2021 ESA All-Stars Inducted

ESA All-Star Team coach Jason Motes and ESA Executive Director Michelle Sommers introduced the incoming ESA All-Star Team live online during an ESA “Talking Story” episode on Tuesday, January 19.

Viewers were treated to highlight videos from the 2020 ESA All-Star Team, followed by Motes introducing each team member by telling why they were chosen for the 2021 team.  NPI Productions produced another great compilation video of photos and videos that were submitted by the team members that was shown after all the team members were announced.

2020 ESA All-Star Team members were invited to return, as long as they were in good standing, to the 2021 team, and several new team members were introduced.

“We were unable to offer all the benefits that we wanted to for the 2020 team due to COVID, so it made sense to bring them all back for another year,” said Sommers.  “These kids had to deal with many disappointments in 2020 so giving them another opportunity on the ESA All-Star Team was something the entire ESA All-Star Team Committee approved.”

Several of the older team members will be traveling to Hawaii in February for the team’s annual Hawaii training trip.

“We have another great trip planned for the team, and a lot of support from our Hawaii family,” said Sommers.  “In addition to training with Tamayo Perry, Shane Beschen and Kid Peligro, team members will also participate in several coaching sessions with world-famous surf coach Chris Gallagher.”

“These Hawaii training trips are opportunities of a lifetime for our ESA All-Stars,” adds Motes.  “These trips offer so much these kids, and we cannot wait to get them out there to push themselves and learn from the best.”

2021 ESA All-Star Team:

Zach Starr VB

Abbie Yates CFL

Ty Jansen NFL

Miller Brennan NY

Mia Gallagher SNJ

Gavin Idone CFL

Kai Sommers DMV

Chloe Wienert OBNC

Carly Coble CNJ

Audrey Iglay CNJ

Nic Gardella CNJ

Jack Madden NNE

Noah Avallone NY

Kaylin Weinrich PBFL

Tucker Collins SNJ

Krista Grace Hammel NSC

Grace Knoechel NFL

Jesse Hulsart CNJ

Emma Binder CFL

William Forrest OBNC

Landon Wood NFL

Kendrick Remahl SNC

Mason Mott NFL

Kiley Kaiser NY


2021 ESA Developmental All-Stars (under 14 years old):

Athan Robertson NFL

Cash Nipper  NCFL

Gus Hultgren NCFL

Ian Honda PBFL

Sofia Gamboa PBFL

DC Lewis CFL

Gavin Bren DMV

Everett Nipper NCFL

Carlie Eastwood NCFL

Teddy Wittemen CFL

Seton Iglay CNJ

Lanea Mons NFL

Cose Stoyanoff  VB

Finn Viorel SNC

Ava Lavender NCFL

Brynn Gallagher SNJ

Kyan O’Rourke NFL

Sunny Barton VB

Mikaela Nichols FCFL

Gunner Snead NFL

Mako Musilunas NSC

Beau Chan NY

Coach – Jason Motes

Mentor – Josh Motes

Team “Mom” – Krissy Torelli

All-Star Team Committee – Coach Motes, Krissy Torelli, Pam Hill, Lenny Nichols, Lisa Roselli, Michelle Sommers

2021 ESA All-Star Introduction Video by NPI Productions


ESA Announces 2020 Marsh Scholarship Recipients

The Eastern Surfing Association is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of its annual Marsh Scholarship Award.

For over 35 years the Marsh Scholarship Award provides financial aid to deserving student surfers who are pursuing college and/or graduate school degrees. Applicants are judged by a panel of six trustees on the basis of academic accomplishments, recommendations,  and related credentials with winners announced in time for the upcoming school year.

The program was named in honor of the Marsh Family of North Carolina who were ESA pioneers, and specifically for Mike Marsh who set an example for all students by earning his law degree while fighting cancer.
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ESA Easterns Raffle Winners Announced

The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) held a raffle to support the organization’s Easterns® Surfing Championship that was held last week at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina.

“ESA’s sponsors are always supportive, and this year they went above and beyond to help the ESA,” said ESA’s Executive Director Michelle Sommers.  “This year has been difficult for everyone and our sponsors offered their amazing products to help provide support for The Easterns® event that we needed.”

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The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) held its 2020 Easterns® Surfing Championship at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina September 20-26.

ESA All-Star Carl Burger surfed his way to claim two Easterns titles in 2020 – Open Shortboard and Junior Men U18. Photo: MEZ/ESM

The usual six-day event had to be compressed into three and one-half days due to extreme wind and waves in the first part of the week due to effects from Hurricane Teddy. The high winds generated waves that were 15-20 ft. and breaking out past Jennette’s Pier.

“It wouldn’t be an ESA Easterns® event without some kind of crazy weather,” said ESA’s Executive Director Michelle Sommers. “The Outer Banks presents us with a weather challenge each year, but the ESA knows how to make the event happen no matter what.”
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ESA offers FREE online surf courses to members

Another benefit of being an ESA member is having access to ESA’s informative online surf courses.  Subjects include, but not limited to, surf forecasting, surf workout training, breath training, amateur to pro pathway, WSL priority and judging clinics.

Led by experts in each topic, these courses will be held every Monday, and several Wednesdays, at 7pm. Courses will vary in time depending on information covered followed by Q&A. On average, please plan for 60-90 minutes.

Participants must have a current ESA membership through September 30, 2020.
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