October 12, 2008

Surfers Vie for Bragging Rights

A friendly rivalry has brewed for years between surfers from Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks.

The matter will officially be settled when Wave Riding Vehicles holds its annual Outer Banks Pro surfing competition.

This year's event has an invitation-only format and is being billed as the "Battle of the Banks." It will feature a 12-man team from Virginia Beach against a 12-man team from the Outer Banks and will be held between Oct. 19 and 26 in Rodanthe.

"We're working with Surfline to forecast the actual day of the contest," tournament director Wes Laine said. "Sean Collins and Kurt Corte are at the forefront of forecasting conditions, and they're going to be able to give us a window of three, four, maybe even five days in advance that we can name a day with some good surf. And it will only take one day to hold the event."

The winning team will divide the $3,600 first-place prize. The losers will share $1,900.

"It's not going to be about the money," Laine said.

"... No, this one is about bragging rights. We're all friendly, but it's going to be a pretty fierce competition."


The 19th annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race featuring 53 tall ships will start Thursday at Fells Point, Md., and finish later that day or Friday off Thimble Shoals.

The race is 127 nautical miles. Schooner Virginia will be seeking to defend its title against Pride of Baltimore II, the 2006 winner.

Funds raised from the event will benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. To date, the event has raised more than $100,000 for the foundation.


Virginia's newest Junior Angler award winner is Merritt Blei, 11, of Virginia Beach.

He has been fishing with his dad - Michael - for the past nine years. The father-and-son duo fishes at least once a week at the Little Island Pier in Sandbridge . They have a first-fish, most- fish and biggest-fish competition on every outing. Dad says his son usually wins.

To earn the state-sponsored award, Merritt had to catch and release six different species in one year.


The Virginia Beach Department of Parks and Recreation will hold its annual Outdoor Beach Women event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Munden Point Park.

Participants 16 and older will learn outdoor skills such as archery basics, fly casting, outdoor cooking, wilderness survival, wildlife watching, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, shotgun basics and kayaking.

Registration is $50.

For info, call (757) 385-4461 or e-mail: [email protected]


* The Norfolk Angler's Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Martin's Family Restaurant, 331 East Bayview Blvd. John Brown will talk about fishing for speckled trout. For more information, see this Web site :www.norfolkanglersclub.com

* The Tidewater Angler's Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bayside Presbyterian Church, 1500 Ewell Road, Virginia Beach. A member of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission Artificial Reef Program Advisory Panel, Steve Doane, will speak about the program.

* The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will hold a public hearing on its artificial reef program master plan at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. For info, call Sara Winslow at (252) 264-3911.

- Lee Tolliver

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