ESA’s 2021 Easterns Crowns the “Best of the East” at Jennette’s Pier
“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.”
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 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.
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.
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 www.surfesa.org. 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.