Vans Presents the 55th Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships

August 20-27
 Robbie Hickman

Frequently Asked Questions

The 54th annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships (CE ECSC) presented by Vans is the Atlantic coast’s crown jewel of surfing at the Virginia Beach oceanfront August 21-28, 2016!

This prestigious event by the World Surf League (WSL) boasts a $120,000 total pro purse. The Vans Pro is a Men’s WSL QS3000 with a $100,000 purse and the Vans Pro Junior is a Men’s WSL Juniors Series with a $10,000 purse.  Both are presented by Coastal Edge and will run concurrently and this year includes a $5,000 pro longboard and $5,000 women’s pro event. Visitors may see many of the top surfers in the world competing in Virginia Beach!  CE ECSC gives North American surfers the opportunity to gain WSL ratings points and prize money while literally taking part in surf history – North America’s oldest surf contest and the second longest continuously run surf contest in the world! CE ECSC is also one of the world’s largest surf events, attracting nearly 1,000 contestants competing in 35 divisions.

But today’s Coastal Edge ECSC is more than surfing alone – it has evolved into a multifaceted beach sports and entertainment festival that offers many visitor-friendly attractions.  Seven uniquely beach-oriented sports – including skateboarding, skimboarding, stand-up paddle board, beach flag football, beach volleyball, beach cornhole and a boardwalk 5K run – are a feast for the eyes. The second annual presentation of the ECX outdoor movie theater is a truly memorable beach experience.  Live music with this year’s attraction Rock of 80’s Bands, Smithereens, Romantics and the Motels, performed on a beach stage is a treat for the ears. Food and drink vendors satisfy the tummy.

Don’t forget the  Coastal Edge Miss ECSC Swimsuit Pageant on aturday and Sunday.  Produced annually by the Virginia Beach Jaycees and managed by Resort Management, LLC, this year CE ECSC will also include BMX demonstrations. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Portions of the proceeds raised at the CE ECSC benefit VB Jaycees Charities.


The City of Virginia Beach offers municipal parking lots and garages, as well as alternate on-street spaces from 1st Street to 37th Street at the Oceanfront for a minimal fee.

There is designated parking spaces throughout the resort area for disabled visitors and residents. In addition handicap accessible ramps are located from the boardwalk at each beach access from 2nd Street through 80th Street, with extended ramps to the water at 8th, 17th, 24th and 30th Streets.

View the Oceanfront Parking Map and plan ahead!

CE ECSC has set up a Park and Ride program.  Strap your bike to your car or load it in your truck and take advantage of the Free Parking offered during the event.  Park your vehicle at the #5 lot at the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau and bike it to the beach!

Coastal Edge is the official retailer of this year’s CE ECSC t-shirt!  Visit a Coastal Edge location near you or order online and have your favorite gear delivered right to your door!

Every winter season, the Virginia Beach Jaycees host a Holiday T-shirt Sale wherein vintage stock of yesteryear’s ECSC shirts are sold.  These sales are the one and only chance you have to pick up the 1993 or 2007 design.  *Not all sizes are available in all colors and/or years.  Follow the Virginia Beach Jaycees Facebook page so you don’t miss this year’s Holiday T-shirt Sale Announcement!

Since 1963, ECSC has been planned, produced and staffed by the Virginia Beach Jaycees.  The VB Jaycees is comprised of young men and women, ages 18 – 40, and provides leadership development through community service projects.  ECSC is one of many events owned and operated by the Virginia Beach Jaycees.  This volunteer organization works to empower young people to create positive change in the community.  ECSC runs 8 days and its success is due to more than 300 volunteers annually.  Register and schedule your shift today!

While we can’t predict the weather, we can give you a surf report. For the latest surf report go to the Surf Report Page.

Each of the events has several categories for amateurs male and female competitors. There is a pro category for most events as well.  Please check out the events details for the specifics about qualifying for the 53rd Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships!

ECSC is unique. Part surfing classic, part music festival, part beach party, part multi-event sports-tournament and 100% fun. Besides Professional and Amateur surfing competitions, ECSC offers a variety of other events to attend.

Since 1963, the Virginia Beach Jaycees have planned, produced and staffed East Coast Surfing Championships.  The VB Jaycees were first formed in 1948 by a local group of young men and were officially chartered as the Virginia Beach/Princess Anne County Junior Chamber of Commerce. The Jaycees have never been a political organization, but one that serves the community and offers leadership training.

Today, the organization is comprised of young men and women, ages 18 – 40, and provides development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change in the community. Training is offered in areas of public speaking, writing, management, professional networking, financial planning and much more. The Virginia Beach Jaycees are currently 60 members strong and have historically been one of the premier chapters in the state.

The Virginia Beach Jaycees have a long history in the establishment of several important community projects. In addition to the East Coast Surfing Championships, the VB Jaycees are credited with founding the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Virginia Beach Library System, the General Hospital of Virginia Beach, the Flame of Hope Memorial and many more.  A portion of the proceeds of CE ECSC are donated to VB Jaycees Charities.

Like Virginia Beach Jaycees on Facebook and stay up to date on all of their various projects.

Public relations efforts have resulted in international media coverage of the ECSC events including, but not limited to, features by ESPN, USA Network, MTV2, The Bikini Open, The Hawaiian Tropic Series and most recently, USA Today and The Washington Post, as well as extensive local and regional media coverage.

Award-winning PR campaigns have consistently earned ECSC the designation as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. U.S. News & World Reports “Great Vacation Drives” supplement has rated ECSC one of America’s Best Fairs and Festivals for several years.

The original event started in Long Island, New York in 1961. But the Virginia Beach Jaycees started East Coast Surfing Championships on the shores of Virginia Beach in 1963, making it the second-longest, continuously-run surfing contest in the world!

Our Press Office section will give you the low down on everything new – the latest competition results, cool facts and updated demographics.

Get in on the action and get clicking to the Event Schedule page! From the competitions to the concerts, we have the info to maximize your ECSC experience. Hope to see you there!

Scenic Virginia Beach has a lot to offer the vacationer – the sun, the surf, the events, the attractions.  There’s a great time to be had for every taste.  After all, 2.4 million visitors flock to Virginia Beach annually.

List of attractions, restaurants and accommodations coming soon!

For more information, the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development provides an in-depth community profile.