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


ESA All-Star Kanoa Wong is more than ready to represent the ESA at this weekend’s WSL QS and Pro Junior events after surfing in Hawaii with the ESA All-Star Team training trip. Photo: Krissy Torelli

The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) is excited to continue its partnership with the World Surf League (WSL) in 2020 by offering its top competitors slots into WSL QS and Pro Jr events to help these amateur athletes into their next step of competitive surfing.

The 2020 Ron Jon Beach ‘N Boards Fest begins Thursday and runs through Sunday in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Offering a WSL Men’s QS 1500 event and Men’s and Women’s Pro Junior 1000, this annual festival will welcome surfing competitors from all around the world.

The ESA All-Star Team coach Jason Motes will be on the beach throughout the event supporting all the ESA competitors who may be competing, including the ESA-sponsored athletes.
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ESA All-Star Ladies Charge the North Shore

ESA All-Star Gabby Viorel charging the North Shore. Photo: Krissy Torelli

The Eastern Surfing Association’s All-Star Team has been on the North Shore of Oahu for two weeks offering its team members a training trip that they will never forget.

The ESA All-Star women arrived last week following the amazing time that the boys had in Hawaii. Along with a coaching session with Shane Beschen, the girls had the opportunity to paddle into waves that may have been a bit out of their comfort zone alongside Tamayo Perry of Oahu’s Surfing Experience.

“Hawaii is the ultimate proving ground for surfers, which is why the ESA chooses to bring its All-Stars here each winter,” said Michelle Sommers, the ESA’s executive director. “It’s great to watch these young adults push themselves beyond what they are comfortable in and exit the water with tremendous pride.”
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ESA All-Stars Charge Massive Sunset

14-year-old ESA All-Star Nic Gardella paddled for nearly 3 hours waiting for this amazing wave that Tamayo Perry pushed him into. Photo: Krissy Torelli

The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) All-Star boys had a surfing experience of a lifetime on Tuesday as they paddled out into a building NW swell at Sunset on Oahu’s North Shore. Tamayo Perry, who is a North Shore lifeguard, Pipeline legend and runs Oahu Surfing Experience along with his wife Emilia, guided the All-Star boys out into a massive swell to surf the biggest waves of their lives.

“Sunset went from six-feet (Hawaiian), fun conditions to absolutely massive in a couple hours on Tuesday morning,” said ESA All-Star coach Jason Motes. “While the boys were out there, conditions became crazy with white-out sets breaking across the channel from Sunset to Kammies. I was nervous watching these young men surf waves that size.”

Perry not only kept the boys safe in the water, but positioned each of them into waves that they will never forget. ESA directors Krissy Torelli and Todd Starr were there to capture it all in photos and videos, respectively.
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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.
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