Surf Lessons
Surf Lessons

Surf Lessons!



Surf Camp

Surf Camps run every week this summer. Monday thru Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm. We have a 1:2 instructor to student ratio, as we cater to the individual not the masses. Our camps are taught by locals who grew up surfing the waves your kids will learn to surf!


Carolina Salt Surf Lessons

Private Surf Lessons are perfect for the first time surfer or experienced surfer looking to take their surfing to the next level. During our 90 minute surf lesson you will learn essential fundamentals to guide you through the process of learning how to surf with our passionate, certified and knowledgeable surf instructors.


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Public Surf Lessons allow for a judgment free environment where beginners can learn a new skill and meet like-minded people. Our Public lessons are 90 minutes and groups can be up to 10 surfers, come paddle out with us!

SURF with the PRO

Carolina Salt Surf Lessons

Surfing with the Pro is a unique opportunity to surf with South Carolina’s only pro surfer turned instructor. Taught by Kyle Busey, who has won numerous surfing competitions up and down the East Coast. Kyle will provide unique one on one surfing instructions to improve your skills and increase your wave knowledge and ocean awareness in quick fashion. (Only on Folly Beach)


Rent Surf Boards

We have the perfect surfboards for surfing the lowcountry waves based on your skill level. Beginners: We recommend our top of the line soft top boards ranging from 6ft to 9ft. Advanced and Experts: We recommend either our soft top boards or our hard/fiberglass boards which range from 6ft-9ft


Buy Surf Boards

Carolina Salt is more than just surf lessons we also have our own line of Surfboards. Designed by Pros for Average Joes! We have boards for all skillsets from absolute beginners to seasoned vets. Come by and pick up a board today!

CALL US: 843-452-4833

Based on 165 reviews
Darin Gibbons
Darin Gibbons
April 25, 2024
Had a great time learning to surf with Kyle. He was patient, instructive, and encouraging. Got us riding waves and understanding what we were doing right and wrong each time in a fun enjoyable manner. Highly recommend.
April 24, 2024
Amazing experience learning to surf with Kyle! We love the new boards and can’t wait to get back out there! Highly recommend!
Spencer Hoffman
Spencer Hoffman
April 5, 2024
My 13 year old son has been dreaming about surfing for years. We got him private lessons with Kyle Busey as a birthday gift. My son absolutely loved the experience. This was a transforming experience for him, and now, all he wants to do is surf. We are coming back for sure! Kyle builds rapport with ease and makes surfing fun. Highly recommend!
Tom Koonce
Tom Koonce
December 29, 2023
Great time and commitment to get 5 teenagers up and surfing on a cold December day. Highly recommended!
frank hyman
frank hyman
November 17, 2023
Learned a lot, had a great time and wasn't injured or killed! I call it a great day! :-)
Christian Hales
Christian Hales
October 28, 2023
Had a great time. My teacher (Jake?) was great and spent a lot of time helping me. He stayed out extra long to let me ride good wave in and end on a high note. Highly recommend this place!
Christine Qualman
Christine Qualman
October 10, 2023
My two daughters had a great time trying surfing. They grew in confidence over the course of the lesson and had a great, exhausting time getting in tons of waves and lots of coaching with the two instructors. The instructors were funny and personable, kept my kids motivated and having fun throughout. Highly recommend and will book again on the next trip.
September 18, 2023
These guys are the best! Hands down.
Pat Gilroy
Pat Gilroy
September 13, 2023
Awesome lesson! Kyle is a great instructor. I learned more in the first 10 minutes with him than I did in a full 90 minute lesson with another company. Will definitely be back!
Mike Pete
Mike Pete
September 6, 2023
It was a great outing for this “senior” student. Kyle and Anthony were professional but friendly, and got me standing up for a ride for the second time in my life (first time since the 1970s). Going back for more attentive instruction tomorrow!
Meet the pro: Kyle Busey

(Kyle's resume includes the Safety and Stunt consultant for the hit Netflix show Outer Banks, 2016 state championship, 2000 national champion, 9x state champion, 2001 regional and east coast champion, 2000 SC surfer of the year, 2014 regional champion, 2014 east coast champion)


Kyle Busey was born and raised in Charleston and is arguably the best surfer to ever emerge from SC. He started to surf at age 11 and quickly became National Champion by 14. After winning multiple state, regional, and east coast titles he pursued a path of professional surfing.

In between traveling and competing professionally he loves to share his love of surfing and surfing knowledge with others.

“I don’t travel or compete nearly as much anymore, so I like to spend my time passing my knowledge that you can only acquire from years of traveling and competing onto those willing to learn. What I have done is simplified the learning to surf process and by doing so have made it fool proof. I love passing on my secrets of successfully surfing onto others." – Kyle Busey

Rates for surf lessons in Charleston SC

(surfboards/wetsuits included)
  • Lessons are 90 Minutes and we provide everything you need.
  • Please keep in mind surfing is highly contingent on weather and ocean patterns. If the weather gets bad, we may need to move your time or reschedule.
  • Special discounts and group rates available for parties 5 and up.
  • Minimum 24 hr cancellation notice
Surfboard Rentals in Charleston SC

Surfboard Rental Rates:

1 to 3 day rental $75 | 4 to 7 day rental $150
Free delivery & Pickup when Booked in advance

The # 1 rated surf lessons in Charleston

Surfing on Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Kiawah Island!

Want to go surfing in Charleston SC? Join Carolina Salt Surf Lessons and have the best surf experience possible!!

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed When You Book Surf Lessons in Charleston SC

We offer 100% satisfaction guarantee or it’s free because we truly believe in our ability to give you the best surf experience possible. We are all born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina and due to our years of experience in the water each lesson is catered to the tide, waves, and current, as well as each individuals schedule and needs. We want to pass along our passion and knowledge to you. Our goal is to give you the time of your life and also an unforgettable surfing experience.

Surf Lessons for a Cause!

Carolina Salt is proud to donate a portion of our proceeds to the following causes:
Sand to Shelter™, a selfless non-profit that donates any unused groceries from vacation rental homes to homeless and veterans, founded by Carolina Salt owner, Kyle Busey. We also proudly donate to local schools, fundraisers, animal shelters, and programs for special needs children. Look for us at any beach sweep on Folly Beach.

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We will not only have you surfing within your first lesson, but we will have you choosing, paddling, and catching your own waves.

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What takes other instructors weeks or more, we accomplish within a single lesson. Fun for all ages and great for kids!

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Kyle Busey was born and raised in Charleston and is arguably the best surfer to ever emerge from S.C.

Surfboard Sales & Custom Surfboards

Here at Carolina Salt and Surf Lessons in Charleston SC our goal is to provide the highest quality of customer satisfaction whether it's providing top notch surf lessons or setting you up with the perfect surfboard!

 We provide honest, insightful input on which surfboards are best suited to you and your loved ones based on your skill level. Our branded line of surfboards come in 15 different types, so we guarantee you will find something to fit your style!

If you are looking for the ultimate personalization we also offer custom surfboards made right here in Charleston!

Choose your own length, width, thickness, color, etc. to make your custom surfboard come alive. (Please allow our local shaper 4-8 weeks to complete order).

Call 843-452-4833 to discuss details of your custom surfboard order.

Experience the thrill of the waves with surf lessons at Folly Beach! At Carolina Salt Surf Lessons, we're passionate about surfing in Charleston, South Carolina. Our expert team, premium board rentals, and insightful guidance make surfing accessible to everyone. Whether you're a beginner or seeking to enhance your skills, our Folly Beach surf lessons are tailored to your needs. With years of experience, we'll guide you through the art of surfing, ensuring an enjoyable experience every step of the way.

Ready to dive into the adventure of a lifetime? Our skilled and certified surf instructors at Folly Beach are here to make your surfing dreams a reality. From comprehensive surf instruction to top-notch surfboard rentals, we've got you covered. Whether you're visiting Charleston South Carolina or a local seeking oceanic thrills, contact us today. Let us help you embark on an unforgettable journey filled with the rush of Folly Beach's waves.

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Raving Reviews

“My Boys had a blast and Kyle was such a great teacher!!! Would highly recommend!! Kyle was so patient!!" – Nichol S. – Tripadvisor

“Kyle went out of his way to teach us how to surf on Folly Beach and his passion was evident! Totally professional and he has a photographer who takes pictures for you as part of your purchase. He is also really good at building confidence!” – AJ – Tripadvisor

“Highlight of our trip! My sister and I had a girls weekend and had booked a paddle board tour with Carolina Salt. We had such a blast that we came back the next day for surfing lessons on Folly Beach! Kyle and Connor were awesome and we highly recommend them!” – MCT – Tripadvisor

“Our girls loved their surf lesson with Kyle! He is funny and patient, and had my two up on the boards in no time, even though it was their very first time surfing. If we are ever back in Folly Beach, we will definitely look into doing it again! ” – Carene – Tripadvisor

“Kyle has not only helped me to progress quickly after being out of the water for several months, but he has also helped many of my friends try surfing (and get up!!) for the first time. I started surfing at the end of last summer and was hooked, but had trouble transitioning from a beginner board to a hardtop. I was frustrated and getting nowhere in my other lessons. Then I was referred to Kyle and Carolina Salt. GAME CHANGER! In just four lessons Kyle had me go from a foam board, to a hybrid board to the shorter hardtop I had been trying to get on for MONTHS. I have seen him with both experienced surfers and new surfers – helping each of them with detailed tips and analysis. And all of this is while making everyone feel comfortable and confident. Kyle has a 100% positive teaching style and you can tell he absolutely loves what he does. If you are interested in trying surfing, or looking to knock some rust off of your surfing skills- this is your company." – Bethysue – Tripadvisor

Kids with Special Needs Program

Kids with Special Needs Program

Owner Kyle Busey has over 15 years experience with special needs children.  This includes both high and low functioning autism, Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and paralysis.  “I find no greater joy than working with those with special needs”. “ I have had ten year olds say their very first word aloud when surfing with me.”  That’s when I knew surfing had something special to offer to everyone.  Call 843.452.4833 for a consultation.