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.
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