Island Sports Wrap-Up for March

March 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Eastern Surfing Association

by Joe Richardson

March 2010 Surfing Report
March sure does sound better than February.  After this colder-than-I-can-remember winter, we can sure hope that spring will not only bring waves, but also some milder weather.  This past winter, not only was it cold, with below average winter water temperature, but it has also been pretty flat.  Spring has just got to be better!  With this optimistic view, plans are being made for a number of events and activities of interest to surfers and other beach sportsmen and watermen.  Although the surfing seems a bit slow right now, there is actually a good bit of things going on.

Eastern Surfing Association Georgia District
Before long, the Eastern Surfing Association Georgia District will be developing its schedule of surfing and bodyboarding contests for 2010.  Many of the ESA-GA District surfers are already preparing themselves for their next level of competition – the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships.  This spring, the Regionals will be in Virginia Beach in mid May.  As time gets closer and the group of surfers representing our district is selected, we will announce their names.  In the mean time, be watching for our own ESA Georgia District 2010 contest schedule.

The ESA-GA District is proud to have one of its members on the prestigious ESA All Star Team, Josh Richardson, for 2010.  Josh, along with other All Star Team members, were publicly announced and introduced to the surfing industry during the January Surf Expo in Orlando during January.  He has already taken part in a training session at New Smyrna Inlet, and has a busy competition schedule during the remaining part of this winter and into spring including: “Daytona Longboard Classic” (pro and amateur), the ESA and Texas Gulf Surfing Association sponsored “East Coast Scholastic Championships” at New Smyrna Inlet, and the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s “East Coast Championships” at Sebastian Inlet.

Surfrider Foundation Coastal Georgia Low Country Chapter
The next Surfrider meeting will be Monday evening, March 15th.  Unless otherwise announced, meetings will be on the third Monday of each month at Tubby’s Restaurant in Thunderbolt, starting at 7:00pm.  If you currently do not receive email notices of Surfrider Foundation meetings, but would like to, just check the Coastal Georgia Low Country Surfrider Foundation website, for updates and how to get involved.  Among other things, the local Surfrider Chapter will be involved in the consideration of plans to place sediments dredged from the Savannah River into the nearshore waters off Tybee Island.  The next Surfrider Adopt A Highway litter pick-up along Highway 80, just west of Lazaretto Creek Bridge, is scheduled for March 27th.  If you would like to help clean the path to Tybee and intercept some debris before it makes its way to the beach, plan to join the Surfriders at the Lazaretto Creek boat ramp Saturday morning, March 27th.

International Surfing Day Celebration on Tybee will be June 19th
Mark your calendars for our International Surfing Day 2010 Celebration, Saturday, June 19.  Plans are already being made for a full, fun day at Tybee Island to celebrate surfing, skimming, standup paddling, bodyboarding, kayaking, and other beach activities.  Soon, an ISD website will be created with specific information about our events, activities, sponsors and partners.  If you or your business would like to be involved in this annual beach celebration, please contact the Coastal Georgia Low Country Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Shore Bird and Beach Water Quality Study Update
The GA DNR supported study being conducted by the City of Tybee Island regarding possible impacts of shore birds on beach water quality is currently well underway.  In late January, members and supporters of the Coastal Georgia Low Country Surfrider chapter assisted in gathering information and data during the first (of eight) beach samplings.  Dr. Joe Richardson of Coastal Environmental Analysis trained the volunteers on setting up 100m long transects along two sections of beach and gathering shore bird data.  Following the beach data-gathering study conducted at low tide, water samples were collected from both study areas every 2 hours for the following 10 hours.  If you are interested in helping and participating in this research project, contact Dr. Richardson at

Photos: Surfrider Foundation team receiving instructions from Chairperson, Joey Wilson; volunteers measuring 100 meter transects through intertidal zones, and counting shore bird deposits.

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2 Responses to “Island Sports Wrap-Up for March”
  1. Thanks so much for the post.Really thank you! Awesome.

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