Much improved conditions was the big story for Wedesday ESA competition.

Oh, what a difference a day makes. Or in this case two days.

On Sunday organizers of the Eastern Surf Association (ESA) Championships took a look at the forecast for Monday and squeezed two days of competition into one. Honestly? Conditions weren’t very good on Sunday…in fact, they were terrible, but there were some really good surfers on the water and they made the best of it.

Not putting anyone on the water on Monday was a good decision. Ten to twelve foot waves, with a strong wind building from the northeast created dangerous conditions. Then Tuesday came, and if anything, conditions, especially in the morning were worse with a driving rain, winds 25 to 30 with gusts 40-45. 

It was all courtesy of Hurricane—now Tropical Storm—Jose.

But what Jose took away, Jose also gave back and conditions were excellent for a surf competition today. We still had some big waves, in the 8’ range, but the winds had died down and the surf cleaned up nicely.

We were on the beach late morning as the tide was going out. With the wind calm to gentle offshore, the break was even and there wasn’t much to break up the energy of the wave. The rides were long and sometimes spectacular.

Organizers gathered the Tuesday and Wednesday heats together today, getting through all of yesterday’s competition and most of today. They should be be back on schedule by the end of tomorrow’s (Thursday) competition.

Held annually at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, the ESAs are one of the largest, if not the largest, amateur surf competition in the United States. Very family oriented, competitors range in age from 10 to whoever wants to get in the water and compete.