Celebrating 50 Years of ESA

ESA 50th-logoThe ESA is the largest amateur surfing association in the world. Our family oriented programs promote a healthy and active lifestyle. It is not uncommon to find two or three generations of the same family involved as members, still actively competing in our program. Two of the original founders of the ESA, Cecil Lear and David Reese, are still active in the association fifty years later! The Association’s activities are currently organized into 25 districts, which extend along nearly 2,000 miles of coastline stretching from Maine to the Gulf coast of Florida, Alabama and the Great Lakes. Each district’s programs are developed and operated by a dedicated group of volunteer directors and staff.

“50 Years Strong” An ESA documentary video (15 min)


Become a part of ESA history as one of our 50 sponsors for 2017.

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

  • An ESA 50th Anniversary commemorative plaque
  • Name and/or company logo included on 50th Anniversary banner to be displayed at Surf Expo and all four ESA post-season championship events
  • Name and/or company logo included in 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
  • Name and/or company logo included in ESA’s documentary video “50 Years Strong” produced by Shoots Media premiering at Surf Expo 2017

+ Become an ESA sponsor

Just a few of the many world professional surfing champions that learned their competitive skills through the Eastern Surfing Association:

  • Kelly Slater
  • Frieda Zamba
  • CJ Hobgood
  • Lisa Anderson
  • Damien Hobgood
  • Shea Lopez
  • Cory Lopez
  • Ben Bourgeois
  • Matt Kechele

We are proud of our tradition!

Kelly Slater

Young Kelly Slater in the ESA