2020 ESA All-Star Team Inducted at Surf Expo

2020 ESA All-Star Team on stage at Surf Expo.

The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) is proud to announce its 2020 ESA All-Star Team who was inducted at the Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida last week.

Team members from all over the East Coast, including the Gulf Coast of Florida, were showcased on stage at the surf industry’s biggest trade show of the year, as well as acknowledged in the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame’s ceremony.

“The ESA All-Star Team represents some of the best amateur surfers from the organization,” said Michelle Sommers, ESA’s executive director.  “They were chosen based on several factors which included their surfing achievements, sportsmanship and dedication to represent the ESA.”

While the ESA All-Star Team consists of members age 14-17, the ESA Developmental Team is for those future All-Stars who are 13 and under.  Coach Jason Motes and the ESA All-Star Team Committee saw that creating the team atmosphere at the younger ages proved beneficial for better sportsmanship and skill coaching.

On Thursday, Coach Motes and Charley Hajek worked with the team members at Ponce Inlet for a day of surfing, coaching and team building.

2020 ESA All-Star Team together at Ponce Inlet with Coach Motes and Gnarly Charley

“It was a great day for team members to come together and get to know each other,” said Motes.  “Friendships were made and expectations were set for the team to have an exciting year together.”

Several All-Star Team members had the opportunity to surf with WSL CT competitor Caio Ibelli, who joined them at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.

“Not only (is the ESA) creating good athletes, but (also) helping them become good humans,” said Ibelli to Coach Motes following his time with the All-Star Team members.  “East Coast groms rule!”

NPI Productions compiled submitted personal video and photos to create an amazing video to introduce the entire team.

The 2020 ESA All-Star Team consists of:

Brennan, Miller

Burger, Carl

Cameron, Kaiden

Coble, Carly

Collins, Tucker

Deveney, Cole (Mentor)

Gallagher, Mia

Gardella, Nicholas

Hulsart, Jesse

Iglay, Audrey

Iglay, Morgan (Mentor)

Knoechel, Grace

Lavender, Madison

Madden, Jack

Mott, Mason

Olsen, Amber

Remahl, Kendrick

Remke, Abigail (Mentor)

Sewell, Katelyn

Viorel, Gabby

Weinrich, Kaylin

Wong, Kanoa

Wood, Landon

The 2020 ESA All-Star Developmental Team consists of:

Avallone, Noah

Chan, Beau

Deane, Will

Gallagher, Brynn

Hoover, Camden

Iglay, Seton

Jewell, Cooper

Landry, Mack

Lavender, Ava

McCart, Beckham

McCart, Daya

Mons, Lanea

Musilunas, Mako

Nichols, Mikaela

Obliner, Evan

Pelliccia, Palladin

Radd, Logan

Rosen, Niyah

Snead, Gunner

Starr, Zach

Stoyanoff, Cose

Viorel, Finn

Wittemann, Teddy

Yates, Abbie

The ESA at Surf Expo

December 29, 2019 – The Eastern Surfing Association will be represented at Surf Expo January 8-10, 2020 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida.

This year’s highlights will include the announcement of the 2020 ESA All-Star Team, the addition of an ESA Open Longboard division and the continued partnership with the World Surf League (WSL) creating a pathway for the next level of surfing beyond amateur events.

The East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame will be holding its 2020 induction ceremony on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, and will include the ESA’s 2020 All-Star Team induction beginning at 6 pm.  Coach Jason Motes will introduce the incoming team members and a quick video.


“The ESA is thankful for the opportunity to showcase its elite surfers, along with its developmental team members,” said ESA executive director Michelle Sommers.  “It’s a great way to have several generations of surfers from the East Coast, and around the world, together in one room for one evening.”

The 2020 All-Star team members will be attending Surf Expo on Wednesday proudly wearing their All-Star jackets and representing the ESA prior to the induction.

The induction ceremony may be viewed on Facebook live at 6 pm on January 8, 2020, via the ESA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SurfESA/

“The young surfers should know who came before them, and understand why they may have the opportunities that they do today,” said Sommers.

ESA All-Star Summerlin is WSL’s North America Longboard Regional Champ

ESA All-Star Callie Summerlin claims the North America Regional Longboard Title at the Rincon Surf Fest WSL North America Longboard Championships. Photo: Nichols/WSL QS

November 18, 2020 – Rincon, Puerto Rico – Longboarding is gaining momentum in the surfing world as seen this weekend at the Rincon Surf Fest WSL North America Longboard Championships.  Competitors competed in pristine conditions at Domes Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico for the three-day event.

ESA All-Star Callie Summerlin surfed her very first WSL Longboard event by winning every heat through three, stacked rounds to land in the final.  Though Summerlin’s talented surfing wasn’t enough to take the win from Peruvian Maria Fernanda Reyes, Summerlin did claim the WSL North America Longboard Regional Champion title.

According to the WSL website, the runner-up finish behind Reyes still earned Summerlin the North America Regional Longboard Title, representing as the only regional competitor in the Final, and a spot on the LT in 2020 as she joins the world’s best.

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to do this event,” said Summerlin. “It was such a great experience surfing with so many amazing people.”

Summerlin cruising her way through the competitors at the Rincon Surf Fest WSL North America Longboard Championships. Photo: Muschett

ESA Presents 2019 Surfer Dudes Sportsmanship Award

ESA All-Star Tucker Collins was presented with the ESA’s 2019 Surfer Dudes Sportsmanship Award.

The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA), along with Surfer Dudes® – Just Surf!, are excited to present the ESA’s 2019 Surfer Dudes Sportsmanship Award to ESA All-Star Tucker Collins. This award was designated for an ESA competitor who made a tremendous impact throughout the year at ESA’s local, regional and national events by being supportive of each event and its competitors. Collins was chosen from a list of potential winners by a committee of ESA district directors and event officials.

Candidates were chosen by ESA district directors based on their event participation, volunteering, attitude and overall support they offered to the organization. ESA presenting sponsor Surfer Dudes® had the idea and wanted to offer a brand new surfboard for whoever was awarded this special designation.
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Epic ESA 2019 Easterns Finishes Strong

After two full lay days, the weather and ocean cooperated to provide perfect conditions for the youth divisions on Friday and Saturday at Jennette’s Pier. PC: MEZ/ESM

The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA)’s 2019 Easterns® Surfing Championship finished with epic surf conditions again this year at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina.  Consistent 4-8 ft. plus waves provided by Hurricane Humberto allowed the youth divisions to show their determination and talents, as well as their strength.

Following the adult and Open divisions that ran the first part of the week, contest officials were forced to put the event on hold Wednesday and Thursday due to extremely high onshore winds with big surf.
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Swell Shows up for Easterns

ESA All-Star Kanoa Wong PC: MEZ/ESM

The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA)’s 2019 Easterns Surfing Championships began on Sunday with Jennette’s Pier offering some of the best waves that the adult competitors have had for the event.  Light winds and waves that were waist to chest high provided excitement for everyone watching on the beach and online via the event’s live webcast.

Presented by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and Surfer Dudes, The Easterns® brings nearly 300 of the best amateur surfers from along the East Coast, including the Great Lakes and Gulf Coast of Florida.  Competitors were invited to this event based on ESA rankings from its three regional events held in the spring.
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