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Latitude: 33° 34.565' N
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South from Myrtle Beach on Hwy17 By-pass S. Turn on Atlantic @ Circle K. Down to pier. Parking on S side.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthEast, NorthEast
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
- Rips / undertow
The N side is less localized and also less consistent. S side you must charge!
Ahhh, Garden City, a popular yet sloppy break. A lot of very good locals here, plus your average old fat longboard crew. This place can get mad crazy on a good swell, so respect 'em and they'll respect you!
The Garden City Pier is pretty laid back. Just don't be a kook and Cut someone off. There are a lot of talented surfers here.
It's an OK spot, in fact it's the best on the Grand Strand, but it lacks the ability to get swell as easy as close breaks like Folly and Pawleys Is.
It's a fun wave when there is swell. It's best to drive up to Carolina Beach or down to Folly. But if your stuck here. You will have fun surfing it.
By Patrick P. , 06-09-2007
What a kook... - "Anonymous" must be a hardcore local surfer(insert extreme sarcasm here. You are are just one of many summertime surfer kooks that pollute our breaks from June till the end of August. You need to go somewhere with that local crap.
By His loving wife. , 26-03-2007
Alive and Well - Eric Eason is alive and well living in GC and Columbia. Shop at Village - the best around!
By Anonymous , 19-02-2007
Home Break - I've been surfing this wave every day for the past 3 years. There are actually 4 seperate breaks in the way the sand bar works. Right next to the pier is the best, BUT you have massive ammounts of bull sharks, fisherman, and COPS, if the beach is not crowed, and you are near the pier, you can and will get a ticket. GC cops have nothing to do but sit at the pier hotel and write tickets. There is Rainbows, which is about 50 yards north of the pier, look on the beach and see a row of condos that are painted like Raibow Road in Charleston. Most times is 2-3 feet, but a good swell can send it to the 6-8 foot range. Little farther north gives you Pine Ave, my home break. If you come here in the summer, you will find me and my 4 friends EVERY DAY surfing this spot, look for a Clemson tiger paw on my board, and that's me. The beach does get crowded, especially because there is a Christian Camp that brings over 100 kids to the beach every week. Lots of spongers and what not.Be warned, this is a local spot, just like 13 Ave South, we can be assholes, we are assholes. Dont drop in, dont talk shit. Oh yeah, the Village is a great place to get advice. They are all super friendly if you come in humble and curious. Kelly Richard's shapes some of the best boards in the world. My friend use to swear by Al Merrick, but once he hopped on a 5'11" Perfection (the name of the Richard Board) he feel in love. If you can, pick up a board, they arnt that expensive and well worth the money.Have a good vaction. Miyabi Japanese Resturant in murrells inlet is where its at!
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