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Surfing/Body Boarding

Surfing and body boarding is a great way to get active while on your Myrtle Beach vacation. You might be an expert surfer already, but if not, here are a few tips that may make learning how to surf a little bit easier.

The size of the surf board that you choose is critical in having a fun session. You may want to rent your surf board at one of Myrtle Beach’s local surf shops. This is a great choice because someone can help you choose the correct size board for your height, weight and skill level. In general, larger surf boards are sturdier, while short boards are less sturdy, but more easily maneuvered. If you're renting your board, make sure you receive a leash with your rental. A leash is a cord that attaches to the surf board and the surfers' ankle. Leashes can help protect others in the water from getting hit by a rogue surf board. Don’t be surprised if you receive a soft board. Soft boards are great to learn how to surf on because they are easier to stand up on.

Myrtle Beach has several great places to find waves. Edisto Beach, Folly Beach, Pawley’s Island and Surfside Beach all are places that locals and tourists alike frequent to catch some waves. If you’re interested in participating in a surf clinic or event while on your Myrtle Beach vacation, contact the Surfrider Foundation’s Grand Strand Chapter or visit their website at www.surfridergrandstrand.org. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to protecting the coast. They offer surfing clinics and events that are open to everyone, not just members. Participating in a clinic is a great way for vacationers to try out a new experience, or for children to try surfing in a safe environment. If you would like a more personal experience, Palmetto Surfers has a great website offering resources to visitors and natives alike about where to get one-on-one surf lessons. Also Palmetto Surfers offers information about where to get dings fixed fast so you can get back in the water during your vacation. Visit Palmetto Surfers at www.palmettosurfers.net.