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.

“ESA’s Easterns® was a great event,” Myers, who won first in both the Boys U14 and Boys U16 said.  “I’m super stoked and thankful to take both of these wins.”

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Owen Moss claimed the Menehune U12 Easterns champion title, along with fourth in Boys U14. Photo by Mickey McCarthy.

Owen Moss won the highly competitive Menehune U12 and surfed up in the Boys U14 division to claim fourth place.

Kyle Tester set a record as the youngest competitor to win the GoPro Open Shortboard and Katelyn Sewell set a record as the first female youth to win the Menehune Longboard U14.  All-Stars Maria Barend and Leah Thompson battled it out for the Girls U16 title where Barend came out on top, and Thompson went on to take second while also placing fourth in the Junior Womens Longboard U18.

Bree Labiak took home the Iron Woman Award for her second and fourth place finishes in three divisions – Girls U14, Girls U16 and Junior Women U18.  Coral Schuster had one of the highest heat totals in the event claiming the win in Girls U14 and took second to teammate Madeline Zeuli’s first place in the Junior Women U18.  “I am so stoked to be the ESA’s Girls U14 Easterns® champion,” Schuster said.

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Central Florida’s Coral Schuster won the Girls U14 and second in Junior Womens U18 divisions. Photo by Mickey McCarthy.

All first place finalists received extraordinary prizes provided by event sponsors including East Coast Customs skateboards, Sharkbanz, Lost Coast Surfpacks, OluKai, Reflekt Unsinkable, Chums, Surfco Hawaii, Carve Designs, Dryrobe, Pura Vida and Board Buddy.

OBX Live provided a live webcast and daily recap videos of the youth divisions by Shoots-Media are posted on the Easterns® webpage and ESA’s social media pages:  Facebook – Easterns Surfing Association and Instagram – @surfesa.

The ESA wants to thank all of its sponsors for the 2016 Easterns® Surfing Championships.

  • Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
  • Hatteras Island Christian Fellowship
  • Shoots-Media Inc.
  • Boardgrab
  • Sharkbanz
  • East Coast Customs
  • Sun Realty
  • Jennette’s Pier
  • Town of Nags Head
  • Lost-Coast Surfpacks
  • Reflekt Polarized
  • dryrobe
  • GoPro
  • com
  • Rip Curl
  • Liquid Shredder
  • OluKai
  • Surfer
  • Chums
  • Sticky Bumps
  • Surfco Hawaii
  • Board Buddy
  • Clark Little Photography
  • Café Lachine
  • Waveriders Coffee & Deli
  • Ocean Atlantic Rentals
  • Carolina Brewery
  • Pamlico Jack’s
  • Banxblock
  • Media in Motion
  • Tara Mosley Graphic Design
  • Plak That
  • Harrington Graphic & Screenprinting
  • Lasting Image
  • Clark Little Photography
  • Damien Share Art
  • Mickey McCarthy Photography
  • Anchor Scaffolding & Ladder Company
  • Schoppy’s
  • OBX Live

14-year-old Kyle Tester Wins ESA’s Easterns® GoPro Open Shortboard Division

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Kyle Tester claimed 1st place in ESA’s Easterns GoPro Open Shortboard Division. Photo: Mickey McCarthy

The ESA is currently holding its annual Easterns® Surfing Championships presented by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina.  The week-long event began on Sunday and will continue through Friday.  The adult short- and longboard divisions were held Sunday and Monday in chest-high surf followed by the SUP, Open Shortboard and Bodyboard divisions on Tuesday in blown-out conditions.

Despite two rain delays on Tuesday, Southern New Jersey’s Kyle Tester became one of the youngest ESA competitors at 14 years of age to win the coveted Easterns GoPro Open Shortboard Division.  “I was so stoked to not only make the Open Shortboard final, but to actually win it at 14 is so awesome!”  Tester is taking home a brand new GoPro camera for his efforts.
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2016 ESA Easterns® presented by The Outer Banks Tourism Bureau

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Nearly 300 of the East Coast’s best amateur surfers will compete during the 49th annual Eastern Surfing Association’s (ESA) Easterns® Surfing Championship at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina this Sunday, Sept. 18 through Saturday, Sept. 24.   ESA’s annual event – its largest of the year – will showcase competitors from the Great Lakes, the East Coast and the Gulf Coast of Florida.

John Ross Productions will provide a live webcast throughout the event, which may be viewed at www.surfesa.org.

“The ESA has had tremendous success with Easterns® at Jennette’s Pier each year,”   said Michelle Sommers, ESA’s executive director.   “Jennette’s Pier, Town of Nags Head and Outer Banks Visitors’ Bureau welcome us back each year and it’s wonderful to have the support from the tea set.  Our competitors enjoy all that there is to do throughout the Outer Banks during the week.”
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2016 ESA Marsh Scholarship Fund recipients announced

The Eastern Surfing Association is excited to announce its 2016 recipients of the Marsh Scholarship Fund awards.  Applications for the Marsh Scholarship Fund are accepted from ESA members who will be attending college and apply by the deadline.

Established in the early 1980s, the ESA’s Marsh Scholarship Fund has awarded thousands of dollars for financial assistance to current ESA members who are pursuing their career goals by attending college.  It is the largest and longest running scholarship program in the U.S. surfing community.  Recipients of these awards have achieved academic excellence while also volunteering within the ESA.

The 2016 ESA Marsh Scholarship recipients are:

Dalton S. Rust – NFL, Univ. of Florida $2500.00

Lillian M. Whatley – NCFL, Point Loma Nazarene Univ. $2000.00

Dana Rose Brown –CNJ, Univ. of New Hampshire $1500.00

The ESA encourages all ESA members who are interested in applying for the Marsh Scholarship Award to submit their applications by July 1st of each year.  The application may be downloaded at www.surfesa.org/about/scholarship.

The ESA, which is nearing its 50th 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.

NORTHEAST SURFERS BATTLE FOR ESA REGIONAL CHAMPION TITLES

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Surfer getting covered on Sunday morning during the ESA Expression Session. Photo: Aerial Media Productions

Surfers from Maine through New Jersey braved the cold water and big waves in Belmar, New Jersey, this past weekend to claim victory in the Eastern Surfing Association’s 2016 Northeast Regional Surfing Championship presented by Aerial Media Productions.  The top finalists of this event qualify for ESA’s Easterns® Surfing Championships that will be held in September.

“Belmar is one of the most consistent surf breaks in the Northeast, and it provided the ESA great waves throughout the three-day event,” said Michelle Sommers, ESA’s Executive Director.  “The waves were fantastic on Sunday morning with double-overhead and clean conditions for the finals of the youth divisions.”  ESA officials, judges and competitors put on an ESA Expression Session when the contest had to be put on hold while they waited for more manageable surf for last day.
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ESA’S BEST MID-ATLANTIC SURFERS TRIUMPHED IN CAROLINA BEACH

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Laird Myers winning first place in the Boys U14 Division. Photo: McCarthy

Hundreds of surfers from Delaware through South Carolina ventured to Carolina Beach, North Carolina this past weekend for the Eastern Surfing Association’s 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championship.   Surfers were vying for a chance to qualify for ESA’s Easterns® Championships that is held each September.

“I am excited and overwhelmed by the way that the event turned out,” ESA Southern North Carolina’s co-director Amy Rose said.  “The Town of Carolina Beach and all of our local sponsors commended the Mid-Atlantic region, and the folks who came for being such great group of people visiting our little island.”

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