About Us

Eastern Surfing Association founded in 1967 by east coast surfers. Your membership helps the ESA keep a strong voice in the surfing community. As a national member, you will enjoy local, regional, national, and international competition opportunities.

The ESA, Formally known as Palm Beach District now encompasses locations from Fort Pierce to Deerfield beach.  We hold numerous contests throughout the calandar year, surf pending; all in an effort to pick our team to represent our district in the ESA post-season competition at the Regional Championships each spring, and the Eastern Surfing Championships (“The Easterns”) on the Outer Banks of North Carolina each September.

ESA is the largest amateur surfing association in the world. Our family-oriented programs promote a healthy and active lifestyle. 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. Two of the original founders of the ESA, Cecil Lear, and David Reese, are still active in the association more than fifty years later.
The Association’s activities are organized into a total of twenty-four districts, which extend along nearly 2,000 miles of coastline. Stretching from Maine through the Gulf Coast of Florida, and the Great Lakes, each district’s programs are developed and operated by a dedicated group of volunteer directors and staff.
The Eastern Surfing Association (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. It was founded in 1967 by East Coast surfers to promote, preserve, and protect the sport of surfing on the East Coast.