Celebrating 50 Years of ESA

ESA 50th-logoThe ESA is the largest amateur surfing association in the world. Our family oriented programs promote a healthy and active lifestyle. It is not uncommon to find two or three generations of the same family involved as members, still actively competing in our program. Two of the original founders of the ESA, Cecil Lear and David Reese, are still active in the association fifty years later! The Association’s activities are currently organized into 25 districts, which extend along nearly 2,000 miles of coastline stretching from Maine to the Gulf coast of Florida, Alabama and the Great Lakes. Each district’s programs are developed and operated by a dedicated group of volunteer directors and staff.

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“50 Years Strong” An ESA documentary video (15 min)


Just a few of the many world professional surfing champions that learned their competitive skills through the Eastern Surfing Association:

  • Kelly Slater
  • Frieda Zamba
  • CJ Hobgood
  • Lisa Anderson
  • Damien Hobgood
  • Shea Lopez
  • Cory Lopez
  • Ben Bourgeois
  • Matt Kechele

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We are proud of our tradition!

Kelly Slater

Young Kelly Slater in the ESA