Outdoor Recreation Archive

Park near Providence Road in Virginia Beach to close for six months

VIRGINIA BEACH Woodstock Cove Neighborhood Park near Providence Road will close for six months to undergo significant improvements. The park at 609 Woodstock Road will shut down Oct. 30 so crews can reconstruct the failing bank along the multiuse trail leading to the park.

Captain rescues pair of fishermen from sinking boat

Something made Mike Beane go the way he did. When the captain of the Matador throttled the vessel out of the mouth of Rudee Inlet, he decided to head due east. A VHF radio conversation with other skippers likely played a key role in Beane's decision.

Access to surf is big concern in South Hampton Roads

VIRGINIA BEACH The economics of surfing in Virginia Beach are evident just about everywhere, especially during Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships week. The end-of-summer beach party featuring professional and amateur surfing concludes Sunday at the southern-most end of the resort strip. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on ECSC sponsorships.

Lack of waves again closes surf competition early

VIRGINIA BEACH The coastal waters along Virginia Beach during the summer have long been jokingly referred to as Lake Atlantic. Well... this year it's no joke. While summer surf is traditionally flat, the doldrums over the years have given way to decent swells in time for the Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships. Every now and then a tropical system will bump things up even more.

Virginia Beach paintballers get shot on national stage

VIRGINIA BEACH Bright paint pellets in the mud and a distant popping noise hinted at frenetic activity beyond the animals quietly grazing at Hunt Club Farm. Some of the country's leading paintball players were in town from Aug. 7-9. It was the first time the National XBall League held a tournament in Virginia Beach.

Surfing event is forced to carve out a new path without longtime director

The longest-running surfing championship in the United States starts today when competitors in the 53rd annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships hit the water at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. There will be hundreds - maybe thousands - of familiar faces at what is arguably one of the country's biggest end-of-the-summer beach parties. But one face will be missing.

Pro surfer attacked by shark in South African competition final

 The World Surf League has canceled its Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, final because of a shark attack. In the opening minutes of the final between fellow Australians Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson, a great white shark attacked Fanning, knocking him off the board and hitting him in the head. Fanning was not hurt. The scene was captured live on worldsurfleague.com

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Fishing forecast: Flounder fishing improves in recent weeks

An argument over just what summer species is the most popular in the angling community would be interesting and likely never settled. Few, however, would debate that flounder belongs at or near the top of the list.

Fishing Forecast: Dolphin fish offer excitement, meat

While many anglers enjoy the thrill of a jumping billfish behind the boat, more and more charters want something more than a memory to take home with them. Meat has become a favorite target for lots of paying customers. Wahoo, mako shark and several species of tuna are favorites. But dolphin are the saviors of many an outing.

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