Surfers: 'Epic' waves hit Grand Strand Beaches

Double red flags were up on lifeguard stands Thursday during Hurricane Arthur alerting swimmers to stay out of the water along the Grand Strand beaches.

However, one group who was allowed in the rough waters, was surfers. They say the beach was ideal for riding the waves.

"It's a little crazy, but when your as passionate about surfing as we are, you kind of think about it as yeah, there are risks involved, but they're worth it for the thrill of the ride," said surfer Dylan McCann.

Unlike surfers, swimmers were not allowed in the ocean. Donnie Constransitch, a North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Officer explained, "It's not really that dangerous for the surfers, it's more for the swimmers and rip currents. If you're waist deep, chest deep, and you get out in a rip current, you're going to get sucked out, at least with surfers they're on a board."

Gunter Bowling who's a surfer and lifeguard said storm days are the best days to surf.

"I've surfed Hurricane Sandy, I've surfed many other tropical storms, other hurricanes, this doesn't really compare to what I have been in," Bowling said.

Surfers said though it's fun to be out in the ocean on a rough day, you need to be prepared.

"The challenge today especially surfing here right next to the pier, is the current that's pulling so strong, and trying to stay off of the pier; you got to paddle constantly," said McCann.

While no swimming was allowed on Horry County beaches or any municipality. In Georgetown County, where there are no lifeguards, they don't issue swimming restrictions and it was swim at your own risk.