ESA Crowns its Southeast Champions in Florida

Event stand-out competitor Jonathan Wallhauser from ESA’s Central Florida district made the challenging conditions look easy. PC: MEZ/ESM

April 25, 2018 – The ESA held its 2018 Southeast Regional Surfing Championships presented by Surfer Dudes, Florida Space Coast Office of Tourism and Long Doggers this past weekend at Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne Beach, Florida.  Surfers of all ages from Florida, Alabama and Georgia competed for the titles of ESA Southeast Champion for their age divisions.  Friday saw less than ideal wave conditions but perfect weather for the ESA adult and Open divisions.  Waves on Saturday increased in size from the strong onshore winds that continued throughout the end of the event on Sunday, bringing torrential rain during the youth finals in the morning of the last day.

“Having waves for our competitors to put on a good event is key, and we certainly had contestable surf for this year’s contest,” said ESA’s executive director, Michelle Sommers.  “It wouldn’t be an ESA championship event without some sort of crazy weather to deal with.”

Central Florida’s Steve Moldenhauer made the small conditions on Friday look fun. PC: Shoots Media

Standouts this weekend proved that they can excel in any condition.  Central Florida’s Steve Moldenhauer and Jonathan Wallhauser showed everyone how to surf their home break, both claiming first place finishes in their respective divisions.  ESA’s North Gulf Florida’s Taylor Greene claimed the top three spots in all of her finals.  All-Stars Carl Burger and Braeden Kopec were on fire providing spectators and online viewers a fantastic show of surfing.

Surfer Dudes were on the beach offering their fun product for the young kids to play with while the big kids surfed.  Buddy by the Sea provided its apparel to spectators and prizes for the finalists.  Sharkbanz, Beach Gladiator and Sticky Bumps Surf Wax gave spectators demos and samples of their products throughout the weekend.

ESA’s Central Florida district claimed victory in the All-Star Tag Team Challenge. District Director Mario DeLuca was proud to take home the coveted trophy. PC: MEZ/ESM

This ESA event brought back the exciting All-Star Tag Team competition in which ESA districts compete against each other with teams of 4 surfers.  Central Florida claimed bragging rights, and a cool trophy, over Palm Beach, North Florida, St. Augustine and North Central Florida districts.  All-Star Coach Jason Motes said, “I’m super stoked that the Tag Team Challenge has returned.  In this individual sport, it gives the districts a chance to work as a team to go head-to-head against one another.”  Motes competed with his local ESA NFL district who came in third.  “We were rooting each other on in the water, communicating with each other on who had a good wave and who needed one, and worked together to truly have a blast out there!”

ESA also offered a competitors’ luncheon at the beach on Saturday so surfers didn’t have to leave for food while surfing their heats.   Shea Lopez and James McMullin kept everyone informed throughout the weekend as the professional judges, headed up by Gordon “Gordo” Lawson, tallied up the scores.

ESA’s 2018 Southeast Regional Surfing Championships Full Results

Special thanks to all of the event sponsors and people who made this event a success:

Surfer Dudes

Florida Space Coast Office of Tourism

Long Doggers

Buddy by the Sea


Beach Gladiator

Eastern Surf Magazine

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Sun on the Beach

Doubletree Melbourne Beach

Crom Equipment Rentals


Kala Brand Music

Tara Mosley Graphic Design

Samantha Gallo Art


Surfco Hawaii


Rip Curl

Brevard County

Surfers from South Carolina through Delaware will meet at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina next week, May 4-6, for ESA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championship presented by The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau & Surfer Dudes.  There will be a live webcast beginning with the first heats and running through the weekend.  Be sure to mark your calendars to attend in person as Surfer Dudes, Buddy by the Sea, Sharkbanz and Beach Gladiator will be on the beach each day, and Pamlico Jack’s will be hosting the competitors’ banquet on Friday evening at 7pm.



ESA’s 2018 Southeast Regional Surfing Championships begins Friday

April 16, 2018 – The Eastern Surfing Association will kick off its post-season championships with the 2018 Southeast Regional Surfing Championships presented by Surfer Dudes, Long Doggers and Florida Space Coast Office of Tourism this weekend at Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne Beach, Florida.  According to Swellinfo, the waves will be steadily increasing throughout the event.

This major surfing event will run Friday through Sunday, April 20-22, and will host competitors from all over the states of Florida, Alabama and Georgia.  There will be a live webcast on throughout the entire event and a featured recap video produced by Shoots Media.  Eastern Surf Magazine will be on the beach for photography.
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ESA All-Star Hawaii Video NOW POSTED

April 15, 2018 – The annual ESA All-Star Team trip to Oahu’s North Shore is more about training – it’s about making memories and creating friendships that will last a lifetime.

ESA All-Stars Charge the North Shore

Maddie Franz charged big Sunset while being coached by Tamayo Perry. PC: Cliff Franz

March 4, 2018 – The ESA All-Star Team wrapped up two great weeks on the North Shore of Oahu surfing the seven-mile miracle from sun-up to sun-down each day.

As always, Hawaii provided powerful waves that challenged some of the most elite young surfers from all over the east coast. The All-Stars made the trip to Hawaii with fellow team members and experienced mentors who guided them along the way.

Each All-Star had an opportunity to be coached by expert Pipeline surfer, and north shore lifeguard, Tamayo Perry and his wife, Emilia.
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ESA announces Surfer Dudes as Presenting Sponsor

February 3, 2018 – The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) is excited to announce that Surfer Dudes® will be the presenting sponsor for all of the ESA’s post-season championship events for 2018 and 2019, including The Easterns®. As the world’s largest amateur surfing organization, ESA just celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. Its continued goal to introduce competitive surfing to various demographics, including younger groms along the east coast, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast of Florida, makes Surfer Dudes and ESA a great match.

Surfer Dudes is the world’s first self-righting self-surfing toy powered by waves – no batteries required, just the energy found in surf. Named Outdoor Toy of the Year in 2015 by Toy and Hobby Retailer Industry Awards, Surfer Dudes are the World’s First Surf Boomerang®.

Jordan Reardon, COO of Surfer Dudes, said, “Surfer Dudes is particularly thrilled by the family atmosphere ESA creates. It’s common to see two and three generations together at their events. After all, the beach and surf are great places for families to be together…for both the young at heart and young in age.”
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ESA 2018 All-Star Team Announced at Surf Expo

January 26, 2018 – The Eastern Surfing Association announced its incoming 2018 All-Star Team members Friday evening at Surf Expo.  The ceremony, which took place at the beginning of the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame’s event, brought together several generations of east coast surfers.

“It was the perfect way to bring together ESA’s elite surfers with the older generation who have greatly impacted surfing along the east coast,” said Michelle Sommers, ESA’s executive director.  “Most inductees into the Hall of Fame have ties to the ESA throughout their years so it makes sense to showcase our up-and-coming talent.”

ESA’s 2018 All-Star Team with coach Jason Motes, mentors Pamela Hill and Krissy Torelli, and ESA executive director Michelle Sommers. Photo: Cliff Franz

Cecil Lear, one of the ESA’s co-founders said, “It was a great time having the young kids on the stage with those being inducted.  Everyone was on board to bring everyone together as it just makes sense.”

Emily Grossarth, an incoming team member said, “The ceremony was spectacular and was a night I will remember for the rest of my life.”
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