ESA Easterns To Begin Tomorrow

10 foot seas and 30mph+ northeast winds don't really bode well for the Outer Banks. Photo: Dirt

10 foot seas and 30mph+ northeast winds don't really bode well for the Outer Banks. Photo: Dirt

We hop in a truck bed of a friendly Floridian. I put my fins in my board and start waxing the deck—I’ve yet to surf on the Outer Banks since arriving Saturday morning. But today was the first opportunity since the relentless northeast winds finally backed off for a bit.

The swell from Igor and Julia was far too out of control for the 2010 ESA Easterns to get underway today, too. The scaffolding remains to be on the beach (they will assemble it tomorrow morning at 6 a.m.). And good thing it wasn’t set up yet because the waterline was nearly to the parking lot at the Cape Hatteras groin. They will begin running double beaches tomorrow morning because they are 80 heats behind. But this is merely a minor speed bump in the road to crowning this year’s Easterns champions.

As we pull up to the hard to reach pointbreak we see that it’s offshore there, yet much smaller, meaning it’s more manageable. We talk story for a bit with the friendly Floridian who provided us transportation and I realize that only on the East Coast would someone agree to give us a ride to a local’s knowledge spot. It wasn’t uncrowded by any means, but it’s still the principle of it. I remember that East Coast surfing revolves around camaraderie and a “we’re all in this together” attitude.

After a few hours of surfing we decide to start heading back. It’s a long, sandy, windy walk but we’re offered a ride shortly into it. And now we wait for the clean-up which is hopefully coming tomorrow, and the official start of this year’s Easterns.—Ryan Brower

Check out our Easterns preview here and stay tuned for full coverage as the week unfolds.