ESA To Offer Priority in Select Divisions for 2019 Post-Season Championship Events

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ESA All-Star Fergus Kelly competed in his first WSL QS event at the Florida Pro in January 2019 as an ESA-sponsored athlete. Photo: DUGAN

With the tremendous success of the ESA and WSL partnership, the ESA is pleased to announce that it will now offer four-man priority heats for selected divisions in its 2019 post-season championship events.

Beginning with its three regional surfing championships, the ESA will follow the WSL rules for priority in its Men’s, Women’s, Junior Men U18, Junior Women U18, Boys U16 and Girls U16 divisions.  Four-man priority will ONLY be run in the semi- and final heats of these divisions.
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ESA Partners with Rip Curl for the USA East Coast GromSearch Series

The Eastern Surfing Assocation (ESA) announced this week that it is working with Rip Curl to provide a pathway for its younger All-Star competitors to gain slots into its East Coast GromSearch Series events in 2019 – New Smyrna Beach and Nags Head.

ESA All-Star Summer Love surfing in the 2018 GromSearch Series event in Ventura, CA.

“Rip Curl has been a great supporter of the ESA All-Stars for many years,” said Michelle Sommers, ESA’s executive director.  “It makes sense to work with Rip Curl to offer our talented All-Star competitors these popular slots into their GromSearch Series.”

With continued excitement and momentum offered by the new partnership with the WSL, the ESA wanted to offer its younger All-Stars an opportunity to compete on an international level as well.

“Since we are now qualifying ESA competitors from the Mens, Womens, U18 and U16 divisions for the East Coast WSL QS and Jr Pro events, we wanted to give our U14 divisions something to work towards in to gain additional experience,” said Sommers.
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ESA and WSL – Carving a Pathway for Champions

Blayr Barton is surfing into the next level of his surfing career via the WSL Ron Jon Quiksilver QS & Junior Pro events. Photo: WSL photo

Cocoa Beach, Florida – The Eastern Surfing Association was well represented at the Ron Jon Quiksilver Roxy WSL Qualifying Series and Junior Pro event this weekend during the annual Beach ‘N Boards Fest.

ESA-sponsored athletes, along with several ESA All-Stars and other ESA competitors, surfed against professional international talent throughout the four-day event.  The ESA has partnered with the WSL to create a direct pathway for east coast surfers to begin their pro surfing career path as they excel in the amateur level.
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ESA All-Stars’ Epic North Shore Team Trip


March 10, 2019 (Haleiwa, Hawaii) – The East Coast offered strong representation on the North Shore of Oahu as the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) provided its All-Star team members a trip of a lifetime.  Twenty-three amateur surfers under the age of 18 surfed along the seven-mile-miracle and experienced the amazing Aloha spirit that makes Hawaii so special.

With boys coming the first week, and girls following for the second, ESA All-Star team coach Jason Motes, along with mentors, parents and professional surf coaches offered some of the best young surfers in the ESA an opportunity to learn from the best on world-class waves.
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ESA All-Star Ladies Charge Sunset, Surf With Slater, Perry and Beschen

The ESA All-Star ladies with Shane Beschen and Coach Jason Motes at Ehukai Beach Park. Photo: Terry Reis

The ESA All-Star ladies are making the most of their time on the North Shore this week by charging big waves and learning from elite professional surfers, including Shane Beschen, Tamayo Perry and 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater.

A massive NW swell arrived on the same day that the second group of ESA’s top female competitors, ages 11-17, flew in for their seven-day adventure.  After getting acclimated surfing the famous breaks on the West Side, and North Shore, the girls had their chance to paddle out with Tamayo Perry to surf Sunset.
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ESA All-Stars Go Diving with Kelly Slater in Hawaii

The ESA All-Star Team members had a truly memorable day on the North Shore during their team training trip.

11-time World Champion Kelly Slater, who was an ESA All-Star himself, took the team on a diving adventure at Sharks Cove.  Tommy Coleman, another stand-out east coast surfer, and former ESA competitor, joined Slater with the kids.

“This is something the kids will remember forever, and we are so thankful that Kelly offered his time to spend with the  ESA youth,” said Michelle Sommers, ESA’s executive director.

Local Hawaiian photographer/videographer Terry Reis was on hand to capture the experience in photos and video, including aerial footage.