Photo: MEZ/ESM

Indian Harbour Beach, Florida – The Eastern Surfing Association will begin its series of post-season championship qualifying events this Friday with its 2023 Regional Surfing Championship at Paradise Beach Park in the Melbourne Beach area of Florida.

Over 200 surfers from Georgia and Florida, including the Gulf Coast, will compete in hopes of ranking high enough to qualify the the ESA’s Easterns Surfing Championship that is held each September in the Outer Banks at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.

“We are excited to get our regional events started this year,” said ESA’s executive director Michelle Sommers.  “Central Florida is a great location for our competitors in terms of travel and lodging, but most importantly, for waves.”

Photo: MEZ/ESM

The event period is Friday through Sunday, but due to forecasted storms, the schedule has been consolidated to account for possible weather delays.  Surfline’s wave forecast looks great for this level of surfing as they are calling for decent conditions for the 8am start time on Friday.

The ESA’s Southeast Regionals is open to the public and there will be a live webcast throughout the event produced by NPI Productions.  Mez and Tom Dugan from Eastern Surf Magazine will be sharing photos throughout the event, and LiveHeats will be running so everyone on the beach and far away can keep up with the live scores and schedule.

The ESA would like to thank the following for their support of this event: Brace Integrated Systems, Brevard County Parks & Recreation, The Crowne Plaza and Florida Department of Environmental Protection.