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2013 Battle for Nags Head, Oct 3-6, has been CANCELLED

We regret to inform everyone that the 2013 Battle for Nags Head, set to take place Oct 3-6, has been cancelled due to lack of sponsorship.

A group of us will be surfing recreationally and doing some filming during that week, in the Nags Head area, email me if you wish to meet up. deadmanprd AT gmail DOT com

We will attempt to run the event in the fall of 2014 as a part of the US National Surf Kayak Championships.

Thank you!

Events for 2013: Battle For Folly, Battle For Nags Head

ESKA and INTERFERENCE SURF have announced two new surfing events for the 2013 season; Battle For Folly and Battle For Nags Head.  See details HERE.

Folly Surf - Matt Faust and Mike Stockton

US East team update from the 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking

Parade of Nations led by Valley Kayaks and the US East Team - photo Spencer Cooke

US East is doing pretty well in the individual competition leading into the quarter and semi finals.  We still have 4-5 competitors vying for placement in the next rounds.  However, we have been eliminated from the Team competition.  We were edged out by the US West by literally one point.  Our team has no Junior competitors which cost us at least 4 points.  Let’s get some youth into these competitions!  We congratulate the US West, Basque and England teams for moving on to the team finals.

Please enjoy the photos in the gallery below of our US East team.  These are a mix of shots taken by Lynn Usher, Russ Buskirk, Spencer Cooke and Shari Robins.

Thanks again to Sea Kayak Carolina for helping us choose the 2011 US East Team.  We look forward to another great surf kayak event in the fall of 2012 back at Folly Beach with the SKC crew.

Follow the event at http://worldchampionshipsofsurfkayaking.com

US East Team chosen for World Championships of Surf Kayaking

Thanks to Sea Kayak Carolina for hosting an ESKA sanctioned event at the Folly Beach Washout.  This fun event not only chose the US East Surf Kayak Team for the 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking (being held now in Nags Head, NC) but also served as a fun filled gathering for kayakers of all kinds.  Sea kayaks, sit-on-tops and surf kayaks all competed in their respective classes and everyone had a wonderful time on the beach and back at the Sea Kayak Carolina kayak shop.  Thanks again to everyone who attended and for helping the US East team on their way to the World Championships.

Social gathering at Sea Kayak Carolina

Dog and Burger grill-off featuring Yonton from Astral and Mary Ross from SKC. Good time!

Scott Szczepaniak takes off on a wave in the Sea Kayak class.

Major awards were given!

See the rest of the fun in the gallery below.  Please follow us at the Valley Kayaks Presents: 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking, at Nags Head, NC.

Folly Beach – Sea Kayak Carolina Surf Competition, US East Team Trials

Hello Surfers, below you will see a schedule of events for the upcoming Sea Kayak Carolina Surf Competition, US East Team Trials at Folly Beach on September 10-11.

Registration closes on September 4th so be sure to enter asap to secure your spot.

Enter the event at Active.com http://www.active.com/outdoors/folly-beach-sc/us-east-coast-team-trials-2011

Friday, September 9th
- 8-9:30 pm – Competitor check in at Sea Kayak Carolina from 8-9:30pm.  Find them or get directions here.

Sea Kayak Carolina
1731 Signal Point road
Charleston SC 29412
phone – 843.225.7969

Saturday September 10th
- 8 am – Competition starts at 8am, unless otherwise notified at check-in.  That means the first heat is in the water competing at 8am.
- Competition runs until 6:30pm if necessary for the number of competitors
- 7 pm – Saturday evening food and social gathering at Sea Kayak Carolina

Sunday, September 11th
- 8am – Competition begins, unless otherwise indicated at Saturday evening social.
- Competition until 6pm if needed.  We will finish as early as we can.

- Awards will be given 20 minutes after the last heat is completed on Sunday.

*No scheduled lunch breaks for either day, if we’re running on time we may break for 20-40 minutes, but people should plan on eating at the site and not going out for a long lunch.

Enter the 2011 US East Surf Kayak Team Trials

The ESKA is pleased to announce team trials for the 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking. The event will be held the weekend of September 10th, 2011 at Washout, a popular surf break at Folly Beach.  Thank you to our host, Sea Kayak Carolina.

Enter the event at Active.com http://www.active.com/outdoors/folly-beach-sc/us-east-coast-team-trials-2011

2011 U.S. East Surf Kayak Team Trials hosted by Sea Kayak Carolina

The ESKA is pleased to announce team trials for the 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking. The event will be held the weekend of September 10th, 2011 at Washout, a popular surf break at Folly Beach.

Enter the event at Active.com http://www.active.com/outdoors/folly-beach-sc/us-east-coast-team-trials-2011

Sea Kayak Carolina (SKC) offers daily, custom, and adventure kayaking tours as well as on the water and indoor roll classes. SKC is the premier sea kayak store in South Carolina, which carries everything you’ll need. Sea Kayak Carolina’s instructional staff enjoys working with paddlers of all levels.

The 8 categories that will count towards team trials are as follows: men’s long and short, women’s long and short, junior’s long and short, and master’s long and short. There will also be two fun categories: sea kayak and sit on top. (will not count towards team qualification) The event will be $50 dollars for the first 2 categories and $5 dollars for each additional category. Everyone is invited to compete in the event but must be registered as an ESKA member. Team slots will be reserved for ESKA surf kayakers.

Early registration will take place until August 27th.   Entry fees will be adjusted for late registration beginning on August27th. Entry fee refunds are not available after September 4th, and registration will fully close on September 4th.

The rules for the eligibility of classes are the same as the WSKA rules.

The event will consist of two separate competitions, one on Saturday, Sept 10, and one on Sunday, Sept 11. The two will be averaged for the final results.

Competition seating is determined based on prior ESKA sanctioned events. Sunday’s competition will be using Saturday’s results to seat the competition.

The top ranking man from the ESKA competition circuit will automatically be awarded the 1st slot of 4 in the men’s long and short team positions. The remaining 3 in each category will be awarded to the top 3 placed men.

There are also 2 women’s long boat and short boat slots, 1 junior’s long boat and short boat slot, and 1 master’s long boat and short boat slot available.

Check out all more information about the event at ESKAsurf.com.

To become a member of the ESKA please go to eskasurf.com/join-the-eska/.

Contact the ESKA directly: Email Joey Hall at Deadmanprd@gmail.com.
Further press related inquiries should be sent to TorrentPRD@gmail.com.

Meeting for Battle of the Blades – Friday May 13th

The competitor meeting for the Battle of the Blades will be held at 6:30pm tonight, Friday May 13th, at Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn in Wilmington, NC

2011 US East Surf Kayak Team Selection Details – Positions Awarded in May and Sept 2011 Events

Updated on 4/26/2011

The United States East Surf Kayak Team represents the United States, along with the US West Surf Kayak Team, at the World Championships of Surf Kayaking, held every other year in countries around the globe by the World Surf Kayaking Association.

The team consists of Men, Women, Masters, and Junior representatives, selected based on circuit rankings and team trial placements over a two year period.

On May 14-15th 2011 the ESKA will be hosting the Battle of the Blades in Topsail Island, Surf City North Carolina.

In preparation for the 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking (hosted in NC by the ESKA) the May Battle of the Blades event will serve as part of team selection for the US East Surf Kayak Team. A portion of available team positions will be awarded to the top finishers at this event, with the remaining team slots being awarded at an extra special blowout team trials extravaganza event to occur Sept 10-11 2011 (location TBA). To encourage a wider field, these two events will be open to any competitor that meets the requirements for competing in a particular class. (i.e. age, boat type, gender, etc). Seeding for these team trials events will be based on circuit ranking.

As usual, the top Men’s HP slot and top Men’s IC slot will be awarded to the circuit champion in those respective divisions.

We hope to drive interest in the May event, and encourage the most competitive field for that event, and offer an intense pre-World’s warm up at the September event to select the most competitive US East team to represent our coast at the World Championships of Surf Kayaking taking place Sept 28th-October 9th 2011.

ALL Junior IC and HP and Master IC and HP team slots will be awarded at the SEPTEMBER team trials event.

At the May 14-15th Battle of the Blades event, the following team spots will be contested:

Mens HP:
1 spot, to be awarded to top finisher in the Men’s HP class

Mens IC:
1 spot, to be awarded to top finisher in the Men’s HP class

Women’s HP:
1 spot, to be awarded to top finisher in the Women’s HP class

Women’s IC:
1 spot, to be awarded to top finisher in the Women’s IC class

At the September 9-10th Team Trials event the following positions will be contested:

Mens HP:
2 spots, to be awarded to top finishers in the Men’s HP class

Mens IC:
2 spots, to be awarded to top finisher in the Men’s HP class

Women’s HP:
1 spot, to be awarded to top finisher in the Women’s HP class

Women’s IC:
1 spot, to be awarded to top finisher in the Women’s IC class

Junior IC and HP and Master IC and HP and the other remaining team slots for Men’s and Women’s IC/HP will be awarded at the September team trials event.

If one person wins multiple spots (i.e. the same person win’s Men’s HP and Men’s IC) at the May event, or the September event, that person will select the spot he/she wishes to surf in for the team and the next highest qualifier in the contest results (for that event) for the remaining category will be awarded the slot.

In the event that the circuit champion in Men’s HP and Men’s IC winds up being the same person, that person will choose which position to take and the additional team position will be awarded to the next highest finisher at the September team trials event.

In the event that the May Topsail competition is canceled due to lack of surf or acts of nature, all open spots will be awarded at the September event. If both events are canceled for any reason, the team will be selected from circuit rankings.

All US East team trials competitors must be members of the Eastern Surf Kayaking Association.

We encourage any competitor who plans to attend the World Championships to enter the individual classes when registration opens for the World Championships event early this summer.

Surf City, NC Battle of the Blades Competition: May 14-15th


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The Battle of the Blades will be held on May 14th, with a possible second day on the 15th, in Topsail Island, Surf City NC.

We’ll have our usual kayak divisions plus SUP, waveski, and surf what U Brung. Cost will be $35 for any and all divisions that you want to enter, save for SWUB which is an additionl $10, the pot from which will go to the winner of that division. We ask that competitors not enter division that they can’t see through to the final, or until elimination.  Again we are including SUPers and there will be a waveski/SOT class as well. – Gordon Rock

There will be a competitor’s meeting on Friday May 13th at Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn http://www.flamingamysburritobarn.com/