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2014 SE Regionals Results


The Eastern Surfing Association 2013 Easterns® Surfing Championships at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina finished up on Saturday with an exciting day of youth finals.  The event showcased the best amateur surfers from the entire East Coast, including the Great Lakes and Alabama.
“The weather and waves cooperated for the last few days of competition and the surfers really gave it their all,” said ESA Executive Director, Michelle Sommers.  The wind was a factor on Wednesday for the Open and SUP divisions, but lightened for all the youth divisions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  “The beach was crowded and there was plenty of surf throughout the entire week,” adds Sommers.


A live webcast provided by Space Coast Productions reached over 17,000 viewers during the event, with all the action currently replaying on the ESA website atwww.surfesa.org throughout the next week.  “It’s great to be able to allow the competitors to view the webcast of the event as it was originally shown,” says Sommers.  “We are also posting tons of photos of the competitors and other event happenings by official event photographer, Mickey McCarthy on our website and Facebook page.
In Wednesday’s Open Shortboard Final, Tyler Faulkner took first, beating Chuck Barend, who finished second, with Jared Bono in third and Parker Greenwood in fourth.  CFL’s Kieran Grant grabbed first in the “Jimmy Lewis” Open SUP Division with Craig Leider, Michael Carter and ESA All-Star Fisher Grant finishing second, third and fourth, respectively.


Saturday’s Menehunes Final saw Micha Cantor claim first, followed by Noah Dovin, Blake Elmore and Christian Daniels.  Nick Groshell finished first in the Boys Final, with Chase Stevens in second, Jordan Montgomery in third and Boyd Brown in fourth.  Tyler Faulker took the “Under Armour” Junior Mens event, followed by CFL’s Fisher Grant, Tyler Clazey and Hobie Sears in second, third and fourth, respectively.
Shealyn Cunningham led the Girls Division, with Lily Whatley claiming second, Laney Brooks in third and Kathryn Neff in fourth.  In Junior Womens, the ESA’s first-ever all ESA All-Star Final saw Cassidy McClain claiming first, followed by fellow All-Stars Grace Muckenfuss, Darsha Pigford and Piper Austin in second, third and fourth, respectively.
The waves were clean and plentiful for the Longboard Finals, with Nick Copenhauer, CFL’s Fisher Grant and ESA All-Star Jazmine Dean each taking first place in the Menehune, Junior and Junior Womens Longboard divisions, respectively.  ESA All-Star Simon Hetrick claimed the win in Menehune Bodyboard, along with a second in Menehune Longboard and third in Open Bodyboard.  Noah Fielder took first in Open Bodyboard, followed by Chris Makibbin in second and Carlisle Carter in fourth.


The Youth and Adult Iron Man awards were presented to Jared Bono and Michael Foard, respectively.  There was a tie for Iron Woman between Georgia Cook and Kathryn Neff.  The Hot Wave Award was also tied, with a total of 9.33 for both Tyler Faulkner and Austin Hollingshead.
ESA All-Star Team member Ana Barend and her husband, Chuck, were jointly presented with the Easterns® Sportsmanship Award for going above and beyond throughout the week in support of the event and their fellow competitors.


A complete list of all the results can be found at www.surfesa.org.  The ESA would like to thank Plak That and Schoppy’s for going out of their way to create unique youth and adult awards.


Special thanks also go out to the Town of Nags Head, Sun Realty, The Outer Banks Tourism Bureau, Kitty Hawk Surf Company, Café Lachine, Waveriders Coffee, Hatteras Island Christian Fellowship, along with all the local sponsors who helped make the event a success.  ESA National Sponsors include Under Armour, Sun Bum, Hyperflex Wetsuits, Starboard Surfboards, Boardstix, Inc., Coca-Cola, Jimmy Lewis SUP, Catch Surf, Surfer Magazine and Swellinfo.

sunshine – Bum time

central florida ESA 2013 season contest # 1 – come to the 2013 Central Florida ESA Season Kickoff! June 9, 2013 at Ponce de Leon Park in South Melbourne Beach – 8:00 AM. All new season and this year your standings can qualify you for the 2014 USA Surfing Championships! Come out and sharpen your skills and be a part of the fun! See you on the Beach! Right Coast – Right Now  Check your membership – you must have a current membership to compete – this season, your membership fee includes a “Surfing America” membership and is really a great value. Includes a Surfer Magazine subscription and airlines/travel discounts!  We scheduled our contest on Sunday so we would not conflict with the “surfers for autism” event on Saturday…

Also – Introducing the all new Pollywog Division. Now boys and girls wanting to learn to contest surf with the “push-in” help of their parent or adult friend can come compete with us! Awards are given to top 6 surfers! This is a boy/girl division and is geared towards getting our next generation groms stoked on ESA and the awesome world of surfing!

click here for entry form

"sunshine bum time"  2013 CFL ESA Contest #1

“sunshine bum time”
2013 CFL ESA Contest #1

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out of 112 finalists, Central Florida had 27 or 24% – awesome!

we tied for 2nd with North Florida for number of 1st place finishers at 4 a piece

Palm Beach won that title at 7 wins! Congrats to them, but look out at Easterns!!

I think it’s safe to say, Central Florida ESA has what it takes! In and out of the water! Thanks so much to everyone who made it to this year’s regionals! This is just a sample of how great the new and improved ESA can be! We are one big “stoked-out” family and we are thrilled with everyone’s achievements! A special thanks to our Regional Director Pamela Hill who coordinated operations along with our host NCFL district directors “Chilly Willy” Gilreath & “Eddie” Clement, Angelo who came all the way from NJ to set-up the main tent, ESA AllStar Coach Pat, Executive Director Michelle Sommers, all of the district directors who came to help, our esteemed judging panel (including CFL guys like Chip, Barry, & Gordon), Travis Ajay – MC Extraordinaire, Steve “Sugar” – our SUP MC aficionado from Stand Up Journal, Photographers – (Jim Dunn,  Ken Horton, Tom Warnke of PBFL and Tim Baker of East Coast Paddle), John Ross & Mark Haryslak for manning the webcam, John Brooks for hosting a fantastic Friday Surf Film Night at the beautiful Altantic Center For The Arts, my co-director (and weekend roomie) Mario DeLuca (4-10 hr days!) and wife Zoe for helping to Beach Marshall – making sure everyone got checked in and didn’t miss their heats as well as handing out the sick Regionals T-shirts to our competitors, Stretch with Hyperflex Wetsuits, Sanuk, Under Armour, Jason Meehan of Starboard, all of our National Sponsors, Clancy’s Cantina for hosting our “killer banquet”, our local dawgs representing like the utterly awesome Dustin Boshart of Sun Bum,  Sean Kinberger of Flomotion, Ron Jon Surf Shop, 27N Paddles of Juno, and the list goes on…

How cool was it that, in addition to a top-notch and well-run event, we had  a “Live Webcast”, awesome awards, Movie-Night, Computer scoring, Professional announcing and judges, a Competitor’s Banquet, top-level competitors, and the most awesome surf families in the Southeast! It’s obvious that the ESA is an organization that’s “by the surfers and for the surfers”! We are a true “grass-roots” volunteer organization that offers our competitors a fun environment to gather and compete with “like-minded” surfers! Now that we have aligned with Surfing America, our surfers not only have a pathway to the greatest amateur surf event on the East Coast, Easterns, but now you can earn a slot at the USA Surfing Championships in California. Your membership to ESA gets you membership into Surfing America, a subscription to Surfer Magazine, discounts at participating airlines, rental cars, and local surf shops! File that under “Are you kidding me?“!! What a “Bah-gain”! So let’s go! Get your friends to come out and see what they’re missing! Hope to see everyone on the beach at Contest 1 in June and remember… Right Coast – Right Now!!SB_Logo_Full_Dark

RJ Jpeg"Go with the Flo" - Contest 5 - CFL ESA

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