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

August 20-27
 Eric Lusher

ECSC Lifestyle

During the 8 days of Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships presented by Vans, you will find that there will be plenty of time for you to enjoy some of the best that Virginia Beach (VB to locals) has to offer.
The week kicks off on Sunday, August 21st, bright and early at Rudee Inlet. Rudee Inlet is described as a “harbor of happiness.” Rudee Inlet offers beautiful views of ships, aquatic life and amazing food. You’ll get to enjoy the gorgeous morning sun as we cheer on the VB Surf Sessions Presents CE ECSC VA SUP Cup competitors as they race the novice course: 2-miles withing the Rudee Inlet. It’s a great opportunity to get the family on the water. Children 13 and up are welcome.  The intermediate course: 5 miles withing the Rudee Inlet and Lake Wesley.  The Elite Course: 10 miles beginning in Rudee Inlet, proceeding out the VB Oceanfront.  Then follow us to Rockafeller’s for the awards ceremony. Be sure to try their signature Bloody Mary and enjoy their amazing line up for Sunday Funday!

After Rockafeller’s, CE ECSC heads to the oceanfront. We are celebrating the 16th Anniversary of the Quicksilver Super Grom during which 100 kids, 10 years and younger will surf at 2nd Street! Be sure you are there to cheer on this heartwarming event which encourages the next generation of surfers.

Sunday also offers an entire day of surfing. The Tautog’s/Doc Taylor Pro surf competition at 2nd Street. These surfers (many local) are competing for a ticket to the WSL Amateur & Pro surf event which runs Monday – Sunday. The day is sure to deliver some competitive heats. Since you’ll be at the oceanfront until 7 pm when surf winds down, we recommend you check out Mahi Mah’s for lunch specials.  For dinner, we recommend strolling down the boardwalk to Catch31.  Catch31 offers a unique dining experience. Enjoy the outdoor fire pits while their exceptional servers wine and dine you.

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Monday through Wednesday is surf from sun up to sun down. VB offers plenty to do between the heats. For your morning kick, grab your brew from Bad Ass Coffee which is home to The Legend, Kona, Hawaiian coffee brew. If you‘re looking for brunch, locals love Doc Taylor’s. Their all day drink specials on screwdrivers, mimosas and bloody marys for $2 bring a crowd. Order the “Ray Ray” at least once; this breakfast sandwich stacks scrambled eggs, bacon, American cheese and a parmesan grilled tomato served on a toasted onion roll.
Big Sam’s Raw Bar is another favorite of the locals. While also serving fantastic lunch and dinner, they have some of the best breakfast around. One of the best Shrimp ‘n’ Grits that you’ll ever have and award winning pancakes. If you happen to be there for lunch or dinner, the ‘”Angry she crab” soup offers a slightly different twist on the VB signature dish.
After breakfast you might consider tackling the ropes course at the Virginia Beach Adventure Park. From beginner to expert, they have a course built for you to zip line through the trees.  Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you might be starting to think about some lunch.
In addition to the places listed above, you might want to swing by Calypso Bar and Grill. They happy hour extends from 2 pm to 7 pm every day. Enjoy fresh oysters, clams or wings for 50 cents each. For you land lubbers, the Chicken cordon Bleu or the French dip will surely knock your socks off. Weekly specials are always fun and inventive.
If you’re in the mood for something more on the PIZZA side of things; swing by Chicho’s 29th for some of the best deals in town. Offering both a sweet and their signature spicy sauce, it is a true VB Original. Their $6.99 XL pizza special on Sunday is a local favorite for sure.
After you grab lunch, you can work off some of the calories at the Jungle Golf course and challenge the entire family to a game, or two, or three.
As things go into the evening, please take the opportunity to enjoy some of the free entertainment that VB has to offer. From live bands on 5 stages, to street performers, there is something for everyone. Don’t miss the fireworks put on by the City of Virginia Beach, Live the Live.
As we slide into the evening hours you might want to start thinking dinner.
A well-known local favorite is Tautogs – boasting the freshest of local seafood and housed in one of the original VB beach cottages, it is truly a unique local experience. Try the blacked Tuna steak. Usually caught within 24 hours of ending up on your plate, this is a personal favorite for this particular local. Daily specials are also a great choice. And always have at least one vegetarian special on each day.
For a relaxed night in true Virginia Beach style, have a pint, some fish tacos and enjoy a game of cornhole at CP Shuckers on Pacific Avenue.
Check out Lagerheads for some of the best craft beers and Gourmet burgers. Fire pits at many of the tables and serious sampler platter. Try the “Cowboy Burger” and a personal “beer flight”.

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If you’re looking to dance off some of the food after dinner, check out Peabody’s nightclub. Filled with a young high energy crowd, your night will be full of excitement.
If something more on the “country” side is your style; check out 97.3 The Eagles Nest VB. Live bands most nights of the week and plenty of line dancing to keep you going. There is even a mechanical bull for you adrenaline junkies.
If live music is your thing, make sure to check out www.vbnightlife.com to keep up to date with live bands playing around town.
Come Thursday, CE ECSC really starts to take off. Start at 2nd Street for the surf competition and make your way down the beach by 8:30 am to see Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May host a volleyball clinic. Peabody is throwing the Luau to end all Luau’s on the beach at the main stage from 4 to 8 pm.
Friday, check out the Vert Jam and Vans Demo at 3rd Street Halfpipe and the Vans “Off the Wall” BMX at 3rd Street BMX. Take advantage of the only free music festival on the beach! The line-up is sure to impress! From Borderline Crazy, The Deloreans to the Rock of the 80’s Tour featuring The Romantics, The Smithereens, and The Motels, to Nature’s Child and Buddha Council, there is something for everyone!
Saturday is a full day of events. Dust off your kicks and compete in the Geico 5k Boardwalk Run at 5th Street. Then, compete for $2,000 and try your luck at the Denny’s Cornhole Tournament afterwards. Don’t miss the headliner, Rock of the 80’s Tour from 8:30 to 10:30 at the Main Stage!
Sunday, surfers are crowned champion, volleyball pros compete in the finale and the day wraps up competition with the CE Miss ECSC Finals at the Main Stage! The 8 day event wraps with some local reggae music!
Make sure to download the ECSC mobile app for coupons, specials and updates to what is happening around town.
And, if all else fails: Ask a Local…

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