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.

Reschedule

Due to a scheduling conflict: Contest #5 August 15, 2015 is being rescheduled to the following weekend Saturday August 22, 2015.

Aqua East is holding their Rip  Into A Whip just North of the St. Augustine Pier on August 15, 2015 many members will be in attendance at this event.

Surf Quest of the ARC is holding their surfing event at Mary Street on August 15, 2015 many members will be volunteering at this event.

4th of July

The Sun n’ Surf 49th Annual 4th of July contest in Memory of Bill Murray is ON! We are planning on setting up on the North side of the Pier. Contest Starts at 8:00 a.m.

Please register ahead of time online by clicking the link below:

http://saflesa.com/competition/store/

 

You can also print the form by clicking the link below and mail it in:

http://saflesa.com/…/…/4th-of-July_safl_contestentry2015.pdf

Beach entries will be charged an additional $20.00 We would like to prepare the heat sheets ahead of time to be able to start no later than 8:30 a.m.

Cancellation

***** UPDATE***** Contest #3 @ Flagler Beach Pier will be postponed which was scheduled for this Saturday. Once permit is in place we will give you the new date. Next scheduled contest date is July 4th St. Augustine Beach Pier. Have a great week and good luck to our members traveling to Surfing America / USA Surfing Championships in California this June.

#2 In the Books

Great weather, good waves, surfers shredding, family and friends, it doesn’t get much better than that for a successful contest. One downfall…our P.A. System was being repaired and our backup failed us.  There were a couple of hiccups with the timers, other than that we had a smooth running contest.  

A huge thank you to all of the judges and volunteers that helped out throughout the day we couldn’t do it without you all.  Many people come together to pull off every contest and it shows by the compliments we receive.  We would like to welcome our newest members in Girls U14 Danielle Baugh and Emily Chester! 

Micro Menehune

1. Grayson Lange

2. Brielle Bennett

3. Samantha Froemming

4. Gavin Baker

Menehune

1. Ryan Huckabee

2. Evan Tyson

3. Carl Burger

4. Braeden Kopec

5. Benji Lange

6. Rob Schweizer

Girls U14

1. Hannah Blevins

2. Eden Lange

3. Olivia Beaven

4. Danielle Baugh

5. Emily Chester

Boys U14

1. Ryan Huckabee

2. Kai DeLorenzo

3. Carl Burger

4. Benji Lange

5. Braeden Kopec

6. Rob Schweizer

Girls U16

1. Eden Lange

2. Hannah Blevins

3. Olivia Beaven

Boys U16

1. Shawn Arthur Jr.

2. Kai DeLorenzo

3. Brayden Bryant

4. Sean Fox

5. Elijah Hair

6. Quinn Higgins

Jr. Women U18

1. Eden Lange

2. Hannah Blevins

3. Reghan Anest

Jr. Men U18

1. Patrick Conklin

2. CJ Garren

3. Sean Fox

4. Tom Burger

5. Shawn Arthur Jr.

6. Brayden Bryant

Women

1. Haley Watson

Men

1. Bubba Tyson

2. CJ Garren

3. Patrick Conklin

4. Tyler Dean

5. Casey Piester

6. Jonathan Eden

7. Nick Jewell

Sr. Men

1. Chuck Lanham

2. Paul Lange

3. Shawn Arthur, Sr.

4. John Baker

5. Andy DeLorenzo

6. Jason Froemming

7. Gary Allred

Legends

1. Lynn Harrington

2. Denny Dean

3. Robert Vinyard

4. Kirk Oswell

Grand Legends

1. Charlie Quick

2. Gene Rutherford

Open

1. Shawn Arthur, Jr.

2. Chuck Lanham

3. Ryan Huckabee

4. Casey Piester

5. Patrick Conklin

6. CJ Garren

Jr. Women U18 LB

1. Hannah Blevins

2. Olivia Beaven

Jr. Men U18 LB

1. Ryan Conklin

2. Gavin Silver

3. Patrick Conklin

Mens LB

1. Tyler Dean

2. Alex Hobbs

3. Nick Jewell

Legends LB

1. Charlie Quick

2. Lynn Harrington

3. Denny Dean

4. Kirk Oswell

5. Gene Rutherford