North Myrtle Beach Surfing: Lessons & Things To Know

When planning your trip to North Myrtle Beach on the South Carolina coast, you’ll find yourself in one of the best surf spots in the Eastern United States for new surfers. On a typical day, the waves are of average size, making it easier for the first-timers and less experienced surfers to navigate the waters easily and still have a great time.

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The knee-high waves are well-suited to body surfing, which is the best place to start for those who want to become good stand-up surfers. If you have a bit of experience and would like to try stand-up surfing, you can keep tabs on the waves and surf reports at Surf-Forecast to determine the appropriate time to hit the water. Look for breaks exceeding two-to-three feet to make sure you’re poised for a successful experience. You should also pay attention to life guard warning flags as an indication of potential hazards.

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Surf Lessons With North Myrtle Beach Locals

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In North Myrtle Beach, surfing lessons and equipment rentals are available at Jack’s Surf Lessons, an award-winning surf shop and company serving the Myrtle Beach area and Murrells Inlet since 2010. Surf lessons are offered on a private, semi-private, or group basis with each lesson taking one or two hours. With Jack’s Surf Lessons and Board Rentals, you can learn surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking.

You can also find lessons, gear rentals, and tips for finding the best surf zones at Kokopelli Surf Camp LLC, where you will learn from surfing champions such as Wyatt Todd, the 2014 East Coast Longboard record holder, and his brother Brandon Todd. The surf boards for hire are delivered directly to you promptly after placing an order.

When To Hit The Waves

The weather at North Myrtle Beach is favorable for water sports and outdoor activities for the better part of the year. Sunshine and blue skies begin from early spring through late fall and sometimes extend deep into the Fall months. July is normally the hottest month of the year while January is the coldest. It is, therefore, advisable to visit the beach between March and November, although you will be met with much smaller beach crowds during the Winter months.

Best Surfing Areas

Please note, by order of the 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 Avenue South, 27th Avenue South, 38th Avenue South, and 6th Avenue North. Surfers are required to wear a surfing leash at all times.

By order of the 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 Avenue North to 47th Avenue North, from 62nd Avenue North to 68th Avenue North, and from 82nd Avenue North to the northern city limits. The area from the south side of 8th Avenue North 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.

  • From Hog Inlet to 5th Avenue North except the 300 feet on either side of Cherry Grove Pier.
  • From 6th Avenue South to 27th Avenue South.
  • From the south end of the Town of Atlantic Beach to 46th Avenue South.

There are many other great places to visit in North Myrtle Beach for a memorable experience. The diverse culture of the east coast is in itself very exciting. If you love taking risks, the beaches along the East Coast offer some of the best water experiences.

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