Hundreds from the surf industry gathered together at Surf Expo to kick-off the Eastern Surfing Association’s 50th year at an anniversary celebration on Friday evening. The ESA proudly premiered its new documentary, “50 Years Strong” that included former ESA competitors CJ Hobgood, Cory Lopez, Shea Lopez, Ben Bourgeois, Wes Laine, Noah Snyder, Jesse Hines and Kelly Slater.
“It was nice to include the best surfers in the world talking about their experiences coming up in the ESA,” said Michelle Sommers, the ESA’s executive director. “Everyone was excited for this milestone and wanted to be a part of it.”
New York’s Shoots Media produced the film in less than two months with the help of many contributing interviews, photos and videos. The WSL provided video footage for the film as well. The short film showcases the ESA’s beginnings and why the organization remains strong tea set after a half-century of existence. It celebrates 50 years of competitive surfing on the east coast, featuring some of the most influential surfers and directors who helped shape the path for modern day surfing.
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