MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - With skateboarding making its debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo the popularity of the sport could not be higher.
Just one year after the Matt Hughes Skate Park underwent a massive renovation, the same can be said for the skateboard community in Myrtle Beach.
“We have a lot of new skaters coming up,” said skateboarder Aaron Frobase.
“If you build it, they will come,” that was the pitch skateboarders gave the city of Myrtle Beach who helped renovate of the park in 2018.
“To see the progression of some of the skaters, it’s amazing, because they’re out there every day,” said Terry Grimble, owner of DaVille Skate Shop.
That surge in popularity convinced several skate shop owners like DaVille and Red Beard to bring their business to the beach.
“There’s definitely a lot more people coming here, specifically to skate in the summertime even throughout the whole year,” said Gus Byram, owner of Red Beard Skateshop.
Since the city invested $125,000 to renovate the Matt Hughes Skate Park, skate shops like DaVille are seeing more riders picking up boards and learning how to skate.
Now they want to see this momentum continue by adding more parks throughout the Grand Strand.
“They actually need four more skate parks in the Grand Strand just to begin to meet the demand, so that would be our long-term goal is getting more parks built,” said Grimble.
Long-time Myrtle Beach surf and skate shop owner Chal Lester saw his 10-year-old son gain a new level of confidence through skating.
“There’s this little crew out there and the positivity they share out there, it’s been a good little environment out their,” said Lester.
Local skaters hope to expand the park by 2020 with the addition of a skating bowl and possibly train the 2024 wave of Olympic skaters in Myrtle Beach.