"We are going to put on the best professional surf contest EVER!"
"We are going to put on the best professional surf contest EVER!"

East Coast Surfing Championships, “oldest and longest continually run surf contest in the world,” gets eye-popping $750,000 tax payer infusion ahead of August window!

Feat. The Offspring.

Think you’re pretty smart, surfer boy? Ok, what is the oldest and longest continually run professional surf contest in the world? WRONG! It is not, in fact, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach that takes place every easter in Torquay, Australia but rather the 60-year-and-counting East Coast Surfing Championships which calls Virginia Beach, United States of America.

And the ECSC just yesterday received a tax payer shot in the arm with VB’s city council voting to pitch $750,000 and this years festivities set to take place August 21 – 28.

“It’s a dream come true,” Dee Nachnani, owner of Coastal Edge surf shop, told The Virginian-Pilot after being told of the cash infusion.

“I’m overwhelmed,” added Tony Pellino, chairman of the event. “This is just an amazing opportunity for the city.”

But imagine with me, if you will, a whole new crop of east coast American surfers being supported, financially, by their local governments. Imagine how they will flourish not having to worry about “jobs” or “work” and instead focusing on rail and air games. Imagine a red, white and blue challenge to Brazil’s utter dominance.

Oh say can you see?

In any case, some of the money might be going to secure musical acts for the week as opposed to professional surfer development. Shows during the week of revelry used to be free but now tickets will be sold and the tax payer will recoup 25% of the revenue.

The Offspring have been locked as performers with others to be announced soon.

The Offspring were my least favorite group from surfing’s golden era of pop-punk.

Which was yours?

Also, with this news, is flim-flam World Surf League CEO Erik Logan going to go on a tour of American municipalities and sing and dance for dollars?

Comment live, day one, Corona Open J-Bay, “The swell forecast is absolutely incredible! It’s pumping!”

Thought provoking! Wild! Sexy!

Filipe Toledo and the storied "perfect heat on one wave."
Filipe Toledo and the storied "perfect heat on one wave."

World Surf League CEO Erik Logan hopeful that upcoming Corona Open J-Bay “is going to go down as one of the greatest events in J-Bay history!”

Are you superstitious?

Jeffreys Bay, South Africa is no slouch when it comes to being the stage for historically significant moments in professional surfing. Home to that picturesque right-hander that seems as it has peeled right out of our fevered dreams and into reality, the greats have left indelible marks reverberating through time and space.

Who could ever forget Filipe Toledo’s “perfect heat on one wave” in 2017?

Tom Curren dropping his own 10 on Mark Occhilupo in 2015?

Jordy Smith in 2014.

To say nothing of Mick Fanning versus The Shark.

But this upcoming offering, the Corona Open J-Bay presented by Corona 2022 has a shot at being the greatest of all time, or at least World Surf League CEO Erik Logan is hopeful that it does. Surfline, the official WSL forecast sponsor, has issued a rare “pumping” for conditions that should build through the back half of the week. Surf fans, exhausted after Brazil, El Salvador, G-Land, etc. are sanguine but also extremely superstitious and not wanting to jinx.

Much silence and knocking on wood.

ELo, though, ever bold responded to a young fan on Instagram declaring, “I’m calling it here and now. This event is going to go down as one of the greatest events in jbay history. The swell forecast is absolutely incredible. I cannot wait to watch it go down,” with a hopeful praying hands emoji.

Punching the very idea of luck right in the mouth.

Do you agree? Are we in for the treat of all treats?

More as the story develops.

2x World Champ Tyler Wright (pictured) soaring through immigration and customs.
2x World Champ Tyler Wright (pictured) soaring through immigration and customs.

Surf fans breathe sigh of relief, express gratitude toward Tyler Wright’s travel agent, as current world number 10 overcomes pesky “transit visa issue” ahead of pumping J-Bay Open!

Everything coming up anti-depressive.

I woke up this morning to the news that the Corona Open J-Bay did not run whilst I slept and assumed it was because World Surf League Senior Vice President of Tours, Head of Competition Jessi Miley-Dyer is en route and will be arriving shortly.


Other things to feel good about:

It appears those pesky “transit visa” issues that kept Australia’s Tyler Wright from traveling to, and competing in, Brazil have been resolved. Wright, currently number 10, is safely in South Africa and fans of professional surfing at its highest level are breathing sighs of relief while also expressing gratitude toward Wright’s travel agent. Any person who has ever left his/her/them country of origin knows how sticky immigration, customs etc. can be and even with nearly a year advance notice those paperworks just sneak right up.

The two-time world champion will have some work to do in order to claw into the conversation. The top five female surfers at the end of the year will join the top five male surfers at Lower Trestles for a one day winner-take-all banger. Wright will have to leapfrog Courtney Conlogue, Gabriela Bryan, Isabella Nichols, Tatiana Weson-Webb and Brisa Hennessy to punch her ticket. A tall order but if anyone is up for the challenge, it is Wright.

Lastly, Kelly Slater will be participating. The eleven-time world champion sat out the last two events in El Salvador and Brazil nursing an injury that necessitated surfing large barrels and causing social media storms. He is healed now, though, in time for a run of swell headed for J-Bay that World Surf League CEO Erik Logan thinks might create “one of the greatest events in history.”

Everything coming up anti-depressive.

Former pro bodyboarder comes in and delivers right hook on man who'd beaten hell out of kid. | Photo: @18Seconds_

Wild melee at Snapper Rocks as surfer “unleashes volley of punches” on young bodyboarder before former pro surfer steps in with beat down of his own! “Punching a kid multiple times in the head because he drops in on you is weak and embarrassing!”

"Coolangatta. Beautiful place with a horrible vibe."

Despite its superficial dazzle, Australia’s Gold Coast ain’t always the pretty, warm-water paradise you might imagine. 

Kelly Slater keeps a three-million dollar pied-à-terre in a suburb they call “meth alley.”

As one resident wrote on a forum,

“Palm Beach. Full of druggies and bogans and has a very high crime rate. Last time I was down there, there was a chap on his balcony with guns to two people’s heads screaming and yelling. The SERT team came out and ushered us all into random people’s garages and stormed the unit complex. From what I heard afterwards the ended up shooting the dude from the road. It was like something off TV! Time before that the local video shop was broken into. It’s getting worse. Really beautiful beach though.”

As is the case is these sorta places, it don’t take much for matters to escalate real fast. 

Like this wild melee at Snapper rocks as a surfer rains hellfire on a kid bodyboarder who’s dropped in on him, only to get a beat down from a former pro booger who dispenses a right hook of his own, a difficult manoeuvre while prone.


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The response is instructive. 

“Coolangatta. Beautiful place with a horrible vibe.”

“There’s no etiquette at Snapper, worst place in the world for snaking, drop ins and general fuckery.”

“Hi everyone. My brother and I are coming over from W.A next month and I was just wondering where the best place to get snake-bashed would be?”

“Punching a kid multiple times in the head because he drops in on you on 3-foot wave is weak and embarrassing at best.”

“A drop-in has consequences. That’s why the GC is a cesspool.”