Surfers gather to remember local teen lost during storm

Over 450 Grand Strand surfers and friends of Anderson Estep, 19, gathered tonight at Cherry Grove Pier for a ceremonial paddle out.

Estep was surfing Friday afternoon just north of the Cherry Grove Pier when his leash became detached from his surfboard. With a heavy current moving toward the north due to Tropical Storm Andrea, Estep’s surfboard washed onto the beach, but he wasn’t found.

Coast Guard officials from Charleston along with local guards searched all day Friday and into Saturday for Estep.

Members of Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church led the gathered group in prayer and song before releasing the surfers to the water and the spectators and family to line the pier from end to end.

With a heavy current running and above average wave size, many of the surfers struggled to get out, with several turning in the tide and returning to shore. Those that did make it out to complete  the circle said a prayer for Estep before tossing flowers into the circle, the cue for those watching from the pier to do the same. With a shout and splash, the ceremony was complete, leaving the surfers to catch rides back into shore as the sun set.

Estep was remembered as a good kid that loved to surf and be in the ocean. He was active in his church at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Terry White

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