(Sept. 20, 2019) There are only two more rounds of the 51st annual Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Summer Surf Series for amateur surfing to compete in this season, with the fifth one taking place next Saturday.

Competitors of all ages will participate in divisions including bodyboard, shortboard, longboard and stand up paddleboard. There is also an open division for shortboard and bodyboard, where divisions of all ages are eligible to compete during the event on Sept. 28.

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This is the second to last round of the Summer Surf Series this year.

Participants must arrive to the designated ready area 15 minutes before their competition begins. Next Saturday’s event will take place at 35th Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. Competitors should arrive at 7:30 a.m.

The deadline to sign up for this event is Thursday, Sept. 26.

The first round of the 2019 Summer Surf Series was held on May 11 on 35th Street in Ocean City. More than 50 competitors, ages 8-58 years old, participated in the event. The second event, which was set to take place June 15, was canceled due to a lack of waves.

The third round took place on July 13, and consisted of a championship swim called the “Summer Surf Series Maryland Surfing Competition.”

Laura Deeley Bren, co-director of the Delmarva District, estimated that around 80 competitors for the fourth tournament, the largest event of the season so far.

“Membership has steadily grown over the 2019 season,” Bren said. “Currently, several of our members are in the Outer Banks competing.”

Winners of the 24 divisions will also be competing for points to earn prizes at the awards banquet held in the fall.

The sixth and final event of the series will be held at Assateague State Park on Oct. 12. The deadline to sign up is Oct. 10.

“It’s just a great day on the beach with lots of families and lots of different businesses sponsored throughout the year,” Bren said. “It’s a fun spectator event.”

Winners of each division are eligible to receive trophies, plaques, and sponsor-donated prizes.

Depending on Saturday’s weather, the competition could be moved to Sunday. Competitors should check the “Delmarva ESA” Facebook page for updates.

Surf Series participants must be ESA members. A family membership costs $150, or $75 for an individual. A $25 fee covers the first event during each contest, and $10 for every other division after. A supporting membership costs $35 and is for non-competitors. To become a lifetime member the cost is $1,000, which includes five divisions.

Founded in 1967 by East Coast Surfers, ESA was created to promote, preserve and protect the sport of surfing on the East Coast. ESA is dedicated to the sport of amateur surfing, as well as the operation of a program of amateur competition for surfers of all ages and abilities.

ESA is the largest amateur surfing association in the world. The association’s activities are organized into 25 districts, which extend along nearly 2,000 miles of coastline.

For a full schedule, age-specific events, sponsors, and general information, contact an ESA representative at delmarva@surfesa.org, visit the organization’s website at surfesa.org or check out its Facebook page, “Delmarva ESA.”

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