2010 ESA Easterns Preview

Junior Women’s Contenders

Haley Watson

Haley Watson. Photo: Ken McNair

Haley Watson. Photo: Ken McNair

Birthday: April 14, 1992
Hometown: Flagler Beach, Florida
ESA District: St. Augustine Florida (SAFL) and North Central Florida (NCFL)
Highlights: First, Junior Women’s 2010 Southeast Regionals
The Lowdown: Haley Watson loves being in the water. Whether it’s big Puerto Rico in the winter, solid Florida hurricane surf in the fall, or knee-high dribblers in the summer, she’s constantly in the water. This undoubtedly has helped her become a contest threat. As she notes, “It’s important to be able to adapt in any conditions because you never know what the waves will be like in the contest. I feel like I’m prepared for whatever Mother Nature has to throw at me.”

This is Haley’s final year in the junior ranks, and a big win to cap off a junior career is really what she’s gunning for. If the goofy-footer keeps focused on surfing as powerful and exciting as possible in Hatteras, she’ll easily be a threat for her first Easterns title this year.

Savannah Bradley

Savannah Bradley. Photo: Richard Bradley

Savannah Bradley. Photo: Richard Bradley

Birthday: February 17, 1993
Hometown: Cocoa Beach, Florida
ESA District: Central Florida [CFL]
Highlights: Third, Junior Women’s, 2009 Easterns; Third, Junior Women’s 2010 Southeast Regionals; First, Junior Women’s 2010 Scholastics; ESA Allstar
The Lowdown: Savannah Bradley has had a very solid year so far, coming in third at Southeast Regionals, and following it up by winning her division at Scholastics. She seems to do well at Scholastics (she won Girls’ Shortboard in 2008), but so far hasn’t kept the hot streak going to get a big win at Easterns. However, 2010 may just be her year. She spends most of the summer in the quality conditions of mainland Mexico, so if there’s some surf this year in Buxton, the stylist goofy-foot will have her sea legs fresh and ready to do damage. The field is fierce, but she’s gone through a growth spurt that has also seen her off-the-tops get more powerful, and an Easterns title is at the top of her wish list.

Kayla Durden

Kayla Durden. Photo: Checkwood

Kayla Durden. Photo: Checkwood

Birthday: March 25, 1993
Hometown: Jacksonville Beach, Florida
ESA District: North Florida (NFL)
Highlights: Second, Junior Women’s 2010 Southeast Regionals; Third, Junior Women’s 2010 East Coast Scholastics; Fourth, Junior Women’s 2009 ESA Easterns; ESA Allstar
The Lowdown: Traveling is a major facet in the creation of an East Coast champion. Let’s face it, the East Coast is not the most consistent place on Earth for a young up-and-comer. Jacksonville’s Kayla Durden recognizes this as something she must do to reach that next level.

This year she’s been working hard on making that weakness a strength. She’s done California, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica all since last year’s Easterns, and it’s shown in her results already this year. With her competitive nature and patience during heats, she’s making huge strides toward her current goal of an East Coast title. As Kayla says, “I have been traveling a lot this summer, so I believe these experiences are preparing me for Hatteras.”

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