The Space Coast…home to the surfing capital on the east coast
Florida is one of the top places not only to live but also to vacation. Many people flock to this beautiful state because it provides a wealth of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy, not to mention rich history. Florida’s Space Coast, a popular 72-mile stretch of pristine beaches along the east coast of Florida, is more than just a place to learn about space history. It’s a place brimming with adventure from cruises to kayak tours to outdoor museums and historic villages. But did you know that the Space Coast is home to some of the best waves that surfers like Kelly Slater cut their teeth on? It’s true.
The surf culture dates back to the 50s when a group of surfers with their plank-like boards would regularly visit the area to see what the waves here had to offer. Since then, people from all over the world have visited to experience the best places to surf on the east coast.
Since surfing is one of the major draws for locals and visitors alike, surf festivals and competitions have been a popular way to bring together people who both love the sport or enjoy watching those who do.
This competition is one of the many opportunities to take a trip to the Space Coast to watch both men and women show off their skills and compete in a World Surfing League qualifying series event. This weeklong event will be held at Sebastian Inlet State Park, an area known as a world-class surfing destination, January 14-20, 2019, and will benefit the Florida Surf Museum.
This museum helps keep the legacy and surf culture here on the Space Coast alive so that others can learn about the history for years to come. If this peaks your interest and plan to be in town for this event, the most convenient airport to fly into is the Melbourne International Airport. You can stay anywhere on the Space Coast, but Melbourne Beach will get you closest to where the action will take place.
Not sure you can make it to the Florida Pro? There are other surf festivals and competitions to put on your calendar that are worth planning a getaway to the Space Coast for. Here are a few to check out:
The Beach ‘N Boards fest put on by Ron Jon Surf Shop is the nation’s premiere active lifestyle event. Taking place March 14-17, 2019 in Cocoa Beach, this event features live music and pretty much any and every type of board sport you can imagine. This is a great event for all ages and all interests. End your winter season and kick off spring a little early with a long weekend at the beach.
The NKF Rick Salick Pro/Am Surf Festival was started over 40 years ago by twin brothers, Richard and Phil Salick, who have a passion to help raise awareness and funds to fight kidney disease and help dialysis patients. Since the inaugural competition in 1976, the festival has raised over $4 million dollars for patient programs provided by the National Kidney Foundation (NFK) of Florida. This is one of the largest charitable surfing festivals in the world that takes place every Labor Day weekend, so attending an event like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The Salty Sweet Pro/Am is one of the newer events here on the Space Coast, but it’s one of the largest women surf events in the country. Earning the title “Best New Contest” by Eastern Surf magazine, this event has been growing since its inception. This contest attracts competitors from all around the country and is easily a favorite to attend.
The Easter Pro/Am Surfing Festival is a long-standing tradition. Now going into its 55th year, this event provides a showcase for eventual world championship contenders to exhibit their style and quality of surfing in front of huge crowds of spectators in Cocoa Beach.
These are just a few of the events to watch pro and amateur surfers hit the waves and show us their tricks. But if you are looking to get in the water yourself, there are plenty of options to choose from to learn to surf from some of the best. Check out the links below to plan out your trip
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