Locals hit beach for Guy Daniels Memorial Surf-off

The 14th annual Guy Daniels Memorial Surf-Off is scheduled for this weekend in Surfside Beach, and a local surfing celebrity will be on hand for the finals.

Garden City Beach native and championship surfer Cam Richards will sign autographs at noon Sunday for the fundraiser, which helps local students achieve their goals of higher education.

The contest is held in memory of Daniels, a lifelong Surfside Beach resident who died in 1999 at the age of 19. A student at the College of Charleston, he spent his summers as a lifeguard in Surfside Beach and worked at a local surf shop.

The two-day contest will be held on the beach at 13th Avenue South in Surfside Beach and will feature competition in all age divisions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and spectators are encouraged to bring tents and chairs. Concessions will be free to contestants and for purchase to all beachgoers.

The Guy Daniels Memorial Foundation has aided 45 local students with more than $50,000 in scholarships to attend such schools as Princeton, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina University, Horry-Georgetown Technical College and the College of Charleston.

The continued success of the event means more scholarships for students. Daniels, who was an honors student, also cared for the environment, which is why the foundation began a “Respect the Beach” initiative.

The initiative promotes cleanliness of our beaches through working with the town of Surfside Beach to provide trash and recycling receptacles at Surfside Beach walkovers as well as receptacles for beachgoers to dispose of their cigarette butts before walking onto the beach.

A fundraiser raffle will include such items as shirts, hats, DVDs, sunglasses, gift certificates, a surfboard and much more. For more details, go to www.surfoff.com.

Photo Credit: David Nuckles

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