SouthEast Regionals

ESA-St. Augustine District would like to congratulate all our members that qualified for the ESA Southeast Regional Championship as well as our members that finaled in their respective division(s).

Easterns Surfing Associations hosted the 2016 Southeastern Regional Championships April 15-17 located at Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne Beach, Florida. The three day event  saw good conditions for the start of the adult divisions on Friday and then take a turn for the worse if you are not a lover of the wind. The wind did play a huge part in producing head high to overhead surf for the remainder of the event.  It was polar opposite of last year’s pristine conditions.

Never the less our members tackled the large surf and came home with a lot of hardware showing the rest of the Southeast that St. Augustine produces at every event.

Big congratulations to CJ Garren for winning the coveted Open Men’s Title and his awesome performance against the best surfers in the Southeast.  Eden Lange for her impressive run, placing 2nd in three division(s) and being awarded “ Iron Woman” for the weekend. Ryan Huckabee for his radical win in the Menehune U12 Boys and blowing the competition away, Casey Piester for his win in the Men Division, and Ryan Conklin for posting the highest one wave score of the event  scoring a “9.43”!

Finalist

 Junior Women Lonboard – Olivia Beaven 3rd

 Junior Men Longboard – Ryan Conklin 3rd

 Junior Women U18 – Eden Lange 2nd

 Girls U16 – Eden Lange 2nd

Girls U14 – Eden Lange 2nd

Women 18-34 – Haley Watson 1st

Junior Longboard – Ryan Conklin 3rd

Junior Men U18 – Patrick Conklin 3rd

 Junior Men U18 – Shaun Arthur Jr. 6th 

 Boys  U12 – Ryan Huckabee 1st

“GO PRO” Open Men’s – CJ Garren 1st

“GO PRO” Open Men’s – Ryan Huckabee 4th

Grand Legends – Charlie Quick 3rd

Legends – Charlie Hajek 1st

Men’s – Casey Piester 1st

 

2015 Season Complete

Well its a wrap. The banquet for our 2015 season held on March 5th at Salt Life Food Shack was a success. We had a great turn out and fun was had by all. The district champions were given awards and celebrated. THANK YOU to all of our sponsors, volunteers and families we couldn’t have done it without you! (Don’t forget to register for SE Regionals before it’s to late!)

ESA SAFL 2015 Season District Champions

GRAYSON LANGE – MICROMENEHUNE

CARL BURGER – MENEHUNE

EDEN LANGE – GIRLS U14 & U16 – JR. WOMEN U18

KAI DELORENZO – BOYS U14 & U16

CJ GARREN – JR. MEN U18

OLIVIA BEAVEN – JR. WOMEN LONGBOARD U18

RYAN CONKLIN – JR. MEN LONGBOARD U18

TYLER DEAN – MENS & MENS LONGBOARD

HALEY WATSON – WOMEN

PAUL LANGE – SR. MEN

LYNN HARRINGTON – LEGENDS & LEGENDS LONGBOARD

SHAWN ARTHUR JR. – OPEN SHORTBOARD

CHARLIE QUICK – GRAND LEGENDS

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After Banquet Fundraiser

***** ESA-SAFL Members / NEWS *****

Please read about our end of 2015 season banquet which is for our ESA members only below at the link. Immediately following the event on March 5th (around 1:30pm) we are planning to head across the street to have a few hours of beach time with our members, family, friends and anyone else that would like to attend. We are looking to gather as many friends of Nathan Pierce and are asking for donations. Nathan was severely injured while skateboarding. The donations will then be given to Nathan’s Family so that they will be able to off set the cost of travel to and from Wolfson’s Hospital as well as food cost throughout their stay while attending to Nathan. Any and all donations will be accepted. This is not a contest but merely a time to support one of our kids. Please bring your own refreshments, food, sunscreen, and good vibes. Please share this post.

Since we already had our date set for the banquet the timing is perfect for a get together. I am not planning on accepting any checks but have a few plans of action. 1.) MasterCard / Visa Gift card any amount. 2.) We will accept cash. All donations will be detailed as to amount and donor. The donor will then sign a card or similar. 3.) We will then announce at the end of the day the collection amount. 4.) I am going to need a few volunteers to keep track of that process and the donations but I am sure that will not be all that difficult.

Please spread the word. Any questions call:

Andy DeLorenzo 904-377-1949 or Shantel DeLorenzo 904-377-3023

The family also has a GOFUNDME page set up to offset expenses. If you can’t make our event then please consider donating. 

 

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Out with 2015 In with 2016

 

Out with 2015 In with 2016

Hello ESA SAFL Members,

We are very excited to announce the date has been set for the end of season 2015 banquet. It will be Saturday, March 5th, 2016 starting at 10:30 a.m. at Salt Life Food Shack. We look forward to seeing everyone there! The new Schedule for 2016 is up on the website along with the new online Surf SignUp link registering for your membership, regionals and contests.  If you did not get a slot for Regionals and you surfed at least 2 contests during our 2015 season then you can register for regionals as an alternate. All entries must be submitted by March 7th Monday at 11:59p.m. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Banquet!

SERC

APRIL 15 – 17, 2016

Paradise Beach Park, Melbourne Beach, Florida
2016 Southeast Regional Entry Form
Register online for the 2016 ESA Southeast Regional

PLEASE NOTE:  If your membership expires before September 30, 2016 you will be required to renew online at http://esa.surfsignup.com/ prior to registering and securing a spot.

2016

*****2016 – NEWS – UPDATE***** ESA-SAFL Members. The 2015 season fortunately or unfortunately has come to an end. As Director I am going to make the call and end the season. We had one contest left on the schedule but after dealing with family health issues all year it has been very difficult finding a weekend that was condusive. I am setting up the year end awards banquet for the end of the month.

Season ending points will be posted this weekend to determine the season ending Champions. ESA Headquarters has requested 2015 points so they can start the seeding for S.E. Regionals scheduled for April 15-17, 2016 Melbourne Beach, Florida. Updates regarding sign-ups will be posted once recvd.

Thank you to all the members, parents, and sponsors that made this another special year for our ESA-SAFL District. I learned a lot more about running district contests and look forward to a banner year for our district this 2016 season. 2016 will see a full season of 4 person heats, experienced judges, and our 50th Annual Sun and Surf 4th of July event.

FYI!  Membership costs have changed as of this year. Please see the new Membership Form for more info. If you are a new member that has not surfed a contest but became a member at the end of the year, rest easy. I am going to work on getting either a reimbursement for the 2015 season or push the membership to 2016 for you. Happy New Year and look forward to seeing everyone at the banquet which will be held at Salt Life Food Shack here in St. Augustine Beach. 

 

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ESA-NCFL recently hosted the 2nd Annual Governor’s Cup which was run October 17th & 18th, 2015. The Two day event was initially held at the iconic Ponce Inlet, Florida on Saturday while conditions were clean with surf running in the 1.5’-2’ range. Sunday however was another story with a low pressure system slowly moving off the North Florida / South Georgia border and moving out to sea. Conditions ramped up to 3-4’ surf with strong northeasterly winds and steady current to the south. The idea of moving the event was a wise decision and the contest venue Sunday was located at Frank Rendon Park located in Daytona Beach Shores.

Both ESA-NCFL and ESA-SAFL members were on hand to battle it out and to lay claim and bragging rights for the top district, a few ESA-NGFL members came all the way from the Panhandle to join in on the competition. Saturday started off with small but contestable surf, lite winds and sunny skies. The male youth divisions were held on Saturday followed by the adults and female youth divisions on Sunday. Members could be found either free surfing, playing football, and or fishing from the Ponce Inlet Jetty. ESA-SAFL cooked hot dogs, burgers, and provided beverages on Saturday prior to the major change in weather that lied ahead for Sunday.

It is always a pleasure catching up and hanging with our neighboring districts. Eddie Clement and Rodney Logan, Directors of ESA-NCFL did an excellent job all weekend running the event. Since ESA-SAFL took home the Governor’s Cup this year it looks like next year ESA-SAFL will be hosting the event and looking to keep the cup in St. Augustine. Thank you to Pam Hill and Shantel DeLorenzo for tabulating over the weekend.  Special thanks to Ty Sims with NGFL for bringing coffee & donuts and Bettina Fulford with NCFL for providing sandwiches on Sunday for the competitors.

2nd Annual Goveronor’s Cup Results

DISTRICT WINNER

  1. ESA SAFL

  2. ESA NCFL

  3. ESA NGFL

BODYBOARD

  1. NICHOLAS FERRY – NCFL

  2. VINCENT FERRY – NCFL

  3. RODNEY LOGAN – NCFL

  4. EMILY CLEMENT – NCFL

  5. JENNA LOGAN – NCFL

MICRO-MENEHUNE 10 & UNDER

  1. RADLEY REGAR – NCFL

  2. JENNA LOGAN – NCFL

  3. EMILY CLEMENT – NCFL

MENEHUNE U12

  1. RYAN HUCKABEE – SAFL

  2. BRAEDEN KOPEC – NCFL

  3. EVAN TYSON – NCFL

  4. CARL BURGER – SAFL

GIRLS U14

  1. EDEN LANGE – SAFL

  2. OLIVIA BEAVEN – SAFL

GIRLS U16

  1. NICHOLE FULFORD – NCFL

  2. KEILEY GREGORY – NCFL

BOYS U14

  1. KAI DELORENZO – SAFL

  2. RYAN HUCKABEE – SAFL

  3. BRAEDEN KOPEC – NCFL

  4. CARL BURGER – SAFL

BOYS U16

  1. SHAWN ARTHUR, JR. – SAFL

  2. TOM BURGER – SAFL

  3. KAI DELORENZO – SAFL

  4. GAVIN SILVER – NCFL

JUNIOR WOMEN U18

  1. NICHOLE FULFORD – NCFL

  2. KEILEY GREGORY – NCFL

  3. SHYLA NUXOL – NCFL

JUNIOR MEN U18

  1. SHAWN ARTHUR, JR. – SAFL

  2. C.J. GARREN – SAFL

  3. PATRICK CONKLIN – SAFL

  4. QUINN HIGGINS – SAFL

WOMEN 18-34

  1. HALEY WATSON – SAFL

MEN 18-29

  1. JOSH LASALLE – NCFL

  2. TYLER DEAN – SAFL

SENIOR MEN 40-49

  1. CHUCK LANHAM – SAFL

  2. ROD LOGAN – NCFL

  3. JEFF EASSON – NCFL

  4. SHAWN ARTHUR, SR. – SAFL

LEGENDS 50 & OVER

  1. CHARLEY HAJECK – SAFL

  2. DENNY DEAN – SAFL

  3. LYNN HARRINGTON – SAFL

  4. DAVID HETTEL – NCFL

GRAND LEGENDS 60 & OVER

  1. CHARLIE QUICK – SAFL

  2. GEORGE ALFORD – NCFL

OPEN

  1. C.J. GARREN – SAFL

  2. JOEI LASALLE – NCFL

  3. JAY SMITH – NCFL

  4. CHUCK LANHAM – SAFL

MENEHUNE LONGBOARD U14

  1. NICHOLAS FERRY – NCFL

  2. THOMAS SIMS – NGFL

  3. VINCENT FERRY – NCFL

JR. WOMEN LONGBOARD U18

  1. OLIVIA BEAVEN – SAFL

WOMEN LONGBOARD 18-34

  1. LILY WHATLEY – NCFL

JR. MEN LONGBOARD U18

  1. RYAN CONKLIN – SAFL

  2. GAVIN SILVER – NCFL

  3. FRANKIE GILDAY – NCFL

  4. CHRISTIAN HETTEL – NCFL

MEN LONGBOARD 18-34

  1. TYLER DEAN – SAFL

MASTERS LONGBOARD 35-49

  1. ROD LOGAN – NCFL

  2. FRANK GILDAY – NCFL

  3. ALLAN ELLISON – NCFL

  4. TODD AYRES – NCFL

LEGENDS LONGBOARD 50 & OVER

  1. DAVID HETTEL – NCFL

  2. DENNY DEAN – SAFL

  3. CHARLIE QUICK – SAFL

  4. EDDIE CLEMENT – NCFL

 

Governor’s Cup

The 2nd Annual Governor’s Cup is on for October 17th and 18th, 2015 down in Ponce Inlet hosted by ESA NCFL – Eddie Clement and Rodney Logan.  This is a points contest for our district and a combined contest for all Florida Districts to participate! Spread the word! All females events will be run on Sunday because we know the Salty Sweet contest is on Saturday that way you can do both 🙂

Register Online:

http://www.esa-ncfl.imsignup.com/auth

 

 

EASTERNS 2015

ESA TentsThe Eastern Surfing Association’s (ESA) 2015 Easterns® Surfing Championship presented by the Outer Banks Tourism Bureau was held September 20-26th at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina. The contest was again blessed with waves however a nor’easter stalled off the coast for the entire event creating for some challenging conditions for both the Adult divisions as well as the super competitive Youth divisions. Competitors from Eastern Surfing Associations’’ 24 districts and three regional championship qualifiers were on hand to see who is the best amateur surfers along the East Coast.

Once again Eastern Surfing Association’s (ESA) St. Augustine District (SAFL) had a strong showing with a total of 18 representatives. Each member that qualified did so while competing in the regular 2014 season which gave seeds to the Southeast Regional Championship held this past April in Melbourne Beach, Florida. The highest placing members were then seeded into EASTERNS. This was one of our biggest and best showings to date. ESA-SAFL had nine (9) finalists of the eighteen (18) members that represented ESA-SAFL on the big stage. St. Augustine is no stranger to having some of the brightest up and coming youth and amateur adults along the East Coast.

Most of the members arrived September 19th and immediately tested the surf. Speaking of surf the conditions started off small the first morning of the event and steadily increased to 5-7’ surf with 10-15’  wave faces with an interval of between 7-9 seconds. Meaning we had a major swell. Being the contest is located next to one of the largest piers on the east coast our members felt comfortable having a few piers nearby (practice) which surely made it much easier to paddle out during the larger stormy days. The surf was brought to us by a low developing off the coast of North Carolina and Virginia which then added to the size once Tropical storm IDA move in from the southeast. The two swell trains established some sizeable surf for all the contestants which peaked on the last few days of the event. Strangely enough the water was warm and quite comfortable compared to years past.

A majority of the members took time throughout the week to visit some landmark locations. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Jockey’s Ridge, Wright Brothers Memorial, North Carolina Aquarium, Frisco Pier, Rodanthe Pier and a lot of little surf spots in between. Special thanks to Co-Director Shantel DeLorenzo, Parents; John Blevins and Ali Lange for helping prepare the Low Country Boil dinner we had for our district  members.  Special Guests Michelle Sommers Executive Director, Recent East Coast hall of Fame inductee Pamela Hill S.E. Regional Director, and Virginia Beach Director Jeanine Montgomery ( thanks for the shrimp and salsa ) came by for some laughs and good old fashion southern hospitality.

We are proud of all our members for qualifying for 2015 EASTERNS and special thanks goes out to Steven “Bubba” Tyson for being part of the water patrol during the event and being awarded the “Sportsmanship Award”. Congratulations to everyone. Proud of your accomplishments and proud to call you a ESA-SAFL MEMBER!

ESA SAFL Facebook Photos of Easterns

Mickey McCarthy’s Photos of Easterns on ESA SAFL Page

A big thank you to Mickey McCarthy for taking photos of everyone all week! Mickey’s Facebook Photo Page

 

ESA SAFL Easterns 2015 Finalists:

1ST PLACE

MASTERS (25-34) STEVEN “BUBBA” TYSON

MASTERS LONGBOARD (35-49) SUNNY STEVENS

3RD PLACE

MENEHUNE (11 & UNDER) RYAN HUCKABEE

BOYS (12-14) KAI DELORENZO

WOMENS (18-29) HALEY WATSON

GRANDMASTERS (45-54) CHARLEY HAJEK

4TH PLACE

GIRLS (14 & UNDER) HANNAH BLEVINS

GRANDMASTERS (45-54) PAUL LANGE

LEGENDS (55-64) KIRK OSWELL

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – BUBBA TYSON

We are so thrilled with having 9 finalists at Easterns this year. Eighteen of our SAFL district members competed at Easterns and half of them came home with hardware!  The conditions were rough and put our surfers through the ringer but they perservered.  We are so proud of everyone that competed BENJI LANGE, EDEN LANGE, SHAWN ARTHUR JR, CJ GARREN, PATRICK CONKLIN, RYAN CONKLIN, OLIVIA BEAVEN, ANDREW DELORENZO & LYNN HARRINGTON. Two divisons Menehune longboard and Jr. Women longboard had to be canceled due to the weather and conditions. WOW! What an accomplishment to even make it to Easterns!

 

 

 

Saturday Sept. 12th

LET’S ALL TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REMEMBER THE FALLEN FROM 9/11/2001. MAY THERE FAMILIES HAVE SOME SOLITUDE TODAY.

CONTEST IS CANCELLED FOR TOMORROW 9/12/15.

WE WILL SEE YOU ALL AT EASTERNS NEXT WEEK AND IF NOT THERE THEN AT THE GOVERNORS CUP IN OCTOBER AT PONCE INLET.