A local foundation keeps riding the waves every summer to help some local students with college scholarships, and everyone is welcome to watch the action along the coast.
The Guy Daniels Memorial Foundation’s 13th annual Surf-Off is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the beach at 13th Avenue South and South Ocean Boulevard in Surfside Beach.
This surfing competition – for men and women, and boys and girls, of all ages – rolls in memory of Guy Daniels, who died in 1999 at age 19 while a student at the College of Charleston and who spent his summers as a lifeguard in his hometown of Surfside Beach, where he also worked in a surf shop.
Mikey Pruitt, co-chief executive of the foundation, grew up in the same neighborhood with Daniels. He talked about how year after year, this surfing contest, which also promotes awareness to keep beaches clean of litter and cigarette butts, has become “smooth sailing” in making a difference for the community at large, especially with scholarship recipients going to schools such as Coastal Carolina University, Horry-Georgetown Technical College and the College of Charleston.
Having awarded $1,000 scholarships to eight students this year, the foundation’s fundraising committee hopes to increase the gift amounts and the number of recipients every year, Pruitt said.