2014 ESA Easterns® presented by The Outer Banks Tourism Bureau and johnnie-O to be held at Jennette’s Pier September 14-20



The Eastern Surfing Association will hold its 47th Annual Easterns® Surfing Championship at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina beginning Sunday, September 14th, with seven straight days of exciting competition featuring the best amateur surfers from the entire East Coast.

“We are thrilled to be back in Nags Head for our largest event of the year,” said ESA Executive Director, Michelle Sommers.  “The Outer Banks always offers contestable surf and Jennette’s Pier is one of the area’s premier surf breaks.”

Competitors qualified for this event through three ESA Regional events, which took place this past spring.  Over 300 competitors surfing in 25 separate divisions will be battling it out for the title of 2014 Easterns® Champion before a panel of professional judges utilizing a computerized scoring system.


A live webcast of the all the 2014 Easterns® action throughout the week will be streaming on the ESA website at www.surfesa.org.  A contestant banquet is scheduled for Thursday, September 18th from 6:30-9:00PM at Jennette’s Pier for the all competitors, their families and spectators.


Outer Banks local Mickey McCarthy will serve as the official event photographer, with photos, as well as important updates and competitor information, posted to the ESA website and Facebook page daily.


The Outer Banks Tourism Bureau and johnnie-O have come on board as presenting sponsors of the 2014 Easterns®.  The ESA is also proud to have many other sponsors supporting the event, including Reflekt Polarized, Sick Trix.com, GoPro, Sticky Bumps, Liquid Shredder, Chums, Xcel Wetsuits, Sanuk, Rip Curl, Athleta, Pepsi Bottling Company, Catch Surf, Surfer Magazine, Surfco Hawaii, Surf Nano Products, Media in Motion, Sharkinetics, Swellinfo.com and Lasting Image Promotional Products & Apparel.


Outer Banks businesses supporting the event include Jennette’s Pier, Sun Realty, Stan White Realty & Construction, Kitty Hawk Surf Company, Scotch Hall Preserve, Ocean Atlantic Event Rentals, Banxblock Sunscreen, Pamilico Jacks, Café Lachine, Waveriders Coffee & Deli, Tiki Tavz Beachin BBQ, TW’s Bait and Tackle and Hatteras Island Christian Fellowship, who have generously stepped up to ensure a fantastic 2014 Easterns® event!


The ESA, which is in its 47th year, 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






ESA All-Star Program Taking It To The Next Level

The Eastern Surfing Association’s All-Star Team is kicking it up a notch and moving in a new and exciting direction. The organization’s best competitors will now be trained by some of the world’s top coaches, enabling them to take their competitive skills to the next level.


“Our All-Star Team members are nominated and chosen based on their dedication to competitive surfing,” says ESA Executive Director Michelle Sommers. “It’s imperative that we offer them the training they need in order to reach their personal and professional goals in surfing.”


International Surf Services Director and Coach Erik Krammer will be coming to the ESA’s Easterns® this year to provide surf training for 2014 All-Star Team members throughout the week-long event. He will also provide coaching assistance during heats, as well as sportsmanship and judging information that is crucial for every competitive surfer to know and understand.


“I am really looking forward in getting back to the Outer Banks to work with the ESA again this year at the Easterns®,” says Krammer. “Last year I was more involved with private coaching and educating the general public about the finer details of competitive surfing, and this year will be even better as I will be able to directly reach some of the best surfers on the East Coast through the ESA All-Star Team.”


Krammer, who has vast experience at the professional level, will be able to provide the All-Star Team with what they are looking for when working with a surf coach. Krammer adds, “Drawing from fifteen years as a competitive surfer, eleven years as an international judge on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour (WCT), and the last six years as a private coach/trainer, I have created a program that will give the ESA’s younger surfers the tools they need to take their surfing to a higher level.”


The ESA All-Star Team is an elite group of athletes who are nominated and inducted based on their surfing results, as well as their actions outside of the waves. “The surfers on the All-Star Team are role models for all our members,” states Jeanine Montgomery, Chairperson of the newly developed All-Star Team Committee. “To be an All-Star, one should be a strong competitive surfer, demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship skills, and be dedicated to the ESA and represent the organization in a positive manner.”


The All-Star Team has kicked off an annual fundraising event this year entitled “The Road To Easterns®.” Team members have been selling raffle tickets for a Jeep that will be given away at the 2014 Easterns®, scheduled for September 14-20 at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina. Tickets will continue to be sold until the time of the drawing, which will be held on Saturday, September 20. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to the All-Star Team to help with costs associated with team travel to Hawaii in 2015, along with training and other team expenses.


“This is such an exciting time for the ESA All-Star Team, and I am thrilled that the athletes will have the opportunity to work with many of the best coaches and trainers in the surf industry. After all, succeeding in competitive surfing is about becoming the best you can be all around.” Montgomery adds, “The best is definitely yet to come!”


The ESA, which is in its 47th year, 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



ESA Crowns Northeast Surfing Champions

ESA Northeast Regional Championships, Long Beach Island, New Jersey  ©Joe McGovernThe Eastern Surfing Association held its 2014 Northeast Regional Surfing Championships presented by Imperial Costa Rican Cerveza in Holgate at the southern end of Long Beach Island, New Jersey this past weekend, showcasing the best amateur surfing from throughout the region.

“We were fortunate to have really fun waves each day of the event,” said ESA Executive Director Michelle Sommers.  “The competitors did not disappoint, as they made the most of the consistent and very contestable conditions in the still chilly water.  The Long Beach Island community provided so much support for our contest, which brought 200 stoked competitors, along with family, friends and other spectators, to the resort area.”

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