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17th Annual Guy Daniels Memorial Surfoff returns to Surfside Beach

ProAm surfers practiced before competitng for cash prizes. (Source: Ruby Durham) ProAm surfers practiced before competitng for cash prizes. (Source: Ruby Durham)

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Guy Daniels Memorial Surf Off is back again this weekend for the 17th consecutive year. It brings surfers together for some friendly competition while supporting a good cause. But while some may just come for the competition, many come for the person it memorializes.

Guy Daniels was a Surfside Beach resident who worked in a surf shop and as a lifeguard. He died at 19 years old. Now to celebrate his life, friends and family come together once a year to put on an event for people to surf and raise money for scholarships.

Since 1999, the Guy Daniels Memorial Foundation has provided up to 60 students with over $100,000 in college scholarships based on need. On the competition side, it has also evolved through the years. Organizers said the goal is to have something new every time out.

But this event is about more than the competitions and scholarships. Guy's love for surfing spilled over into a passion for keeping the beach and ocean clean and healthy. He knew the health of the beach impacted everyone so he strove to keep his community's beach free of pollution which is what organizers want to continue to make happen today.

“Guy was the kind of person that would organize a beach sweep on a Saturday for fun. And I would unwillingly participate but he was the one getting that stuff going so we're continuing that mission," said Mikey Pruitt, director of the foundation.

The event had a new ProAm competition and the usual shortboard and longboard competitions. A stand-up paddle board race and a push-in heat that lets adults push their surfing kids in the water was also added to the list of events. The event will get started at 8 a.m. on 3rd Avenue South in Surfside. Organizers expect the event to wrap up around 3 p.m. with an awards ceremony and paddle and surfboard giveaway.

Friends said this event wouldn't be what it is without the support of Surfside Beach, businesses and the surfing community.

If you'd like to donate to the Guy Daniels Memorial Foundation, click here.

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