ESA Easterns: Adult Finals Wrap Up

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The Legends. Photo: Ruddy


Adult Divisions Score Perfect Outer Banks Surf On The Final Day

“I feel like a superstar! I can’t remember the last time I did an interview!” joked an ecstatic Bill Whatley, moments after winning both the Grand Masters shortboard and Legends longboard divisions at this years Easterns. “Everything came together nicely for me today, I couldn’t be happier. How good were those waves? What a score!”

And how good were the waves? By pretty much anyone’s standards they were on fire—4 to 6 foot glassy peaks, unloading on the south side of Jeannette’s Pier all day. In fact, there were so many quality waves rolling through hundreds of perfect peaks went unridden.

Nags Head perfection, waves like this were a common sight today. Photo: Ruddy

Nags Head perfection, waves like this were a common sight today. Photo: Ruddy

At one point Volcom’s Daniel Terry and ESM’s Matt Pruett were literally screaming from the beach at the competitors to go right, as it appeared most were seemingly unaware of how good the bowls into the pier were. When Bill Whatley finally took off on one of the aforementioned pier drainers and got shacked for a 9.7, the events highest single wave score, the pier and beach peanut gallery erupted.

Bill Whatley driving through the events best tube thus far. Photo: Ruddy

Bill Whatley driving through the events best tube thus far. Photo: Ruddy

“When I came out of that barrel I thought I was in Nicaragua or something.” Continues Bill, “I just couldn’t help but claim when I heard all the cheers.”

Bill Whatley. This is what the ESA Easterns are all about. Photo: Ruddy

Bill Whatley. This is what the ESA Easterns are all about. Photo: Ruddy

With his double victory Bill now holds 10 Easterns titles. Others, like Flagler Beach’s Haley Watson, claimed her first East Coast Championship with a win in the prestigious Women’s final after stringing together a series of nice turns on two long lefts. “Finally, an Easterns title!” she exclaimed at the awards ceremony, soaked in Soda from her victory shower. “I’ve wanted one of these for so long!”

In the two most prestigious adult divisions, Mens and Masters, Conor Willem and Slater Powell surfed to victory, respectively. Conor’s dad, Bill Willem, won the Legends division this year and couldn’t have been more excited to share an Easterns title in 2011 with his son.

“This all we wanted, to both win titles in the same year. What a great feeling!”

And now, with the adult divisions done and dusted, it’s on to the marquee youth divisions. Here are a few East Coast up and comers to keep an eye on as the event moves forward this week.-Zander Morton

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Bill Whatley, man of the hour. Photo: Ruddy

Bill Whatley, man of the hour. Photo: Ruddy

Menehunes

Luke Gordon- Luke is being highly touted at a young age, already pinned as one of the East Coast’s next big things. It’s too early to say whether or not those claims will come to fruition, but Luke is a definite contender to win the 2011 Menehune title.

Stevie Pittman- According to Volcom’s Daniel Terry, Stevie is “quiet and dangerous,” and the polar opposite of Luke Gordon. Nevertheless, he is super talented and gained experience surfing with some of Volcom’s finest in Ecuador earlier this year.

Boys

Daniel Glenn- During the Adult division finals Daniel paddled out on the sidelines and into the day’s best barrel, a draining right spitter that would have scored a perfect 10 in competition. He was one of the freesurf standouts, next to guys like Blake Jones and Chris Ropero, and is a sure bet to place high here in Nags Head.

Luke Marks- Luke is another highly touted young East Coaster, and though this is his first year in the Boys division he is an immediate title contender, already placing 2nd in this years South East Regionals in New Smyrna beach.

Juniors

Keto Burns- Keto has been training hard, working on his power and fitness with Chris Ropero—a past Easterns champion himself. This is Keto’s last chance to take home the marquee Junior’s title. Having placed fourth here last year, you can guarantee he wants this win to finish out his amateur career.

Corey Howell- According to Blake Jones, Corey Howell has been ripping as of late—looking very impressive at the NKF last month in Cocoa Beach. Corey won Regionals in New Smyrna this year and will be looking for his first Easterns title in the prestigious juniors division.

Cam Richards- This is Cam’s first year in the juniors, but he already won the Mid Atlantic Regional’s junior title, and last year’s Easterns in the boy’s division, so it’s safe to pin Cam as an immediate threat this week.

Junior Women

Kayla Durden-Kayla is the South East Juniors champ for 2011, and finished fourth here at the Easterns in 2010. Look for her to better that result this year.

Darsha Pigford- coming out of the SNC district, Darsha is the 2011 Mid Atlantic regional champion and a top contender here on the Outer Banks.

Blake Jones with Volcom marketing man Daniel Terry looking on, down the beach. Photo: Ruddy

Blake Jones with Volcom marketing man Daniel Terry looking on, down the beach. Photo: Ruddy


ESA Easterns Adult Division Results

Senior Men

1st-Pat Emery
2nd-Chuck Barend
3rd-Shaun Bess
4th-Joseph Ryan

Grandmasters

1st- Bill Whatley
2nd-Sean Hayes
3rd-Joe Gillen
4th-Bill Bowman

Legends

1st-Bill Willem
2nd-Jon Jones
3rd-David Sledge
4th-Bruce Willis

Grand Legends

1st-George Algord
2nd-George Smith
3rd-Tom McClaren
4th-Roger Smith

Mens

1st-Conor Willem
2nd-Jared Gurtis
3rd-Bill Shelton
4th-Hunter Hicks

Masters

1st-Slater Powell
2nd-Eric Worley
3rd-Blue Spivey
4th-Lenny Abbott

Women

1st-Haley Watson
2nd-Leanne Robinson
3rd-Chelsea Gresham
4th-Kara Borzillo

Ladies

1st-Ana Barend
2nd-Mindy Fitzpatrick
3rd-Jennifer Grottola
4th-Shannon Bailey Reichel

Men Longboard

1st-Kyle Sumer
2nd-Nick Isabella
3rd-JJ Egan
4th-Joey Furtner

Masters Longboard

1st-Chuck Barend
2nd-Carl Heverly
3rd-Pat Emery
4th-Las Carrithers

Legends Longboard

1st-Bill Whatley
2nd-Bill Willem
3rd-Bob Weaver
4th-Norman Godley

Ladies Longboard

1st-Ana Barend
2nd-Marty Mentzer
3rd-Mindy Fitzpatrick
4th-Kim Romagnesi