The 2023 ESA All-Star Team

Will Forrest OBNC
Gavin Idone CFL
Kai Sommers DMV
Malia Womble SNC
Gabe Griffin CFL
Joey Biasotto DMV
Ellie Walsh NFL
Elle Rich NFL
Abby Armstrong NFL
Thomas Meekins OBNC
Aubrey Rasmussen SFL
Matton Bain SNC

Dane Casey CNJ
Declan Fitzgerald CNJ
Noah Poteat FCFL
Lily Schroeder FCFL
Ella McGowan NFL
Ava Earle NFL
Kyan O’Rourke NFL
Annie Adams NFL
Beau Chan NY
Emmi Major SNJ

The 2023 Jr All-Star Team (14 & under)

Seton Iglay CNJ
Lanea Mons NFL
Ayla Stutzman NNE
Madison Bennett SFL
Lucas Kaplan SNJ
Dane Costa VA
Gavin Mitchell CNJ
Finn Holloway CNJ
Finn Hillis NFL
Taylor Meekins OBNC
Wilson Carlisle SNC

Christian Castiglione SNC
Skylar Steinmetz SNC
Jude McAfee SNJ
James Carr SNJ
Whitney Gwisc SSC
Liam Maloney VA
Athan Robertson NFL
Owen Anthony NFL
Cash Souter OBNC
Tyko Trand SAFL
Marlynn Glaub SFL


Gemma Kohle SNJ
Finn Law SNJ
Asher Craft VA
Christian Winter DMV
Grace Dare GA
Ansley West NFL
Zander Bell NY
Carter Doorley SNJ
Keira Soleau SNJ
Story Martinez VA


ESA’s All-Stars are made up of the best up-and-coming surfers along the East Coast. Team members gain valuable training from world-class surf coaches, travel as a team building life-long relationships and become exposed within the surfing industry through the ESA by the organization’s marketing, press releases, webcasts, etc.

To be considered an ESA All-Star, you should have the right ATTITUDE (not only does one need to be a strong competitor to make the team, but must also set a good example with regard to sportsmanship), DEDICATION to the ESA organization & PERFORMANCE (your results from local and regional events, as well as Easterns®).

Team Member Criteria
  • Minimum age requirement is 10 as of January 1 for year applying for.
  • Must have competed in a minimum of one Easterns® Surfing Championships.
  • Maximum attendance and participation in your local ESA events.
  • Proven results in your local ESA district, Regional and Easterns® events.
  • Must be an active volunteer at all local ESA events to help run the contests.
  • Team members must attend all local, regional and Easterns events during the year(s) on the All-Star Team, or risk removal from team.
  • Must be willing to provide three personal references for consideration.
  • Must be willing to participate in all fundraising campaigns for the All-Star Team as a member.
  • A $300 registration fee must be paid with signed agreement.
  • District director(s) must approve

If you are interested in joining ESA’s elite team of competitor, please review the following criteria to see if you qualify. Each candidate must submit the ESA All-Star application via email by the deadline of November 1st each year. The candidate will email the application as ONE pdf file (multiple and jpg files will not be accepted) to [email protected], as well as copy respective district director(s).

Invitations for the team trip to Hawaii will be for the older ESA All-Star Team members who Coach Motes and the All-Star Team committee feel are ready for Hawaii, and are in regular participation as an All-Star.  The ESA reserves the right to offer invitations to whoever they see as a good fit for this specific training and/or necessary for the logistics of the trip.  The ESA does not guarantee every team member will receive an invitation.  This trip offers an amazing team experience with professional surf coaches who work with some of the best in the world. Memories and friendships to last a lifetime. 

How to apply to become an ESA All-Star:
  • Each candidate must have met all criteria listed above.
  • Review the 2023 All-Star agreement to understand expectations of being an ESA All-Star.
  • Complete the 2023 Application.
  • Submit via email to [email protected] no later than November 1, 2022.

The final team roster shall be comprised of the nominees who have the highest degree of all three criteria. The incoming team for the following calendar year will be contacted by December and announced to the public during an online ESA “Talking Story” episode in January of each each year.

Former ESA Team members include Kelly Slater, Shea Lopez, Cory Lopez, Ben Bourgeois, Leah Thompson, Chris Baiata, Jeremy Saukel, Sam Hammer, Brian Stoehr, Tyler Calloway (FCS), ESA Icon Eric Taylor (record 7 years!), Jamie DeWitt, Zander Morton, David Awbrey, Cassidy McClain, Blayr Barton, Simon Hetrick, Josh Richardson and Todd Kinsey. Once an All-Star, always an All-Star! The team is our pride and are the ambassadors of the world’s largest and most effective surfing organization.

For more about the ESA All-Star team, contact the All-Star Team Committee directly at [email protected].

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