Weight: 165 lbs.
Hometown: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Sponsors: Oakley, Orion Surfboards, Sticky Bumps
I’ve seen “Geisel-grease” come a long way in the last couple years. This year at the NSSA Nationals he scored two perfect tens in one heat. He’s got the new-school trick book in his back pocket and a style you wouldn’t believe. Add in his humble attitude and he starts to sound immortal.
Recently in Florida, the torch has been passed from the Sebastian Inlet area to North Florida, and Eric is a crucial element to that handoff. When at home, Eric surfs in New Smyrna (North Florida) with budding international stars Aaron Cormican and Jeremy Johnston-and Eric is right there, hot on their heels.
Unfortunately for the rest of the world, it doesn’t stop there. If you’re ever in direct competition with Eric, prepare to lose miserably, because he will no doubt smoke you at anything. Just ask Jeremy Johnston: “Here in New Smyrna, we’re always battling with each other in the water-in a good way. Eric has tons of respect here, and he’s a good kid who will never give up.”-Jimbo Wilson