Guide to Surfing in Myrtle Beach

By Marissa Polascak
April 10, 2018

Where there’s a beach and an ocean, there are bound to be surfers. And while Myrtle Beach isn’t necessarily known as one of the best surfing spots in the world, many locals and visitors to the area love to take advantage of the beautiful coastal location to catch a wave or two.

While you’re in Myrtle Beach, you may notice people out in the Atlantic body surfing, bodyboarding, or using a longboard or a regular surfboard – it really just depends on the day and the waves at hand.

If you’re thinking about surfing in Myrtle Beach, then check out these rules, surf shops, and places to get surf lessons along the Grand Strand:

Myrtle Beach Surfing Rules:

City of Myrtle Beach

Surfing is restricted to certain areas May 1-Labor Day. During those dates, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., surfing is allowed only in these areas: from the terminus of the TA-80 Zone to the south city limits, from 37th Ave. N. to 47th Ave. N., from 62nd Ave. N. to 68th Ave. N., and from 82nd Ave. N. to the northern city limits. The area from the south side of 8th Ave. N. to the north end of the public boardwalk may be used for surfing Labor Day-April 30. Surfing is not permitted within 75 yards of any fishing pier.

City of North Myrtle Beach

Surfing is not allowed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 15-Sept. 15, except in the following areas: Cherry Grove Pier, 13th Ave. S., 27th Ave. S., 38th Ave. S., and 6th Ave. N. Surfers are required to wear a surfing leash at all times.

Surfside Beach

Surfing is not allowed in Surfside Beach from May 15th to September 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. except in an area beginning 270 feet south of 12th Ave. N. and extending northward to 14th Ave. N., and in an area beginning 300 feet north of 13th Ave. S. and extending southward into Garden City.

Myrtle Beach Surf Shops

Eternal Wave

Eternal Wave

Located in Surfside Beach, Eternal Wave is a locally owned and operated surf shop. This store carries everything you need for surfing in Myrtle Beach, along with brands like O’Neill, Fox, Rainbow, Sanuk, and more. Guests at Eternal Wave will find new and used surfboards in stock as well as body boards and skim boards.

Island Inspired Board Company

Island Inspired Board Company

Treat yourself to a local hand-made board from Island Inspired Board Company in Myrtle Beach. Island Inspired offers boards made with the ultimate artistry and craftsmanship. Buy an already-made board or have Island Inspired make a custom board for you!

Ron Jon Surf Shop

1308 Celebrity Circle, #R-9, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Ron Jon Surf Shop may be a chain store, but the two locations here (Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing) boast tons of cool surf gear as well as boards. Be sure to stop by either of these locations while you’re in town.

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Surf City

Surf City

Perhaps the most popular surf shop among Myrtle Beach locals, Surf City has been serving the Grand Strand since 1978. This local shop features surfboards, skateboards, skimboards, paddleboards, and all the gear you need to get you out on the water. Surf City offers rentals, repairs, and even lessons!

Surf the Earth

Surf the Earth

Head down to Pawleys Island and check our Surf the Earth surf shop for your surfing needs. They offer a variety of surfing gear as well as rentals for those who do not want to drag their board on vacation. This shop is a must visit while in Pawleys Island.

Village Surf Shop

Village Surf Shop

Revered surfer Cam Richards is one of many surfers who grew up hanging out at Village Surf Shop in Garden City. This local spot, which has been operating since 1969, is great for finding Perfection Surfboards as well as tons of other surfing gear. Village also offers rentals and lessons.

Myrtle Beach Surf Lessons

Kokopelli Surf Camp

702 Sea Mountain Hwy. N. Unit 5 , North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
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If you’re looking to learn how to surf in Myrtle Beach, call up the folks at Kokopelli Surf Camp! Kokopelli is owned and operated by local brothers Brandon and Wyatt Todd. These friendly brothers and their staff are happy to teach you and your family how to surf while you’re in town. Not only do they offer one-on-one lessons, but they also offer surf camps and surfboard rentals.