(Aug. 9, 2019) Amateur surfers can compete to win prizes during the fourth round of the 51st annual Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Summer Surf Series next Saturday.

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Amateur surfers will participate in the fourth ESA Surf Series competition of this summer 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 Aug. 17.

Participants must arrive to the designated ready area 15 minutes before their competition begins. Next Saturday’s event will take place at Assateague Island State Park 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, Aug. 15.

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

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 scheduled to take place June 15, was canceled due to a lack of waves, Laura Deeley Bren, co-director of the Delmarva District, said.

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

Bren estimated that there were more than 50 competitors for last month’s event, and there will be around or more than that for the following weekend’s competition.

“We expect to have 50-60 competitors ages anywhere from 6 years to 70 years old and the event will begin with shortboard, longboard and bodyboard,” Bren said.

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

The fifth contest will take place in Ocean City on Sept. 28, on 35th Street. The deadline for this contest is Sept. 26.

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

There will be an open body division for all ages this year, which no longer be separated from children to adults. The contest will also now include a Girls U-12 division instead of just an overall U-12 division.

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

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, according to the organization’s website. 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.

Additionally, ESA representatives said they strive to promote the establishment and preservation of free access to a clean shoreline and ocean environment.

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

Stretching from Maine through the Gulf Coast of Florida, Alabama and the Great Lakes, each district’s programs are developed and operated by a dedicated group of volunteer directors and staff.

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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