Today was not a good day to go swimming but for the competitors at ESA Championships at Jennette’s Pier it was a great day on the water.

A stiff NE breeze kept the surf choppy, but the shore break had some good 4'-5' waves. The break had moved away from the beach so competitors were getting some good long rides.

The Eastern Surf Association—thats the ESA—has been holding their East Coast championships in Nags Head for a number of years, and the level of competition is great. It’s an amateur competition but the qualifying rounds include district and regional matches to qualify for the big event.

Something that really stands out about the ESAs is how inclusive they are. The age range is from 11 and under to the grand legends—65 and up. . . . and every category is filled with competitors.

They also include body boards and are branching out to include SUPs as well.

The event wraps up on Friday with Saturday as an emergency makeup day. For anyone who’s on  the Outer Banks or in the area, stop by and check it out. Take in the competition for a half hour or 45 minutes, then wander up to Jennette’s Pier; spend an hour or so there, then head over to Sam and Omie’s for a late lunch or early dinner. 

Not a bad way to spend a day.