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Year 3 of The Native Sons Salt Games in books

The 3rd year for the Native Sons Salt Games is continuing the growth trend. This year brought in more events, and even more people to watch and compete. Source: Jenna DeAngelis The 3rd year for the Native Sons Salt Games is continuing the growth trend. This year brought in more events, and even more people to watch and compete. Source: Jenna DeAngelis

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The 3rd year for the Native Sons Salt Games is continuing the growth trend. This year brought in more events, and even more people to watch and compete.

Amellia Diemer with Native Sons says between the competitors and attendees, she believes about 6,000 people will have attended the event. Diemer credits the growth to the unique events Native Sons brings down to the beach. Surfing, and paddle boarding get people to return each year with the event. This year skateboarding on the boulevard, a hot dog eating contest and a multi-act concert brought more foot traffic.

Joshua Mishoe came out to compete in the CrossFit UpDog Summer Challenge.

"It brings a good amount of competitiveness to Myrtle Beach, and it kind of expands community, especially the cross-fit community,” said Mishoe. “Other than that, it's just really good for tourism," He said.

It draws in hundreds of athletes each year, like Brennan King who made the trip from Clemson. On top of a good workout, he plans to make a weekend out of his trip, and explore the event and area.

A big focus behind this event, it benefits us locally. For example, the Surfrider Foundation gets some of the proceeds from the events, which they pump back into their efforts of taking care of our oceans and beaches.

Organizers say we will see the Native Sons Salt Games return to the beach next year.

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