Water Sports

Don't forget to bring your own towels and sunscreen when you head out.

Downwind Sails. Hobie Cats, personal watercraft, Jet Skis, and ocean kayaks are available for rent at Downwind Sails, a trusted company here at the beach since 1981; it also has banana-boat rides (where you're towed in a long, yellow inflatable raft) and parasailing. 2985 S. Ocean Blvd., South Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29577. 843/448–7245; www.downwindsailsmyrtlebeach.com.

Island Adventure Watersports. For water fun along the waterway, this rental spot at the Socastee Swing Bridge offers the standard water-sport vessels, plus wakeboards, paddleboards, and Jet Ski tours. 5843 Dick Pond Rd., Socastee, South Carolina, 29588. 843/650–7003; www.islandadventurewatersports.com.

Village Surf Shoppe. Learn how to ride the waves with a rental board or surfing lesson from the crew at Village Surf Shoppe, led by Kelly Richards and his son Cam. Richards shapes his own Perfection Surfboards at the shop, while his national surf champion sons and staff (including four USA Team members) take aspiring surfers out for camps and some hands-on action near the Garden City Pier, a tradition since 1969. 500 Atlantic Ave., Garden City Beach, South Carolina, 29576. 843/651–6396; villagesurfshoppe.com.

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