Final Contest

That’s a wrap!  We did it.  What a great year 2014/2015 Season has been.  Today was Contest #5 the final contest of the season.  The weather was whipping us around and it was a bit chilly but we withheld and completed our task!  Thankfully we were finally able to complete the 2 heats hanging on from our 4th of July contest that was interrupted by the crazy storm full of lightning. Thank you to all that came out to surf, volunteer and hang.  We had a great day with all of you.  We thank our judges Sunny Stevens, Kirk Oswell, Denny Dean, Jonathan Eden and Dwight McMahon!! Thank you Pam Hill for your fabulous tabulation skills! Thank you to Brian Burger the grill master!  Thank you to Chuck Higgins for your fabulous ESA SAFL spreadsheet that is going to make life so much easier!  Thank you to Sage McMahon for helping Shantel DeLorenzo get all of the trophies prepared! A super big Thank You to Heather Beaven for saving the day and surprising us all by running out to get Dunkin Donuts Coffee for the adults, Hot Chocolate to warm up all of the freezing kids and donut holes to fill their bellies!  We are going to have our end of the year banquet and awards at Salt Life Food Shack in St. Augustine Beach.  The original date is scheduled for 1/10/15 however that is the same day surf expo ends so we have to check times to make sure it all works out.  We will finalize details in the next week or so and let you all know.  Thank you again to everyone for all of your help! ESA SAFL would not be the machine it is without all of our AWESOME volunteers, thank you all again.  We look forward to many more seasons and fabulous things to come in the future.

***Contest #5 Results 12/07/14***

MENEHUNE

1. RYAN HUCKABEE

2. NOAH BROWNELL

3. CARL BURGER

4. BENJI LANGE

5. SKYE BLUMENFELD

GIRLS

1. HANNAH BLEVINS

2. EDEN LANGE

3. OLIVIA BEAVEN

BOYS

1. KAI DELORENZO

2. SEAN FOX

3. SHAWN ARTHUR, JR.

4. TOM BURGER

5. QUINN HIGGINS

6. ELIJAH HAIR

JR. MEN

1. CJ GARREN

2. EVAN BROWNELL

3. JONATHAN EDEN

JR. WOMEN LB

1. OLIVIA BEAVEN

MASTERS LB

1. SUNNY STEVENS

LEGENDS

1. KIRK OSWELL

MASTERS

1. BUBBA TYSON

SR. MEN

1. CHUCK LANHAM

2. SHAWN ARTHUR, SR.

3. SUNNY STEVENS

4. ANDY DELORENZO

5. GARY ALLRED

GRANDMASTERS

1. PAUL LANGE

2. LYNN HARRINGTON

OPEN

1. CHUCK LANHAM

2. RYAN HUCKABEE

3. EVAN BROWNELL

4. CJ GARREN

5. TOM BURGER

6. JIMMY BLUMENFELD

LEGENDS LB

1. KIRK OSWELL

2. LYNN HARRINGTON

 

 

Contest #5

We are having our final contest #5 this Sunday, December 7th at Mary Street 8:30am registration.   Let’s get the Legends and Open heats finished from the 4th of July contest also. Can’t wait to see you all there!  Tell all your friends that aren’t online.

Nov. 8th Results

Another contest under the belt.  We had a great time this weekend and beautiful weather for our 4th contest of the season.  The waves finally showed up long enough to make it happen.

 

Jr. Women LB

1. Hannah Blevins

2. Olivia Beaven

Menehune LB

1. Ryan Conklin

Masters LB

1. Sunny Stevens

Girls

1. Hannah Blevins

2. Eden Lange

3. Kelsea McCormick

4. Olivia Beaven

5. Bella Beaven

Menehune

1. Ryan Huckabee

2. Sky Blumenfeld

3. Benji Lange

4. Kelsea McCormick

5. Carl Burger

Ladies

1. Candice Griffin

Micro Menehune

1. Bella Beaven

Boys

1. Kai DeLorenzo

2. Quinn Higgins

3. Shawn Arthur

4. Tom Burger

5. Ryan Conklin

6. Brayden Bryant

Sr. Men

1. Chuck Lanham

2. Jimmy Blumenfeld

3. Andy DeLorenzo

4. Shawn Arthur Sr.

5. Sunny Stevens

Grandmasters

1. Paul Lange

2. Lynn Harrington

Masters

1. Steven Tyson

Jr. Men

1. CJ Garren

2. Patrick Conklin

3. Jonathan Eden

Open Shortboard

1. Jimmy Blumenfeld

2. Chuck Lanham

3. Ryan Huckabee

4. Steven Tyson

5. Kai DeLorenzo

6. Tom Burger

October 11th Contest Info

ESA-SAFL is partnering with our ESA Districts to create a super fun event. 1st Annual “The Governor’s Cup” @ Ponce Inlet October 11th ( 12th would be finals in the event of large turn-out.  This event is open to all CURRENT ESA Members of all the Florida districts. It will be a ‘points’ contest for ESA-SAFL (as well as the other districts ) We will be adding a Womens Open Shortboard into the mix so that we may crown a Mens & Womens Open Shortboard Champion…Sign up @ www.esancfl.org. You will be taxed HEAVILY for BEACH SIGN-UP!!!!!! If any slots are available. If you are signing up from a Florida District, other than NCFL,1.) Please include your district name 2.) your name 3.)expiration date on your ESA Membership card. We have been wanting to pull this event off for a few seasons now, and are proud to announce that we’ve “pulled the trigger”, we are looking forward to surfing with our brethren districts as ESA-NCFL will be the host and this will become an annual event! Please spread the word and feel free to contact Andy DeLorenzo  esastaug@gmail.com or ChillyGilreath@esancfl.org. $25.00 first division, $15.00 second, $10 Third. Look forward to seeing everyone at the event. More info to follow in the coming days!

 

ESA EASTERNS 2014

Easterns The Eastern Surfing Association’s 2014 Easterns® Surfing Championships at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina concluded 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 conditions were challenging all week with hard northeast winds, but the competitors really gave it their all,” said ESA Executive Director, Michelle Sommers.  The event began with choppy conditions, but the wind lightened on Tuesday for the adult division finals.  “The swell dropped a bit so the final heats were difficult for the competitors, especially with the high tide, but they all put forth an amazing effort,” says Sommers.

 

The winds picked up again for the remainder of the week-long event, but the competitors did not complain.  “All the kids kept saying how much fun it was out there,” says Sommers.  “While everyone hopes for clean conditions, it just wouldn’t be Easterns® without the harsh paddle outs and challenging waves that define East Coast surfing.”

A live webcast provided by John Ross reached over 20,000 viewers during the event, with all the archived video available at http://new.livestream.com//surfesalive/surfesa.  “It’s nice for our competitors to be able to review their specific heats from throughout the week,” says Sommers.  “We have also posted photos of the competitors and other event happenings by official event photographer, Mickey McCarthy, on our ESA website (www.surfesa.org) and Facebook page.  Mickey will also be posting to his Facebook page at Mickey McCarthy’s Surftown.

2014 EasternsIn Wednesday’s GoPro Open Shortboard Final, Boys competitor Micah Cantor took first, besting Kyle Busey, who finished second, with Charles Gussy finishing third and Boyd Brown in fourth.  Jersey Standout Tom O’Brien grabbed first in the Open SUP Division, while Sterling Dean Foster took the Reflekt Polarized Men’s Division title, followed by Christian Gyland, Erik Kirby and Michael Foard.

Saturday’s Menehune Final saw Laird Myers claim first, followed by ESA All-Star Noah Dovin, Ryan Huckabee and Kyle Tester.  All-Stars Gabe Morvil and Simon Hetrick took first and second place, respectively, in the Boys Final, with Micah Cantor and Boyd Brown rounding out third and fourth.  Virginia Beach All-Star Parker Sawyer took the Junior Mens event, followed by Nick Groshell, Quentin Turko and Paul Francisco in second, third and fourth, respectively.

Central Florida’s Storm Portman led the Girls Division, with Braidyn Cunningham in second, Hannah Blevins in third and Molly Kirk in fourth.  In Junior Women, All-Star Piper Austin took first place followed by Lily Whatley, Jillian Bontempo and All-Star Laney Brooks.

The waves were especially difficult for the youth Longboard Finals, with All-Star Nohea Futrell, Grey Copenhaver and All-Star Kat Neff claiming titles in the Menehune, Junior and Junior Womens Longboard divisions, respectively.  Cody Hammer emerged Open Bodyboard Champion, while Evan Mungin did the same in the Menehune Bodyboard event.

The Youth Iron Man, Adult Iron Man and Iron Woman awards were presented to Nohea Futrell, Kai Dilling and ESA All-Star Georgia Cook, respectively.  Gabe Morvil took the Hot Wave Award, with a 9.0 as the high-score of the event.

Easterns 2014A complete list of all the results can be found here at 2014 Easterns Results.  The ESA would like to thank Plak That and Schoppy’s for going out of their way to create unique youth and adult awards for finalists.

The ESA also wishes to give special thanks to The Outer Banks Tourism Bureau and johnnie-O, who came on as presenting sponsors of the 2014 Easterns®,  along with a big thank you to the Town of Nags Head and Jennette’s Pier for once again hosting this spectacular event.

The ESA is proud to have had many other sponsors supporting the event, including Reflekt Polarized, Sick Trix.com, GoPro, Sticky Bumps, Liquid Shredder, Chums, Rip Curl Wetsuits, Xcel Wetsuits, Sanuk, Athleta, Pepsi Bottling Company, Catch Surf, Surfer Magazine, Surfco Hawaii, Surf Nano Products, Media in Motion, Sharkinetics, Swellinfo.com, Barry Bags, Onymari and Lasting Image Promotional Products & Apparel.

Outer Banks businesses supporting the event included Jennette’s Pier, Sun Realty, Stan White Realty & Construction, Kitty Hawk Surf Company, Scotch Hall Preserve, Ocean Atlantic Event Rentals, Banxblock Sunscreen, Pamilico Jacks, Café Lachine, Waveriders Coffee & Deli, Tiki Tavz Beachin BBQ, TW’s Bait and Tackle and Hatteras Island Christian Fellowship, who generously stepped up to ensure a fantastic 2014 Easterns® event!

The ESA, which is in its 47th year, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit amateur athletic organization dedicated to the sport of amateur surfing.  The organization promotes amateur competition for surfers of all ages and abilities, and is dedicated to the establishment and preservation of free access to a clean shoreline and ocean environment.

 

Press Contact:

Michelle Sommers, Executive Director, Eastern Surfing Association
centralhq@surfesa.org
302-988-1953
www.surfesa.org

NO WAVES

Unfortunately Mother Nature is just  not cooperating for our district. She is not wanting to produce waves for us at all.  The contest is cancelled for the weekend of September 6/7 2014.  We will reevaluate for the next contest after Easterns.1536433_369873926502290_1697716724583460159_n

No Contest

Contest for today August 24th is off.  We went to Mary Street this morning and there was no pick up in swell.  Waves are less than 1/2 a foot.  This contest will go to the 2nd back up date and our next scheduled contest is September 6th.  We need waves, everyone do your wave dance!

Contest #3 Is On

We  are a go for the contest tomorrow August 24th Sunday 8am registration with a 9am start.  Mary Street Ramp.  Expect small conditions with a building swell throughout the afternoon.  See you all there!!

Where are the Waves?

The contest for Sunday August 17th has been cancelled.  We are looking to update again on Thursday August 21st as to when the next contest will be.  Everyone get out there and do your wave dance to bring some good ones to our beaches!