Surfers get ready to ride in 16th Guy Daniels Memorial

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The annual Guy Daniels Memorial Surfoff is expected to draw large crowds in its 16th year and again help local students achieve their goal of higher education. The event is scheduled for August 1st and 2nd.

Because of the Guy Daniels Memorial Foundation, 57 local students have received over $60,000 in scholarships to attend such schools as Princeton, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina University, Horry-Georgetown Technical College and Guy’s Alma mater the College of Charleston

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

The two day contest is open to all ages, male or female. Entry does not require membership in any organization. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring tents and chairs. Concessions will be free to contestants and for purchase to all beach goers.

There are a wide range of events for all ages and skill levels to enter.  In addition to the surfing shortboard and longboard competitions there will be a stand-up-paddleboard (SUP) race, a bodyboard division, and a novice heat for new surfers.  We will also continue to have our most popular event the kids “push-in” heat.  The “push-in” heat is free to enter.  It gives the grown-ups a chance to push their young surfers into a few waves. This is also the first year the Surfoff will hold an adaptive heat for medically fragile youth and adults.

Raffle items includes: shirts, hats, DVDs, sunglasses, gift certificates, a surfboard and much more. For more details and entry forms go to www.surfoff.com

Continued success of the surf-off means more scholarships for students, which is important for memorializing Guy who loved learning and was an honors student. Guy also cared for the environment which is why the foundation began a “Respect the Beach” initiative.  This  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 beach goers to dispose of their cigarette butts before walking onto the beach.

Contest Details
Times: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, August 1st and 2nd
Location: 13th Avenue South, Surfside Beach
Entry Information: Entry fee is $25 and includes one surfing event; $5 for each additional event. The deadline to enter is July 28th and entry forms can be found at www.surfoff.com and at local surf shops.

Photo by Dave Nuckles

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