Friends, Family Gather to Remember Missing Teen Surfer

7:54 PM, Jun 13, 2013   |    comments
  • Friends and fellow surfers held a "paddle out". A way that surfers honor those lost. They form a circle and release flowers in the circle.
  • Anderson Estep, 19 went missing last Friday while surfing near Cherry Gove Pier in N. Myrtle Beach.
  • Non surfing friends who showed up to pay respect for Anderson Estep, 19 who went missing last friday while surfing.
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(WBTW) CHERRY GROVE, SC - Friends of a teen who died while surfing remembered him in their own special way on Thursday evening.

Anderson Estep, age 19, went missing Friday afternoon during Tropical Storm Andrea while he went surfing near the Cherry Grove Pier.

Estep of North Myrtle Beach went to go surfing in the area along with his younger brother, according to a police report. At first both waited for conditions to improve, but later Anderson went surfing while the younger brother watch from shore.

The brother told authorities that he never saw Anderson leave the water.

Thursday, his friends held a "paddle out" for Estep, where dozens of surfers paddled to an area past the waves and remembered their friend. The surfers took flowers with them and formed a large circle.

The group then releases the flowers in the water. The flowers flow into the waves.

The beach at the Cherry Grove Pier was full of family and friends around 7 pm.

The search for Estep was suspended on Saturday morning. His body has not been recovered.

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