conjunction with the Eastern Surfing Association – will hold the annual Ocean Surf Shop Icebox Open surf contest Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Folly Beach Washout (1700 Block, contest walk-over). The open men’s divisions will start at 8 a.m.  This is South Carolina’s only cold water surf contest.

The forecast is calling for chest high, chunky south wind-swell. Sets should top out head high in semi-choppy conditions. We are looking for winds to trend southerly at 10 to 15 knots Sunday as another cold front approaches our area. There should be plenty of big, cold surf on Sunday for the contest.

An early check-in party will be held at Ocean Surf Shop, 31 Center St. Saturday, Feb. 21, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Surfers can sign-up and check their heats. Food and drinks will be served. Directly after the contest, (Sunday from 6 – 8 p.m.) there will be an awards ceremony at Rita’s on Folly Beach.

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

Charleston’s best and bravest surfers will meet to square off during the event, taking-on the elements and vying for a top men’s division cash prize of $1000. The women’s winner will score $500. The top prize for the Myatt Air Conditioning Groms (kids) division will be $300. There will also be many prizes for the runners-up, including Ocean Surf Shop gift cards, sailing charters from Fate Sailing Charters, gym memberships from Gold’s Gym, and other prizes from local businesses.

Cost is $50 to pre-register, $65 to register on the beach, assuming there are still slots available. Cost for the grom’s division is $35. Entry forms can be found at www.oceansurfshop.com, or come by the shop to register. Checks can be made out to Ocean Surf Shop, or just bring cash. Slots fill up quickly, so register early if you know you want to compete.

For more information on the contest check us out on Facebook,  go to www.oceansurfshop.com, or call the shop at (843)588-9175.

What

The Ocean Surf Shop Ice Box Open, in conjunction with the Eastern Surfing Association

Who

Open men's, open women's  and open grom’s (kids) divisions.  

Come one, come all. Let your surfing do the talking.

Where

The Washout contest shack, (1700 Block) Folly Beach, S.C.

When

The contests will be held on a Saturday or Sunday Feb. 22.

Heats should start around 8 a.m. and run throughout the day.

Format

Contest will have a men's open division, a women's open division, and a kids’ open division.

All ages are welcome to register.

Competition will consist of four-man heats, 20 minute in length, through to the final.

Impartial judges will be paid by Ocean Surf Shop.

 

Prizes

Cash prize for the men's open division:

First place takes $1000

Second place is a $300 Tides Hotel stay and a $50 gift card to Blu Restaurant at the Tides.

Third place is a $150 Ocean Surf Shop gift card and a $50 Rita’s gift card.

Fourth place receives a 6 mos. membership to Gold’s Gym on Folly Road. (value $375) and a $25 Rita’s Gift Card.

Prizes for the Women's division:

First place takes a $500 cash prize.

Second place takes a Fate Sailing Charter valued at $375

Third place gets $75 Ocean Surf Shop gift card and a $50 Rita’s Gift Card.

Fourth place receives a 6 mos. membership to Gold’s Gym on Folly Road. (value$375) and a $25 Rita’s gift card.

Cash prize for the Groms’ (kids’ under 14) open division:

The Myatt Air Conditioning Grom division winner will receive $300 cash

Second place will receive $125 cash.

Third place will receive $50 cash and a $50 Rita’s Gift card

Fourth place will receive $25 cash and a $25 Rita’s Gift Card.  

Registration

There is a maximum of 32 entries for men's division, and 24 entries for the women's division.

Advance registration cost is $50 per surfer.

Advance registration cost for Groms Division is $35.

We discourage entering the contest on the day of the competition.

Entry fee on the day of the event is $65, assuming slots are still open.

Contestants can register at Ocean Surf Shop's Folly Beach location, or find a "mail-in" contest entry on-line at www.oceansurfshop.com. Make checks payable to Ocean Surf Shop, or pay via credit card.

Contest entries and checks can be mailed to:

Ocean Surf Shop,  Ice Box Entry, 1028 LeGrand Blvd. Chas. S.C. 29492

Party

There will be early check in with some food and drinks at Ocean Surf Shop Saturday, Feb. 21 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. We will have heat sheets and schedules available at that time.

We will also have a rewards ceremony after the contest at a location as yet to be announced.

Information

Ocean Surf Shop’s Facebook page, www.oceansurfshop.com, or call (843)588-9175.

Our gracious sponsors

Tide’s Hotel, Kona Brewing, Myatt Heating and Air, Rita’s Seaside Grille, Fate sailing charters,

Gold’s Gym