Sea Green: Harold Weigel

By Leslie Moore

Sea Green: Harold Weigel

Harold Weigel, Myrtle Beach Watersports

Tell us a little about yourself

I’m originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and before I retired was a Senior Vice President with Mack Truck. I’ve been in love with the same woman since the 6th grade – my wife Carol. We’ve been married for 57 years and have four children, 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. My son, Steve, was an All American gymnast in school and moved here to open a fitness center. His friend Shawn had a business renting jet skis, and he and Steve opened Myrtle Beach Watersports together. After I retired, Carol and I moved here and I went to work with them. We have a little something for everyone, with four locations and a variety of experiences, including the popular dolphin cruises on the Sea Thunder and the Sea Screamer, jet ski rentals and pontoon rentals. All of our equipment is expertly maintained, and we buy new jet skis every year.

You help introduce our beautiful Atlantic to people – many for the first time. What is your favorite part of the experience?

I don’t go on all of the tours, but I do oversee our captains, crew and maintenance of all the equipment, plus I’m here when people get off of the boats and always enjoy getting their feedback. People love seeing the dolphins. They are beautiful creatures and many people don’t realize they are a protected species. No one is allowed to feed or disturb them in any way, but it’s breathtaking to see them jumping and playing in the water – and sometimes they will try to interact with us. We also take people to several uninhabited islands and give them a lot of interesting historical information about the Little River area. This is a family-oriented business and our rentals and tours are geared to giving families the best possible experience.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I love history and Little River. Little River was a stopping point for pirates like Blackbeard, a part of the Civil War and still ships seafood throughout the country and Canada. There is a hill across the street from our Little River location where the wives and families of fishermen used to gather to greet them when they came in from weeks at sea. The last section of the Intracoastal Waterway was completed here as well – giving the Grand Strand more access to the ocean, setting it up to be the popular tourist destination it is today. People come to Little River from their hotels and condos in Myrtle Beach and are charmed by this quaint fishing village.

To learn more about Myrtle Beach Watersports, visit myrtlebeachwatersports.com or call 843-240-8400 or 843-249-0870.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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