ESA Northeast Surfing Champions
Eastern Surfing Association
Belmar, New Jersey
21 - 22 May, 2017
ESA Northeast Surfing Champions Crowned in Belmar, NJ
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 May, 2017 - The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) held its 2017 Northeast Regional Surfing Championship this past weekend in Belmar, New Jersey on 17th Avenue, across from Eastern Lines Surf Shop. This was the ESA’s third and final regional event that qualifies the participating competitors for The Easterns® Surfing Championships that will be held in Nags Head, North Carolina in September 17-23 at Jennette’s Pier, as well as the USA Championships being held next month in California.
The weekend began with sunny, hot summer-like air temps on Friday with clean, waist-high peelers for the adult divisions. Saturday saw a thirty-degree drop in temps, clouds, onshore winds and bouts of rain for the start of the youth divisions. This provided a building wind swell throughout the day that gave competitors some fun waves going into the finals on Sunday.
Joe Grottola, ESA’s Northeast Regional Director, was not only overseeing the event but was a competitor as well claiming top spots in both the Legends Short- and Longboard divisions. East Coast legend Peter Pan won the Iron Man Award for his final placings in the Grand Legends, Legends Longboard, SUP and Open Bodyboard divisions. Jonathon Cahn won the Unsinkable Polarized Mens Division, and Becca Speak took the Womens Division in her very first regional event.
Kyle Tester, a New Jersey native, former ESA All-Star and surfer for Rip Curl, claimed the Youth Iron Man Award for his win in the GoPro Open Shortboard and second place finishes in the Junior Men U18 and Boys U16 divisions. Tester won a brand new Hero 5 GoPro for his efforts. Tester said, “It is always exciting to get to surf a contest in your home state with great people – no matter where the search takes you, there’s no place like home.”
ESA All-Star, and Belmar local, Logan Kamen battled with Tester to win the Boys U16, and took second in the GoPro Open and fifth in the Junior Men U18 divisions.
Maine’s Maddie Ryan took home the Iron Woman Award for her wins in the the Junior Women U18 and Junior Women Longboard divisions. Ryan also claimed second place in the Girls U16, and enjoyed the ESA’s event that’s not just all about competing.
“I really enjoy participating in the ESA’s Northeast Regionals because it is more than just a competitive event,” Ryan said. “I have the chance to see friends from my district as well as other ESA local districts that I may not see often.”
New Hampshire surfer and ESA All-Star Kainalu Nichols, won the event’s Hot Wave Award for a 9.0 score during his Junior Men U18 heat on Saturday. Nichols placed first in that division, second in Junior Men Longboard and fourth in the GoPro Open. Nichols said, “I have never won a regional event before so this feels awesome! My surfing has been improving every day, and I am excited to surf at Easterns® in September.”
Two Junior All-Stars made it to the finals of the Menehune U12 division in which New York’s Chase Lieder won first place. CJ Mangio and Tucker Collins came in second and third, respectively. The ESA is extremely proud of its All-Star Team members throughout the east coast.