Indian Harbour Beach, Florida – The Eastern Surfing Association will begin its series of post-season championship qualifying events this Friday with its 2023 Southeast Regional Surfing Championship at Paradise Beach / Howard Futch Memorial Park in the Melbourne area of Florida.

2022 Southeast Regionals beach set up. Photo: Mez @mezapixels

Over 200 surfers from Georgia and Florida, including the Gulf Coast, will compete in hopes of ranking high enough to qualify the the ESA’s Easterns Surfing Championship that is held each September in the Outer Banks at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.

Lat years dominant performance and raddest surfing courtesy of Logan Radd. Photo: Tom Dugan @tomduganphotos

This event kicks-off the Spring run of three events staring this Friday then moving northward to the Outer Banks where the Mid-Atlantic Regionals will be held April 28’th through the 30’th at Jennettes Pier in Nags Head, NC before moving onto Ocean City, Maryland where the last of these crucial contests will be held from May 12’th to the 14’th.

Lanea Mons, 2022 Southeast Regionals. Photo: Tom Dugan @tomduganphotos

“We are excited to get our regional events started this year,” said ESA’s executive director Michelle Sommers.  “Central Florida is a great location for our competitors in terms of travel and lodging, but most importantly, for waves.”

Executive Director Michelle Sommers ( front ) and Florida District Director – and East Coast Surfing Hall Of Fame inductee – Pam Hill make sure there is no lack of food, drinks and snacks for the support crew to keep everybody going through the long days of competition. Photo: Mez @mezapixels

The Southeast event period is Friday through Sunday, but due to forecasted storms, the schedule has been consolidated to account for possible weather delays.  Surfline’s wave forecast looks great for this level of surfing as they are calling for decent conditions for the 8am start time on Friday.

Teddy Whitteman, 2022 Southeast Regionals. Photo: Mez @mezapixels

The ESA’s Southeast Regionals is open to the public and there will be a live webcast throughout the event produced by NPI Productions.  Mez and Tom Dugan from Eastern Surf Magazine will be sharing photos throughout the event, and LiveHeats will be running so everyone on the beach and far away can keep up with the live scores and schedule.

One of many great youth longboarders keeping the tradition alive up and down the East Coast, Nohea Williams at 2022 ESA Southeast Regionals. Photo: Mez @mezapixels

The ESA would like to thank the following for their support of this event: Brace Integrated Systems, Brevard County Parks & Recreation, The Crowne Plaza and Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Marlynn Glaub working it all the way to the inside for those extra points. Photo: Mez @mezapixels

For more information on the ESA click here to go to the website and don’t forget to watch every heat via the live feed on the ESA Facebook page and get the heat-by-heat, wave by wave sores and placings breakdown at For the current heat draws ( subject to change depending on wave and weather conditions ) click here .

ESA All-Star coach Jason Motes, 2022 Southeast Regionals. Photo: Mez @mezapixels

Lady finalist rippers. Photo: Mez @mezapixels

Sebastian Peters, 2022 Southeast Regionals. Photo: Tom Dugan @tomduganphotos

Timeless shredder and perpetual winner on both short and longs, Steve Moldenhauer with one of last years beautiful, first place photo plaques by Plakthat with image by Nic Lugo. Photo: Mez @mezapixels

Vance Weyandt, 2022 Southeast Regionals. photo: Mez @mezapixels