ESA All-Stars Represent Strong in Hawaii
“We weren’t sure if we would be able to pull it off with everything related to covid,” said ESA executive director Michelle Sommers. “It was a lot to make it happen but we are thrilled that we were able to get these kids out to the epicenter of surfing.”
The trip was scaled down for fewer team members to attend, and some activities had to be canceled this year, but the ESA All-Stars surfed the world’s best waves and proved that our East Coast talent is strong and willing to take in as much as they can learn in a short period of time.
“Always a great time working with any kids, but East Coast kids have a different stoke and fire that is infectious,” said Gallagher, who currently works with Jordy Smith and Carissa Moore, and coached CJ and Damien Hobgood. “I saw great improvement in just a few days and have no doubt they will continue the work and take their surfing to new levels in the coming months.”
Along with plenty of surfing, the ESA All-Stars hiked, visited the famous North Shore food trucks, had a tour of the Rip Curl house and surfed with a few famous surfers, including John John Florence and Jordy Smith.
Friendships were formed that will last a lifetime, and lots of experiences will be talked about for years to come, including several team members’ meeting with Kelly Slater.
The daily surf coaching and multiple water sessions were photographed and filmed by ESA All-Star “team mom” Krissy Torelli, Terry Reis from Surf Shooter Hawaii and Emilia Perry. Links and photos can be viewed on the ESA All-Stars Facebook and Instagram.
Vimeo & Photo Gallery Links from Surf Shooter Hawaii:
Boys – www.vimeo.com/515389427
Boys Photo Gallery
Girls – www.vimeo.com/519111994
Girls Photo Gallery