The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) All-Star Team members just wrapped up another annual Hawaii training trip on the North Shore of Oahu working with some the best surf coaches in the world, and creating memories that will last a lifetime.
“We weren’t sure if we would be able to pull it off with everything related to covid,” said ESA executive director Michelle Sommers. “It was a lot to make it happen but we are thrilled that we were able to get these kids out to the epicenter of surfing.”
The trip was scaled down for fewer team members to attend, and some activities had to be canceled this year, but the ESA All-Stars surfed the world’s best waves and proved that our East Coast talent is strong and willing to take in as much as they can learn in a short period of time.
Tamayo Perry worked with the boys at Pipeline and Rockies, and took the girls out at Sunset pushing them against what they thought was possible. Shane Beschen shared his valuable insight on competition strategy and surfing techniques with team members. Coach Chris Gallagher taught the team technical surfing skills and useful information that they may never get from anyone else at that level.
“Always a great time working with any kids, but East Coast kids have a different stoke and fire that is infectious,” said Gallagher, who currently works with Jordy Smith and Carissa Moore, and coached CJ and Damien Hobgood. “I saw great improvement in just a few days and have no doubt they will continue the work and take their surfing to new levels in the coming months.”
Along with plenty of surfing, the ESA All-Stars hiked, visited the famous North Shore food trucks, had a tour of the Rip Curl house and surfed with a few famous surfers, including John John Florence and Jordy Smith.
Friendships were formed that will last a lifetime, and lots of experiences will be talked about for years to come, including several team members’ meeting with Kelly Slater.
“The purpose of the ESA All-Star Team is to create a team environment within an individual sport,” said Sommers. “While these kids may be competitors with one another in the water during contests, it’s nice to know there is an entire team on the beach supporting them and a coach who has their back at all times.”
“Anyone who knows me, and my passion for this All-Star team coaching job, knows that I want to help each member reach their dreams of becoming professional surfers,” adds Motes. “However, the bonds and relationships that these kids make while out here mean even more to me than anything.”
The daily surf coaching and multiple water sessions were photographed and filmed by ESA All-Star “team mom” Krissy Torelli, Terry Reis from Surf Shooter Hawaii and Emilia Perry. Links and photos can be viewed on the ESA All-Stars Facebook and Instagram.