Sailing, Skiing, Flying and Cruising

June 2018
Written By: 
Paul Grimshaw

Summertime watersport adventures along the Grand Strand include just about anything you can imagine. Some look for the relaxing, sit-back-and-enjoy sunset and dolphin cruises. Kids and families might want a pirate adventure. The hands-on type will enjoy pilot-your-own jet-skis, boat and kayak rentals or paddle boarding. The daring adrenaline junkies might love parasailing and water-powered jet packs. Whatever floats your boat this summer, the Grand Strand’s got it.

PHOTO: (pictured left to right) Lifted Flyboarding; Ocean Watersports; Island Adventure Watersports.

Crazy Sister Marina
4123 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet 
(843) 651-3676
Crazy Sister, located on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, offers pirate voyages, sunset cruises, jet-ski rentals, pedalboard and paddle board rentals, kayak and pontoon boat rentals, and guided, educational salt marsh eco tours, as well as fishing charters.

Ocean Watersports
404 3rd Ave. S., Myrtle Beach
(843) 445-7777
In the heart of Myrtle Beach since 1981, Ocean Watersports is best known for its colorful parasailing rigs, seen flying high above the Atlantic Ocean. Also available are banana boat rides and jet-ski rentals.

Myrtle Beach Watersports
North Myrtle Beach: (843) 280-7777
Myrtle Beach: (843) 839-2999
If it can be done on the water, then Myrtle Beach Watersports has it covered. Servicing the entire Grand Strand with multi-passenger jet boats, dolphin cruises, sunset cruises, pirate adventures, jet-ski and pontoon boat rentals, even Go-Pro video camera rentals are available.

Beach House Boat Rentals
Wacca Wache Marina
1950 Wachesaw Road, Murrells Inlet 
(843) 882-5210
For a freshwater experience along the Waccamaw River and Intracoastal Waterway, Beach House will rent everything you need, including pontoon boats, bow riders, center console fishing boats, kayaks, paddle boards and even electric bikes (not for use on the river, please!)

Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions
413 53rd Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach; 1116 S.C. 9 East, Longs, (843) 241-4588
Paddle through the Little River Inlet to Waites Island or along the Waccamaw River or the Cherry Grove marsh. Expert guides and instruction ensure safe, memorable adventures for all ages.

Lifted Flyboarding
5843 Dick Pond Road, Myrtle Beach, (843) 203-8213
Watch out George Jetson, these water-powered backpacks lift the rider out of the water and offer some semblance of control to the experienced and a wild ride for the novice.

Freedom Boat Club
Office: 2120 Sea Mountain Highway, North Myrtle Beach
(843) 732-4711
The ultimate in boat rentals, this membership-driven club gives you access to the fleet of 1600-plus boats in 150-plus locations in the U.S., three on the Grand Strand and three more nearby (Charleston and Southport). No hassles, no worries, just fun in the sun.

Jack’s Surf Lessons & Board Rentals
3200 F S. Ocean Blvd.,
Myrtle Beach, (843) 647-7471
Sup, bruh? Surf’s up, that’s what’s up! At Jack’s the CPR-certified, talented, athletic and safety-conscious staff teaches surf lessons, as well as instruction on kayaks and paddle boards. Surf camp for kids and adults, half-day surf lessons and more.

Island Adventure Watersports
5843 Dick Pond Road, Myrtle Beach 
(843) 650-7003
Specializing in Intracoastal Waterway trips out of Socastee (near the Swing Bridge), IAW offers jet-ski rentals and guided tours of the “backcountry,” plus boat, kayak and paddle board rentals.


Photos Courtesy of Ocean Watersports and (2) DSW PHOTOGRAPHY