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All photos and captions by Tom Dugan story by Danny Ottofaro
It’s official – The Eco Pro Surf Series is back with an exciting 4 event season ahead !
Co-founder Jim Tolliver has revamped internal operations and recruited some of the best of Florida’s top surf industry professionals to join together and create the dream team and what promises to be the best season so far.
Eco Pro staff and it’s newly formed Board of Directors are excited going into their 5th season in 2021. They are looking forward to a really solid competitive year and are thankful to all of the season’s sponsors for stepping up to make this the best season yet. Eco Pro has planned 4 stops in 2021 starting with the Phenom Grom amateur competition at Juan Ponce de Leon Landing in South Melbourne followed by 3 Pro events in North, Central and ending in South Florida. Competitors entering the Men’s Pro can count on a little oomph in the purse promising to be larger this year with the increase in sponsor participation.
Jim Tolliver states “we are seeing the season grow going into the 2021 competitive year especially with us looking to start the 2022 season at Jobos, Isabella in Puerto Rico. The seating from the 2021 season will carry over to the seating for the event at Jobos. Our overall goal is to look a year ahead at new possibilities and generate momentum towards a true East Coast Championship Tour. In 2022, we are already scouting our 4 stops to tentatively be not just in Puerto Rico but possibly Florida, North Carolina or New York and maybe even El Salvador. Having a solid team running the series has made all the difference and Donny and I are super grateful for the team’s ambition.”
The Eco Pro crew says there will be lots of prizes and awards for all of the Amateur divisions this year and bumped up Pro purses. The new crew managing the series includes Jim Tolliver, Marisol Moreno, Donny Ottofaro, Jesse Hall, Bryan Craig, Eric Worley, Evan Miller, Corey Howell, Willy Gilreath, Stephanie Brown, Cesar Siaz, Kenny Lawrence and William Kimball. Eco Pro is also being proactive regarding environmental topics around the state with Evan Miller leading the way through his new brand, Clean Water Collective. Expect general environmental and coastal conservation initiatives and awareness to be a priority this season and beyond with the likes of several new partnerships and platforms. Jorge Gonzalez has been sought out to lead Eco Pro’s Puerto Rico venture in 2022 and will be that event’s Competition Director. For this 2021 season ahead, former WSL/CT judge Jeff Klugel will be the Head Judge along with a very talented WSL/ISA certified judging staff he has put together with Tolliver.
The crew at the Eco Pro says they’re looking forward to another season packed full of talented East Coast and Caribbean surfers and an expected high performance level that promises to be off the charts with a little help from Ma Ocean. Last season in 2020, the series saw second year champion, Tommy Coleman, take both the Men’s Pro season title and the Junior Pro title. Coral Schuster of Melbourne was the Women’s Pro champion once again and the oldest guy to ever surf the WQS, Tab Textor, won the 2020 Masters Pro division season title. The Amateur division season title winners included Logan Radd Open Men’s, Carl Berger U17 Boys, Dylan O’Hallaron U13 Boys, Jaedyn Wagner U17 Girls AND Women’s Open, Kora Passerelli U13 Girls, and Allysa Gilreath sweeping the Pollywogs.
On behalf of the Eco Pro, they would like to especially thank Tony Childers of Island Root Kava Bar for believing in the series and really making this season a BIG deal. The team also thanks Surfing’s Evolution and Preservation Foundation, Surf Taco Jupiter, Tire Kingdom, Jimmy Hula’s Port Orange, Movement Mortgage, La Tortuga Verde, McCranels Orthodontics, Backyard BBQ Boys Daytona, Ground Swell Surf Shop, My Religion Surf, Ocean Grade Sunglasses, and Hyperflex Wetsuits.
Prizes for this season include Ocean Grade Sunglasses for all 1st place winners in EVERY division at every contest. A MASSIVE $140k valued package was provided by La Tortuga Verde, El Salvador including FREE accomodations for up to 4 for 1st-3rd place winners in EVERY division at every contest. Hyperflex is providing some rubber for 1st place champions while the legend Scott McCranels of McCranels Orthodontics will throw a cool $1,000 cash bonus to the season’s Junior Pro Champion. As always, 100% of every Pro registration will determine the base purse and pending the # of entries in the Pro division, a percentage of sponsor funding will be applied on top of spiffs and bonuses for highest score and/or best air at each event in the Pro divisions. – Dannny Ottofaro –
The Eco Pro 2021 schedule is as follows :
August 28 or 29 (backup Sept 4 or 5) – Phenom Grom, Juan Ponce de Leon Landing, Brevard
October 2 or 3 (backup Oct 9 or 10) – Stop 1 Pro Tour, Ponce Inlet, Volusia
October 23 or 24 (backup Oct 30 or 31) – Stop 2 Pro Tour, Paradise Beach, Brevard
November 20 or 21 (backup Dec 4 or 5) – Stop 3 FINAL Pro Tour, Jupiter Beach, Palm Beach
Registration is live and open at www.ecoprosurf.org/register .
The Eco Pro 2020 final standings: