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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The ESA at Surf Expo

December 29, 2019 – The Eastern Surfing Association will be represented at Surf Expo January 8-10, 2020 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida.

This year’s highlights will include the announcement of the 2020 ESA All-Star Team, the addition of an ESA Open Longboard division and the continued partnership with the World Surf League (WSL) creating a pathway for the next level of surfing beyond amateur events.

The East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame will be holding its 2020 induction ceremony on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, and will include the ESA’s 2020 All-Star Team induction beginning at 6 pm.  Coach Jason Motes will introduce the incoming team members and a quick video.
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ESA All-Star Summerlin is WSL’s North America Longboard Regional Champ

ESA All-Star Callie Summerlin claims the North America Regional Longboard Title at the Rincon Surf Fest WSL North America Longboard Championships. Photo: Nichols/WSL QS

November 18, 2020 – Rincon, Puerto Rico – Longboarding is gaining momentum in the surfing world as seen this weekend at the Rincon Surf Fest WSL North America Longboard Championships.  Competitors competed in pristine conditions at Domes Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico for the three-day event.

ESA All-Star Callie Summerlin surfed her very first WSL Longboard event by winning every heat through three, stacked rounds to land in the final.  Though Summerlin’s talented surfing wasn’t enough to take the win from Peruvian Maria Fernanda Reyes, Summerlin did claim the WSL North America Longboard Regional Champion title.
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