There’s a Memorial Day kick off event at the Oceanfront. Here’s what’s up

(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Pexels)
(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Pexels)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia Longboard Federation, the producers and organizers of the Steel Pier Classic and VB Surf Art Expo are gearing up for the 16th Annual Steel Pier Classic and 12th Annual VB Surf Art Expo on Memorial Day weekend May 24 – 27 between 1st and 7th Streets at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

The annual kick-off to the Oceanfront summer season brings some of the most competitive surfing, Grom Fest, stand-up paddle boarding, Coastal Edge Student Art Show on the Beach, O’Connor Brewing Company 5K race, Virginia Beach Surf Art Expo featuring 70+ local and regional artists from Maine to Florida and the close-out of the weekend on Memorial Day, the Altmeyer Hawaiian Paddle-Out “in memory of our military fallen.”

Here’s the schedule of events:

Friday, May 24

  • 3—7 p.m. The Grom Coast Surf & Skate Welcome Party for GromFest, 325 Laskin Road. Open to the public.

Saturday, May 25

Location: Virginia Beach Oceanfront, between 2nd and 7th Streets

  • 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Surfing Competition begins
  • 8 — 9 a.m. SUP Race *
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Coastal Edge Presents the Student Art Pavilion on the beach
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Coastal Edge presents the Element skateboard Art Show on the beach
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Coastal Edge Presents the Vans Custom Culture Student Art Show
  • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Coastal Edge retail store on the boardwalk
  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Virginia Beach Surf Art Expo on the Boardwalk 3rd- 6th Streets
  • 11 a.m. Grom Coast Surf & Skate presents GromFest. Under 12 surfing division

Sunday, May 26

Location: Virginia Beach Oceanfront, between 2nd and 7th Streets

  • 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Surfing Competition.
  • 8 a.m. O’Connor Brewing Co. Steel Pier 5K Race at 7th Street
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Coastal Edge Presents the Student Art Pavilion on the beach
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Coastal Edge presents the Element skateboard Art Show on the beach
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Coastal Edge Presents the Vans Custom Culture Student Art Show
  • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Coastal Edge retail store on the boardwalk
  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Virginia Beach Surf Art Expo on the Boardwalk 3rd – 6th Streets

Memorial Day ~ Monday, May 27

Location: Virginia Beach Oceanfront, between 2nd and 7th Streets

  • 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Surfing Competition*
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Coastal Edge Presents the Student Art Pavilion on the beach
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Coastal Edge presents the Element skateboard Art Show on the beach
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Coastal Edge Presents the Vans Custom Culture Student Art Show
  • 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Coastal Edge retail store on the boardwalk
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Virginia Beach Surf Art Expo on the Boardwalk 3rd – 5th Streets
  • Noon – Virginia Longboard Federation/Altmeyer Memorial Hawaiian-style Paddle-Out to honor fallen U.S. service members from ongoing military operations
  • 5 p.m. – 13th Annual Coastal Edge Presents the Steel Pier Classic & Surf Art Expo concludes

Organizer Note: Due to wave conditions, all surfing events subject to change without notice. Surfing Divisions: Pro/Am Longboard, Pro/Am Shortboard, Stand Up Paddle Surf, Stand

To learn more about the Steel Pier Classic, click here.

To learn more about the VB Surf Art Expo, click here.

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