ESA Northeast Surfing Champions Crowned in Belmar, NJ

Jr. All-Star CJ Mangio from NY claimed victory in the Boys U14 division, as well as 2nd place in the Menehune U12. Photo: MEZ/ESM

May 24, 2017 – The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) held its 2017 Northeast Regional Surfing Championship this past weekend in Belmar, New Jersey on 17th Avenue, across from Eastern Lines Surf Shop.  This was the ESA’s third and final regional event that qualifies the participating competitors for The Easterns® Surfing Championships that will be held in Nags Head, North Carolina in September 17-23 at Jennette’s Pier, as well as the USA Championships being held next month in California.

Grand Legends’ winner Ed Fawess enjoyed the hot weather and clean conditions during Friday’s adult divisions. Photo: MEZ/ESM

The weekend began with sunny, hot summer-like air temps on Friday with clean, waist-high peelers for the adult divisions.  Saturday saw a thirty-degree drop in temps, clouds, onshore winds and bouts of rain for the start of the youth divisions.  This provided a building wind swell throughout the day that gave competitors some fun waves going into the finals on Sunday.

Joe Grottola, ESA’s Northeast Regional Director, was not only overseeing the event but was a competitor as well claiming top spots in both the Legends Short- and Longboard divisions.  East Coast legend Peter Pan won the Iron Man Award for his final placings in the Grand Legends, Legends Longboard, SUP and Open Bodyboard divisions.  Jonathon Cahn won the Unsinkable Polarized Mens Division, and Becca Speak took the Womens Division in her very first regional event.

Southern New Jersey’s Kyle Tester on his way to winning the event’s Youth Iron Man Award for his final placings in multiple events, including the GoPro Open Shortboard Division. Photo: Mez/ESM

Kyle Tester, a New Jersey native, former ESA All-Star and surfer for Rip Curl, claimed the Youth Iron Man Award for his win in the GoPro Open Shortboard and second place finishes in the Junior Men U18 and Boys U16 divisions.  Tester won a brand new Hero 5 GoPro for his efforts.  Tester said, “It is always exciting to get to surf a contest in your home state with great people – no matter where the search takes you, there’s no place like home.”

ESA All-Star, and Belmar local, Logan Kamen battled with Tester to win the Boys U16, and took second in the GoPro Open and fifth in the Junior Men U18 divisions.

Maddie Ryan from Maine won the Iron Woman Award and first place in both the Jr Women U18 Shortboard and Jr. Women Longboard divisions. Photo: Michelle Sommers

Maine’s Maddie Ryan took home the Iron Woman Award for her wins in the the Junior Women U18 and Junior Women Longboard divisions.  Ryan also claimed second place in the Girls U16, and enjoyed the ESA’s event that’s not just all about competing.

“I really enjoy participating in the ESA’s Northeast Regionals because it is more than just a competitive event,” Ryan said.  “I have the chance to see friends from my district as well as other ESA local districts that I may not see often.”

New Hampshire surfer and ESA All-Star Kainalu Nichols, won the event’s Hot Wave Award for a 9.0 score during his Junior Men U18 heat on Saturday.  Nichols placed first in that division, second in Junior Men Longboard and fourth in the GoPro Open.  Nichols said, “I have never won a regional event before so this feels awesome!  My surfing has been improving every day, and I am excited to surf at Easterns® in September.”

Two Junior All-Stars made it to the finals of the Menehune U12 division in which New York’s Chase Lieder won first place.  CJ Mangio and Tucker Collins came in second and third, respectively.  The ESA is extremely proud of its All-Star Team members throughout the east coast.

The ESA was proud to have co-founder Cecil Lear in attendance, along with Eastern Surf Magazine co-found Richard “Mez” Meseroll as the event’s official photographer. Photo: Michelle Sommers

Finalists in all adult and youth divisions received ESA 50th commemorative awards printed by Plak That Printing Co. with photos of waves from the Northeast region provided by Ralph Fatello.  The photo for the special awards was provided by ESM co-founder Richard “Mez” Meseroll, who was the event’s official photographer.

Adult division winners walked away with new OluKai footwear the Men finalists received sunglasses from Unsinkable Polarized.  Sharkbanz, Phunky apparel, Chums and Surfco Hawaii offered prizes for the finalists as well while Sticky Bumps provided surf wax for all the competitors throughout the event.

Final results, photos and daily recap videos by Shoots-Media are posted on the event’s webpage, ESA’s social media pages:  Facebook – Eastern Surfing Association and Instagram – @surfesa, and on the following links:

Day 1 recap –  https://vimeo.com/218238874

Day 2 recap – https://vimeo.com/218308148

Day 3 recap –  https://vimeo.com/218716786

The ESA wants to thank all of its sponsors for the 2017 Northeast Surfing Championships.

  • Sharkbanz
  • Phunky
  • Shoots Media
  • Eastern Lines Surf Shop
  • Town of Belmar
  • Unsinkable Polarized
  • GoPro
  • com
  • Rip Curl
  • OluKai
  • Surfer
  • Eastern Surf Magazine
  • Chums
  • Sticky Bumps
  • Surfco Hawaii
  • Ralph Fatello
  • Richard “Mez” Meseroll
  • Leonik Engineering
  • Media in Motion
  • Tara Mosley Graphic Design
  • Plak That Printing Co.
  • Harrington Graphic & Screenprinting
  • Carve Designs
  • DoughBoys Authentic Wood Fired Pizza
  • Fins Tropicali Cuisine
  • Playa Bowls
  • Jimmy’s Pizza Place
  • Hand Sauce
  • Coffee Surf Company
  • E Street Bagels
  • The Sea Girt Lodge
  • Gerry Matthews
  • Tim Bridges
  • John Ross Productions 

The ESA, which is celebrating its 50th year in 2017, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit amateur athletic organization dedicated to the sport of amateur surfing.  The organization promotes amateur competition for surfers of all ages and abilities, and is dedicated to the establishment and preservation of free access to a clean shoreline and ocean environment.

Quick fact:  Anyone that surfed an ESA Regional event in 2017 in the following divisions are qualified to surf at the USA Surfing Championships at Lower Trestles in June 2017:
All Adult Shortboard
All Longboard
All SUP Surf
Register at – https://usa-oside.surfsignup.com/

Press Contact: 

Michelle Sommers

Executive Director, Eastern Surfing Association

centralhq@surfesa.org

www.surfesa.org

302-988-1953

ESA Mid-Atlantic Surfing Champions Crowned

Girls U14 & U16 first place finalist Rachel Wilson, an ESA All-Star, being chaired up the beach. Photo: Jordan Nason Photography

May 10, 2017 – The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) held its 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championship this past weekend in perfect waves at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina.  A massive frontal storm system moved through the area on Friday and provided excellent surf for the entire weekend.

“Everyone along the east coast knows that the Outer Banks has the most consistent surf so it’s the best place the hold a surfing event,” said Michelle Sommers, ESA’s executive director.  “Unfortunately, it also gives us the worst weather along with the great waves.  Our competitors agree that it’s always worth dealing with the unexpected conditions that we seem to get every time we are in the Outer Banks.”

The adults persevered on Friday through multiple delays and were rewarded with head-high waves.  Kai Dilling took home the Adult Iron Man Award for placing first in Masters Longboard and two second place finishes in Senior Men Shortboard and the SUP divisions.  Outer Banks’ own Leanne Robinson won another Womens Division while David Taylor took first in the Unsinkable Polarized Mens Division.

Jr. All-Star Blayr Barton. Photo: Jordan Nason Photography

ESA Jr. All-Star Blayr Barton from Virginia Beach won the Junior Iron Man Award for his effort in multiple divisions, including wins in both the Boys U14 and Boys U16.  “I’m so stoked to win my first (ESA) regional title in Boys U14 & Boys U16!”  Barton exclaimed on his social media post.  Barton also placed second in Menehune Longboard U14 and fourth in the GoPro Open Shortboard.

Ted Eberhart, another ESA All-Star, claimed the event’s Hot Wave Award by pulling into a 10.00 barrel on Saturday during his GoPro Open Shortboard semi heat.  “I paddled into the wave thinking of turns, but halfway through the drop, I saw it was going to throw over so I grabbed my rail and sat down,” Eberhart said.  The replay of this wave is available for those who may have missed it live.  Eberhart also took first in the Jr. Men U18 division.

Barton and Eberhart put up quite a battle but Dylon Weeks took first place in the GoPro Open Division.  Weeks narrowly beat Barton’s brother, Kai, who came in second after an intense final between the two.  Outer Banks’ local Nohea Futrell followed in third, with Blayr Barton in fourth, Eberhart in fifth and Chase Koch in sixth.

GoPro Open Shortboard Division winner, and recipient of the event’s Sportsmanship Award Dylon Weeks. Photo: Jordan Nason Photography

“After coming up short so many times, winning the GoPro Open Division felt amazing!” said Weeks.  He also won the Sportsmanship Award for chairing up his competitors who won first in other divisions.  “Winning the sportsmanship award meant a lot to me.  Being able to chair up a few of my friends and share that moment with them was truly unforgettable.”

Another Virginia Beach competitor, and ESA Jr. All-Star, Rachel Wilson, won first in both Girls U16 and Girls U14 and took fourth in Jr. Women U18.  Wilson said, “This was my third regionals and I have been working very hard to improve my surfing ability.  Special thanks to my family who have been there for me every step of the way, and to all of my sponsors for their support.”

Aerial view from the ESA’s memorial paddle out for Mickey McCarthy. Photo: Shoots Media

Before the youth finals on Sunday, the ESA held a memorial paddle out for Mickey McCarthy who was the organization’s official photographer and passed away suddenly in December 2016.

“Mickey meant so much to everyone in the ESA and not having him on the beach with us this year has been difficult for the ESA family,” Sommers said.  “It was nice to bring everyone together to remember the special person that Mickey was.”

Finalists in all adult and youth divisions received ESA 50th commemorative awards printed by Plak That Printing Co. with photos of waves from the Mid-Atlantic region provided by Jordan Nason Photography and Matt Landon Photography.  Sharkbanz, Phunky apparel, OluKai, Chums, Surfco Hawaii and Unsinkable Polarized offered prizes for the finalists.  There was plenty Sticky Bumps surf wax for all the competitors throughout the event, and Pepsi provided water and sodas for the ESA officials.

Final results, OBX Live’s replay of the webcast and daily recap videos by Shoots-Media are posted on the event webpage, ESA’s social media pages:  Facebook – Eastern Surfing Association and Instagram – @surfesa, and on the following links:

Day 1 recap – https://vimeo.com/217086626

Day 2 recap – https://vimeo.com/217086370

Day 3 recap – https://vimeo.com/216607966

Mickey’s paddle out – https://vimeo.com/216608099

ESA’s 2017 Northeast Regional Championship will be held in Belmar, New Jersey, May 19-21.

The ESA wants to thank all of its sponsors for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Surfing Championships.

  • Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
  • Shoots-Media Inc.
  • Sharkbanz
  • Phunky
  • Sun Realty
  • Jennette’s Pier
  • Town of Nags Head
  • Unsinkable Polarized
  • Pepsi
  • GoPro
  • com
  • Rip Curl
  • OluKai
  • Surfer
  • Chums
  • Sticky Bumps
  • Surfco Hawaii
  • Jordan Nason Photography
  • Matt Landon Photography
  • Café Lachine
  • Waveriders Coffee & Deli
  • Ocean Atlantic Rentals
  • Carolina Brewery
  • Leonik Engineering
  • Media in Motion
  • Tara Mosley Graphic Design
  • Plak That Printing Co.
  • Harrington Graphic & Screenprinting
  • Anchor Scaffolding & Ladder Company
  • Outer Banks Brewing Station
  • TW’s Tackle & Bait
  • Carve Designs
  • OBX Live
  • Pamlico Jack’s

The ESA, which is celebrating its 50th year in 2017, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit amateur athletic organization dedicated to the sport of amateur surfing.  The organization promotes amateur competition for surfers of all ages and abilities, and is dedicated to the establishment and preservation of free access to a clean shoreline and ocean environment.

Press Contact: 

Michelle Sommers

Executive Director, Eastern Surfing Association

centralhq@surfesa.org

www.surfesa.org

302-988-1953

ESA’s Southeast Youth Champions

ESA Groms Photo: MEZ/ESM

The ESA’s 2017 Southeast Regional Surfing Championships presented by Long Doggers wrapped up on Sunday with its finals in the youth divisions for competitors under 18 years of age.  All three days of competition had onshore winds that created less than ideal surfing conditions but provided consistent waves for the making of an exciting event.  Recap videos produced by Shoots Media can be viewed at the following links:

All results will be posted on the event webpage.
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First round of ESA Southeast Champions Crowned

The ESA is celebrating its 50th year in 2017.
Photo: MEZ/ESM

Friday marked the beginning of the ESA’s Southeast Regional Surfing Championship presented by Long Diggers in choppy, waist- to chest-high waves.  Conditions were fun for competitors who traveled to Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne Beach, Florida from the entire state of Florida and as far away as Georgia.

“This contest kicks off our entire post-season championship event season,” said Michelle Sommers, ESA’s executive director. “ESA competitors from all over the east coast watch to see who they may be competing against at our national championship, The Easterns®, in September.”

The adult divisions were held on Friday, along with the coveting “Go Pro” Open Shortboard Division, in which all ages and genders compete for top honor.
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ESA’s 2017 Southeast Regional Surfing Championship presenting by Long Doggers begins Friday

The Eastern Surfing Association will kick off its post-season championship events with its Southeast Regionals presented by Long Doggers beginning tomorrow and running through the weekend at Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

This is one of the three qualifying events for the ESA’s Easterns® that is held every September in Nags Head, North Carolina. Competitors qualified for the Florida event by surfing in their local ESA districts from Georgia and Florida during the 2016 season.
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