Sold out Virgina Beach Billfish Tournament kicks off 13th year

VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) – It’s a very busy week for Virginia Beach. The 54th annual East Coast Surfing Championships are taking place at the oceanfront, while the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament kicks off its 13th year at Cheryl McLeskey’s Southside Marina.

The tournament welcomes more than 75 boats, some of which have sailed from other countries, and will fish two out of the next three days with over $400,000 in prize money on the line.

Last year, 182 billfish were released, 17 blue marlin, 154 white marlin, 9 sailfish and 2 spearfish, and more importantly, over $600,000 has been raised for local charities in Hampton Roads.

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