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The year-round warm weather makes South Carolina a top choice for many vacationers, no matter the time of year. Pack your bags and zero in on Myrtle Beach for plenty of oceanside fun. There are a variety of activities and attractions to choose from, including surfing the waves of the Atlantic. Myrtle Beach is the perfect place for new surfers to get their feet wet, and seasoned surfers to enjoy time on the Myrtle Beach waves during a well-deserved vacation.

Can You Surf in Myrtle Beach?

Yes! The waves are great for body surfing, bodyboarding, or regular surfing activities. Most surfing spots only produce waves of 3 to 4 feet high, so showing off and taking it fairly easy is common for experienced surfers. It’s also a great environment to learn in, as you won’t be caught in large swells that may be difficult to handle.

Where to Catch Myrtle Beach Waves

You’ll want to check the tide charts before heading out, but there are multiple spots in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, as well as Horry County/Garden City areas.

Rules in Myrtle Beach

There are many other water activities happening beside surfing. To stay safe, surfing is not allowed within 75 yards of any pier, and surfers must wear a surfing leash no longer than seven feet in length at all times. Hours are location for surfing activities are seasonal. If you’re looking to catch a wave during the summertime – May 1-Labor Day – you can do so 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Designated surf areas are from 710 feet of the center line of the 29th Avenue South street-end to the south city limits; between 37th Avenue North & 4th Avenue North; from 82nd Avenue North to the north city limits, and between 62nd Avenue North & 68th Avenue North. Labor Day-April 30, you can catch a wave on the south side of 8th Avenue North to the north end of the public boardwalk, too.

Rules in North Myrtle Beach

If you’re headed to North Myrtle Beach to catch your waves, surfing is always restricted within 300 feet of any pier. From May 15-September 15, no surfing is allowed on the public beach or adjacent waters 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Surfing is limited to between Hog Inlet & 5th Avenue North except near Cherry Grove Pier, between 6th Avenue South & 27th Avenue South, and between the Town of Atlantic Beach & 46th Avenue South.

Rules in Surfside Beach

In a town called Surfside Beach, you’ll definitely want to catch a wave. As with other areas along the Grand Strand, surfing is never permitted within 300 feet of a fishing pier, and surfers much wear a leash at all times. Surfing September 16-May 14 is allowed dawn ‘til dusk, anywhere on the beach. Peak season hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Surfable areas include: beginning 270 feet south of 12th Avenue N. to 14th Avenue N.; 300 feet north of 14th Avenue S. extending south to the town limits.

Rules in Horry County/Garden City

Surf all day – sunrise to sunset – anywhere along the beaches except within 75 yards of piers. You must wear a leash that is no longer than seven feet at all times. Enjoy your surf time anywhere just north of North Myrtle Beach town limits to the Dunes Club, and south of the Springmaid Pier to the town limits of Surfside Beach (this includes Myrtle Beach State Park), as well as south of Surfside Beach town limits through Garden City Beach to the Georgetown County line.


If you’re new to the sport or just want to improve your skills, you can learn to catch a wave right in Myrtle Beach. There are companies in Myrtle Beach that will take you from land lessons to catching your first wave before you leave town! Select companies offer private lessons, as well as surf camps during popular times. When you’ve built up enough confidence to strike out on your own, some offer equipment rentals, too.

Surf Gear

Whether you’re a seasoned pro who couldn’t bring all their gear on vacation, or a new enthusiast starting out, you’ll find what you need. There are a number of stores in the area where you can score boards and other gear, as well as beach towels, bathing suits, and beach umbrellas. You can get everything you need for a day on the sand and surf!

Surf Our Website for Great Accommodations

Before you plot out all of your upcoming surfing adventures, make sure to surf our website and book a vacation rental provided by Oceanfront Vacation Rentals. We have units as small as one bedroom for a solo or sweetheart surf-seeking getaway, all the way up to nine bedrooms for a family reunion so everyone can catch a wave.

Enjoy access to private outdoor spaces like a pool, balcony, or deck in select rentals, and rentals close to the beach and waves of the Atlantic. Relax indoors in stylish bedrooms and open living spaces. Make everyone’s favorite meal in the fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy it in dining area that seats everyone, or al fresco.

Contact us today!