Get Ready For The NSSA Eastern Championships

THE 2001 NSSA EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIPS SEBASTIAN INLET, FLORIDA APRIL 20-22. (April 13) – The National Scholastic Surfing Association will present the ninth annual Eastern Championships onApril 20-22 at Sebastian Inlet, Florida. Over 400 of the east coast’s top surfers from the NSSA’s Southeast,Southeast/North, Northeast and Florida Gulf Conferences are scheduled to compete. The 2001 EasternChampionships is a six star rated event which serves as a qualifier for the 2001 NSSA National Championships tobe held June 26-30 at Lower Trestles . The Eastern Championships will consist of three separate events – theOpen Championships, the Explorer Championships and the Interscholastic Collegiate Championships. The OpenChampionships includes the highest level of competition and is the most prestigious of the NSSA competitivedivisions. The Open Championships is a student only division which includes Mens (16&up), Juniors (13-15),Boys (12&under), Mini Groms (10&under), Womens (all ages) and Bodyboard (all ages). The ExplorerChampionships includes competition in a wide range of student and non student categories. Explorer divisionsinclude Mens (all ages), Juniors (15-17), Boys (13-14), Menehuene (12&under), Womens (all ages), Masters(25&up), Seniors (35&up), Super Seniors (45&up), Longboard (all ages) and Bodyboard (all ages). The NSSAEastern Championships has a rich history of turning out champions who have gone on to success in professionalsurfing. Past winners include C.J. and Damien Hobgood, Ben Bourgeois and Matt Keenan.

The O’Neill SMAS – NSSA Eastern Airshow Championships will be held during the Eastern Championships. The top 6 rated aerialists from the Southeast, Southeast/North and Northeast Conferences will be competing. Thetop 6 finalists will be invited to compete in the National Airshow Championships at Salt Creek Beach Park in DanaPoint, California on June 24.

Top rated surfers competing at the NSSA Eastern Championships are #1 seed and 2001 Southeast Open MensChampion Justin Ellingham of Melbourne Beach, 6 time Eastern Champion Eric Taylor of Vero Beach, 4 timeEastern Champion Tommy O’Brien of Melbourne Beach, 2 time National Champion Adam Wickwire of SatelliteBeach , #2 ranked Southeast Open Mens David Awbrey of Cocoa Beach, 2001 Southeast/North Open MensChampion Jason Preskitt of Edgewater, 2000 National Open Juniors finalist Justin Jones of Melbourne Beach,2001 Southeast Open Juniors Champion Bradley Margol of Jacksonville, 2001 Southeast/North Boys ChampionJeremy Johnston of New Smyrna Beach, 2000 Eastern Open Boys Champion Wesley Toth of Puerto Rico, 2000Eastern Mini Grom Champion Caleb Johnston of New Smyrna Beach, 2001 Southeast Bodyboard ChampionSean Erwin of Palm City, 2000 Eastern Super Senior Champion Yancy Spencer of Pensacola, 2000 EasternLongboard Champion Adrian Coloprete of Vero Beach and 6 time Northeast Womens Champion Jamie DeWitt ofBeach Haven, New Jersey.

Competition will start at 6:30 a.m. each day. The ninth annual NSSA Eastern Championships Awards Banquetwill be held on Sunday, April 22 at the Holiday Inn, Melbourne Beach at 7:00 pm. For more informationregarding the championships, please contact Janice Aragon at (714) 536-0445 or email