First round of ESA Southeast Champions Crowned

The ESA is celebrating its 50th year in 2017.
Photo: MEZ/ESM

Friday marked the beginning of the ESA’s Southeast Regional Surfing Championship presented by Long Diggers in choppy, waist- to chest-high waves.  Conditions were fun for competitors who traveled to Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne Beach, Florida from the entire state of Florida and as far away as Georgia.

“This contest kicks off our entire post-season championship event season,” said Michelle Sommers, ESA’s executive director. “ESA competitors from all over the east coast watch to see who they may be competing against at our national championship, The Easterns®, in September.”

The adult divisions were held on Friday, along with the coveting “Go Pro” Open Shortboard Division, in which all ages and genders compete for top honor.
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ESA’s 2017 Southeast Regional Surfing Championship presenting by Long Doggers begins Friday

The Eastern Surfing Association will kick off its post-season championship events with its Southeast Regionals presented by Long Doggers beginning tomorrow and running through the weekend at Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

This is one of the three qualifying events for the ESA’s Easterns® that is held every September in Nags Head, North Carolina. Competitors qualified for the Florida event by surfing in their local ESA districts from Georgia and Florida during the 2016 season.
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The ESA premieres its “50 Years Strong” documentary at Surf Expo celebration

Hundreds from the surf industry gathered together at Surf Expo to kick-off the Eastern Surfing Association’s 50th year at an anniversary celebration on Friday evening. The ESA proudly premiered its new documentary, “50 Years Strong” that included former ESA competitors CJ Hobgood, Cory Lopez, Shea Lopez, Ben Bourgeois, Wes Laine, Noah Snyder, Jesse Hines and Kelly Slater.

“It was nice to include the best surfers in the world talking about their experiences coming up in the ESA,” said Michelle Sommers, the ESA’s executive director. “Everyone was excited for this milestone and wanted to be a part of it.”

New York’s Shoots Media produced the film in less than two months with the help of many contributing interviews, photos and videos. The WSL provided video footage for the film as well. The short film showcases the ESA’s beginnings and why the organization remains strong tea set after a half-century of existence.  It celebrates 50 years of competitive surfing on the east coast, featuring some of the most influential surfers and directors who helped shape the path for modern day surfing.
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Cory Lopez to introduce ESA’s 2017 All-Star Team Friday

Former ESA All-Star and multiple title holder – 2016 East Coast Hall of Fame & WCT Legend – Cory Lopez will introduce the 2017 ESA All-Star Team at ESA’s 50th-anniversary celebration on Friday, January 27, 2017, at Surf Expo at 6:15pm

Cory Lopez @ Teahupoo, Tahiti Photo: Tom Servais

Former World #3 and multiple (5X) ESA National Title Holder, Cory Lopez (USA) will introduce the best young surfers in the ESA as they are introduced to the surf industry in Orlando.

“The ESA gave me a platform in which to compete and hone my skills against the best kids on the east coast,” states Lopez.

An elite WCT campaigner, leading aerial surfing exponent and star of the “Lost Generation” series of groundbreaking videos, Cory Lopez is perhaps best known for challenging the boundaries of heavy barrel riding at Teahupoo, Tahiti; the Banzai Pipeline and other locales around the globe.
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