Youth Division Finalists Decided Friday At The ESA Easterns
With the WRV/Hurley Outer Banks Pro in town—the ESA Easterns relocated to the North side of Jennette’s Pier and will run through Saturday afternoon. Now, two of the East’s marquee events are running side by side—offering the best amateur ESA surfers a chance to compete against top EC pro’s on the other side of the pier, if they so choose.
12-year-old Luke Marks, a top up and comer from Melbourne Beach, Florida did exactly that. While waiting to compete in his Boys semi final he beach entered the OBX Pro and managed to win his first round heat against guys twice his age.
Unfortunately, in his wave starved Easterns semi moments later he was unable to find any waves and eliminated in third position. Go figure.
“At least I still have the Pro,” Luke said after the heat, in good spirits. “It’s okay, I still have plenty of time to try and win a title here. It would have been nice to win my first year in Boys against the older guys. But it’s fun here, a little wedgy beachbreak, and everyone is super chill. We’re all here with our family and that’s really cool”
Spoken like a true professional—a young kid with a bright future and wisdom beyond his years. With his talent and attitude it’s only a matter of time before he gets his first Easterns title.
Like, next year.
Tomorrow in what is forecasted to be slightly larger surf, the 2011 Youth finals will unfold and by days end we’ll have a whole new crop of Easterns champions.
Here are a few surfers with a good shot at titles. —Zander Morton
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