Sebastian Inlet, Fla. – The Collegiate Surfing Association’s inaugural Southeastern regional championships kicked off yesterday at Florida’s famed Sebastian Inlet with several of the Sunshine State’s colleges and universities vying for the association’s first ever title.
Flagler College team captain Eric Taylor of Vero Beach. Photo: Lorraine Guthrie.
With clean one-to-three feet surf, clear skies and temperatures in the mid-seventies, the surfers competed in the CSA’s innovative tag-team format allowing surfers to not only work as a team but also individually in that they are able to claim their top wave of each heat.
“It is a great way to run a team event and everyone was stoked,” said Flagler College team captain Eric Taylor of Vero Beach. “It wasn’t spectacular, but there were some fun little waves at the Inlet today.”
Taylor, a former touring pro surfer, led his school to a runner-up finish against perennial Florida surfing powerhouse the University of Central Florida. Taylor was clearly the standout of the event but he alone was not enough to overcome a solid UCF squad that also includes another pro surfer, Amy Nichol of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
The two Florida teams will meet again next Saturday at Sebastian Inlet in a final match in front of thousands of spectators on hand for the annual O’Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro, a
4-star-rated Association of Surfing Professionals event and the most prestigious pro surfing contest on the US East Coast. For more information, visit www.oneillsipro.com .
The CSA match-up will be web cast live on www.go211.com , as will the O’Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro beginning Wednesday, January 14.
1. University of Central Florida
2. Flagler College
3. University of Florida
4. Florida Atlantic University
5. University of South Florida