STEEL PIER CLASSIC MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.

The 8th Annual Steel Pier Classic featuring the …Lost Shortboard Pro went off this past Memorial Day weekend at the 1st Street Jetty in Virginia Beach with over 45 pro competitors entered and ready to battle it out for some cash! The surf for all 3 days was super contestable and really fun around the right tides ranging from waist to shoulder high with clean conditions. Standouts during the event included Lucas Rogers, former ASP-East champ Jason Borte, Cole Richards, VB grom Jennings Sessoms, Connie Lester, Ryan Leopold, Maryland’s Vince Boulanger and …Lost team rider Barry Price Jr. The quarters and semis were all super close but there could only be 4 finalists. The final heat was held at dead low tide which meant for slightly smaller and less consistent surf but the action was hot with a seesaw battle going on between VB’s Philip Goold, Florida’s Mark Dawson, the pride of South Carolina Cam Richards and NC’s Owen Moffit. Cam Richards started the heat off with a solid air reverse and Owen Moffit found a few mid-range scores towards the Jetty but it was Philip and Mark who really got things going with both guys racking up two solid scores on righthanders. Philip looked like the man to beat until Dawson found a runner with minutes left to seal the heat win. His heat winning wave consisted of 3 solid forehand bashes and finishing with a smooth yet powerful air reverse. The crowd erupted and he was pumped. Mark won $1500 and a …Lost Surfskate and now is the 2011 …Lost Shortboard Pro champ at the Steel Pier Classic.

Big thanks to Mary and Dean Knight from the Virgina Longboard Federation, all the volunteers and of course Dee, Ben, Wes, Sean and all the crew at Coastal Edge for making this event a keeper for years to come. …Lost was stoked to be a part of it and we look forward to next years event!!!

1st Place- Mark Dawson (Florida/OBX) $1500
2nd Place- Philip Goold (Va Beach) $750
3rd Place- Cam Richards (Garden City, SC) $450
4th Place- Owen Moffit (Wrightsville Beach, NC) $300

Check some of the photos below.

5/23/2011: STEEL PIER CLASSIC PRESENTED BY COASTAL EDGE GETS SET TO GET WET  Four Pro Divisions, Amateur Contest Color the Beach Next Weekend (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – May 20, 2011) – The Steel Pier Classic (SPC) & Surf Art Expo presented by Coastal Edge announce the competitive divisions and prize purses for next weekend’s annual Memorial Day surf contest and art show. More than 300 amateur and professional surfers from all over the United States are expected to compete in the three-day surfing contest held near the First Street Jetty at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.  The dates for this year’s event are Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30, 2011.The four pro divisions offers $7,500 total prize purse and comprised of the following: the Pearson Arrow Longboard Pro ($3,000); the …Lost Shortboard Pro ($3,000); the Roxy Women’s Longboard Pro ($500); and the ITSA sanctioned Tandem Pro ($1,000).  The amateur divisions surf for local bragging rights and coveted Steel Pier Classic trophies. ”…Lost is very happy to be a part of the Steel Pier Classic this year.  The SPC has always been a grass roots surf event that kicks off the summer with great surfing and good times which is exactly what …Lost wants to be a part of,” said Chris Todd,   Mid-Atlantic sales manager, …LOST and Arnette & Blackline Mfg. Legendary surfer and board-builder Bob Pearson is looking forward to the SPC and sponsoring the Longboard division.  ”I want to display our line of long boards at the Steel Pier Classic. We do a bigger variety of boards, I think, than anyone in the world. I’m stoked to be involved in such a community oriented event.” Virginia Beach’s own Raven Lundy will be producing the “Billabong Battle Royale,” an “air show” competition between the two top east coast tow in surfersLucas Rodgers and Bryce Humphrey.  Each competitor will have 30 minutes to attempt

wave jumps, aerial stunts and board maneuvers while being pulled by their own

watercraft operator.  The winner of this never-before-done air show competition will

emerge the grand champion of the east coast.

“Billabong is proud to be a supporter of the Steel Pier Classic and is excited to

present this never done before air show competition,” Lundy said. “We join the spirit of

giving back to the community while celebrating the ‘art’ of surfing.”

“The volunteers and supporters of the Virginia Longboard Federation (VLF), along with

the surfers and their families and friends, all come together each Memorial Day weekend to

celebrate the roots of surfing through art and sport,” Knight said.  “With the solid support of

sponsors such as these and our local main sponsor, Coastal Edge, our event will continue to

grow stronger each year.”

A special guest appearance this year by world champion longboarder and Vans team

rider, Joel Tudor expects to be just one of the highlights.  Fast becoming a Steel Pier Classic

event tradition, a Hawaiian-style Paddle Out is planned for the morning of Memorial Day to

honor the fallen US soldiers of ongoing military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

The Virginia Beach Surf Art Expo, now in its fourth year, features the unique surf art

creations of professional artists along the boardwalk and is held in conjunction with the Steel

Pier Classic surfing contest.

Meanwhile on the beach, the VLF produces a student art show that showcases the art

work of Virginia Beach high school art students.  Clothing manufacturer RVCA is building the

RVCA Art Pavilion which will showcase the surf themed art and surf/skate footwear icon Vans is

bringing its “Custom Culture” experience to Virginia Beach.

The VLF is a nonprofit organization.  Proceeds from this annual event are distributed to

worthy causes in the community through organizations such as the Virginia Beach Noblemen.

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For more information, entry forms, and a schedule of events visit  www.virginialongboardfederation.com,

For more information on Coastal Edge, stop by the beach superstore, 316 21

st

Street and Arctic Avenue, Virginia

Beach, or visit: http://www.coastaledge.com.

For more information on the Surf Art Expo go to www.vbsurfartexpo.com or contact Sponsorships Unlimited at 757-

222-2355.   The Surf Art Expo is takes place on the boardwalk during the surf competition and is all about the surf,

the ocean, and the beach.  Local surf artists and artisans are featured in all mediums, such as painting, sculpture,

metalwork, jewelry, photography, furniture, woodwork, and surfboard shaping.