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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The Eastern Surfing Association’s Board of Directors is continuing to monitor the situation relating to COVID-19.

All three ESA Regional Surfing Championships and ESA local events were put on hold last month and will continue to be on hold until further notice.

The ESA’s Southeast Regional was supposed to kick off the organization’s post-season championship season this weekend in Melbourne Beach, Florida, but will be postponed until a later date in May, if possible.  The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regionals scheduled for May 1-3 and May 8-10, respectively, will also be postponed to later dates, if possible.

“The safety of our members, competitors and officials are our number one priority,” said Joe Grottola, ESA’s Competition Director.
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ESA Regional and local events on hold during COVID-19 crisis

The Eastern Surfing Association Board of Directors is closely monitoring the COVID-19 virus and the effect that it may have on our members and their families during this spring competition season.  We are especially concerned about the health of our competitors, sponsors, officials, volunteers and community members.

We are meeting regularly to discuss the impacts of the crisis and are actively working on plans that include postponement, or possible cancellation, of the three Regional events.  We have also put all local ESA district events on hold until the social distancing recommendations are lifted.  Our priority remains the health of our competitors and officials, and our commitment is to communicate regularly with our ESA family in the coming weeks.

We hope everyone stays healthy and safe in the coming weeks, and look forward to an exciting 2020 surfing season as soon as this subsides.

ESA Board of Directors