14th annual surfoff underway in Surfside Beach
On Saturday, the 14th annual Guy Daniels Memorial Surfoff brought together surfers of all ages to Surfside Beach.
"It's just a great time. Everybody can just kind of sit back and relax and enjoy the surfers," said Suzanne Wright, a spectator among the crowd that watched the competition.
However, surfers are not only drawn to the event for the competitive aspect.
"I love how there are experienced surfers and inexperienced surfers so the inexperienced can learn from the experienced and its really a learning process," said Kaiya Brand, who came in fifth place during last year's competition. She is competing again this year and hopes to place higher this time around.
The annual competition remembers Guy Daniels, a Surfside Beach native, who died unexpectedly in 1999 at the age of 19. He was a student at the College of Charleston and an environmental advocate.
Jim Daniels, Guy's father, said the event caters to younger surfers and it gives them a chance to experience a surfing competition that is friendlier than others. Daniels has watched the competition evolve and grow over the years and told us about a new addition to this year's surfoff.
"For the first time, we are adding an event. We are adding a stand-up paddle board race," Daniels said.
The competition has also become a way to help youth excel out of the water. This year eight $1,000 dollar scholarships were given out. One was awarded to a marine biology student at Coastal Carolina University, Daniels said. Since the surfoff began, $50,000 dollars worth of scholarship money has been awarded to 45 students.
The two-day competition will resume on Sunday from 8 a.m. To 5 p.m. at 13th Avenue South in Surfside Beach.