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									We t Wild                               &                                          thE CP ’S GUIDE TO ONE HOT SUMMER
                                                                                                                                  summer guide 2006

                                                                                                                                  joys of summer

                                                                                                                                  Water Parks        p.22

                                                                                                                                  Roller Coasters    p.23

                                                                                                                                  Doin’ the Shag     p.24

                                                                                                                                  Myrtle Beach       p.26

                                                                                                                                  MagiQuest          p.26

                                                                                                                                  Surfing            p.28

                                                                                                                                  Sea Turtle         p.30

                                                                                                                                  Serpentarium       p.30

                                                                                                                                  Wild Islands       p.32

                                                                                                                                  Stargazing         p.33

                                                                                                                                  Underwater         p.34
                                                                                                                                  Dive School

                                                                                                                                  Fireworks          p.36

                                                                                                                                  Sailing            p.38
nancy santos

                                                                                                                                  Rockville Regatta p.39

               We may not look forward to the ridonkulous (see          Charleston, get cozy with all types of reptiles at the    Cover model Lisa Epps
                                                                                                                                  is wearing ROXY
               our surf lexicon on pg. 29 for more dude-speak)          Serpentarium and the Aquarium, stargaze at the CofC
                                                                                                                                  provided by McKevlin’s
               temperatures and seemingly endless sweat that            observatory, and shag our brains out (the dance,
                                                                                                                                  Surf Shop, Folly Beach.
               come with the arrival of the year’s hottest season,      sickos) on the pier. For the lowdown on these and         She holds ball python
               but here at the CP, it’s always a treat to put togeth-   more wet and wild activities to spice up the lazy days,   Ickulus, provided by
               er our annual Summer Guide. We get to do exciting        read on. And remember: wherever summer takes you          Fusion 5 Studios, Mt.
               things like visit an underwater dive school in North     this year, for God’s sake, bring bug spray.               Pleasant.
             We t                                                                                                              summer guide 2006

SlIppERy WHEN WET * All afloat for fun in the h20
In Charleston, we’re so refined that we hide our water parks from view. Instead of sitting along the highways
and byways (we’re looking at you, Myrtle Beach), our water rides are tastefully tucked away in Charleston
County’s sprawling park system. But if our local offerings aren’t enough to whet your appetite for scream-
ing waves, then you can always head north for a more adventurous wet and wild day out. (Lynsy Smithson

  arounD toWn
With proximity and all the amenities a family could ask for,                           and, although outside food and drinks are prohibited, con-
the charleston county Parks and recreation commission’s                                cessions offer sustenance between dips. Passes and group
water parks are fun, maybe not myrtle Beach fun, but fun                               rates are available, and admission is discounted after 3
nonetheless. each park has lifeguards and locker rooms,                                p.m. Visit the www.ccprc.com for more information.

SplaSh ISland at palmetto                    SplaSh Zone at JameS ISland               WhIrlIn’ WaterS adventure at            h2oSmoSIS SportS at
ISlandS County park                          County park                               Wannamaker County park                  trophy lakeS
444 needlerush Pkwy.                         871 riverland Dr.                         Hwy. 78 university Blvd.                3050 marlin road
mt. Pleasant                                 795-7275                                  n. charleston                           559-2520
884-0832                                     open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.                 572-7275                                www.h2osmosis.com
open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.                    through aug. 20                           open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.               times and prices vary with activity
through aug. 20                              $9.99/general admission;                  through aug. 6
$6.99/general admission;                     $6.99/children under 42”;                 $18.99/general admission;               It’s no fun if you can’t fall off.
$4.99/children under 42”;                    free for kids two and under               $13.99/children under 48”;              at least that’s the mantra at
free for kids two and under                                                            free for kids two and under             H2osmosis. choose from their list
                                             With both tube and open slides in                                                 of watersports that cover lessons
for those with wee little fishies, this      addition to a 500-foot lazy river, the    of the local options, Whirlin’ is the   (from beginner to advanced), rent-
is the best bet of the ccPrc parks.          Zone covers all the slippery bases.       great white. typically, it draws the    als, and shows built around all the
emily cavell, 23, nannied for three          cavell says that while she would          most visitors, but its amenities        best toys in and out of the water:
young children last summer, and              never pick this over the beach, this      make any lines worth the bikini-        skis, wakeboards, and disc golf.
says the majority of this park caters        park is geared more toward teens          bumping wait. the Big Kahuna,           Pay per hour, per day, or make it an
to an under-12 crowd. raindrop wa-           and could also satisfy adults for an      a 27,000-square-foot wave pool,         overnighter. just be sure to scrape
terfalls, geysers, sprays, and plenty        afternoon.                                offers a variety of wave action, and    yourself out of the wetsuit before
of shade trees keep onlooking                                                          it takes six goes at riptide run        coming downtown.
parents cool. older kids can swirl                                                     to cover all possible routes. this
on the 10-minute ride, the cyclone,                                                    destination doesn’t exclude smaller
or spiral down an otter slide. those                                                   swimmers either; otter Bay, the
older than preteen should probably                                                     kiddie pool area, has a six-lane
consider a more intense destina-                                                       racer slide, sprays, and 10 different
tion, though.                                                                          interactive features.

  myrtLe BeacH
for those who don’t mind being in a wet bathing suit in the car for two hours,
myrtle Beach’s water (and often adjoining theme) parks boast more wet ad-

FamIly kIngdom Water park                 myrtle WaveS                          WIld Water
300 south ocean Blvd.                     us 17 Bypass at                       910 Hwy. 17 south,
843-916-0400                              10th ave. north                       surfside Beach
www.family-kingdom.com                    843-913-9260                          843-238-3787
open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.                 www.myrtlewaves.com                   www.wild-water.com
through aug. 19;                          open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m., but        open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.                 until 7 p.m. tues.-thurs. in july     through aug. 19
aug. 20-sept. 3                           $24.95/ages 7-54;                     $24.98/adults and children
$15.95/adults;                            $15.95/ages 3-6 and 55 plus;          over 48”;
$14.75/children under 48”                 free for kids under three             $16.98/seniors and children
                                                                                below 48”
Because it sits on the ocean,             twenty acres, one million
we’ll call family Kingdom a               gallons of water, 32 rides. for       as ominous as it sounds, “the
chlorinated reprieve from                 south carolinians, myrtle Waves       Dark Hole,” an enclosed ride
sandy faces and the weight of             adds up to the grand palmetto         that calls for individual inner
a catch-everything beach bag.             of waterparks. you might as well      tubes, is this park’s can’t-be-
But according to one online               be on Waikiki while swimming          missed thrill. southern Living
reviewer, this might not be the           in ocean In motion, a wave pool       magazine once named it the
most family-friendly trip after all.      that churns out four-foot waves       “Best scary ride” in the city.
although www.thrillnetwork.com            in eight variations. If climbing      Between that and slides called

gave the park three stars (out of         10 stories to plunge down turbo       triple Dip, serpentine, and side
five), one reviewer complained            twisters — supposedly the             Winder — it might just be worth
about shoddy customer service             world’s tallest tubular slides        the gas.
                                          — seems just plain stupid, the
and overpriced tickets for a park
                                          park also has sand volleyball
of its size. But what did they                                                                                         ShootIn’ the tube at WhIrlIn’ WaterS
                                          and dozens of slide options.
expect? It’s myrtle Beach!
            Wild                                                                                                     summer guide 2006

COME FLY WIth ME * But please, use restraint(s)
Ah, the roller coaster — the control freak’s worst nightmare. As you careen down a hill at 65 mph, unfet-
tered by annoyances like brakes, a steering wheel, or, well, anything but pure, unadulterated joy (or terror),
all you can do is sit down, strap in, and wait as you’re carried up a gigantic hill, wondering if that groaning,
clickety-clack noise is the last music your precious ears will ever hear.
   What began in the 19th century as gigantic ice slides created for Catherine the Great in Russia eventu-
ally morphed into the multimillion-dollar, rigorously safety-tested behemoths that we get our kicks from
today. While our roller coaster options may be somewhat limited here in the Southeast, there’s still plenty
of scream-release opportunities to be found across the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee. (Sara

  DescenDIng DestInatIons
Here’s a sampling of some of the best ways to get euphoric on a thrill-seeking day trip outside of our safe,
height-limited little peninsula:

the hurrICane                  the great amerICan              the borg aSSImIlator           tImber toWer                    expedItIon evereSt
Category 5                     SCream maChIne                  CaroWIndS                      dollyWood                       Walt dISney World
the myrtle beaCh               SIx FlagS over georgIa          charlotte, n.c.                Pigeon forge, tenn.             orlando, fla.
pavIlIon                       austell, ga.                    (800) 888-4386                 (865) 428-9488                  http://www.disneyeverest.
n. myrtle Beach, s.c.          (770) 948-9290                  http://www3.paramount-         http://www.dollywood.com        com/
843-913-5200                   http://www.sixflags.com/        parks.com/carowinds
http://www.mbpavilion.         parks/overgeorgia                                              yeah yeah, so most
com                                                            the world’s first star         people don’t count rides        Disney’s newest ride at
                               the scream machine is a         trek-themed coaster            that involve water as roller    the animal Kingdom in or-
the Pavilion, a myrtle         picture-perfect example         (carowinds is owned by         coasters, but this one          lando features the tallest
Beach institution that has     of the classic wooden           Paramount, after all), the     sounds wonderfully prom-        “mountain” in florida and
been amusing families          coaster, with its track built   steel Borg assimilator         ising. just a few months        run-ins with the mythical
since 1948, is closing         half over rolling, grassy       is the tallest ride in the     ago, Dollywood unveiled         yeti of the Himalayas.
its gates at the end of        fields and half over a lake     park at 115 feet. the          the Dolly Parton-owned          an 80-foot drop in an
this season. this means        that connects to the chat-      twisting, hulking steel ride   park’s newest addition          “old” steam-engine train
that this summer is your       tahoochee river — which         was originally unveiled as     — the $6.5-million timber       combines with hairpin
last chance to take a          gives riders a chance to        stealth, the world’s first     tower, a one-of-a-kind ride     turns and heart-stopping
spin on the Hurricane,         glimpse themselves in the       “flying” coaster — mean-       that resembles a falling        twists to make expedition
south carolina’s biggest       glassy surface as they’re       ing riders actually stay       log (sounds scary, eh?).        everest the most exciting
wooden roller coaster.         hurtled up and down the         parallel to the tracks in a    the timber tower consists       Disney ride to come along
the three-minute ride is       hills at 57 mph. Built in       superman-style position        of a 65-foot-tall tower that    in a while. one online fan
3,800 feet long, 110 feet      1973 and reaching 105           — in santa clara, calif.,      sits in the middle of a gi-     review said: “this is one
tall, takes 14 turns over      feet at its highest peak,       at Paramount’s great           ant pond, spinning around       of the best roller coasters
the course of the track,       the scream machine was          america park. Paramount        before it starts “falling”      I’ve ever ridden. not for
and offers riders a forceful   the tallest coaster in the      decided to move it to          from side to side, dipping      giant drops and g-force
3-g experience (meaning        world that year, although       charlotte in 2004, possi-      riders at damn scary            turns, but for speed,
you’ll feel three times the    it was soon dwarfed.            bly to go hand-in-hand with    60-degree angles. take it       smoothness, suspense,
force of gravity). and after   Despite the fact that the       all the speed freaks that      from the mouth of Dolly         and surprise. It has an
it’s over, you can step        scream machine is one of        congregate around the          herself: “I think folks will    ending as shocking as
onto the boardwalk and         six flags over georgia’s        car racing capital of the      agree that timber tower         ‘Dinosaur’ and a very
get a spray-painted t-shirt    oldest coasters, it still       southeast. the Borg has        is every bit as unique as       intriguing premise to the
to remind you of the ride      packs a wallop, especially      eight inversions (those are    I am, and that’s saying a       ride ... the abominable
forever!                       during those special times      what create the g-force        lot ... and one of us is just   snowman.”
                               of the year when the pow-       rating of 4), more than        about as likely to topple
                               ers that be decide to run it    any other coaster in this      over as the other!”
                               backwards — you haven’t         region of the country. Put
                               lived until you’ve been         the Vulcan mind-meld to
                               thrown to and fro in a          work on your friends and
                               rickety old wooden coaster      convince them to head
                               without the benefit of          to carowinds for a little
                               being able to see what’s        assimilation.
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           I lOvE BEACH MUSIC * South Carolina’s wildest dance still has fans
           If a Carolinian asks a visitor what the term “beach music” means to them, they usually get a mixed response: “Is it calypso and reggae music …
           the Beach Boys and surf guitar tunes … a recent pat Conroy novel … a rock cover band at the Windjammer?” Not exactly.
              True-blue beach music follows a specific meter, rhythm, and lyrical theme associated with the culture of the Carolina coast and shag dancing. Go
           to any local wedding reception, fancy night club, or waterfront bar where musicians perform and keep an ear and eye out. If the right tune comes up
           — or even simply the right swingin’ mid-tempo dance beat — you will likely become witness to the state dance in full glory. Even these days, 60 years
           after the advent of the original Coastal Carolina dance craze, the shag is alive and well.

              “The shag that we talk about so much now was an improvisational ensemble                                 It was all teenager themes: sun, sand, beer, and watching the girls go by. In the ’80s, it
           dance,” says author and historian John Hook, speaking from his home in North                                absolutely, totally, completely exploded in many different ways.”
           Myrtle Beach. “I can’t even begin to talk about how radical that is. The European                              The first S.O.S. (“Society of Stranders”) reunion event happened in 1980 at Ocean
           dances in style were all traditional. There were no real ensemble dances in Africa                          Drive Beach, near Myrtle Beach. On a September weekend, over 4,000 “stranders”
           because the men and women danced apart. The shag was a new expression that                                  returned to Ocean Drive for what was originally to be a small gathering of a few
           evolved and still evolves in the Southeast.”                                                                hundred beachgoers, organized by Gene “Swank” Laughter.
              A radio broadcaster, longtime musicologist, and beach music historian, Hook, 56,                            The S.O.S. corporation is currently owned and operated by the Association of
           first caught wind of the shag as a college student in Charlotte in 1975. The dance                          Carolina Shag Clubs (ACSC), which includes over 100 nonprofit, local shag clubs
           opened the door to the world of beach music. His new 128-page paperback book,                               stretching from Baltimore to Miami. The organization is now recognized for its three
           Shagging in the Carolinas (released on June 14 by Arcadia Publishing) illustrates the                       yearly “adult parties” in the spring, summer, and fall at North Myrtle Beach.
           cultural significance of the dance and beach music in the Carolinas.                                           Shagging is still wildly popular in the Charleston area, too. The town has two major
                                                                                                                       shag social clubs — the Islanders Club based on Folly Beach (www.islandersshagclub.
              According to Hook, the shag established itself mostly along the Southeastern
                                                                                                                       com) and the Charleston Shag Club based on Sullivan’s Island (www.charlestonshag-
           coastline in the 1930s and ’40s, well before the “lindy hop,” the “jitterbug,” the “big
                                                                                                                       club.com). Nightclub J.B. Pivots (www.pivotsbeachclub.com), located in West Ashley
           apple,” and other popular dance floor steps. Early beach bands included Harry Deal
                                                                                                                       at 1662 Savannah Hwy., is a major hotspot for shaggers and beach music lovers. The
           & The Galaxies, The Daddys, The Embers, The Dominos, The Rivieras, The Ventu-                               venue holds dance lessons, DJ nights, and various live bands and entertainment and
           ras, The Jetty Jumpers, and Maurice Williams & The Gladiolas. More modern-era                               celebrates a 20th anniversary from Oct. 5-8. Pivots is also a main sponsor for the First
           beach music acts (most of whom still perform as one version or another) include                             Beach Music and Shag Festival of Charleston, set for Aug. 17-20.
           The Drifters, The Tams, The Swingin’ Medallions, The Jesters, The Fantastic Shak-                              “You know, beach music has really matured recently,” Hook says. “There are great
           ers, and Delbert McClinton. The shagging craze hit its stride in the ’60s and found                         new original songs out by Leah & The Wave, Shaggy Maggie, Pat Carpenter, North
           a resurgence in the late ’70s and early ’80s.                                                               Tower, and Charleston’s own Rick Strickland, who wrote last year’s chart hit ‘Some-
              “Beach music became conscious of itself when Jackie Gore wrote a song called                             thin’ Smooth.’ We are talking about really sophisticated themes and mature music;
           ‘I Love Beach Music’ [recorded and released by The Embers in 1979],” says Hook.                             that’s where beach music is now.” (T. Ballard Lesemann)
           “Prior to that, there was never ever any beach music song that observed the culture.

                                                                  get your sHag on * a shagadelic summer calendar of dance

                                                                SugarCreek reunIon ConCert                                thIrd annual Shag-a-thon                                ShaggIn’ on the pIer
                                                                charlotte-based band sugarcreek was the house             the Islanders shag club conducts monthly                charleston county Parks present a three-night
                                                                band at myrtle Beach’s popular beach pavilion             socials and parties, and teaches newcomers              “moonlight mixer” series for shag dancers and
                                                                club for 10 years. this show is part of the               new shag steps. the club presents a dance               beach music lovers at the far end of the pier. Dj
                                                                Pavilion’s farewell season celebration. fri. july 9.      event in conjunction with Hospice of charleston.        rob Duran spins beach music, oldies, and shag
                                                                $20. the attic at the myrtle Beach Pavilion. 812          Donations and proceeds benefit the charleston           faves. fri. july 7, fri. sept. 15, and fri. oct.
                                                                n. ocean Blvd. myrtle Beach. (843) 444-3207.              Hospice House. sat. aug. 12 at citadel mall.            6 from 7-11 p.m. $8 (for chas. co. residents)
                                                                                                                          2070 sam rittenberg Blvd. call Isc president            and $10 (for non-residents). folly Beach fishing
                                                                                                                          nancy strother at 762-0850. www.islandersshag-          Pier (at the end of folly road). 795-4386. www.
                                                                the tamS                                                  club.com                                                ccprc.com
                                                                atlanta-based act the tams (a.k.a. joe Pope &
                                                                the tams) are beach music legends known for
                                                                such soulful hits as “What Kind of fool” and              FIrSt beaCh muSIC and Shag                              thIrd annual hurrICane party
                                                                “Be young, Be foolish, Be Happy.” fri. july 14,           FeStIval oF CharleSton                                  j. B. Pivot’s celebrates its 20th anniversary
                                                                6 p.m. free. Party at the Point at charleston             featuring the Drifters, the tams, maurice               with a four-day event with live bands, Djs, and
                                                                Harbor resort. 20 Patriots Point Blvd.                    Williams, east coast Party Band, the coastline          dancers. Dj jim Bowers: thurs. oct. 5, 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                          Band, Band of oz, rick godfrey, the fantastic           at the Plex. the tams: fri. oct. 6, 7 p.m. at
                                                                                                                          shakers, clifford curry, Dj jerry Burbage, the          j.B. Pivots. Dj Betty “Blues mama” Brown: sat.
                                                                beaCh boogIe muSIC SerIeS                                 coppertones, the fabulous shades, craig                 oct. 7, 7 p.m. the coastline Band: sun. oct. 8,
                                                                an evening of music, Lowcountry cuisine, and              Woolard Band, sea cruz, Dj jim Bowers. thurs.           7 p.m. j.B. Pivots. 1662 savannah Hwy. www.
                                                                cocktails with Dj jim Bowers on the turntables.           aug. 17: “Kick off Party” at the Plex, 6 p.m.           pivotsbeachclub.com
                                                                Local dance instructor Kae childs will conduct            ($20). thurs. aug. 17: exchange Park, Ladson, 6
                                                                a group shag lesson at 6 p.m. in the great                p.m. ($20); fri. aug. 18: “folly Pier reunion” at
                                                                Hall. thurs. july 20 and thurs. aug. 17, 6-9              j.B. Pivots, 6 p.m. ($15); sat. aug. 19-20: “rV
                                                                p.m. $7 (general public), $5 (members). s.c.              space exchange Park” ($50, $25 per day). $85
                                                                aquarium. 100 aquarium Wharf, 720-1990. www.              for a ticket for all four days. the Plex. j.B. Pivots
                                                                scaquarium.org.                                           (1662 savannah Hwy.), and the exchange Park
                                                                                                                          fairgrounds (Ladson). www.charlestonbeachfest.

                                                                ShaggIn’ on the Santee
                                                                Hosted by the orangeburg area shag club, this
                                                                three-day event includes beach music Djs, a
           ShaggIng Started along the SoutheaStern CoaSt-       beauty pageant, and cookouts. afternoons, fri.
           lIne In the 1930S and retaInS ItS popularIty today   july 28 through sun. july 30. $40 & $45. ra-
                                                                mada Inn, santee. 123 mall st. (803) 854-2191.
          Wild                                                                                                                                           summer guide 2006

ByE-ByE, BOARDWAlK * the Myrtle Beach Pavilion prepares for the end
For 58 years, vacationers have been creating memories at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park. the memories will last for years to come, but
the Pavilion Amusement Park will soon be gone. When the lights go dark, when the carousel stops, and the band organ falls silent on September 24,
it will be for the last time. “the Pavilion” — as it is known to millions — will be consigned to history and photo albums.

   The Burroughs & Chapin Co., which cre-
                                                                                                                                      But the Pavilion is only the main course
ated the park in 1948, made the announce-
                                                                                                                                      in a smorgasbord of beachfront fun. There
ment in March, sparking a flood of anger and
                                                                                                                                      are dozens of T-shirt shops, bars, grills, ice
nostalgia. But times change, demographics
shift, and the venerable old playground-by-                                                                                           cream parlors, and video arcades alongside
the-sea must make way for other things.                                                                                               the Pavilion on Ocean Boulevard. What
   The Pavilion is what brings people to                                                                                              will become of the Oceanfront Bar & Grill,
Myrtle Beach, says Jack Thompson, a Myrtle                                                                                            Peach’s Corner, the Gay Dolphin Gift
Beach photographer and institution in his                                                                                             Cove, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum,
own right. For more than 53 years, Thomp-                                                                                             and The Bowery, that legendary beer hall
son’s studio has been within 100 yards of the                                                                                         across from the Pavilion, where Alabama
Pavilion. In those years his photographs have                                                                                         got its start as the house band and the sign
captured the thrills and delights of genera-                                                                                          over the door has promised “Free Beer To-
tions of Pavilion patrons.                                                                                                            morrow” for decades?

                                                                                                                                 BurrougHs & cHaPIn co
   “It’s one of the last few vestiges of pub-                                                                                            They will probably survive, but it will be
lic space where people can come to mingle                                                                                             as part of a different culture, a different mi-
and meander on the beach without paying a                                                                                             lieu, a different town. After September 24,
large fee,” Thompson says. “Now it’s gone.”                                                                                           they will not stand across the street from
   Well, not quite. For the next three months                                                                                         thousands of flashing, spinning lights, from
you can still ride the Hurricane Category                                                                                             the squeals and screams of delighted and
5, the largest roller coaster in South Caro-                                                                                          terrified children and adults. The center of
lina, or the Mad Mouse, the Log Flume, the                                                                                            this wonderful little universe will be gone
Scrambler, the HydroSurge, or any of the         the myrtle beaCh pavIlIon promISeS one FInal Summer oF noStalgIC Fun                 forever. So take a drive up U.S. 17 to Myrtle
dozens of rides, games, and attractions.                                                                                              Beach and spend one last day or evening at
   While it lasts, you can touch a bit of his-                                                                                        the Pavilion.
tory with a ride on the Hershell-Spillman                   — with its hip-hop and beach music, DJs, and elec-                                It does no good to mourn or grow
carousel, with its 27 hand-carved wooden animals. You tric dance floor. Downstairs from The Attic in the old            angry. The passing of the Pavilion is a reminder that all
can hear the German band organ, just as it has sounded beachfront pavilion is one of the largest video game ar-         is transient. So eat, drink, and ride the Tilt-A-Whirl one
for the past century, with its 400 pipes and its moving cades in the state.                                             last time. Remember when the world was young, when
life-like figures.                                            And helping to mark the Pavilion’s last season will be    summers lasted forever. This summer will end too soon
   For young people, there is still The Attic, Myrtle nights of fireworks, beach music, shagging contests, and          and when it passes, take a big piece of our hearts with
Beach’s only teen night club — alcohol-free, of course more. (For details, see MBPavilion.com.)                         it. (Will Moredock)

 magIQuest * myrtle Beach’s newest attraction takes kids back to the future

Located at Broadway at the                 much like a video game,                blocks, and if you’re a parent who
Beach, the heir apparent to the          magiQuest requires gamers to             wants to quest along with your
dated Pavilion may just be magi-         complete various objectives and          kids, you’ll have to pay regular
Quest. Because when the roller           gain valuable power and experi-          admission prices. the good news
coaster comes down and the kids          ence in order to go on to harder         is, once you have the wand you
are sick of the beach, you may           tasks, like taking on charlock the       simply buy more time, and parents
find this interactive game of the        Dragon or exploring locked areas.        receive a VIP (Very Important
future is everything you “wand” it       magi can work together with family       Parent) card that allows them to
to be.                                   and friends to complete the tasks,       get reduced admission for their
   essentially a high-tech interac-      summon other magi to help them,          second visit, and free admission
tive scavenger hunt, magiQuest is        and check their progress at the          after that. (Stephanie Barna)
a 20,000-square-foot fantasy king-       stone circle on interactive com-
dom for Harry Potter wannabes of         puter screens.                           magiQuest is located in myrtle
all ages. the Questers, or magi             While cheesy at times, magi-          Beach at Broadway at the Beach.
as they are called, purchase a           Quest is addictive, and not just         for more information call toll free
                                                                                                                                                                                        BurrougHs & cHaPIn co

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           SURF’S Up * Catching some waves this summer
             The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) is home                              In Charleston, the Southern South Carolina
           base for Charleston’s amateur surfers. The larg-                          District (SSCD) of ESA is directed by Nancy Hussey,
           est amateur surfing association in the world, ESA                         a professional surf photographer and mother of
           has a 7,000-plus membership and 26 districts                              three redonculous surfers. “the Southern S.C.
           which extend along 2,000 miles of coastline                               District has about 250 members and hosts about
           from Maine to the Gulf Coast of Florida. Cecil                            10 surf contests per year,” says hussey. “We are a
                                                                                     volunteer, nonprofit organization and we do a lot
           lear and David Reese founded the association
                                                                                     of outreach work.”
           in 1967 in order to promote the sport of surfing
                                                                                        The SSCD also collaborates frequently with an-
           along the East Coast.
                                                                                     other Lowcountry conservation group, the Sur-
             today, ESA is host to a number of competitive                           frider Foundation. the Surfriders are dedicated to
           events. Just this May, the Mid Atlantic Regional                          keeping the beaches safe and clean and they bring
           surf competition was held at the Washout on                               together surfers, kayakers, and all outdoor enthu-
           Folly Beach. ESA also sponsors several college                            siasts down with preserving the environment.
           scholarship programs and has aligned with nu-                                To find out more about the Southern South Car-
           merous environmental organizations to protect                             olina District of ESA and how you can get involved,
           our oceans from pollution and ensure clean,                               visit www.surfesa.org. to join the Surfriders, visit
           safe coastal environments.                                                www.surfrider.org/charleston. (Elle Lien)

                BLue crusHaBLe * a Q&a with the women of the Washout

               the word is out on the Washout at folly Beach — it’s the no. 1 spot for catching waves in the charleston area.
               But it helps to know the difference between “knee-high sets” and “a hurricane swell” before you paddle out.
               We got our surf education by chatting with some of the local ladies who spend just about every weekend with
               their toes in the sand. (Jason A. Zwiker)

                                  1. you are on the way to the Washout for a day of surfing. What are the essential supplies?
                                  	 “Wax	and	board”	—Kona
                                  	 “I’m	a	tomboy,	so	all	I	need	are	chapstick	with	sunscreen,	my	board,	some	wax,	and	a	bottle	of	water.	Oh,	yeah…	and	some	
                                    Mace	to	spray	in	the	eyes	of	the	punk	boys.”	—Amy	P .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nancy Hussey
                                  	 “Sun	block,	surf	wax,	towel,	large	bottle	hot	water	to	rinse	in,	Swatch,	ATTITUDE!”	—Katherine

                                  2. most humiliating surfing memory
                                  	 “When	I	first	started	surfing	I	rode	a	wave	all	the	way	in	and	when	I	dismounted,	in	knee-deep	water,	I	landed	on	an	old	
                                    creosote	post,	which	broke	off	in	my	foot.	The	COFB	paramedics	carried	me	off	the	beach	and	I	spent	the	remainder	of	
                                    the	day	having	shards	of	wood	removed	from	my	foot.	Of	course,	we	had	an	epic	swell	for	the	next	several	days,	which	I	        SurF royalty ChrIS and Jenny broWn CatCh Some WaveS
                                    missed.”	—Jewel	N.                                                                                                             at Folly beaCh
                                  	 “Cutting	off	a	veteran	surfer	in	the	water	and	looking	back	to	see	him	right	behind	me.”	—B-Love
                                  	 “Losing	a	surfing	event	to	Kristin	Tanner	when	I	was	about	40	years	old	and	she	was	about	5	—	and	she	was	on	a	boogie	
                                    board.	That	she	had	friends	in	high	places	didn’t	make	me	feel	any	better.”	—Katherine                                            Learn to rIDe
                                                                                                                                                                      school yourself in catching waves
                                  3. When were the best waves you ever remember in the local area?
                                                                                                                                                                      charleston has a number of surfing schools available to
                                  	 “The	biggest	waves	I’ve	ever	seen	were	before	some	hurricane	two	years	ago.	It	was	NUTS.	I	didn’t	even	get	in.	It	was	actu-
                                    ally	pretty	scary	watching	people	surf	in	it.	I	sat	on	the	rocks	just	watching	and	praying	no	one	would	get	killed.”	—Amy	P.      both kids and adults. the following were recommended
                                  	 “Hurricane	Bonnie	swell,	September	‘98.	My	first	barrel	ever	—	stand	up,	covered	up!	The	waves	were	perfect	glass,	8	to	10	       to the City Paper by embryo’s chad rhodes and nancy
                                    feet,	and	the	crowd	was	stoked.”	—Patti	N.                                                                                        Hussey of the southern south carolina District of esa.
                                  	 “Just	going	out	for	‘dawn	patrol’	and	the	waves	were	great!”	—Tara	N.
                                                                                                                                                                      →	Shaka SurF SChool
                                                                                                                                                                         607-9911, shakasurfschool@hotmail.com
                                  4. Jellyfish: friend or foe, and why?
                                                                                                                                                                         shaka is run by moira gil john and jenny Brown, both east
                                     “Back-stabbing	friend.”	—Kona                                                                                                       coast surfing champions and very cool girls. they offer bilin-
                                  	 “Foe.	Because	he	stung	me	in	a	place	where	a	girl	should	never,	ever	be	stung.”	—Amy	P.                                              gual lessons and instruction for all ages.
                                  	 “Jellyfish	deserve	to	live,	but	hurt	when	they	sting.	I	landed	on	a	Man-o-War	once	that	had	washed	over	my	board	and	I	had	
                                    a	welt	on	my	leg	for	a	week	that	was	bigger	around	than	a	softball.	The	tentacles	wrapped	down	my	leg	as	well.”	—B-Love           →	barrIer ISlandS SurF SChool
                                                                                                                                                                         327-7848, www.bisurfcamp.com
                                                                                                                                                                         Barrier is off of folly road. they offer all-ages lessons, and
                                  5. the most important thing to remember when you are on the beach this summer is:                                                      before or after, you can grab a great fish taco at the nearby
                                  	 “Wear	sunscreen	and	drink	beer!!!”	—Kona                                                                                             La cocina restaurant.
                                  	 “Respect	the	beach.	Respect	each	other.	HAVE	FUN.”	—Patti	N.
                                  	 “Sunblock,	sunblock,	sunblock.	And	respect	the	beach	by	picking	up	your	trash,	recycling,	and	not	walking	on	dunes	and	           →	Sol SurFerS SurF Camp
jason ZWIKer

                                                                                                                                                                         881-6700, www.solsurfers.net
                                    sea	grass.”	—B-Love
                                                                                                                                                                         Kai Dilling is lead instructor at sol surfers. the camp is
                                                                                                                                                                         recommended for kids between the ages 8 and 15, and they
                                                                                                                                                                         promise a 6-to-1 teacher ratio.
                                                                    summer guide 2006

  DuDe sPeaK * Learn the lingo to be authentic

aCCeSSory man                burnt reynoldS              In SurF We truSt            SphInCter FaCtor
a surfer that has            When a surfer gets          Popular mantra spoken       the pucker felt in the
every piece of surf gear     badly sunburned.            by many surfers when        posterior region, run-
imaginable and uses          example: “man I should      asked why they surf.        ning concurrently with
it all at the same time      have worn my rashie                                     wave height, speed,
regardless of whether        today and I’m totally       JIvel                       and adrenaline dosage.
the circumstances call       Burnt reynolds.”            When everything goes        example; “the sphinc-
for it.                                                  wrong. example: “yo dis     ter factor was a 10 out
                             FlaCa                       jus turned jivel, yo!”      there today.”
aCe                          a female surfer, or ‘du-
to be alone or in a          dette’. originated during   man In grey SuIt            SquId
solitary state of mind       a trip to centinela.        What surfers in aus-        unlikable or disrespect-
— to go solo.                                            tralia call a shark. as     ed person. often used
                             FroSt                       in; you know, those big     to describe someone in
                                                                                     the lineup who has little
barnyard                     fine, hot, sexy, cute.      great White ones? In
                                                                                     to no regard for fellow
another name for             example: “check him         california they’re called
a kook, beginner,            out — he’s frosted.”        “the Landlord.”
wavehog, non surfer
coming out and scream-       glIde                       redonCulouS                 Hawaiian moniker
ing about how they’re        a spiritual place when      crazy good. Barreling,      for women surfers.
ripping when they’re         everything seems to be      huge. anything that you     also used by Bruddah
actually stinkbugging,       in synch; the wave, the     think is crazy or out of    surfers to refer to their
squatting, and surfing       surfer and the board        the ordinary.               counterparts of the
with the poorest style       are one entity. When                                    opposite gender. term
possible. common with        a surfer achieves this      SkeepS                      of affection.
high school jocks, prep-     he’s said to have the...    sketchy people who
pies, and others who         glide                       have little to no regard    WomanISta
are trying to fit into the                               for the environment.        a surf Betty that’s al-
surf community.              hIddIe                      typically leave trash on    ways competing against
                             Derivative of hideous       the beach for someone       the guys, and obsessed
bubbleS                      or particularly intense     else to clean up.           with beating them, in
a beach bunny that’s a       situation, maneuver,                                    any kind of competition.
total ditz. example: “yo     or wave.
brah, that beach bunny                                                               source:
was so bubbles!”                                                                     www.riptionary.com
RACING FOR SURvIvAl * the endangered loggerhead
When Lighthouse, a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle, arrived at the South                      trainers expressed interest ... and since
Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital on June 13, it was discolored,                       then, I’ve learned hands-on from being
anemic, covered in barnacles, had leeches suckered to its underside, and                     fully immersed in sea turtles.”
                                                                                                In Dec. 2004, they got a grant from
had exposed bone on the back of its carapace (shell).
                                                                                             the National Fish and Wildlife Founda-
                                                                                             tion that allows them to care for up to
   Lucky for him (or her; they won’t           South Carolina Department of Natural          10 turtles at one time. The Sea Turtle
know for sure until the turtle reaches         Resources (SCDNR) encountered sick            Hospital, located in the underbelly of
maturity), he washed up in the right           or injured turtles stranded off the S.C.      the Aquarium, is made up of turtle tanks
place — the Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hos-         coastline, they had to travel six or more     that look like sturdier versions of those
pital and rescue program is the first of its   hours to receive the needed medical           3-foot-tall above-ground backyard pools,
kind worldwide, and they’ve rehabilitat-       care.                                         a kiddie pool containing a cadre of blue
ed and released over 20 sea turtles since         Between 2000 and 2004, even though         crabs (the loggerhead’s favorite snack,
the Aquarium opened in May 2000.               the Aquarium helped and released a
   The endangered Western Atlantic log-                                                      which it can crunch with its powerful
                                               modicum of turtles, it became apparent        jaw), and various medical equipment,
gerhead sea turtles are an integral part
                                               that there were more stranded turtles be-     much of which is generously donated by
of summertime in S.C. Each year, from
                                               ing found than the Aquarium’s facilities      East Cooper Hospital.
May to August — nesting season — the
                                               could handle.                                    When the turtles come in, they could
females create hundreds of nests, each
one containing upward of 130 eggs, up             Currently at the helm of the Aquar-        be ailing from infections, gashes from
and down the Southeastern coastline.           ium’s program is marine biologist Kelly       boats, an obstruction in the esophagus,
The Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Summer cel-          Thorvalson, a College of Charleston           shock from cold temperatures, or other
ebrates these majestic creatures by work-      graduate with a readily apparent enthu-       problems. The sea turtle hospital staff
ing to educate the public through both         siasm for her job.                            nurse them back to health with IV fluids,
their new sea turtle exhibit and summer           “We didn’t ever have any one person        antibiotics, vitamins, and other medica-
educational programs.                          in charge,” Thorvalson says. “We didn’t       tions, releasing them back into the wild
   The biologists at the Aquarium discov-      plan for a sea turtle hospital when we        when they’re ready to fight the big, bad
ered shortly after opening that when the       opened. Myself and one of our otter           world.

   oH, rePtILIa * the Lowcountry’s treasure trove for budding herpetologists

although it’s a bit of a haul to get out to
edisto Island from downtown charles-
ton, there’s a wonderful reward waiting
at the end of the hour: the edisto Island
serpentarium, packed full of reptiles
both inside and out.
   the serpentarium, owned by brothers
ted and Heyward clamp, opened to the
public in july 1999 after the snake-lov-
ing brothers tired of people coming to

                                                                                                                                     nancy santos
their houses to check out their extensive
live snake collections.                        the SerpentarIum’S InteraCtIve, eduCatIonal pro-
   “Before we opened this place, we had        gram takeS the Fear FaCtor out oF Snake handlIng
so many people wanting to see what we
had that there was no privacy and no
                                               a custom-built miniature amphitheater,        ming in, and spend their days lazing
peace,” says ted clamp. “We wanted
                                               complete with a heart-stopping show of        about in the sunshine on tree branches
to teach people that snakes have a                                                           (ah, the joy of being cold-blooded in the
                                               some of the poisonous snakes.
purpose and a use, and we realize that            although the serpentarium primarily        south carolina summer).
knowledge about these creatures prob-          deals with native animals, including as          “We don’t have any native snakes in
ably saves more lives than any other           many of our native species as they’ve         the united states that attack,” clamp
method.”                                       caught over the years, they’ve got an         says, discussing how people often
   there are over 38 species of snakes         extensive collection of more exotic           mistake the cottonmouth’s defensive
native to south carolina, six of which         reptiles, too, including a pair of poi-       showing of its white mouth to be a sign
are poisonous — the coral snake, cop-          sonous gila monsters from arizona, a          of attack. clamp, as you’d hope from a
perhead, cottonmouth/water moccasin,           giant anaconda (“He loves to eat ducks        serpentarium owner, knows his reptiles;
pigmy rattlesnake, eastern diamondback         whole,” clamp says), an albino python,        he can name any of the probably 75
(or canebrake) rattlesnake, and the            and a pair of huge alligator snapping         snakes in the nonvenomous snake pit at
timber rattlesnake. I learned all this         turtles. the reptiles are spread across       the point of a finger.
through biologist meg Hoyle, who gave          the serpentarium in exhibits both inside         clamp is eager to point out that ven-
the snake presentation on the day I            and out, and there are two huge “snake        omous snakes have produced countless
visited the serpentarium. they offer           pits,” where the snakes are surrounded        types of medicine for ailments ranging
educational seminars every two hours in        by little moats, which they enjoy swim-       from diabetes to hemophilia, as each
                                                           summer guide 2006

gets a flipper up
   There are steps people can take to help
further the survival rates of this endangered
species: don’t leave litter on the beach,
don’t use flashlights or turn out outside
lights on the beach or in beachfront areas
during the turtle nesting season, and keep
an eye out for sea turtles while boating,
avoiding seagrass beds, where turtles feed
and nest.
   “Many things can affect the turtles’
beach habitat,” Thorvalson says. “People dig
these three-foot-deep holes on the beach
and don’t fill them ... if a hatchling fell into
something like that, it would never come
   The Sea Turtle Summer continues
through Aug. 20 of this year, and while
the Aquarium has a creative, informative
exhibit already, Thorvalson revealed that
they’re getting ready to add a new factor:
an interactive, Plinko-esque exhibit where
guests release ball “hatchlings” and watch
as they are randomly dropped into vari-
ous obstacles, such as fishing nets, bright
lights, and ghost crabs (a gourmet meal for
an adult turtle can be an executioner for a
hatchling). Crossing The Price is Right with
gigantic reptiles? Now that sounds like
summer. (Sara Miller)
                                                                                               nancy santos

venomous snake has a slightly differ-
ent chemical makeup of their venom,
although there are only two main types of
                                                   loggerhead Sea turtle St. SImon IS Well
venom the snakes can produce — neu-                on hIS Way to Full reCovery, thankS to
rotoxic, which affects the nerves, and             the aquarIum’S Sea turtle hoSpItal
hemotoxic, which affects the blood.
   of course, an educated person would
know the types of poisonous snakes
                                                    sea turtLe summer
located around his or her living area and
what to do should one be encountered.               →	the aquarium hosts daily interac-
this is a thought possibly best pondered                tive dive shows at the great ocean
when peering over the side of the venom-                tank featuring turtles: turtle
ous snake pit at the serpentarium, the                  tranSFormatIon at 11 a.m.
view unfettered by anything like, say, nets             mon.-sat. and tIC taC turtle at 3
or a fence or what-have-you.                            p.m. mon.-sat.
   the real excitement at the serpen-
tarium comes at feeding time — they
                                                    →	on sat. july 22, the aquarium
                                                        hosts Sea turtle day from 11
feed the alligators every day at different              a.m.-2 p.m., with representa-
times, and every week at noon on satur-                 tives from the Island turtle team
day, guests get the pleasure of watch-                  answering questions about sea
ing them feed the hundreds of snakes
                                                        turtles and volunteer opportunities,
throughout the place. and what do they
                                                        turtle crafts and activities, and a
eat? mice, fish, rats, ducks, rabbits,
                                                        chance to win a behind-the-scenes
and more (some of them even eat other
                                                        tour of the aquarium’s sea turtle
snakes!). you’ll have to head to edisto to
find out for yourself. (Sara Miller)
                                                    →	for those IntereSted In volun-
the serpentarium is open mon.-sat, 10                   teerIng to scope the beaches for
a.m.-6 p.m. through Labor Day. $9.95/                   sea turtle nests, visit http://www.
adults, $7.95/children 6-12, $4.50/                     scaquarium.org/seaturtle for
children 4-6. 1374 Highway 174, edisto                  detailed information on beach-
Island. (843) 869-1171.                                 combing volunteers in each
                                                        coastal area of the Lowcountry.
                       We t
           WIlDIN’ OUT * hidden treasures
           If you want a taste of what the lowcountry’s barrier islands were before
           the Europeans put their waterfront property-loving feet on shore, you
           need only venture into the northeast corner of Charleston County.

             BarrIer IsLanDs * how to find them
           starting about 15 miles north of charleston, just past Isle of Palms and Dewees
           Island, are more than 20 miles of protected islands, marshlands, and open water
           stretching up into the northeast corner of the county. capers Island, managed by
           the s.c. Department of natural resources, and Bulls Island, in the cape romain
           Wildlife refuge and overseen by the us fish and Wildlife service, are open to
           the public, but accessible only by boat. no boat? Don’t sweat it; you can still get

           CaperS ISland
           capers Island is 2,254 acres of beach, forest, marsh,
           and brackish water impoundments visited by migratory
           shore birds. the skeeters are vicious, but once you reach
           the beach, the ocean breeze offers a respite from the
           little blood suckers. and what gorgeous beaches they are.
           the only manmade structure in sight is what is likely an
           abandoned fire tower. the three miles of sandy beach are
           covered in driftwood so big and plentiful that even the most

                                                                                                                          BarrIer IsLanD eco tours Inc.
           worldly of yoga instructors would quiver.
                the island is open during daylight hours unless you ac-
           quire a camping permit, which you can do by calling the Dnr
           at (843) 953-9300. Hunting and target shooting are not
           permitted. a public boat landing on the island’s southwest
           side is visible from the Intracoastal Waterway.
                you can put your boat in at the Isle of Palms marina or
           take Highway 17 north for about 17 miles to sewee road
           to reach garris Landing.
                no boat? mt. Pleasant’s eco-tour company coastal ex-
           peditions offers one- and two-night kayaking/camping tours
           to the island for $170 and $255, respectively. call them at
           884-7684 for more info.

                                                 bullS ISland
                                                 just north of capers Island lies the federally managed cape
                                                 romain Wildlife refuge. once home to the sewee tribe, cape
                                                 romain offered safe harbor through the years to colonists, pirates,
                                                 redcoats, and confederate blockade runners.
                                                     today, the 64,229 acres of protected marsh, forest, beach,
                                                 and open water offer safety to 337 species of birds, alligators,
                                                 deer, loggerhead sea turtles, and more mosquitoes. until recently,
                                                 the cape’s destination of note, Bulls Island, played a role in the
                                                 recovery breeding program for the endangered red wolf.
                                                     crisscrossing the island’s maritime forest are 12 miles of trails.
                                                 some of these trails lead to another one of the state’s few unde-
                                                 veloped beaches. refuge manager james Browning says the south
                                                 side is open sand. to the north lies the “Bone yard,” filled with
                                                 more giant hunks of driftwood. People do swim here, but Browning
                                                 added: they do so at their own risk.
                                                     a public boat landing is available on the inland side of the
                                                 island. no camping is permitted, but the public is welcome during
                                                 daylight hours. While Browning recommends coming in the fall when
                                                 ducks come through, he said the island is always a great place to
                                                     no pirate ship to call your own? coastal expeditions runs a ferry
                                                 to the island tuesdays, thursdays, fridays, and saturdays. for
                                                 $30, you can come aboard for the 30-minute ride, which is hosted

                                                 by a naturalist. the ferry leaves the above mentioned garris Land-
                                                 ing at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. the boat departs Bulls Island at 12
                                                 p.m. and 4 p.m. cash and checks only. (shells and credit cards are
                                                 not accepted.)

           TAKE NOTE: these are not county parks. there are no snack bars. Bring food, plenty of
           water, trash bags, and maybe some toilet paper if you had a big breakfast. the mos-
           quitoes are out in full force this time of year, so bring the biggest can of bug spray you
           can find (Browning recommends Deep Woods OFF!). (Benjamin Schlau)
               Wild                                                                                  summer guide 2006

STARGAzER * One wild way to spend hot starry nights
It’s a big world out there. Or should we say up there? Our sun is only one of                   suggesteD ceLestIaL
100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, just one of 400 billion galaxies in                  reaDIng & guIDes
the universe. Stargazing shines with opportunities for discovering what else
lies in the big out-there.
                                                                                                baCkyard StargaZer
   The real satisfaction of stargazing          than 3,000 stars visible to the naked eye.      By Pat Price
comes from knowing what you are see-            Magazines such as Night Sky or Sky and
ing, so start by picking up an all-sky map,     Telescope offer charts and their websites       nIght Sky traCker —
which denotes what is visible to the na-        have free tutorials that highlight what is
ked eye based on time of year and latitude.
                                                                                                aStronomerS logbook
                                                visible in a given month. Websites such as
A planisphere, or star wheel, also works.       http://stardate.org/nightsky/almanac also       By Leslie alan Horvitz
Half-Moon Outfitters has them, and the          list what is overhead on a day and weekly
CofC bookstore can order them. More             basis. Bring a flashlight to read the maps,     the nIght Sky Wheel
than 5,000 years ago, people in Mesopo-         but use red nail polish or cellophane to        By William chandler
tamia started identifying constellations, or    filter the light. If those aren’t available,    (available at the cofc bookstore)
groups of stars that formed recognizable        Richardson suggests a paper bag; just
shapes such as a lion (Leo). Today, the 88      make sure not to turn the light green or
officially recognized constellations provide    blue — colors that destroy rhodopsin, the
a great starting point for novice stargazers.   chemical your eyes need to see at night.
By learning the basic shapes, you can iden-         Haze or thick clouds can disrupt star
tify the patterns that define the sky.          viewing, as can light pollution, or the glow    for LocaL
   Understanding the sky map can get a bit      given off by cities. The humidity might
confusing. Senior instructor of physics and     be unavoidable (bug spray is also a must),      stargaZIng
astronomy at CofC Terry Richardson rec-         but capitalize on the clearest nights and
ommends lying on a lawn chair (nobody                                                           richardson suggests folly Beach,
                                                darkest spots available, such as the beach.
wants a crick in the neck) with your feet       If viewing from the backyard, aim for the       and as far away from the morris
pointing north. If directions pose a chal-      corner farthest from street lights. And al-     Island Lighthouse as possible. “you
lenge, don’t forget a compass. Hold the
                                                though the full moon makes for a sight          can see clusters and even some
map directly over your head, arms out-
                                                all its own, it washes out the sky, so the      bright galaxies.”
stretched. That way, what you see on the
                                                waxing crescent during early July is great.
map matches your perspective for the en-
                                                Richardson also recommends amateurs
tire sky. Once you start matching the larg-                                                     His secret spot, though, is off of
                                                use averted vision, or focusing slightly to
er dots on the map (which denote brighter                                                       francis marion forest service road
                                                the left or right of the object you are seek-
stars) with what’s overhead, try standing.
                                                ing.                                            260-B in awendaw, s.c.
Remember that the map’s designation for
                                                    Richardson says a telescope isn’t nec-
the direction you face should be closest                                                        1.	 	From CharleSton or mt.
to your body. “You have to watch out be-        essary, but that binoculars — even the
                                                low-power pair most people already have              pleaSant, take hIghWay 17 north
cause the planets will fool you,” Richard-                                                           toWard georgetoWn..
son warns. “The trick is that planets don’t     — enhance viewing significantly. With
twinkle.” Keep in mind that because their       them, July and August are prime time to
                                                                                                2.	 	When you paSS the SeWee
positions change depending on the time          see the dynamic clouds and clusters of
                                                                                                     reStaurant on your leFt, there
of year, planets will not be on most sky        the Milky Way. After a few hours and a
                                                                                                     are 8 mIleS to go. note the SIgn
maps.                                           little practice, the ancient names of the
                                                sky like Sagitta, Dephius, and Altair will           that SayS Cape romaIn WIldlIFe
   Human eyes need 15-30 minutes to ad-
                                                no longer seem so Greek. (Lynsy Smithson             reFuge, mooreS landIng and
just to the dark, so plan on a few minutes
                                                Stanley)                                             poIntS to the rIght.
to acclimate before checking out the more
                                                                                                3.	 	When you paSS the SeWee
                                                                                                     vISItorS & envIronmental
 an aLL-star (actuaLLy, PLanet) LIne-uP for tHIs WeeKenD                                             eduCatIon Center on your rIght,
                                                                                                     there are 3.7 mIleS to go.
1.	 	aS Soon aS the Sun SetS,
     FaCe dIreCtly WeSt                 duSk, July 2                                            4.	 	When you paSS the doar road
                                                                                                     turn (thIS IS the SeCond SIgn
2.	 	look up 1 1/2 FIStS From the                                                                    that SayS Cape romaIn WIldlIFe
     horIZon to FInd merCury.                                                                        reFuge, mooreS landIng, etC.)
     rIChardSon SayS It Should be                                                                    there are exaCtly 2 mIleS to go.
     vISIble to the naked eye, but                                                                   It’S tIme to mark your odometer
     SpottIng It FIrSt WIth the bIn-                                                                 and SloW doWn. the Spot IS
     oCularS helpS                                                                                   on the rIght and IS aFter the
                                                                                                     Smokey t. bear SIgn and rIght
3.	 	turn a halF-FISt’S WIdth toWard
                                                                  Saturn                             aFter the herItage CorrIdor
     the north
                                                                                                     SIgn (unleSS Some vandalS got
4.	 	From there, one FISt hIgher                                                                     them). drIve SloWly and look
     and a bIt SouthWard IS Saturn                                                                   For the turn. It WIll be dark.
                                                                                                     at the turn IS a break In the
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                                                                                                     medIan that alloWS a leFt turn.
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                                                                                                                                                                                        nancy santos
lIqUID ASSETS * Underwater academy trains scuba divers for a lucrative career
“Blue diver, can you hear me? Red Diver, wave to blue diver.” This is the                     Many of the divers that come to the       one interested). Basically, every process
gist of commercial dive speak. They get to live out everyone’s childhood                   Institute choose to either forego or with-   has a protocol at the Institute, and safety
swimming pool dreams; breathing in a gravity-free environment, speak-                      draw from college. Smith says that his       takes ultimate precedence.
                                                                                           school provides an
ing through radios wired into their helmets. Apparently the pay isn’t bad
                                                                                           appealing alterna-
either.                                                                                    tive to the norm and
                                                                                           can sometimes offer           “Some of these companies are
   The International Diving Institute in                                                   a better return on
                                                                                                                          offering $10,000 reimburse-
                                              edge, built the gas-powered contraption
North Charleston is one of only five of its                                                investment.
                                              in only four days.
kind in the U.S. and one of only 12 in the                                                    “You can go to
                                                                                                                       ment on tuition, $3,500 sign-on
                                                 “They fabricate a lot of the materials
world.                                                                                     a standard college
                                              they use out in the field because when
   “Our mission is to train commercial                                                     course for four years,
                                                                                                                      bonuses, medical and dental after
                                              they’re 250 miles offshore they can’t go
divers to go out and do one of the best                                                    but as you know, a
                                              to a Home Depot or Lowe’s,” says Smith.
jobs available right now for such a short                                                  lot of people don’t
                                                                                                                          60 days, and they start off at
                                                 The Institute trains about 40 commer-
training period,” says Sergio Smith, co-                                                   like traditional edu-
                                              cial divers each year. The worldwide scar-
owner and director of the Institute. “It’s                                                 cation. Some people
                                                                                                                       $17.50/hour,” says IDI co-owner
                                              city of commercial dive schools provides a
a very small, select group of people who                                                   aren’t cut out for
                                              diverse spectrum of students from various
go through training and the rewards are                                                    it,” says Smith. “So
                                                                                                                             and director Sergio Smith.
                                              locales. Smith says relocating to Charles-
massive.”                                                                                  people can come to
                                              ton is lucrative for the students, who can
   The Institute prepares divers to work                                                   a commercial dive
                                              receive financial aid and excellent career
on a variety of commercial projects. They                                                  course here for 16
learn to weld at Trident Technical College                                                 weeks, 10-12 hours
                                                 “Some of these companies are offer-
and spend countless hours in a large tank                                                  per day. Then you’re ready to go out into       “They’re very careful here and every-
                                              ing $10,000 reimbursement on tuition,
practicing underwater. Divers also learn to                                                the field and make money. And these are      thing is closely monitored. A lot of the
                                              $3,500 sign-on bonuses, medical and
build their own tools. Smith is especially                                                 high-paying jobs!”                           stuff we do is really dangerous and there is
                                              dental after 60 days, and they start off
proud of a small trailer supporting two                                                       Smith is careful to explain the tedious   always a strict focus on doing things a cer-
                                              at $17.50/hour. There aren’t many jobs
large air compressors. His students, who                                                   set of standards his company follows         tain a way, even after we finish the course,”
                                              that offer that after only 16 weeks,” says
previously had little applicable knowl-                                                    (ADC, ACDE, ANSI, and SRS — for any-         says a student who we’ll call Red Diver.
                                                                    summer guide 2006

             scuBa-Do * where academy flunkies can go for adventure

             there are over 20 different dive sites around charleston, but these are four
             of the most popular according to the experts at charleston scuba.

                                                           the y-73 WreCk
                                                           the y-73 wreck is a 180-foot tanker submerged
                                                           in 100 feet of water. the visibility is high and
                                                           the site boasts a variety of large marine life,
                                                           such as sharks, rays, and loggerhead turtles.
                                                           a charter to see the y-73 wreck is $115 for
                                                           two dives.

                                                           the ComanChe WreCk
                                                           the comanche is a former icebreaker from
                                                           the great Lakes that was intentionally sunk in
                                                           1992. the site is home to all sorts of different
                                                           marine life, including amberjack, spadefish,
                                                           and lobster. the comanche is located close to
                                                           the train Wreck, making it easy to dive both
                                                           sites in one trip. a charter to the comanche
                                                           wreck is $115 for two dives.

                                                           the traIn WreCk
                                                           the train Wreck is a unique artificial reef sys-
                                                           tem formed by several new york subway cars.
                                                           the site is exceptionally popular for photogra-
                                                           phers because of the unique appearance. the
                                                           train Wreck is located at a depth of over 100
                                                           feet and is recommended for advanced divers
                                                           only. a charter to the train Wreck is $115 for
                                                           two dives.

                                                           the anChor ledgeS
                                                           the anchor Ledges are a popular site for both
                                                           novices and experienced divers. Located at just
                                                           60 feet, the site is a series of five-foot ledges

                                                           that support a wide range of marine life, includ-
                                                           ing many tropical species. the anchor Ledges
                                                           are a short distance from the frederick W. Day
                                                           site, a relatively shallow wreck that is perfect
           Who SayS FIre and Water don’t mIx?              for novices. a charter to the anchor Ledges is
                                                           $95 for two dives. (Steven Zimmerman)

              Red Diver says every morning starts        ipates increased demand for his services
           at 6:45 with a two-mile swim down the         in the coming years as the need for com-
           Cooper River. Students then do “top-          mercial divers grows. Recent offshore
           side” exercises for 45 minutes to build       development ideas for coastline energy
           cardio. Next are up-and-down repeti-          sources point to a growing market.
           tions on a ladder in full 120-pound dive         “There are several diving companies
           gear.                                         in the area, with more popping up each
              Students also undergo rigorous pres-       year. It’s very attractive to get into this
           sure chamber exercises. Traditionally the     business right now,” says Smith. “There
           hyperbaric chamber is viewed as a safety      is also talk of putting offshore oil plat-
           mechanism for divers suffering from de-       forms off the East Coast. If that hap-
           compression sickness, or “the bends,” as      pens, we’ll see a lot more jobs open for
           it’s generally known. This happens when       commercial divers.”
           a diver’s ascension to the surface is too        Although commercial diving is the
           quick, forcing gaseous bubbles (mainly        main focus of the Institute, they also
           nitrogen) to release in the bloodstream.
                                                         train about 250 recreational divers each
           This is a potentially fatal condition and
                                                         year. “We teach recreational diving from
           the hyperbaric chamber is regarded as
                                                         the open-water level all the way up to
           the most effective treatment.
                                                         the instructor-trainer level,” says Smith.
              “We have two of six hyperbaric cham-
           bers on the East Coast; one from Hali-           Smith encourages anyone who has
           fax, one from Scotland. A lot of people       ever dreamed of breathing underwater
           in the diving industry, or just recreation-   to give diving a shot. He understands
           al divers, never get to see a chamber,”       many of the common fears, but one visit
           says Smith.                                   to the North Charleston facility and a
              The Institute is a one-of-a-few enter-     chat with Smith can easily assuage those.
           prise, boasting things other dive schools     “All we do is train divers from every walk
           simply can’t compete with. Smith antic-       of life,” says Smith. (Ian Wheeler)
FIRE IN THE SKy * Putting the bang
The Fourth of July is a pyromaniac’s dream, and while most folks are
satisfied to stock up on wimpy 1 1/4-inch shells from roadside stands,
the professionals get to blow up massive shells ranging from 3 to 12
inches in diameter.

    Paul Grizzle is one such professional.            For the RiverDogs, pyrotechnics are a
Grizzle is a licensed fireworks operator for       regular occurrence; they host a fireworks
Zambelli Internationale, which means his           show after each Friday home game. The
job is to set up, choreograph, and operate         weekly event can take a lot of work.
professional fireworks shows.                         “We start the process of getting the fire-
    “It’s a fun business, let me tell you,” says   works ready five or six months in advance
Grizzle. “I’m really excited to be a part of       of the season,” says Jim Pfander, director of
it.”                                               promotions for the Charleston RiverDogs.
    Grizzle has been playing with fire for         “The guys usually arrive in the early after-
over 20 years. He began his life as a fire-        noon on the day of the show and they will
works operator by serving as an apprentice         work until six or seven o’clock setting up.”
to a Zambelli employee. After many shows              A typical show lasts anywhere from 10
and a lot of work, Grizzle received his pro-       to 15 minutes — plenty of time to dazzle
fessional license.                                 the crowd. Because of the wide variety of
    Grizzle has worked as the “gun man” for        fireworks available, no two shows are ever
hundreds of fireworks shows in the Charles-        the same.
ton area, including the Isle of Palms July 4          But with July 4 approaching, a typical
celebration, several Spoleto finales, and nu-      show is not enough. The RiverDogs will cel-
merous shows for the Charleston RiverDogs          ebrate Independence Day one day early, at
at Joe Riley Stadium.                              the end of the home game on July 3.


lICenSed FIreWorkS operator paul grIZZle SpendS hIS Summer nIghtS In the hot Seat
        summer guide 2006

into baseball
   “The show after the July 3 game is go-
ing to be great,” says Pfander. “It will be
bigger, longer, and better than what we
normally do.”
   While most casual shoppers get their
fireworks from a roadside stand, the
RiverDogs go right to the source, getting
their explosives from two companies:
Melrose Pyrotechnics and Zambelli Inter-
nationale. The latter was responsible for
the awesome fireworks show during the
opening of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge.
   “A professional show could run from
$3,000 to $300,000,” says Grizzle. “For
a smaller show, we hand-light the explo-
sives, for bigger shows we’ll use electric
lighting, and on the biggest shows we use
a computer system.”
   There are many different types of fire-
works at a professional show, but every-
body has a particular favorite.
   “I really like the four-inch shells that
we use because you can get the really big,
expansive shots from those,” says Pfander.
“We use a lot of different shells and dif-
ferent colors, so our shows have a great
variety. It’s great for the fans and it makes
all our shows unique.”
   Professional shows are a lot of fun, but
many people prefer the thrill of lighting
fuses and getting the hell out of the way.
   “Fireworks available to the public are
Class C, but at the professional shows
we use Class B,” says Grizzle. “But don’t
worry, there are plenty of really nice Class
C fireworks available.”
   Grizzle explains that the largest shell
available for consumers is 1 3/4-inch in
diameter. Professionals use shells that
are much larger and more powerful than
anything a casual consumer can legally
   So what should you buy when prepar-
ing for your own personal show? Grizzle
has a few recommendations.
   “Fountains and candles are small and
good to start with,” he says. “There is also
something called a cake, which is a small
multishot box with anywhere from a doz-
en to 30 or 40 firings. They make a real
good aerial effect and you can put three
or four of them in a row and get a sort of
flowing show. These are great for finales.”
   If you are looking for a stunning visual
display, Grizzle recommends getting large
shells or multishot cakes. If you prefer
quantity over quality, 12 packs of rock-
ets are a good choice. If you just want to
make a lot of noise, look for rockets or
shells that produce whistles when they
launch and reports, or loud bangs, when
they explode.
   “If your kids just want to play in the
yard, you should get smaller rockets,
about a 1/2-inch in diameter,” says Griz-
zle. “Fountains and candles are also kid-
   The secret to a great show is to start
small and work up to the larger shells and
multishot fireworks. With a little prac-
tice and careful planning, you can dazzle
your entire neighborhood with your own
personal fireworks show. (Steven Zimmer-
           We t
SET yOUR COURSE * Hoist a sail this summer at one of the area’s sailing schools
If the sight of crisp sails dotting the harbor makes you yearn to tie a bow-                                       dock and onto the deck of a boat, a few short weeks of classroom instruc-
line, take the helm, and chart a course for waters unknown, make this the                                          tion and hands-on experience will have you well on the way to becoming a
summer you learn how to sail. Even if you’ve never stepped foot off the                                            Lowcountry mariner.

  HoW to get starteD

  →	for true neophytes, the best place to start is        →	the oCean SaIlIng aCademy (oSa) also offers
                                                           	                                                          a lightning-fast 20 knots, for racing prep. no more
     with the College oF CharleSton’S adult                  training for the novice sailor, but their advanced       than four students are accepted per class, and
     nonCredIt ClaSSeS. adept at turning out                 training puts the school in a class unto itself. If      courses run year-round. osa also offers custom
     winning collegiate sailors, as evidenced by             you dream of taking bareboat sailing vacations           team-building courses, classes for families, and
     the college’s recent Inter-collegiate sailing           to exotic ports-o-call, osa’s ocean Passage              instruction tailored to owners of specific boats.
     association national championship title, this           making and celestial navigation certifications             as is the case at the college, osa’s instructors
     program’s resources allow it to accommodate             are your ticket to blue water.                           are veteran sailors with a broad spectrum of

     a large number of fledgling sailors each year.             “an interesting divergence occurs in the cur-         experience. one instructor is an olympic hopeful,
     they accept up to 18 students per session, and          riculum we teach,” says ocean sailing academy            while another has such a passion for sailing and
     sessions run continuously from april-september.         partner andy gilbert. “once you’ve gone through          restoring wooden ships — his students often
     each session lasts three weeks, with four hours         basic keelboat, a number of paths open up.”              learn ancillary information like how to caulk and
     spent in the classroom and 15 hours spent sail-            at the advanced level, students are often             tar the seams of a wooden hull. just about the
     ing. the college’s fleet of j-22s, the most widely      interested in sailing as a lifestyle. upon comple-       only thing osa is not equipped to teach would-be      slots during the Wednesday evening races: www.
     used instructional boat in the nation, is docked        tion of the advance courses, osa students not            sailors is how to speak like a pirate. you might      charlestonoceanracing.org. also, upon completion
     at the Patriots Point marina.                           only have the ability to navigate and the skills         try hanging out at salty mike’s to acquire that       of the college’s noncredit courses, students have
       colin Bentley is the dockmaster and has               needed to deliver boats, they also have the              particular skill.                                     the opportunity to join the sailing association for
     worked with the program for 18 years. “We               opportunity to race with osa.                              for detailed course information, visit http://      a moderate fee, which allows use of course boats
     provide all equipment, including a textbook,”              “In fact,” says gilbert, “a student-crewed boat       www.oceansail.com.                                    throughout the year. the paragon of Lowcountry
     says Bentley. “adult students need only show            placed first in the cruising class of the 2005                                                                 sailing activities takes place in august, when the
     up wearing a reasonable shoe that will work on          charleston to Bermuda race.”                          →	the next step to getting on the water, short           rockville regatta blows through Bohicket creek,
     deck.”                                                      osa uses a colgate 26 for basic keelboat             of investing in your own sailboat, is to join the     so plan accordingly if you want the skills
       for a course schedule, visit www.cofc.edu/            instruction, a catalina 32 for basic cruising, and       CharleSton oCean raCIng aSSoCIatIon                   needed to skipper a boat in this year’s fleet.
     sailing.                                                a melges 24, which has the capacity to move at           (Cora) and check the website for open crew            (Ida Becker)
                                                                                                                                                      summer guide 2006

DO GO BACK TO ROCKvIllE * And don’t forget your sunscreen
For one weekend each summer, the sleepy enclave of Rockville, with its smattering of homes that dot the marsh-
lined bluff along Bohicket Creek at the end of Wadmalaw Island, becomes the lively host of summer’s social apex
— a raucous party on the water disguised as a regatta. As with all exalted Lowcountry happenings, the Rockville
Regatta is steeped in tradition, and in this case, the storied history is actually true. Founded in 1890 as a competition
amongst area families with aristocratic names, several subsequent generations of sailors have attempted to harness
the swift current leading into the North Edisto River for their own bit of glory. Rockville today is a melting pot of

the true sporting set and the sort of people     with plenty of provisions, drop anchor or tie     Point, the visual illustration of the wild times
who celebrate the Kentucky Derby yet fail to     up next to friendly folks, and don’t become       had every year at Rockville, start bragging.
ever see a horse. Not only does a sleek fleet    so incapacitated that when the tide changes       By the way, we’re not laughing at you, we’re
of boats float by the rowdy conclave of spec-    — and the entire flotilla starts to swing         laughing with you. Promise. (Ida Becker)
tators, but the flotsam and jetsam includes      around — you are unable to free your skiff
lost cans of beer bobbing along, plastic cups    from beneath the enormous sportfisherman
of Jell-O shots skimming the tide, and sun-      bearing down on you. It happens every year.
burned folks on rafts that have been unwit-         By the time the Sea Island Yacht Club
tingly set free from the transom of a friend’s   party rolls around on Saturday night, noses
runabout. Rockville is one long weekend of       will be sunburned, the number of boats
pure spectacle tinged with sport.                will have thinned, but the party spirit will
   Recent years have seen better enforce-        be alive and well. Be sure your provisions
ment of the delineation between sail and         include plenty, at least several gallons worth,
powerboats, and returning spectators often       of drinking water per person and a place to
jockey for a mooring with a clear view of        spend the night. Sleeping in cars, on docks,
the start, where the artful dance of vessels     and on deck happens all too often, but use
under sail power is best observed. The South     your better judgment and don’t pass out on
Carolina Department of Natural Resources         an inflatable.
has been out in full force for the last 10          Mark your calendar for this year’s Regatta,
years, so boaters are forewarned to brush up     which happens over the weekend of Aug. 5-

                                                                                                                                                                          IDa BecKer
on regulations before heading to the scene.      6. And if your vessel is the lone powerboat
The best advice is to arrive early and armed     stranded high in the marsh near Cherry

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