This is where it all began. Riding waves in a surfing competition sponsored by the Eastern Surf Association, one of the largest amateur surf organization in the world.

This weekend the regional competition comes to Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. Friday through Sunday, surfers from age preteen to grand masters, some of them them in their 70s will be riding the waves hoping to take home a trophy and move on to the East Coast finals in the fall—also at Jennette’s pier.

Quite a number of professional surfers started their careers competing in the ESA competitions. Eleven time world professional surfing champion Kelly Slater came out of the ESAs as did former l women's surfing champion Lisa Anderson.

The competition is Friday through Sunday. Looking at the surf forecast, Friday and Saturday may challenge competitions just to find a good rideable wave. Wave heights are forecast to be around 2’ with smooth seas. 

Sunday looks to be the best day for surf conditions, but a front is forecast to come through in the morning. Hopefully it will clear out in time to get some final heats in with a little bit better conditions. 

Friday and Saturday are looking like great beach days, regardless of surf conditions. Temperatures should be in the low 80 with a soft breeze from the south. Water temperature is still pretty cold, but a quick in and out of the water might be good anyway.