About Virginia Beach

During sizable nor'easters, the pier provides an easy paddle and a well-shaped right on the south side. The north side shorebreak is known as The Box, due to the base of the pier that protrudes like a box. However, when the sandbar is right, S swells produce extremely fast, tiny right barrels.

Source: Virginia Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Can get a little eggy right next to the pier on certain swells but overall open to most, especially when small.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Pretty mellow.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Can get a pack next to the pier on the right swell.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

North side on southeast swells and the south side on northeast swells.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Normally not bad but hurricane swells and bigger southeast swells can make it a bit of work.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Fish guts and the normal tourist trash.

Additional Information


Dodging people on the boardwalk to get to the water.


Metered parking in the area.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, sup, skimming, bodyboard, bodysurfing, kiteboard



Best Season

Storm dependent: tropical cyclones in the late summer and fall with frontal activity and nor'easters in the late fall and winter.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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