Surfriders, Surf City hold clinic for kids, beach sweep

The Grand Strand Surfriders and Surf City Surf Shop celebrated International Surf Day on Saturday by hosting a free surf clinic for children ages 6-18.

Dozens of kids joined the groups at the 65th Avenue North beach access in Myrtle Beach to learn the basics of surfing, and many who started the day eating waves ended it by riding them all the way in by the end of the clinic.

Local surfing experts and Surf City employees volunteered their time and equipment to spread the sport to the next generation. They also supplied wax, sunscreen, drinks and snacks to those who participated in the event, as well as taking kids out in the ocean and helping them get atop their boards.

Organizers also took part in a beach sweep of the surrounding area as part of the Surfriders’ mission to keep the coast clean.  Volunteers collected trash from the surfline to the dunes for several blocks north and south of the event.

This annual event has become one of the most popular sporting events on the Strand and is credited for helping teach and educate kids about not only riding the waves but the importance of preserving local beaches.

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