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The 2017 Steel Pier Classic, 5K Race & Surf Art Expo presented by Java Surf ®Café & Espresso Bar

Family-oriented event kicks off the summer surfing season this Memorial Day Weekend at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – February 20, 2017) – The 2017 Steel Pier Classic & Surf Art Expo welcomes their new presenting sponsor and a regional supporter to the surf community, Java Surf Café & Espresso Bar . We couldn’t be more pleased in welcoming Java Surf® as the presenting sponsor of the 2017 Steel Pier Classic & VB Surf Art Expo . We look forward to an extended and strong relationship with them. Our partnership offers new energy as well as continuity with this perennial event which gives back to the local surf community,” said Mary Knight, founder and executive director of the Steel Pier Classic. Dwayne and Rachel Appleton, owners and proprietors of Java Surf Cafe & Espresso Bar , a local and family-owned healthy breakfast, lunch and coffee eatery with three locations in Tidewater, said, Java Surf® started as a local surfer's dream to fuel the sport of surfing as well as the active lifestyles of the surrounding area.  The Steel Pier Classic & Surf Art Expo event is a natural fit, sharing the same culture and passion on which Java Surf® was founded.

Steel Pier Classic
Started on New Year’s Day 2004 and steered by Mary Knight, Zeke Saunders and the many passionate volunteers and members of the Virginia Longboard Federation, the mission has always been to give back to the community by bringing the community together as one.  Everyone works on a volunteer basis for the love for surfing and the ocean. Our vision realizes that surfing is an art, no matter the medium – on a board or art capturing the elements of surf. Each Memorial Day, we celebrate this love and the art of surfing at the Steel Pier Classic and Surf Art Expo. Connect to for more information, entry forms, and a schedule of events.

Java Surf Café & Espresso Bar
Java Surf® opened its doors for business over 10 years ago, with the ambition of creating a relaxed and friendly environment for locals to enjoy high quality organic coffee. Served all day, our unique breakfast and lunch menu doesn’t include fried foods, but focuses on imaginative offerings made from simple healthy ingredients from local produce. The Java Surf® robust espresso program starts with organic beans ethically sourced from some of the greatest direct trade coffee farms on the planet. With three locations in Tidewater, Java Surf® takes great pride in our unique espresso menu full of delicious options that you won't taste anywhere else. Find us on Facebook, Instagram or visit

VB Surf Art Expo
For the Surf Art Expo, go to or contact Jodie Woodward, show director at 757-222-2355. Now in its 10th year, the Surf Art Expo takes place on the boardwalk during the surf competition and is all about the surf, the ocean, and the beach.  Surf artists and artisans are featured in all mediums, such as painting, sculpture, metalwork, jewelry, photography, furniture, woodwork and custom surfboard and skateboard designs. 

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