The 54th Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships


    Whether your skills are legend or your toes are more at home in the sand than on the end of a board, it’s all good. You don’t have to catch the perfect wave to be part of the largest surfing competition on the East Coast. Just come to Virginia Beach August 21-28, 2016, to revel in surf culture when hundreds of talented pro and amateur surfers compete in the 54th Annual Coastal Edge ECSC presented by Vans®. From elite action in the waves to live music on the beach, this 8-day oceanfront event is all about sharing the love of surfing.

    On the shore to see which surfers make the cut or hitting the water yourself, the good times are definitely more than head-high. With beach volleyball, street skate and ramp contests, BMX action, a swimsuit competition, boardwalk 5K run and luau to keep you busy, ECSC makes everyone part of the local surf scene. Add live music along with food and drink concessions at the oceanfront, and living the resort life becomes a weeklong beach party.

    For COMPETITION schedules, AWARDS, and entry information visit:

  • History of the East Coast Surfing Championships

  • In the summer of 1961, a small private party near Gilgo Beach on Long Island, New York, was a curiosity to friends and neighbors. But the surfing lifestyle it celebrated proved an irresistible draw as the party’s fame spread by word-of-mouth all along the East Coast.

    Driven by surf-inspired music and movies coming from California, even more out-of-town surfers and non-surfers dropped in on the second party a year later. Future surf legends from Virginia Beach attended the 1962 Gilgo party and suggested moving it to Virginia because of its central East Coast location and growing surf scene.

    In 1963, the Virginia Beach Jaycees joined forces with their surfing buddies to produce the Virginia Beach Surfing Carnival, a community project that was the forerunner of today’s ECSC. By 1965, participants were heading to Virginia Beach in big numbers because of the nicer weather and larger, more consistent waves. For purposes of record keeping and clarity, the 50+ years of ECSC history are defined from the first Virginia Beach Jaycee-sponsored surfing event in August 1963.

    Today, the Coastal Edge ECSC presented by Vans is the second longest, continuously run surfing competition in the world.

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