The Surf is notable because, apart from the extreme north and south of the state, there is little or no access to the plethora of offshore islands that dot the coastline. These islands undoubtedly hold some quality waves and a few privileged locals make forays into this wilderness by boat. Chincoteague National Wildlife Reserve is a continuation of Assatague Island, offering miles of unspoiled beaches and waves similar to those north of the border in Maryland. Virginia Beach, or 'Va Beach' as the locals say, is another highly developed seaside resort of urban dimensions. While Va Beach isn't necessarily associated with great surf, it does have its share of days, both in 'town' and at the nearby Camp Pendleton spots. Even so, a large number of Virginia Beach surfers spend more time surfing on North Carolina's Outer Banks spots than at their local beaches.