The Eastern Surfing Association held its second championship event of the year this past weekend in great surf at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina. The 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championships presented by The Outer Banks Tourism Bureau proved once again why the Outer Banks is one of the premier surfing venues along the East Coast.
While the event began with clean, small surf for the adult divisions on Thursday, conditions deteriorated by Friday afternoon causing ESA officials to call a lay day for Saturday. “The ocean was just too out of control to put our youth divisions in the water,” said ESA Executive Director Michelle Sommers. “The consensus from everyone running the event, including the judges, was to call it off and wait until better conditions on Sunday.”
The right call was made as Sunday provided perfect waves for the final day. With double-beaching and running 57 heats, the ESA came through for its competitors in a big way. “From the worst weather to the best surf, Mother Nature threw everything she had at us,” adds Harry Purkey, ESA Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. “As always, the ESA persevered and put on a first class regional championship.”
This year’s event was planned in conjunction with Surfing America’s Prime event, which is an event that ESA Regional competitors qualify for. “We wanted to make it easier for our surfers who competed in both events,” says Sommers. “Greg Cruse from Surfing America was very involved with our planning since so many would also be surfing in the Prime.” + Continue Reading