South Carolina’s first surf and adventure park is on its way to Myrtle Beach after City Council gave the go-ahead during a virtual city council meeting Tuesday, May 12.
Myrtle Beach City Council unanimously approved a motion to enter into a lease agreement with American Surf Parks, LLC to develop a surf park and amphitheater on the site located immediately south of Burroughs and Champion Boulevard, between Grissom Parkway and the Myrtle Beach Sports Center.
“This is an exciting project,” council member Michael Chestnut said. “That property has been sitting over there for years with no revenue coming to the city.”
American Surf Parks CEO Jeff Skelley made the presentation during the council meeting.
“It is truly a win win,” Skelley said. “It is great that everyone is behind it. It is going to take Myrtle Beach to the next level.”
The project includes a 5.4 acre Wavegarden Lagoon that can create up to 1,000 perfect waves per hour. It will also include stadium lighting for night surfing.
There will be hot tubs, pools and the ability for people to stay overnight with 36 units on site.
The amphitheater could potentially hold 10,000 people and Skelley said that concert promoter Live Nation is interested in the venue.
The 20-acre site will be able to hold professional and amateur surf contests as well as rock climbing and cliff diving events. There will be a restaurant and a brewpub as well.
The city estimates the total projected revenues from the surf operations alone at nearly $450,000 a year for phase one of the project. The complex could potentially hire 112 employees.
The project leaders said that all renderings have been completed. They hope to have all funding and permitting in place by May 2021. Construction is expected to take 18 months.
“This is a really exciting development,” said council member Jackie Hatley. “It is going to bring a new amenity to our area.”