NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Right now, new surfing laws have been put into place in North Myrtle Beach. City leaders are pushing the new rules to keep everyone safer when out in the ocean.
In front of family homes between Cheery Grove Pier and Hog Inlet is where city leaders have expanded the surf zone to take surfers out of busy areas and giving them more room to catch a wave.
City leaders say increasing the surf zone 300 feet north of the Cherry Grove Pier is designed to benefit both swimmers and surfers.
"I think I'm really going to like them, the fact that I can surf in more prime locations," said Ian McAlister, a local surfer.
Surfers do not like areas with a lot of people and of course swimmers do not want to be watching out for surfboards.
"I think the community will like it as well," McAlister explained.
In fact, they do.
"I think it's great with kids, you don't have to worry so much about the surfers interfering with your kid's safety. They're here to have fun in the water and you don't have to worry about that part of it," said Gene Kennedy, a frequent vacationer.
This new surf law is in place right now. That means there are no surf or skim boards allowed on the beach between May 15 to September 15 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for certain authorized areas scattered throughout Ocean Drive extending to Hog Inlet.
"The surf sections that we have now are mostly the prime spots. But the fact that we can only go to those spots it can really crowd those areas at times. So with those areas opening up it should honestly free the water a little bit," McAlister said.
North Myrtle Beach spokesperson, Pat Dowling, said there has been opportunity to have surfing events in North Myrtle Beach in the past, but they tend not to happen. That is because of the tightly restricted areas where surfers are allowed.
All surfers are required to wear a surfing leash at all times.
Now with new regulations in place, you can start to expect some surf tournaments to start heading our way.
"I know I look forward to surfing in these new areas," McAlister said.
There aren't any signs informing people about the new rules, but the city plans to update signs next year.
Here is a list of where you can surf and skim board in North Myrtle Beach:
300 feet north of the Cherry Grove Pier and extending to Hog Inlet
13th Avenue South and ending at a point 600 feet north thereof
27th Avenue South and ending at a point 600 feet north thereof
38th Avenue South and ending at a point 600 feet north thereof
5th Avenue North and ending at 18th Avenue North
You can not:
Surf within 300 feet of any pier.