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Commmunity News and Events presented by Caribbean Surf Co. St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Caribbean Surf Co. is honored to devote this page to supporting and promoting local and regional organizations and events that encourage participation in healthful, sustainable sports, as well as education about and protection of our precious island environment. Please check here regularly for upcoming event schedules and information. We encourage you to join us in supporting these organizations whose vision and goals we share: to protect our beautiful islands’ ecology, and to help make our community a better place in which to live and for our visitors to enjoy.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please note that dates and times are subject to change. Be sure to visit the websites of the organizations hosting the following events for details and confirmed schedules.


8 Tuff Miles Race St. John

20th Annual 8 Tuff Miles Race • St. John
Saturday February 27, 2016

The 20th Annual St. John 8 Tuff Miles race will be held on Saturday Feb. 27, 2016. The race proceeds from downtown Cruz Bay on the west end of St. John to its destination in Coral Bay at the east end of the island. Beginning and ending at sea level, runners reach an elevation of 999 ft, with an approximate elevation gain of 1,400 ft. in the first 5-1/2 miles before descending again to sea level. The course actually measures 8-3/8 miles, and the temperature at the start of the race is typically in the low 80's.

Please be sure to check the 8 Tuff Miles website frequently for more information about the race and special opportunities for pre-race training, volunteering and other details as they become available. Race results for previous years' events can also be found here.

2015 Top Ten Race Results

1ST PLACE - Paul V. Jones 9 M - Apex, NC
1/57 M3539 52:34 6:17 

2ND PLACE - Shane De Gannes 42 M - St. Thomas, VI
1/46 M4044 53:28 6:23

3RD PLACE - Javan Anthony Lapp 27 M - Asheville, NC
1/46 M2529 53:37 6:24

4TH PLACE- Rick Pahl 32 M - Muscatine, IA
1/68 M3034 54:40 6:32

5TH PLACE - Michael Thompson 26 M - St. Thomas, VI 
2/46 M2529 55:16 6:36 

6TH PLACE - Brian A. Welcome 44 M - Greenville, SC
2/46 M4044 56:07 6:42

7TH PLACE - Evan Jones 15 M - St. John, VI
1/12 M1316 56:08 6:42

8TH PLACE - T. S. Hindes 28 M - St. John, VI
3/46 M2529 56:35 6:46

9TH PLACE - Jessica Rice 39 F - Needham MA
1/57 F3539 57:39 6:53

10TH PLACE - Nathan Damian Hauke 39 M - Winchester, OH
2/57M3539 57:50 6:54

This is a very popular and highly-attended race, so we encourage you to check the 8 Tuff Miles website often for registration dates and, if you wish to participate, to register as early as possible. Beginning in 2013, the number of slots available for race participants was increased to 1,500. All spaces were filled almost immediately when registration opened. Don't miss out!

Caribbean Surf Co. is proud to be a sponsor of the 8 Tuff Miles Race.

For more information about the race and registration, plus winners, photos and coverage of past races, visit the 8 Tuff Miles website, or find them on Facebook.


9th Annual SKIM SLAM Skimboard CompetitionSkimCaribbean Presents SkimSlam 10 Tenth Annual All-Ages Amateur Skimboard Contest
Date: June 20-21, 2015

Saturday, June 20th
Morningstar Beach at Marriott Frenchman's Reef, St. Thomas USVI
Riders sign in at 8:00am sharp. $20 Entry Fee includes Water and Pizza Lunch, provided for all riders. Contestant heats run all day.

Sunday, June 21st
Hull Bay Hideaway at Hull Bay Beach, St. Thomas USVI
After Party and Awards Ceremony. Live music and visual entertainment. Noon until 6:00pm

Please check SkimCaribbean's website and Facebook page regularly for updates and registration details for the 2015 competition as they become available.

The 9th Annual SkimCaribbean Skim Slam competition was held in June, 2014 at Morningstar Beach, St. Thomas. News and photos about the competition can be seen here.

You can also read about the 2012 competition on the VI Daily News's website: Skim Slam Highlights Growing Sport in V.I.


Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John (E.A.S.T.)Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John (E.A.S.T.)

The Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John (EAST) was founded in 1989 as a private, non-profit, volunteer-based community organization whose three areas of environmental focus are advocacy, awareness and education. EAST is a chapter of the Virgin Islands Conservation Society (VICS), and an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation.

The mission of the Environmental Association of St. Thomas and St. John is to:
- Educate the community about environmental concerns
- Encourage greater awareness of the value of our natural and cultural resources

To achieve its mission, EAST offers educational programs, events and activities for the community throughout each year. In the past, EAST has sponsored hikes, whale watches, star-gazing parties, tree plantings and beach clean-ups. Whenever possible, EAST strives to work in partnership with other local conservation organizations or agencies (i.e. The Nature Conservancy's Virgin Islands Program and outreach arms of The University of the Virgin Islands) to further spread our unified message of natural resource protection.

EAST welcomes volunteers, new memberships and attendance of special events and seminars by residents of and visitors to our islands. Visit the EAST website to learn more, or follow them on Facebook for additional information. 340-777-7190.