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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