Summer surf season kicking off this weekend
The Delmarva District of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) has announced the dates for its 2018 Summer Surf Series, with their first contest being held this Saturday, May 26, on 30th Street in Ocean City, Md. The contest will start at 8 a.m.
The local ESA will hold five amateur surf contests in Ocean City and Assateague this summer. Ocean City will also host the Maryland State Surfing Championships on Sept. 8, on 35th Street. Assateague State Park will host the other three dates, on June 23, July 14 and Aug. 25.
Points accumulated during the events in the 2018 Summer Surf Series will allow surfers to qualify for a spot at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Surfing Championships and, ultimately, the East Coast Championships. The 2018 East Coast Championships are being held in Nags Head, N.C., Sept. 16-22.
“Our contests are a great place for surfers of all ages and levels to be introduced to surf competition,” said Laura Deeley Bren, co-director of the ESA Delmarva District. “Delmarva has an incredibly supportive surf community that makes our contests a great place for families to share in the love of the sport.”
The 2018 Summers Surf Series is sponsored by local businesses including K-Coast Surf Shop, Assateague Island Surf Shop, Chauncey’s Surf Shop, Malibu’s Surf Shop, East of Maui, Quiet Storm Surf Shop, Walk On Water Paddleboard Shop, Ocean Atlantic Surf Shop, Endless Summer Surf Shop, Burley Oak Brewing Co., Pablo’s Bowls, Ocean City Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and Deeley Insurance Group.
The ESA was founded in 1967, and is the largest amateur surfing association in the world. According to the Delmarva ESA website, “The family-oriented programs promote a healthy and active lifestyle. It is not uncommon to find two or three generations of the same family involved as members of the ESA, and actively competing in our program. Two of the original founders of the ESA, Cecil Lear and David Reese, are still active in the association 50 years later.”
The association’s activities are organized into a total of 25 districts, which extend along nearly 2,000 miles of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico coastlines. Stretching all the way from the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama up through Maine, each district’s programs are developed and operated by a group of volunteer directors and staff.
Back in 1969, the Delmarva District of the ESA was started by a small group of Ocean City, Md., surfers, and its first directors were Al and Skill Johnson. Today, surfers from the three-state Eastern Shore area compete within the Delmarva ESA District.
The Delmarva District hosted the first ESA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships at 46th Street in Ocean City back in 1984, and has hosted the regionals three more times over the years. The district has helped launch the pro surfing careers of Jay Reale, Brian Stohrer and Max Hoshino.
The Delmarva District, which is solely run by volunteers, is active in promoting surfers of all ages and skill levels to participate in their competitions.
For more information, to sign up for a contest or to learn more about the Delmarva District of the ESA, visit delmarva.surfesa.org.
By Jason Feather