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The 2018 Steel Pier Classic, 5K Race & Surf Art Expo

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

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.

O'Connor Brewing Co. is a microbrewery located in the Ghent industrial section of Norfolk, VA. We hope you enjoy our craft brews at a local tap near you. O’Connor beer drinkers come from all walks of life, but what brings them together is a love of the small, simple joys in life. The pleasure of being outdoors, relaxing on the beach with friends, having dinner with family after a day of hard work, and of course, enjoying a fresh, flavorful beer. They appreciate the O’Connor brand for its approachability and authenticity. They value its independent spirit, that it remains family owned and operated, and its support of the local community. And their loyalty has established it as a mainstay brand with sustained success. We offer free brewery tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during our tasting room hours. Tours are also available by appointment Tuesday thru Thursday from 2-8pm. Please email to arrange a tour.

The Surfrider Foundation is excited to partner with the Steel Pier Classic as a sponsor for the 2018 Student Art Show on the Beach! A beautiful pairing that brings awareness of convservation, preservation of our oceans, waterways, and the love of our beaches, and oceans through art. The only East Coast Art Show in the sand! Featuring surf themed art work from Virginia Beach's High School aspiring art students. We provide them a working gallery where they learn to display, inventory, accounting, and sales. We also awarded over $4000 in prizes for the best of the best. Their beautiful artwork will be on display and for sale, Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th - 28th from 10am-4pm at the 1st Street Jetty.

For the Surf Art Expo, go to or contact Jodie Woodward, show director at 757-222-2355. Now in its 11th 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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