The ESA, a non-profit organization, is the largest amateur surfing organization in the world. Founded in 1967 by East Coast surfers to promote, preserve and protect the sport of surfing on the East Coast. Our family oriented programs promote a healthy, active lifestyle, and it is not uncommon to find two or three generations of the same family involved as members of the ESA and actively competing in our program! The ESA is dedicated to the sport of amateur surfing, to the operation of a program of amateur competition for surfers of all ages and abilities, and to the establishment and preservation of free access to a clean shoreline and ocean environment.
Each year the ESA has over 150 competitions which are organized into a total of 27 districts, extending along nearly 2,000 miles of coastline, stretching from Maine through the Gulf coast of Florida and Alabama and also around the Great Lakes. Each district’s programs are developed and operated by volunteer directors and a staff of other volunteers who assist them in this task. Competitors advance from the local district level to Region Competitions, then on to the East Coast Championships and National Championships.
THE GEORGIA DISTRICT
The Georgia District, directed by Jeff & Tara Mosley since 1995, hosts many events on Tybee Island throughout the year including district contests, banquets & fund raising events. The ESA's Georgia District is the only ESA representation in the state and has frequently sent competitors to Regional, Eastern and National Surfing Championships. It has also helped to feed the production of national and world recognized champions, ASP rated professional judges, and has fostered development of people that have gone on to work in national surf magazines, not to mention numerous individuals that are productive working members of our community - whether it be people that apply the craft in the building trades, people that own their own businesses, those that work in the high tech or engineering sectors, as well as those that teach school to our community's children within Chatham County.