Savings Inside, Fun & Adventure Outside!

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We’re offering special deals for our website viewership family!

Summer is right around the corner, and Surf and Adventure Co. is stoked to share our love of the outdoors with our valued customers! In the spirit of the warmer, longer days ahead, we’re offering preseason discounts that can be used throughout the summer on our outdoor activities!

  • 20% off Surf Lessons & Camps, Standup Paddleboarding Lessons & Tours + Bike & Kayak Tours! Must book before May 30, 2015. Can be used from now until Sept. 7, 2015.
  • Use the code “adventure15” (all lowercase) at checkout when purchasing online. Mention this post if booking by phone or in person before May 30, 2015.
  • Print out the retail coupon above or pull up this posting on your mobile device and present it at the register in-store for a Buy-One, Get-One Free deal on Surf and Adventure Co. brand clothing & apparel of equal or lesser value. Coupon good until Sept. 7, 2015.

We hope you take advantage of these killer deals and join us for outdoor adventures in Sandbridge & Back Bay! Thank you!

Filming “On The Map” with WHIG-TV!

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Words & photos by John Streit.

We’re always proud to be the media’s source for adventure! Through our great relationship with the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and BCF Agency, we’ve hosted hundreds of travel and adventure journalists from around the globe, showcasing our slice of Virginia Beach on the banks of Back Bay. Our latest media visit came to us from Rocky Mount, N.C.’s WHIG-TV, which selected Surf & Adventure Co./Ocean Rentals Ltd.’s Blue Pete’s Sunset Dinner Kayak Tour as the subject of an upcoming episode of “On The Map,” a show dedicated to travel destinations within a short drive from the station’s viewing area.

On-air talent Brittany Smith and cameraman Robby Morris interviewed shop owner Rob Lindauer to gain insight to our company’s wide array of adventure opportunities from surf lessons to SUP, bike and kayak tours. Our paddle to Blue Pete’s was completed with an ideal, following breeze from the east-northeast, comfortable temperatures and smooth waters for the entire trip. The two-hour paddle is perfect for building up a hunger and thirst for the restaurant’s delicious food and drink offerings!

Enjoy the photos and stay tuned for the “On The Map” video once it airs. To book your own Blue Pete’s Sunset Dinner Kayak Tour, click here!

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False Cape Bike & Surf Trip: May 16

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May has arrived, and that means it’s time for adventure through the diverse ecosystems of False Cape State Park in search of natural beauty, fun waves and good times!

Alongside the friendly staff of False Cape State Park, Surf & Adventure Co. is proud to host our fourth annual False Cape Bike & Surf Trip!

Join us as we set out on bikes from Little Island Park through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and into False Cape State Park. With the gracious park staff hauling our gear to the Barbour Hill walkover, all you have to do is pedal through the marsh flats and maritime forest — on a well-packed gravel pathway safe for beach cruisers — and enjoy the scenery and serenity of this natural treasure to Sandbridge’s south.

Please be sure to pack a lunch, water, towel and plenty of sunscreen! We will provide transport of your choice of one surf craft — pick the best option for the day’s conditions — tents, umbrellas and several beach chairs for the group to share.

If you’ve experienced the trip in the past, you know how special and thrilling this unique adventure is. If you haven’t, be sure not to miss out on this opportunity to immerse yourself in our region’s most beautiful natural scenery!

Schedule:

8:30 a.m.: Meet at Little Island Park for check-in and load-up.

9 a.m. SHARP: Departure to False Cape.

3 p.m.: Return trip to Little Island Park.

Total milage for the bike trip is about 12 miles.

Costs:

Package A: $20, includes park entry fees and gear transport.

Package B: $30, includes bike rental, park entry fees and gear transport.

Call Surf & Adventure Co. at (757) 721-6210 to reserve your spot. Additional rentals, such as wetsuits and boards, are not included in the packages.

See you there!

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Group Kayak Tour with Webster Christian

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Words & photos by John Streit.

Surf & Adventure Co./Ocean Rentals Ltd. received a major shot of youth energy on Tuesday, April 28, when New York’s Webster Christian School seniors departed on their group kayak tour of our Back Bay waterway!

We’ve been hosting Webster Christian’s senior trips for many years now, and it’s always a blast to hit the water with a stoked crew of high schoolers having the time of their lives vacationing together in Virginia Beach. Whether or not they realized it at the time, the trip was also educational as the group learned about the ecology of the brackish watershed as they paddled through pristine spring conditions.

Enjoy the photos from the tour! We offer discounted rates for groups such as this, so if you’re looking for a fun activity on the water for your school, church or work groups, we have you covered. Call (757) 721-6210 or email surfandadventure@gmail.com for group pricing information.

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Opening Day on Back Bay!

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Words & photos by John Streit.

With Snowmageddon in our rear view mirror, the days getting longer and the flora turning greener; you’d be hard-pressed to find a Virginia Beach local who isn’t welcoming the transition into springtime. While we have a few weeks to go before mild temperatures become the daily standard, it’s clear that the season has turned.

Our first request of the year for our famous Back Bay eco kayak tour proved to be a further sign of the coming of spring. Appropriately enough, the tour was centered around the concept of visiting popular summertime destinations during the shoulder seasons. We were stoked to host travel journalist Zach Patton of Endless Vacation Magazine and his husband Clay on a classic, radiant early spring afternoon through our Back Bay waterway.

While the surrounding forest and brackish marsh still largely showed the drab hues of winter; budding plants and trees signaled that warmer days are upon us. As we paddled through the golden afternoon light, we were treated to some awe-inspiring sights of the waterway — some common and some rare. Nesting osprey were busy gathering the materials for their summer homes and huge vultures glided overhead across a chilly sea breeze. Red-wing blackbirds perched on the reeds and brown finches sang their songs. A surprise guest revealed itself as we reached the mouth of Back Bay in the form of a perching peacock on a dead tree in Sandbridge Marsh to the east of our waterway. While no muskrats, river otters or minks showed for the tour, plenty of fish and turtle activity show that the waters are coming back to life.

We’re excited to be featured in the fall issue of Endless Vacation Magazine as Zach reviews the offseason attractions Virginia Beach as to offer! Until then, enjoy these photos of our paddle through our gorgeous slice of Back Bay.

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Sunset Kayaking in Back Bay

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By John Streit. Photos by Larry Peak

There is arguably no better place to take in a sunset than kayaking Sandbridge and Back Bay! Covering more than a quarter of Virginia Beach’s total area, Back Bay is the perfect reflecting pool to amplify most sunsets into some breathtaking moments. These recent images of the Stokes family captured by Larry Peak demonstrates the light show Mother Nature continually runs in the sky and on the water in Back Bay. To have your own experience sunset kayaking in Back Bay, call Surf & Adventure Co. at (800) 695-4212 or visit http://oceanrentalsltd.com/product/sunset-tour/ to book your guided tour today!

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Billabong Surf Camps 2014: Week 6

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Photos & words by John Streit.

It’s not the size of the surf camp that makes it great. It’s the stoke of the students and instructors that make the difference!

That was the case for Billabong Surf Camps Week 6. Sure, we didn’t break any attendance records, but we were just as stoked as ever to teach our crew of campers the ways of the water. We were even treated to an awe-inspiring display of power from a pod of dolphins hunting a school of fish very close to shore, just outside the breakers!

Enjoy these photos of our Billabong Surf Camps Week 6 surfers ripping it up and taking in a cloudy-but-beautiful morning at Little Island Park earlier this week.

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Real Fun in False Cape

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Photos by Robbie Hickman. Words by John Streit.

Though the surf didn’t match up with the perfect beach day, our co-ed False Cape Retreat on July 12 went off without a hitch! Small-but-rideable surf was on-tap and standup paddleboarding was the best way to take advantage. We were stoked that a big crew from the Wahine Surf Club ventured down to enjoy the unique beach adventure. As always, lunch was catered on-site by Back Bay Gourmet, and the experience was enhance by the participant’s choice of a yoga and/or massage session.

Click here to book your adventure to the undeveloped, isolated East Coast paradise today!

Enjoy the photo gallery of some real fun in False Cape courtesy of local photographer Robbie Hickman.

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Billabong Surf Camps 2014: Week 5

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Video produced & edited by Elliot McCallister. Words by John Streit.

We had to dodge some raindrops to make it happen, but Surf & Adventure Billabong Surf Camps provided endless stoke to our Week 5 rippers! Clean conditions were on tap again to provide ideal canvases for “shreducation” at Little Island Park on the south end of Sandbridge Beach.

We’re back at it again this week for another lineup of co-ed camp and girls-only Chica Camp.  Sign up for Billabong Surf Camps by clicking here or give us a ring at (757) 721-6210!

Retreat to False Cape

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Photos by Shaun Devine. Words by John Streit.

For so many reasons, False Cape State Park is one of our favorite places on Earth — we’re just blessed to have it be in our backyard!

We return for another co-ed False Cape Retreat this Saturday with conditions very similar to those seen in these photos from a trip we took earlier this summer. With 1- to 2-foot surf and offshore winds predicted for Virginia Beach, it’s almost certain that the swell’s size will be boosted by the exposure and natural sandbars of False Cape. Surfing is only one part of the adventure — the trip to beach offers some of the most breath-taking vistas possible in our region as we cruise through the dunes, marsh and forest of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the state park on the famous Blue Goose Express tram. Enhance your experience with a massage and a yoga session before eating a delicious catered lunch from Back Bay Gourmet!

It’s still not too late to register for the trip (if you are reading this on Thursday, July 10 and before 5 p.m. on Friday, July 11). Sign up online at Ocean Rentals Ltd.’s site: https://oceanrentalsltd.com/tours-adventures/false-cape-adventures/ or give us a call at (757) 721-6210. If you missed the deadline for this weekend’s trip, we’ll be headed back for an all-womens retreat on Saturday, July 26 followed by weekday trip on Thursday, Aug. 7.

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Billabong Surf Camps 2014: Week 4

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Video by John Streit.

Another classic week of Billabong Surf Camps at Sandbridge’s Little Island Park is in the books! The gang was as lively and stoked as any we’ve had, and the energy was contagious from the campers to the instructors, not to any bystanders who happened to see the fun from the beach. While stuff offshore winds made for some chilly upwelling waters, the breeze had an amazing grooming affect on the rolling 1- to 2-foot surf — perfect for learning and mastering how to surf.

We’re at it again this Thursday and Friday for our first all-girls Billabong Chica Camp of the summer, followed by Week 5 of our three-day, co-ed Billabong Surf Camps that starts on Monday at 8 a.m. at Little Island. Sign up for the fun by clicking here or give us a ring at (757) 721-6210!

Billabong Camps 2014: Week 3

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Video and words by John Streit. Photo by Shaun Devine.

Though we had to dodge some raindrops and thunderclaps on the third and final day, our Week 3 Billabong Camps went off without a hitch! We had ample swell for all three days of camp and smooth seas for optimal learning conditions. As always, the campers were treated to a session on the ever-popular SUPsquatch and a pizza party back at the shop on day three!

Week 4 of camp is set to roll out next Monday at Little Island Park at 8 a.m. on the beach in front of the north access. Sign up today by calling us (757) 721-621o or online at http://oceanrentalsltd.com/surf-lessons-camps/