ESA ATHLETES COMPETING IN FIRST WSL EAST COAST EVENT MARCH 12-15

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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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 sports 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.
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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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