The skateboarding presence in Myrtle Beach is growing, with the addition of Daville Skate Shop, located at Plantation Point Plaza.
The shop, which specializes in skateboarding products that range from clothes and shoes to skateboards themselves, aims its goals toward developing an already large skateboarding community in Myrtle Beach.
“We are super excited about the opportunity to finally bring legitimate core skateboarding support to the already existing and strong Myrtle Beach skate scene and community,” the website for Daville Skate Shop reads.
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The shop will also provide a space for skaters to get sponsored, which is the first step toward becoming a professional skater. The closest places to get sponsored are in Charleston and Wilmington, N.C., leaving little opportunity for Myrtle Beach skaters.
“Myrtle Beach has nothing and it’s a shame,” Daville Skate Shop owner Terry Grimble said. “They really need to step it up.”
Grimble, from Fayettsville, N.C., has been sponsoring skaters since 1988, with five who have gone pro.
On top of that, Grimble has a nonprofit organization, Friends of the Skateparks Foundation, that focuses on helping communities develop skateboard parks correctly, as well as hosting events, such as the Battle of the Skate Crews, which presents different challenges to skate teams.
Grimble hopes to create different competitions in the Myrtle Beach area that will help keep kids off the streets, working with the Matt Hughes Skate Park, the current hub for skateboarders in Myrtle Beach.
“It keeps you busy, and if you’re busy, guess what, you’re not getting in trouble,” Grimble said.
The Sun News reported that the Matt Hughes Skate Park, which was maintained and supervised by Myrtle Beach’s Recreation Division, fell into disrepair in the early 2000’s after the city eliminated staffing.
Currently, a group called Rebuild Matt Hughes Skate Park is raising money in order to renovate the park.
“We are trying to give the city of Myrtle Beach the skate park it deserves,” the group’s Facebook page reads. “We have got the ball rolling, now we have to maximize our opportunity.”
For Grimble, skaters are already taking advantage of the shop and what it offers them.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Grimble. “This, by far, has taken off the fastest. They finally have someone who’s going to back them.
“We signed a really long lease here in Myrtle Beach so we plan on being here awhile,” Grimble said. “We want it to be a blessing to the community.”
Daville Skate Shop, located at 1263 38th Avenue North, began in Fayettsville, N.C. The Myrtle Beach store is the second location for the shop, and is run by partner John Ingram.
Other skate shops in the area include Redbeard Skateshop.