Several hundred surfers will compete in this year’s Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach, in a week-long beachfront event that will also draw skaters, boxers, volleyball players and others.
The 54th annual surfing championships, designated by the World Surf League (WSL) as a QS3000, boast a $110,000 total pro purse, according to the league’s website. The competition will take place at the Oceanfront between Second and Ninth Streets, near the Rudee Inlet. The free event, from Aug. 21-28, will also feature a boxing tournament for the first time and a variety of other contests.
The Oceanfront gathering is “more than surfing alone,” says the 16-page program. It is a “multi-faceted beach sports and entertainment festival that offers many visitor-friendly distractions.”
There will be a beach-volleyball tournament Aug. 27-28 at the boardwalk, between Sixth and Ninth Streets. The contest comes with a $50,000 prize.
Boxers can vie for a total purse prize of $10,000 during the “Heroes on the Sand” Pro-Am Boxing event on Aug. 25, honoring the military and first responders. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Dee Lee Promotions at 856-692-1206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornhole enthusiasts can get in on the action, too. Denny’s Cornhole Tournament will be held Aug. 27-28 at the boardwalk at Fourth Street. Late registration and warm-up will begin at 8 a.m. Online registration can be done here until Aug. 22. The winner will take home $3,000.
For runners, there will be a 5K race and luau Aug. 27 at 8 a.m, at the boardwalk at Fifth Street. Registration can be done here. Participants must pay $35.
Beach flag football will be Aug. 27- 28, at the boardwalk, between Ninth and 12th Streets. Registration and more information can be found here.
A BMX competition schedule will be posted on the site when details are finalized.
Handicapped-accessible ramps are available on the boardwalk at each beach access, from Second Street through 80th Street, with extended ramps at Eighth, 17th, 24th and 30th Streets.
Portions of the proceeds of the event will benefit charitable undertakings of the Virginia Beach Jaycees, which produces the surfing championships, according to the program. The event is managed by Resort Management LLC.