Master the Surf Along the Grand Strand

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If you want to learn to surf, Myrtle Beach is a great place to begin.

Renowned for its championship golf and white-sand beaches, Myrtle Beach is also known as a great place to catch a wave. Some say that, after you get up on a surfboard for the first time, you’re hooked on the sport. If you don’t know how to surf, though, don’t worry — there are plenty of places on the Grand Strand to get you up and riding the waves like a pro. And, as a guest at the Ocean Reef Resort, you are lucky to be in one of the area’s prime surfing locations.

Many places along the Grand Strand offer surfing lessons, and a favorite among local surfers and Ocean Reef guests is Kokopelli Surf Camp. Kokopelli has been one of the premier places to learn to surf in Myrtle Beach since 1996, and it has since added paddleboard and kayak instruction to its offerings.

Whether you are an expert who wants to take your riding to the next level or don’t know the difference between the front and back of a surfboard, the certified instructors at Kokopelli can accommodate and will build a strategy to teach you as much as possible during a two-hour lesson.

All of Kokopelli’s instructors have been riding the waves for over 10 years. They are also all CPR and first-aid certified, and with each lesson they give, they aim to provide a safe and exciting learning experience that will teach you not only how to ride the waves but also how to be safe on the water. You will be matched with the best board for your build, and after you hit the waves you can purchase some great beach and surf gear to take home with you.

To book a lesson, call 843-340-9565 or check out their website at Not only do they provide surfing, paddleboarding and kayaking lessons, Kokopelli also offers surfboard, paddleboard and kayak rentals for low costs and for as long as you’d like. They’ll even deliver right to where you are for no extra charge!

Our advice is to take a lesson on one of your first days of vacation and spend the rest of your time improving your newly learned skills on your own. Couldn’t get the hang of surfing, or is it not really your thing? Paddle on a kayak or paddleboard with a Kokopelli guide and get a cool, out-of-the-ordinary view of Myrtle Beach from the water. From lessons with experienced instructors to cool tours around Myrtle Beach on the water, you will have no problem finding something exciting and active at Kokopelli! 

At the end of your day spent gliding along on the water, head back to your vacation home away from home at the Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach for a little rest and recovery. Enjoy a drink at the poolside bar and chill out on your oceanfront balcony as you listen to the surf calling you to come back out again.