May Surfing Report

May 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Eastern Surfing Association

by Joe Richardson

April brought us some warmer weather, warming water temperatures (thank goodness), some surprisingly good swells during the last week of April, and lots of Lion’s Mane jellyfish!  These jellyfish are our typical late winter-time jellies.  So I’m guessing that because of our long colder-than-normal winter water temperatures, and now rapidly warming water, the Lion’s Mane “season” has been shortened and concentrated.  Luckily, their “sting” is pretty mild, and to me is more of an “irritation” than a sting.  You know you’ve been hit, but it’s not enough to bring you out of the water.

With the warming water and pleasant air temperature in late April and now May, surfers are wearing everything from full suits to “skinning it.”  During the last week of April when a surprisingly good swell lasted for a few days, you could see surfers wearing the full range at any one time.  Hopefully now that May is here, we can put away all the neoprene for a while.  Of course we do have to go through a few sessions with a fresh new batch of skin “abrasions” as we get back into boardshorts, bikinis and rash guards.  It’s a price most of us are willing to pay for not having to wrestle in and out of a wetsuit.

International Surfing Day, June 19th at Tybee
Plans are taking shape for a great 2010 International Surfing Day Celebration on Tybee Island.  This year’s celebration will be on Saturday, June 19th, on the beach between 17th and 18th Street.  A full day of activities are planned thanks to local supporters and partners.  The Surfrider Foundation Coastal Georgia Low Country Chapter is organizing the celebration, and joining them are a number of local sponsors and supporters including:  Underground Boardworks Surfshop, High Tide Surfshop, North Island Surf and Kayak, Yoga With Christine, Joey Wilson Photography, Coastal Environmental Analysis, Tybee Island Marine Science Center, Tybee Island YMCA, Georgia District Eastern Surfing Association and The Tybee Times.  If you would like to join this list of local supporters, please contact the Surfrider Foundation through their website at: http://www.surfrider.org/coastalgeorgia.
We will soon be announcing dates for Georgia District ESA surfing and body boarding contests for the 2010 season. The Eastern Surfing Association Georgia District has submitted to the City of Tybee Island a list of tentative dates for permission to hold the 2010 GA District ESA surfing and body board contests. These dates will not be official until approved by the City, so tune in next month for the official list.

Who’s Going to VA Beach, May 13-16?
Some of the top competitive surfers in our area will be representing our Eastern Surfing Association Georgia District in the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship that will be held this year at Virginia Beach.  These surfers have earned slots in this invitation-only regional competition that will include the top surfers from the east coast from Delaware through Georgia.  Not only will they be seeking regional honors, they will be surfing to advance in rankings high enough to earn invitations to the “Easterns,” which is the East Coast Championship for the ESA that will be held in September at Cape Hatteras, NC.

Jeff and Tara Mosley (GA District Directors) will helping to run the Regional Championship contest.  Jeff will be the announcer throughout the 4-day event, and Tara will be involved in tabulating judges’ scores and determining results.  We wish these folks the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing them again this year during our Georgia District contests:

Conrad Fonseca – Boys Shortboard
Josh Richardson – Junior Mens Shortboard, Junior Longboard, and Open Shortboard
Joey Crook – Mens Shortboard and Open Shortboard
Rolando Gamboa – Masters Shortboard

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