The ESA is the largest amateur surfing association in the world, with current membership of over 7,000 surfers. It was founded in 1967, by East Coast surfers to promote, preserve and protect the sport of surfing on the East Coast. Two of the original founders of the ESA, Cecil Lear and David Reese, are still active in the association over 40 years later.
Our family oriented programs promote a healthy, active lifestyle and it is not uncommon to find two or three generations of the same family involved as members of the ESA and actively competing in our program!
The association’s activities are organized in a total of twenty six districts, which extend along 2,000 miles of coastline, stretching from Maine through the Gulf Coast of Florida, Alabama and the Great Lakes. Each District’s programs are developed and operated by volunteer directors and a staff of other volunteers who assist them in this task.
When the ESA was formed in 1967, there were 4 Districts: New York, New Jersey/Delmava, VA/Carolinas, and Florida. Virginia became its own district in 1970 and was the Virginia-Outer Banks District. The Outer Banks District split off from VA in 1981. The old VA/OBNC District ran 2 contests on Hatteras Island each year and the rest were in VB. Once OBNC split off, the tradition of running summer contests for VA in Hatteras remained — lucky for us!
The Regional Championship concept was first put in place in 1985. Since that time, the 3 ESA Regions have stayed the same-the NE-Jersey on north. The Mid-Atlantic-Delaware thru GA with the addition of Puerto Rico in 2006. The SE-FLA and Alabama were also added recently (there is an ESA District in Alabama and yes, they do get waves from time to time).
April 25 /// Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, NC
April 30 - May 3 /// Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head NC
May 16 /// Virginia Beach, VA
June 6 /// Virginia Beach, VA
July 18 /// Hatteras, NC
August 1 /// Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, NC
September 12 /// 1st Street Jetty, Virginia Beach
September 20-26 /// Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, NC
October 17 /// Virginia Beach
November 14 /// Virginia Beach