False Cape Retreat Recap: June 20

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Photos by Robbie Hickman. Words by John Streit.

Further proof that False Cape is a small-wave oasis can be found no further than the below gallery from the lens of Virginia Beach photographer Robbie Hickman, who joined the crew of our June 20 False Cape Retreat. While the surf back in Sandbridge was hardly rideable on this hot and humid day, the unique geography and bathymetry of False Cape bumped the size of the waves up to a rideable knee-to-thigh-high: perfect for high-volume foam boards, longboards and SUPs.

For those who have taken part in this most unique of our adventure offerings, the surf is really just the icing on a cake comprised of the pristine natural surroundings of Back Bay and False Cape State Park. It’s hard to believe that you’re still technically within the city limits of Virginia Beach; as the undeveloped, remote beaches of False Cape create an East Coast paradise only six miles away from the south end of Sandbridge Beach. There are not very many stretches of coastline along the Atlantic Seaboard that remain untouched, and this adventure offers up that rare glimpse of what the coast may have looked like before European colonization. As soon as you feel like you’ve been whisked away to some far-flung destination, the ranger’s truck arrives with tasty lunches from one of the city’s best eateries — Back Bay Gourmet.

All in all, S&A crewman Kenny Mills and the retreat crew enjoyed another classic beach day for the books! We return to False Cape next week on Saturday July 11: Click here to reserve your spot on Sandbridge’s ultimate adventure!

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False Cape Bike & Surf Trip Scenes

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Words, photos and video produced by John Streit. Filmed by Les Frankel & Streit.

False Cape State Park is the kind of place where the usual travel or nature buzz words like “breathtaking” are used to describe it, but inevitably fall short of actually summarizing its majesty. No matter how many times I have made the trek from Sandbridge to Virginia’s southernmost state park, I always return with a renewed sense of awe and appreciation for this incredible stretch of natural beaches, high dunes, maritime forest and marsh flats. All of those ecosystems were on display under sunny skies and warm temperatures for our 2015 False Cape Bike & Surf Trip, which took 15 stoked participants from Little Island Park to False Cape’s Barbour Hill and back with a four-plus-hour surf session in between for good measure.

This trip also serves as a preview for our False Cape Retreats, which return for three special runnings this summer starting on Saturday, June 20 followed by Saturdays July 11 and August 22. We are also offering False Cape Bike Tours which offers participants the option of biking the interior trails or on the sand with our fleet of fat-tire sand bikes!

Until then, enjoy the video and photos capturing the action from another classic Bike & Surf Trip!

 

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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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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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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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