ESA Announces its 2018 Marsh Scholarship Recipients

September 9, 2018 – The Eastern Surfing Association has announced its 2018 recipients of the Marsh Scholarship. Funds are granted to current ESA members who are attending college to assist with tuition, books and other related expenses.

“We had an increased number of applicants this year,” said Michelle Sommers, ESA’s executive director. “It can be a difficult choice when we have several strong candidates, however, the trustee’s voting was consistent to determine the three top recipients.”
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Special ESA Easterns viewing of “Andy Irons: Kissed By God” at Jennette’s Pier September 18 at 6:30pm

August 21, 2018 – The ESA is proud to partner with Teton Gravity Research to offer a special Easterns® viewing of the Andy Irons documentary, “Kissed By God,” at Jennette’s Pier on Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30pm.

This is free for Easterns® competitors, and only $15 for parents, ESA members and event spectators. It is not open to the public.

“The ESA is very excited to offer this to its members,” said ESA executive director Michelle Sommers. “The film is working its way around the world being shown in various cities. We are very thankful that Tetron Gravity Research is offering us this opportunity at our largest event of the year in Nags Head.”

Andy Irons: Kissed by God is a film about bipolar disorder and opioid addiction as seen through the life of three-time world champion surfer Andy Irons. Andy struggled with the same demons that millions of people worldwide battle with daily.

Andy was an incredible presence on the world stage as the “People’s Champion.” He was the pride of Hawaii and revered around the world for his blue collar rise to fame and success. However, many were unaware of the internal battles that led to his demise.

As the opioid crisis rises to a national emergency in the United States, the untold story of Andy’s life serves to tear down the myths associated with these two ferocious diseases.

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ESA Welcomes Indo Jax as a 2018 Easterns Sponsor

August 16, 2018 – The Eastern Surfing Association is pleased to announce its partnership with Indo Jax® Surf School and Surf Charities as a 2018 Easterns® sponsor.

Indo Jax is a surf school and an outreach program for medically fragile, special needs and at risk youth working primarily in North Carolina, but also globally.  Thousands of kids have come through Indo Jax® programs and some have become competitive surfers in the ESA.

“My own kids compete in the ESA,” said Indo Jax® founder Jack Viorel.  “I can’t think of a more positive program for kids coming up in surfing and wanting to compete than the Eastern Surfing Association.”
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Register now for the 2018 ESA Easterns® – Deadline is July 31, 2018

Online entry link (preferred method):

Please check the 2018 Regional Rankings to see if you earned a slot or must apply for an alternate slot to the 2018 Easterns®.
To print and mail in your entry: 2018 Easterns® Entry Form

Competitors registering for 2018 Easterns® MUST have competed in the 2018 ESA Regionals in order to be eligible for a regular slot or an alternate slot to the 2018 Easterns®, and have a current ESA membership through September 30, 2018.

ESA Northeast Competitors Persevere Through Gnarly Conditions to Claim Top Spots

The groms stated many times that the waves were “fun” on Saturday despite the rain and wind. PC: MEZ/ESM

The Eastern Surfing Association held its final Easterns® qualifying event this past weekend in Belmar, New Jersey, despite harsh conditions on Friday and Saturday. The ESA’s 2018 Northeast Regional Surfing Championships presented by Surfer Dudes concluded on Sunday in near-perfect conditions following rain, wind and chilly temperatures for the start of the event.

“Surfing along the east coast can be challenging, but our northeast surfers tend to be tested more than others,” Michelle Sommers, ESA’s executive director said. “They charge the waves in any condition, never complain and actually seem to enjoy the crazy surf that enables them to showcase their talents.”
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ESA Crowns Mid-Atlantic Champions at Jennette’s Pier

ESA All-Star Rachel Wilson surfing her way to two big wins over the weekend. PC: MEZ/ESM

The Eastern Surfing Association’s 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championships presented by The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and Surfer Dudes crowned its division champions this past weekend at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina. A high-pressure system that stalled off of the coast gave the ESA competitors from Delaware through South Carolina small, clean surf throughout the two full days of competition. Double-beached heats were required to complete the event a full day early due to torrential rains that were expected all day on Sunday.

While the ESA’s officials and competitors are accustomed to the unforgiving weather patterns in the Outer Banks, they figured it was best to continue running the event through Saturday with sunny skies and fun waves. “The competitors were amazing this weekend with understanding the schedule changes that we had to make,” said Michelle Sommers, ESA’s executive director. “Their patience and ability to remain flexible is the reason this event was so successful.”
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