Bike Week, surf festival hit Central Florida
Updated On: Mar 08 2013 06:32:48 PM EST
Bike Week has arrived for ten days of the "World's Biggest Motorcycle Event" in Daytona Beach as people from all over the country flood the restaurants and bars along Main Street.
"The entertainment, the interaction with all the different people, the different bikes," is what brought Javier Biaz and his motorcycle to Daytona.
The city is preparing for more than 500,000 visitors to roll through this week.
"We usually hit cabbage path on Wednesdays and on Saturdays and we're just anywhere, everywhere," said Judy Rendell of Michigan.
Sicily Pizza on the Corner of Atlantic Avenue and Main Street has been so busy, the owner, Ehab Zakhary, is opening his doors at 10 a.m.
"They came early, we were expecting to come as usual, Saturday morning, Friday night, and they're already here since Wednesday," he said.
Owner of Crusin Cafe Daniel Myara, says he waits all year for the ten-day celebration of everything motorcycle.
"Bike week is the heart of our business, without bike week, that's what keeps us in business," he said.
For those who are not into the motorcycle scene, there's more to do in Central Florida.
Trever Challenor is hitting the waves with surfers from all over the world, at the first annual "Beach and Boards Festival" on Cocoa Beach.
"Its a lot of young talent- and their really going to change the future of the sport," said Noe Pickrell, a volunteer with the festival.
Sponsored by Ron Jon's Surf Shop, the event is bringing in surfers from Peru, Puerto Rico, and even Hawaii.
There are also free family activities for those watching the surfers from the sand.
"We needed something to really kind of grasp the community at Cocoa Beach and the surfing world so it's pretty innovative for this area," she said.
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