We’ve got two surf contests coming up almost back to back here on the Outer Banks.

There first one has already started. The weather through organizers and competitors a bit of curve today, but the WRV Pro managed to get some heats in this afternoon. 

Held at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, the WRV Pro is a World Surf League Men's Qualifier and in the past the competition has been outstanding. 

There’s still four days to go with competition wrapping up on Sunday, September 3.

Although the WRV event brings professional surfers to the Outer Banks, the big event, the one that everyone seems to look forward to eery year is the ESA Easterns Surfing Championship. ESA stands for Eastern Surf Association and this is an amateur event, and because its an annual event, competitors for all age groups descend upon the Outer Banks for a week of fun in the surf. Scheduled this year September 17-23.

Again held at Jennette’s Pier—some of the best break on the norther Outer Banks are located there—don’t let the amateur label give the impression this is somehow second rate surfing.

For some of the younger competitors, this is a first taste of high-level competition, and for a few of the better ones it’s a springboard to the professional ranks. 

Quite a few of the Masters, the older surfers, are retired pros and they still know what their doing on the water. 

A nice feature of the ESAs is they include other forms of surf competition, so along with surfers, there are body boarders. It makes the competition a little more inclusive and a little more fun.