ESA Easterns: Officially On

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The ESA Easterns kick off September 18th in Nags Head, North Carolina

At the end of August Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, crushing concrete and cutting swathes of highway, leaving countless homes devastated and stranded after four new inlets blocked all access to the barrier island. Weeks passed before residents and homeowners were allowed to return. Many more months lie ahead before the area returns to some form of normalcy.

After the ‘cane the status of ESA Easterns was uncertain, the event in jeopardy of being cancelled due to the extensive damage. Fortunately, the contest will happen. Only this year, it is taking place in Nags Head, NC, roughly 50 miles North of its usual location. The ESA released the following update on their website over the weekend.

The Eastern Surfing Association would like to thank you for your patience during this difficult decision making period. We have many friends and sponsors on the Hatteras Island that have endured a most difficult time since Hurricane Irene came. All of our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who lost it all and also to those that stepped in and helped those in need. It truly shows what the power of the human spirit can do in devastating times.

We have decided to move the contest this year only to Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, NC with the original starting date of September 18, 2011 and the original heats and schedules.

So there you have it, good news at last. The Easterns are saved, the best of the east will still get a chance to battle for ever prestigious East Coast titles starting this weekend. Stay tuned for updates, Transworld SURF will be there all week. –Zander Morton

Can you imagine how devastated all these groms would've been had the Easterns gotten axed? Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Can you imagine how devastated all these groms would've been had the Easterns gotten axed? Photo: Bielmann/SPL