The ESA premieres its “50 Years Strong” documentary at Surf Expo celebration

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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Cory Lopez to introduce ESA’s 2017 All-Star Team Friday

Former ESA All-Star and multiple title holder – 2016 East Coast Hall of Fame & WCT Legend – Cory Lopez will introduce the 2017 ESA All-Star Team at ESA’s 50th-anniversary celebration on Friday, January 27, 2017, at Surf Expo at 6:15pm

Cory Lopez @ Teahupoo, Tahiti Photo: Tom Servais

Former World #3 and multiple (5X) ESA National Title Holder, Cory Lopez (USA) will introduce the best young surfers in the ESA as they are introduced to the surf industry in Orlando.

“The ESA gave me a platform in which to compete and hone my skills against the best kids on the east coast,” states Lopez.

An elite WCT campaigner, leading aerial surfing exponent and star of the “Lost Generation” series of groundbreaking videos, Cory Lopez is perhaps best known for challenging the boundaries of heavy barrel riding at Teahupoo, Tahiti; the Banzai Pipeline and other locales around the globe.
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ESA Announces Latest “Doc Rock” Recipients

The ESA “Doc Rock” in Buxton, North Carolina Photo: ESM Dugan

As the Eastern Surfing Association prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017, we are proud to announce the latest recipients of the “Colin J. Couture Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to Eastern Surfing Award.”

The “Doc Rock” is the most prestigious award in East Coast surfing because it honors dedication, commitment and service to the ESA and East Coast Surfing as a whole. There is not another award like it in the world. Doc’s spirit and inspiration is that which the ESA was built upon and which continues to guide us.

The “Doc Rock” award is named for Dr. Colin “Doc” Couture and honors volunteer service because that is what he was all about and much, much more. Although he was not involved with the formation of the ESA, during his time as executive director, from 1972 until his death in 1989, he took a fledgling surfing group and turned it into the proud and powerful organization it is today.
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Be a part of ESA history in 2017!

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The Eastern Surfing Association is celebrating its 50th year in 2017 and we want you to be part of history!

Join us in celebrating the ESA’s 50th Anniversary in 2017 as one of our 50 sponsors for 50 years. For a minimum sponsorship fee of $1000 per individual or business, you will receive the following:

  • An ESA 50th Anniversary commemorative plaque
  • An ESA 50th Anniversary commemorative t-shirt
  • Name and/or company logo included on 50th Anniversary banner to be displayed at Surf Expo (if confirmed by January 1, 2017) and all four ESA post-season championship events
  • Name and/or company logo included on ESA’s website and all four ESA webcasts for post-season championship events
  • A letter acknowledging your donation to the ESA as a 501(c)(3) non-profit
  • Name and/or company logo included in any additional ESA 50th Anniversary materials per discretion of the ESA
  • Sponsors confirmed by January 1, 2017 will have their name and/or company logo included in the ESA documentary video premiering at Surf Expo January 27, 2017
  • Additional exposure available for higher-level sponsorship
This is your opportunity to be a part of, as well as give back to, the organization that started it all!

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2016 ESA Easterns® Youth Champions Crowned in Multiple Divisions

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VA Beach’s Laird Myers won first place in both Boys U14 and Boys U16. Photo by Mickey McCarthy

Waves from Tropical Storm Karl propelled several young surfers to multiple victories at Jennette’s Pier in Nag’s Head, North Carolina, Friday, proving once again the Eastern Surfing Association is the premier amateur surf organization on the East Coast.

Rain and wind created less than ideal conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday but nearly perfect waves for the younger competitors on Thursday and Friday, just in time for the final days of The Easterns® Surfing Championship presented by The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

“It would not be Easterns® without at least one day of big, blown-out surf,” ESA Executive Director Michelle Sommers said.  “Thankfully, it lasted only two days and left us with great surf for our competitors to finish the event.”

The youth competitors who placed in multiple finals throughout the Easterns® include ESA All-Stars Nohea Futrell, Leah Thompson, Kyle Tester and Logan Kamen, along with Laird Myers, Coral Schuster, Bree Labiak and Owen Moss. Full results may be viewed at www.surfesa.org/competition/easterns.
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