ESA’s 2021 Easterns Crowns the “Best of the East” at Jennette’s Pier

Sep 30, 2021 | 0 comments

The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) held its 2021 Easterns® Surfing Championship at Jennette’s Pier last week with a full week of contestable surf in Nags Head, North Carolina.
Held each year during the third week in September in the Outer Banks, The Easterns® showcases the best amateur surfers from all over the East Coast, including the Great Lakes and Gulf Coast of Florida.

“This is a magical week for waves every year for the East Coast’s most anticipated surfing event,” said ESA executive director Michelle Sommers.  “We usually see every kind of weather including wind and rain, but are always rewarded with great waves for our biggest event of the year.”

Easterns 2021
This year wasn’t any different as the week began with clean waves for the adult divisions on Sunday.  Youth competitors joined in for the Open Short- and Longboard divisions on Monday afternoon and the surf remained consistent throughout the entire week.

ESA Central Florida’s Logan Radd dominated the event by claiming first Open Shortboard, Jr Men U18 and Boys U16.  Radd won every heat throughout the event, which solidified his the  Jr Iron Man Award.

ESA Outer Banks’ Perry Creef took home the adult Iron Man Award by claiming first in Legends Longboard and also made it to the finals of Legends and Open Shortboard divisions.

ESA All-Star Brynn Gallagher went back to Southern New Jersey with two Easterns® titles in the Girls U16 and U14 divisions.  Mia, the older Gallagher and also an ESA All-Star, surfed an epic final heat to win the Jr Women U18 division.

ESA Virginia’s Camden Hoover laid claim to the Iron Woman Award by winning the Jr Women Longboard division and advancing to the finals of the Jr Women Shortboard.
Two ESA All-Stars surfed their way to the top of the stacked Boys and Girls U12 divisions.  ESA North Central Florida’s Cash Nipper and South Florida’s Sofia Gamboa left as Easterns® champions.

This was the first year the ESA offered its Open Longboard division, which is for all ages and genders.  ESA Virginia’s Dorian Costa became the first Easterns Open Longboard Champion against three very strong competitors.

Full results can be found at  LiveHeats.

Photos and videos of the event from Mez / Easterns Surf Magazine and Luda Ronky Captures, respectively, may be found on ESA’s social media pages.

The ESA is in partnership with the World Surf League (WSL) offering top competitors from its 2021 championship events possible ESA-sponsored slots into East Coast WSL QS events.

Qualification for ESA’s 2022 championship events is currently underway as local ESA districts are still running their 2021 events that will rank their competitors for possibly invites to next year’s series of events.  To find out more information on these local events, please visit  Dates for the 2022 regional and Easterns® events can also be found on the website.

The ESA wants to thank all of its amazing Easterns® supporters with special thanks to Jennette’s Pier, the Town of Nags Head and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

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