Virgina Beach, VA located on the Atlantic coast offers expansive beaches with soft sand stretching for miles. You can choose from overcrowded spot in the city center or venture few blocks away to find a space where you can get that extra legroom uninterrupted. Rich in surfing history the city has a strict regulation that prohibits use of surf boards in Atlantic Ocean on Fridays and weekends from 11am till 4pm. That also relates to stand up paddle boarding (SUP), a watersport derived from surfing that is growing fast in popularity.
On my visit the city welcomed me with grey clouds overcasting the sky. After the night of rain the morning was fresh with sand and salt filling the air. Calm waters attracted surfers and groups of stand up paddle boarding enthusiasts who gathered to enjoy the ocean before the law was enforced. Observing this casual hang out I was fascinated by the social side of it. That morning I watched not only individuals on the boards but a vibrant community suspended in the open water waiting for the next wave. They chat, they laugh and take care of each other while effortlessly gliding the ocean. And did I mention the dolphins casually joining in? A truly perfect Friday morning.