KOWABUNGA! Wrightsville Beach
Surfer girls compete on the coast
Move over, boys of summer: Surfer girls rule next Sunday in Wrightsville Beach, when wahines of all ages ride the waves during the 14th annual East Coast Wahine Championship. The surf action at the Wilmington area's beach will be just south of Crystal Pier (near the Oceanic Restaurant). What's billed as "the East Coast's largest all-female surfing competition" will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration is closed, but male and female fans who surf - and those who would like to - can visit the Indo Jax Surf School area at the tournament site and get free tips. Details: www.eastcoastwahines.com
HORSEPOWER Virginia Beach, Va.
350-plus classic Mustangs
Ford Mustang enthusiasts are invited to participate in a national car show Friday through next Sunday at Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach, Va. The show will include more than 350 of the nation's top Mustangs, ranging from the first model produced in 1964 to the 2011 Mustang. Cars will be judged by Mustang Club of America certified judges with awards presented on Sunday, Aug. 15. Spectators may tour the show field free of charge Friday through Sunday.
An organized meet-and-greet will be 7-9 p.m. Thursday across the street at Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in The Town Center on Thursday. Children's activities will take place Saturday in Pembroke Mall. At 7 p.m. Saturday, participants will cruise to the oceanfront and back along a designated route. Details: www.sevmc.org.
LIFE SAVERS Fayetteville
Brave men, little boats
Seafaring ships have wrecked in the Graveyard of the Atlantic, the treacherous waters off the Outer Banks, for more than 300 years.
Saturday, the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex will open "Heroes of the Surf," an exhibit that tells the story of the U.S. Lifesaving Service in North Carolina. Using a surfboat and their own strength and determination, these men pitted themselves against waves, winds and currents to bring stranded sailors and passengers ashore.
The exhibit includes the shore apparatus that allowed them to shoot a line to the disabled ship and bring victims to land via a rope-and-pulley system.
The museum is at the corner of Bradford and Arsenal avenues in Fayetteville. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: free. Details: 910-486-1330; www.museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov.