Kelly Slater surfs with ESA All-Stars on North Shore

Today was a magical day for the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA)’s All-Stars who are currently on the North Shore of Oahu for the Team’s annual training trip.

Epic waves, wind and weather throughout the entire day offered the ESA All-Star boys plenty of sessions of perfect waves.

Kelly Slater, 11-time World Champion and a former ESA All-Star himself, paddled out with the team members at Ehukai Beach Park for a session.  Coach Jason Motes, who grew up surfing with Slater in the ESA and was on the All-Star Team with him, invited Slater to surf with the team members to offer the boys a memorable experience.  Terry Reis of Surf Shooter Hawaii was on hand to capture it all.

ESA All-Star coach Jason Motes – Photo: Terry Reis/Surf Shooter

Kelly Slater – the G.O.A.T – joined the ESA All-Stars for a surf session on the North Shore on Friday. Photo: Terry Reis/Surf Shooter

Slater came up through the ESA, and was an All-Star himself. Photo: Terry Reis/Surf Shooter

ESA All-Star coach Jason Motes and Krissy Torelli brought Slater seafood from the East Coast provided by Sliders Oyster Bar in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. They were joined by Keoni Watson.

“Today was a blast surfing with Kelly,” said Motes.  “We both may be in our upper-40s, but when we are in the water surfing together, it’s as if we are still two frothing ESA groms preparing to surf our heat at Easterns®.  I am so grateful for all the time Kelly spent with our All-Stars today.”

The team will be training with Tamayo Perry on Saturday.  Be sure to follow @surfesa and @esa_allstars for daily pics!

ESA All-Stars Have Landed on the North Shore

ESA All-Star Zach Starr washing off the jet lag on his first day surfing the North Shore. Photo: Krissy Torelli

The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA)’s All-Stars have started their adventures on the North Shore of Oahu this week.  Coach Jason Motes, along with several chaperones and parents, arrived in Hawaii on Wednesday with many of the boys who make up the All-Star Team.  The All-Star girls will arrive next week for the same experience.

“The ESA All-Stars are some of the best surfers, and  ESA representatives, in the  organization,” said ESA executive director Michelle Sommers.  “Bringing these East Coast champions to the best waves in the world to learn from the best is an opportunity of a lifetime for each team member.”

The ESA All-Star Hawaii trip is for the older team members to be teammates together instead of always competing against each other.  Along with valuable coaching from surfing and sport legends, including Tamayo & Emilia Perry, Shane Beschen and Kid Peligro, ESA All-Star team members learn how to respect one another as competitors, and create lasting friendships and memories.

The first day proved why the North Shore is the pinnacle for every surfer.  A fresh NW swell arrived just in time to provide the boys a fun playground for their first day in the Aloha State.

All-Star Blayr Barton proves that the East Coast has a lot of talented surfers. Photo: Krissy Torelli

“We could not have asked for a better first day of surf to get our feet wet,” said ESA All-Star coach Jason Motes.  “All of the boys were charging solid surf that made me proud to represent the East Coast out here.”

Motes, along with All-Star Committee members Pam Hill, Lenny Nichols, Krissy Torelli and Jeanine Montgomery, have created a successful plan to give those who come to Hawaii an memorable experience.

“Hawaii is the proving ground for serious surfers,” adds Motes.  “It’s the highest level of coaching that the ESA can provide.  We want to offer ESA All-Star members an opportunity that they will not get anywhere else.”

All-Stars who are aging out of the program and/or progressing into surfing professional events still come back to help mentor the newer team members.  Kainalu Nichols from New Hampshire and Cole Deveney from New Jersey are here this week to work with the boys.

Savage Surfboards is offering a custom-shaped surfboard for an online raffle to benefit the ESA All-Star Team.  To make a donation and receive a chance to win, please visit

Be sure to follow the ESA and ESA All-Stars on Instagram and Facebook for daily photos posted by Coach Motes and Krissy Torelli.  Terry Reis from Surf Shooter Hawaii will be filming the team for videos throughout their week.

For more information on the ESA All-Stars, please visit


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.”
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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.
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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.
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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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