“Our Northeast competitors are some of the most dedicated surfers I’ve ever seen,” says ESA Executive Director Michelle Sommers. “They get some of the best waves along the East Coast, but they have to brave frigid ocean and air temperatures throughout much of the year.”
The adult divisions on Friday occurred in minimal conditions but the swell increased throughout the weekend to provide clean and nearly perfect conditions for Sunday’s finals. No one seemed to mind the early lack of surf, however, as many enjoy this annual event as a time to get together with old friends. ESA Northeast Regional Director Joe Grottola says “The Northeast Regionals seem more like a reunion – it’s just so nice to see everybody. It was also really cool to have such fun surf for the Finals.”
There was a live webcast going on provided by John Ross that had thousands viewing online each day of the event. Aerial Media Productions provided spectacular drone footage of the contest, as well. Check it out below.
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