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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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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