ESA’s 2017 Easterns finishes in epic surf

September 25, 2017 – The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA)’s 2017 Easterns® Surfing Championships presented by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau concluded on Saturday in ideal surf conditions that some say they’ve never witnessed along the east coast. Hurricanes Jose and Maria provided consistent, overhead, clean, peeling waves for the remaining four straight days of the week-long championship contest held at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina. The perfect waves combined with the ESA’s 50th anniversary made this year’s Easterns® one for the record books.

“I’ve never seen so many perfect days of waves and weather for an ESA event,” said Michelle Sommers, ESA’s executive director. “It truly looked like a perfect day in Hawaii.” Easterns® head judge, Chip Hall, added, “That was the best finals I’ve ever judged.”
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September 21, 2017 – The ESA resumed The Easterns® on Wednesday at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina. After two lay days due to storm surf from Hurricane Jose, competitors paddled out in clean, double-overhead waves on Wednesday morning. Tuesday’s canceled heats were rescheduled to Wednesday, and those who were scheduled to compete were very happy.

GoPro Open Shortboard champion Logan Kamen in deep. Photo: MEZ/ESM

“Everyone was so excited to surf in the clean, barreling waves after the crazy conditions at the beginning of the week,” said Michelle Sommers, ESA’s executive director. “It was nearly perfect, and those who were scheduled to compete were stoked.”

ESA All-Star Logan Kamen claimed first in the “GoPro” Open Shortboard division and is taking home a Hero 5 camera. All-Star Kainalu Nichols scored the highest wave in the heat with a 9.5 for a barrel that had everyone cheering.   Southern North Carolina’s Kai Nau claimed victory in the Open Bodyboard division. ESA national sponsor Phunky apparel provided t-shirts to all of the finalists.
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CONTEST IS OFF Today, Tuesday, Sept. 19. Will resume Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Due to extreme conditions from Jose, Easterns will NOT run today (Tuesday) and will resume Wednesday morning beginning with Tuesday’s schedule running single-beach.  Wednesday’s original schedule will resume following the finals of Tuesday’s heats, and heats will run through dark.


EASTERNS® SCHEDULE UPDATE (Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6:40am) – Next call for the Easterns event will be Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 12 noon for a possible 1pm start time.  If we are unable to run today (Tuesday), we will run all of Tuesday’s schedule along with Wednesday’s schedule on Wednesday.  Check back for updates on this page, or ESA’s FB & Instagram.  #ESA50STRONG #ESAEASTERNS #NOWAYJOSE

ESA’s 2017 Easterns Surfing Championships presented by The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau kicked off Sunday

September 18, 2017 – The Eastern Surfing Association’s 2017 Easterns® Surfing Championships began on Sunday at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina. Hurricane Jose provided competitors with building swell and stiff winds throughout the day that proved once again why the Outer Banks is one of the east coast’s premier surf locations.

Several of Sunday’s finalists with their awards. Photo: Mez/ESM

ESA officials decided to run Monday’s schedule concurrently with the heats that were already running on Sunday since the forecast for the earlier part of the week was not going to be contestable. There were two beaches running with two separate heats in the water at the same time. Overall, a total of 56 heats were run throughout the day.

“We wanted to provide our competitors the ability to surf their Easterns® heat and moving these heats to Sunday was the only way,” said Michelle Sommers, ESA’s executive director. “Many people were already here, paying for lodging and transportation, so we made sure they had a chance to compete in the championship event that they worked so hard to qualify for.”
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