Small surf conditions continue to challenge the Central North Carolina District of ESA as the second contest in the 2014 series was held in 1-2 foot waves at North Topsail Beach on Saturday, May 10.
“After competing in similar conditions in Folly Beach two weeks ago at Regionals, I realized that we need to be able to rise to the challenge in any conditions”, commented District CO Director, Beth Schub. “Our surfing can only get stronger by figuring out how to perform in small surf”.
A new crop of younger competitors in CNC did quite well on Saturday. Preston Walker of Hampstead caught an outstanding wave from the outside that got him near-barreled in the shorebreak. He took first place in the Novice Menehune Division. Braden Munden of Morehead City defeated 8 rivals in the 3A Boys division, managing to do multiple maneuvers on the small waves. He went on to win the Menehune Longboard Division and placed third in the Menehune Bodyboard Division. Caileigh Alexander seemed to be the wave magnet in the Jr. Women Longboard final as she caught the best waves in the heat for her win. Dakota Cottle was a boy on a mission taking top honors in the 3A Menehune, Menehune Bodyboard, and Open Bodyboard Divisions.
Onshore Surf Shop in Surf City and Electric Visual provided a generous assortment of prizes for the finalists. ESA/CNC’s next competition is on May 31/June 1 at the New Bern St. Access in Atlantic Beach. There is still plenty of time to join ESA and compete in this year’s series.
Beth Schub is the Eastern Surfing Assoc./Central North Carolina District co-director.