ESA Easterns Kick Off Sunday

Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Photo: Bielmann/SPL

ESA East Coast Championships To Begin Sunday; Run All Week

The ESA East Coast Champs are a fall pilgrimage, a family event for competitors and families from Maine to Miami, a chance to compete and relax on the Outer Banks during one of the most beautiful times of the year.

This year, unfortunately, things are a little different.

Because of the devastation Hurricane Irene inflicted, the Easterns have been relocated North to Nags Head and will kick off Sunday in storm surf from a large Nor’easter that has been lashing the area with rain and wind for two days now. Though the conditions will improve moving into the weeklong contest, this recent rough weather has been seriously hindering the rebuild process going on just south in the ravished banks area.

The Fall's first Nor'easter, blowing mightily. Rough and raw today on the Outer Banks. Photo: Patrick Ruddy

The Fall's first Nor'easter, blowing mightily. Rough and raw today on the Outer Banks. Photo: Patrick Ruddy

North Carolina’s Ben Bourgeois—a past Easterns champ himself—witnessed firsthand the havoc this most recent storm is wreaking on the area. “The banks just can’t get a break. They spent days trying to plug that inlet [breached Highway 12] with sand, and this swell has already washed it all way. It’s crazy.”

And though rebuilding the highway is a priority, many have lost more than just road access; they’ve lost homes, businesses, and their livelihoods.

So, during the ESA champs this week, and alongside the WRV/Hurley Outer Banks Pro, there will be a “Boots on the Beach” fundraiser going on to help raise money for local island residents. As well, the ESA is encouraging anyone coming for the contest to please “bring canned food, clothes, linens, and school supplies with you to support the folks that have lost everything.”

Hopefully, this week turns into a win win for everyone involved—the influx of visitors bringing money and helpful goods to the area, and the EC youth still given the opportunity to compete and enjoy the contest they’ve worked towards for an entire year.

Via Volcom’s EC blog, here are a few things to consider bringing if coming up for the week:

- Baby-Infant Stuff: Diapers, Wipes, Etc.

- Personal Hygiene Items: Soap, Deodorant,
Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Lotions,
Sunblock, Bug Spray

- LOTS of Bleach & Cleaning Supplies,
Trash Bags, Buckets, Etc.

- Plastic Storage Totes & Label Making Supplies

- Coolers, Trash Cans, Laundry Baskets

- Coffeemakers, Mixers, Bowls, Paper Plates, Etc.

- Tables And Bookcases

Stay tuned for daily updates as the week unfolds.—Zander Morton

Blake Jones, breakfast at 'Stack-Em-Up.' What can ya do but eat when it's pissing rain? Photo: Patrick Ruddy

Blake Jones, breakfast at 'Stack-Em-Up.' What can ya do but eat when it's pissing rain? Photo: Patrick Ruddy

Bowling with Blake and Benny B. Both around for the ESA Easterns, Outer Banks Pro, and Volcom VQS surf series event. Photo: Patrick Ruddy

Bowling with Blake and Benny B. Both around for the ESA Easterns, Outer Banks Pro, and Volcom VQS surf series event. Photo: Patrick Ruddy

Blake Jones, the only one getting barreled on the banks today. Check out that stance. Pig-dog baby! Photo: Patrick Ruddy

Blake Jones, the only one getting barreled on the banks today. Check out that stance. Pig-dog baby! Photo: Patrick Ruddy

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