The Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships, affectionately known by locals as ECSC, is a surf contest at its core. Over the last 60 years, however, the event has expanded into a week-long festival offering a multitude of events and sights for locals and visitors at the Virginia Beach oceanfront!
Other beach-oriented sports, recreation, and entertainment offerings include beach volleyball, a boardwalk 5k run, street skate and ramp contests, swimsuit contests, food and drink concessions, art and craft vendors, and live music on the beach.
The Virginia Beach Jaycees were contacted by local surfers in 1963 about helping with the organization and running of a surf event. The surfers in the community saw the potential the event had after attending an event in New York but wanted help with the business aspect of running a surf contest. The Virginia Beach Jaycees, comprised of local young men active in the local business community, were eager to help. Always looking for ways to better Virginia Beach and the surrounding areas, the Jaycees had already made huge impacts in town.Learn more
The Virginia Beach Jaycees had already helped with the creation of the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad, helped to establish what would become the Virginia Beach Public Library System, and were integral to the fund drive that resulted in the building of the General Hospital of Virginia Beach before they were approached about the surf contest. Over more than seven decades the Virginia Beach Jaycees have continued to promote personal and professional development to its members and offered leadership training skills through there multiple projects, ECSC chairman one of the most highly revered by chapter members.
The membership’s dedication to offer this event to the community has been tested, and proven, over the last 60 years as they have continued the contest through threats of hurricane, fires, earthquakes, and most recently an international pandemic. In 2020 Chairman Tony Pellino worked tirelessly with then General Manager George Alcaraz to create guidelines from scratch on how to run a surf event in a pandemic setting. Not only did they succeed in building a blueprint for such an occasion, but their plans have since been adopted by the World Surf League for their international events. What is more, the ability to hold the contest in 2020 led to the Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships claiming an international title as the Longest Continuous Surf Contest in the World!
Our community giveback is coordinated through VB Jaycees Charities, a 501(c)(3). Through this designation our organization is afforded the opportunity to make a difference in our local communities via fundraising and donations. Some of our favorite local projects include the Virginia Beach First Citizen, our annual Christmas Shopping Tour (a chapter member favorite!), and one of our newest events BBQ for the Brave- a fundraising event to help fund the continued care and improvement of the Flame of Hope MIA/POW memorial by NAS Oceana.Support Us!