Rupp And Lineback Three-Peat At ESA Easterns

Nick Rupp being carried up the beach after winning an Easterns title for the fifth year in a row. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Nick Rupp being carried up the beach after winning an Easterns title for the fifth year in a row. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Déjà Vu At The ESA Easterns

I had a strange sense of déjà vu when the humid Buxton Saturday afternoon brought the completion of the 2010 ESA Easterns. Maybe it was that sentiment of another trip back to the eastern seaboard nearing its end. Maybe it was the jovial awards ceremony culminating in Brian Bielmann's traditional ESA family group shot. Yes, those all attributed to my buzzed feeling of againness at the awards ceremony. But what really caused the feeling were the names at the top of the three most cherished divisions (Boys, Junior Women's, and Junior Men's): Cam Richards, Keenan Lineback, and Nick Rupp.

Keenan Lineback's surfing showed her determination to finish on top. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Keenan Lineback's surfing showed her determination to finish on top. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Nick Rupp finishing off his ESA career by winning titles five years in a row. Vertical hits like this in surf like that is why. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Nick Rupp finishing off his ESA career by winning titles five years in a row. Vertical hits like this in surf like that is why. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Cam Richards finishing off his Boys' run with two titles in a row. Now on to the Junior Men's for Cam. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Cam Richards finishing off his Boys' run with two titles in a row. Now on to the Junior Men's for Cam. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Cam Richards hails from South Carolina and plays it as cool as they come. Things don't really seem to get to him and whenever he needs a score his frontside slashes or tail-high attack can conjure it up in any and all conditions. This year the Boys' division was his to lose after taking the title in 2009.

Despite everyone in the Boys' final except Giorgio Gomez receiving an interference call early on, Cam still said, 'Hey, this is my last year in this division and I'll take another win thank you.' He wanted two titles in a row and took it by mixing in a few full wraps on his forehand and one right with some chippy backside hits in the knee-high windswell bouncing off the Cape Hatteras groin. Two in the books and on to Junior Men's for Cam next year.

The final day at the 2010 ESA Easterns. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The final day at the 2010 ESA Easterns. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Daniel Glenn (green) picking up an interference call in the Boys' final in which three surfers each racked one of them. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Daniel Glenn (green) picking up an interference call in the Boys' final in which three surfers each racked one of them. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
This was one of the better freesurf waves from Thursday. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
This was one of the better freesurf waves from Thursday. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Fellow South Carolinian Keenan Lineback played the 'I wanna keep my title' card as well this year. Going back to her last year in the Girls' division, Keenan had won three Easterns titles in a row before this year. But Keenan hadn't surfed in a contest since last year because she's been doing Olympic swim training in preparation for college, and well, the Olympics. "I was a little nervous and had to tell myself that I could still surf good," Keenan told me over the phone on her way to another crucial swim meet Saturday afternoon.

Wanting to prove to everyone that she was still the reining queen of the ESA, Keenan managed to pick off waves with the best possible sections in the final. Picking up a 7.10 and an 8.10 by generating speed and slashing those sections, Keenan had the field comboed at the last situation announcement with five minutes left in the heat. Three-peating to finish her ESA career was definitely the capper the multiple-time Allstar was looking for.

Daniel Glenn's surfing jumped leaps and bounds this year and he'll be a name from Easterns you'll be hearing a lot more of. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Daniel Glenn's surfing jumped leaps and bounds this year and he'll be a name from Easterns you'll be hearing a lot more of. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Chris Tucker went to his bread-and-butter fins free assault in the Junior Men's final but came up just short of the sweep. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Chris Tucker went to his bread-and-butter fins free assault in the Junior Men's final but came up just short of the sweep. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Gotta have that freshy wax job for the finals day. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Gotta have that freshy wax job for the finals day. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Speaking of capping ESA careers, there was still the matter of the sought-after Easterns sweep that had to be settled. We had documented earlier in the week that Nick Rupp and Chris Tucker were in contention to resurrect the famed sweep, waiting for Open Shortboard results and the Junior Men's final on Saturday.

Being the last heat of competition, and despite the meager surf, there was an electricity on the beach at the possibility of seeing another surfer finish their ESA career as good as you can. Parents paced back and forth, sat on the edge of their seats, and watched intently. Tucker started quick with a 6.50 for a right with multiple backside hits and added in some tailblows in later waves that garnered some decent scores. Dylan Kowalski got a 6-and-change by executing two of the solid turns on his backhand. Keto Burns kept to his fins free attack but was having trouble finding the sections that would allow this. Rupp did work, lots of work, on his backhand by projecting out of every hit and floater with speed.

Bruce Willis is one hell of a guy. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Bruce Willis is one hell of a guy. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The Outer Banks definitely offers up some picturesque landscapes. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The Outer Banks definitely offers up some picturesque landscapes. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Don't mess with these girls. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Don't mess with these girls. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

When the final situation call came it was Rupp and Tucker sitting 1-2. Rupp though continued to get things done on with his backside repertoire into the dying minutes of the heat, seemingly pulling away from Tucker. As the hooter sounded the Carolina crew greeted Rupp at the water's edge and carted him up the beach with his dad Greg right by his side. It had been determined; there would be no sweep once again at Easterns.

The eventual announcement of Open Shortboard gave the title to Tucker, solidifying everyone's initial thoughts. Ecstatic that he won an Easterns title in his final go, Tucker was still a bit disappointed at having not completed what everyone wants to do: "I didn't come here and do what I wanted to do [winning the sweep], but at least Nick didn't win the sweep."

And Nick's feelings were mutual, though obviously they both have no hard feelings towards each other. "I definitely didn't want to lose my title in my last year and give up the sweep, I'd be pissed about that. I said good job to him after the Open and he said good job to me after the Junior Men's. We're both satisfied but we both wanted the sweep."

Uncle Desi (Marketing Manager Scott Desiderio) with another hard day's work on Thursday. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Uncle Desi (Marketing Director Scott Desiderio) with another hard day's work on Thursday. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The ESA is all about family, and the mom's come out to support the kids. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The ESA is all about family, and the mom's come out to support the kids. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The Girls' finalists. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The Girls' finalists. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

It was an illustrious three-peat end to a storied ESA career for Rupp, finishing with five years of Easterns titles in a row. Nick and his parents, Greg and Debbie, gleamed from the end of the heat till we departed ways after the awards ceremony. Finishing on top like that couldn't happen to a better kid. The ESA has been his home he told me in his southern drawl, and hopefully his success there will project him to bigger and better things.

As for that Easterns sweep ever reappearing, Rupp gave me a little bit of insight: "I think the next person could be Cam—I don't see anyone coming up against him except Keto that could really challenge him." The future of kids like Cam continuing to dominate at Easterns remains to be unseen.

Good buddies and good surfers from the south: Nick Rupp and Cam Richards. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Good buddies and good surfers from the south: Nick Rupp and Cam Richards. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

As for us, we're psyched on another incredible year at Easterns. We want to thank everyone at the ESA, all the other sponsors, and the great barrier island of the Outer Banks for once again welcoming us with open arms. Always seems to be that southern hospitality happening over and over again.—Ryan Brower

Daniel Glenn. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Daniel Glenn. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Keenan Lineback finding those better sections in the Junior Women's final. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Keenan Lineback finding those better sections in the Junior Women's final. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Tye-dye and good to go. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Tye-dye and good to go. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

HEAD TO THE NEXT PAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS AND THE FULL EASTERNS RESULTS.

Corey Howell and Cam Richards received a double interference on this one. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Corey Howell and Cam Richards received a double interference on this one. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Junior Men's finalist Keto Burns. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Junior Men's finalist Keto Burns. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Corey Howell followed up last year's Boys' finals appearance by doing it again this year. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Corey Howell followed up last year's Boys' finals appearance by doing it again this year. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Junior Men's finalist Dylan Kowalski. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Junior Men's finalist Dylan Kowalski. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Daniel Glenn was awarded the Gatorade All Day G Award for his representation of camaraderie and great surfing. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Daniel Glenn was awarded the Gatorade All Day G Award for his representation of camaraderie and great surfing. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Florida's Haley Watson put up a strong result in her last year in the ESA. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Florida's Haley Watson put up a strong result in her last year in the ESA. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Nick Rupp's backhand got the job done on Saturday. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Nick Rupp's backhand got the job done on Saturday. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
OBX Boys! One of our favorite places around. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
OBX Boys! One of our favorite places around. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The new ESA Allstar crew. Stay tuned for more from this blossoming group of East Coast rippers. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The new ESA Allstar crew. Stay tuned for more from this blossoming group of East Coast rippers. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Legend Frieda Zamba spreading the X-trak love for the groms. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Legend Frieda Zamba spreading the X-trak love for the groms. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Menehunes' finalist Luke Marks. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Menehunes' finalist Luke Marks. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Open Shortboard winner Chris Tucker is one classic kid. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Open Shortboard winner Chris Tucker is one classic kid. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Junior Women's finalist Kayla Durden. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Junior Women's finalist Kayla Durden. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Managing Editor Casey "pigdog" Koteen getting "the best East Coast wave of his life" on Thursday. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Managing Editor Casey "pigdog" Koteen getting "the best East Coast wave of his life" on Thursday. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Another ESA mom out supporting the kids. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Another ESA mom out supporting the kids. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The Junior Women's finalists, sans Keenan Lineback due to a swim meet later that afternoon. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The Junior Women's finalists, sans Keenan Lineback due to a swim meet later that afternoon. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The now traditional Brian Bielmann ESA family shot. Signing off from the 2010 ESA Easterns. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The now traditional Brian Bielmann ESA family shot. Signing off from the 2010 ESA Easterns. Photo: Bielmann/SPL


Full 2010 ESA Easterns Results

Menehunes
1st Luke Gordon
2nd Stevie Pittman
3rd Chris O’Donnell
4th Luke Marks

Girls'
1st Emily Ruppert
2nd Nikki Viesins
3rd Darsha Pigford
4th Katie Gordon

Boys'

1st Cam Richards
2nd Daniel Glenn
3rd Corey Howell
4th Giorgio Gomez

Junior Women's

1st Keenan Lineback
2nd Savannah Bradley
3rd Haley Watson
4th Kayla Durden

Junior Men's

1st Nick Rupp
2nd Chris Tucker
3rd Dylan Kowalski
4th Keto Burns

Open Shortboard

1st Chris Tucker
2nd Nick Rupp
3rd Shane Burn
4th Corey Howell

Men's

1st Conor Willem
2nd Chase Robertson
3rd Royce Weber
4th Rick Mellen

Masters

1st Slater Powell
2nd Burton Hathaway
3rd Jeff Anthony
4th Prescott Metca

Senior Men

1st Jason Motes
2nd Pat Emery
3rd Chuck Barend
4th Kai Dilling

Grandmasters

1st Reese Patterson
2nd Charley Hajek
3rd Joe Gillen
4th Jay Smith

Legends

1st Bobby Holland
2nd Doug Bogue
3rd Jon Jones
4th Ed Fawess

Grand Legends

1st George Alford
2nd Michael Clark
3rd Tom McClaren
4th Chum McCranels

Women's

1st Teale Beckenbach
2nd Laura Parks
3rd Katie Sullivan
4th Gigi Reiter

Ladies'

1st Ana Barend
2nd Terry Green
3rd Vivian Jordan
4th Cayce Patterson

Menehunes Longboard

1st Daniel Glenn
2nd Fisher Grant
3rd Zach Freyer
4th Canon Embrey

Juniors Longboard

1st Cam Fullmer
2nd Bradley Rose
3rd Patrick Nichols
4th Zach Tomlinson

Men's Longboard

1st Steven Mangiacapre
2nd Alex Fawess
3rd Kevin DeWald
4th Shane Matthews

Masters Longboard

1st Pat Emery
2nd Chuck Barend
3rd Jason Motes
4th Dave Mello

Legends Longboard

1st Bill Whatley
2nd Tom Leonik
3rd Lenny Nichols
4th Joe Grottola

Women's Longboard

1st Katie Gordon
2nd Mary Townsend Bourque
3rd Chandler Von Cannon
4th Kate Easton

Ladies Longboard

1st Ana Barend
2nd Kim Romagnesi
3rd Jo Pickett
4th Vivian Jordan

Menehunes Bodyboard

1st Jackson Lewis
2nd Noah Fiedler
3rd Joey Gillen
4th Simon Hetrick

Open Bodyboard

1st John Heyman
2nd Brian Breiholz
3rd Kyle Latch
4th Matt Landon

Greg Noll East Coast Hall of Fame (Invitational)

1st Peter Pan
2nd Chum McCranels

All Star Tag Team

1st SNC District Team 42.33
2nd NSC District Team 40.46
3rd TCFL District Team 29.83
4th SNJ District Team 18.57

Iron Man

Pat Emery