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.

ESA All-Stars Make Their Way to Hawaii this week

The 2018 ESA All-Star Team ladies with Coach Jason Motes and mentor Jesse McCrery during last year’s trip.

The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA)’s All-Star team members will begin their annual training trip on the North Shore of Oahu this week.  The guys are heading for seven days of surfing Hawaii’s famous surf breaks, followed by the ladies for the second week.

“This trip creates long-lasting friendships and a surfing experience that these young adults will have for a lifetime,” said ESA executive director Michelle Sommers.  “There isn’t any other place in the world that compares to the North Shore, and every surfer dreams of surfing these famous waves.”
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The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) stepped into its first World Surf League (WSL) event with amazing representation at the WSL Florida Pro Surf Competition in Melbourne Beach last week.  The ESA’s Easterns® finalists entered their next level of competitive surfing through a new partnership between the ESA and the WSL QS events along the east coast, including the Caribbean.

ESA All-Star Fergus Kelly made it through his first round of the WSL Florida Pro Surf Competition at Sebastian Inlet. Photo: DUGAN/ESM

Eight competitors, including several ESA All-Stars, were sponsored by the ESA to compete in the Women’s QS 3000 and the Men’s QS 1500 at Sebastian Inlet presented by Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism.

Beautiful weather, along with rising swell through much of the week, allowed these amateur surfers to compete for points and gain valuable experience surfing against many former ESA, west coast and international competitors who have excelled in their competitive surfing careers.

“The ESA is thrilled to be working with the WSL on creating a clear pathway for its competitors to reach their surfing career goals,” said ESA’s executive director Michelle Sommers.  “The WSL is everyone’s endgame if they want to be a professional surfer or surf in future Olympics.  We want to give them the experience and ability to get to this level without any confusion.” + Continue Reading

ESA 2019 All-Stars Inducted at Surf Expo


January 11, 2019, Orlando, Florida – The Eastern Surfing Association inducted its 2019 All-Star team members on Friday evening at Surf Expo in front of a large crowd at the main stage of the event.

The ESA All-Star team consists of the organization’s top-ranking competitors between the ages of 14-17.  Those who are 13 and under make up the All-Star Developmental team.  Team members are chosen based on their competitive performance, attitude both in and out of the water and overall dedication to the ESA.

“The ESA is extremely proud to introduce the 2019 All-Star team to the surf industry at Surf Expo,” said ESA’s executive director Michelle Sommers.  “It was a very exciting event, and we are grateful to everyone who came to support the youth of the ESA.”

Jason Motes, who has 21 east coast surfing titles, is back as the ESA All-Star team coach.

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ESA Posts 2019 Championship Event Dates

December 17, 2018 – The Eastern Surfing Association has posted its 2019 championship event dates and locations.

2019 ESA Post-Season Events presented by The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau & Surfer Dudes


ESA 2018 Easterns Recap Video NOW POSTED

October 14, 2018 – The Eastern Surfing Association is proud to share the recap video from its 2018 Easterns® Surfing Championship presented by The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau & Surfer Dudes. Produced by Shoots Media, the short video showcases the near-perfect conditions for weather, location and waves at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina.

Approximately 300 competitors from Maine through Florida, Gulf coast of Florida and the Great Lakes travel each September in hopes of becoming an ESA Easterns® Champion. Each surfer has qualified through their local ESA districts and regional events.
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