Local surfers compete in regional surfing championships


More than 20 area surfers competed in the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championships over the weekend, at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, N.C. They were joined by competitors from Virginia Beach, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The top surfers from the Mid-Atlantic Regionals qualify to compete in the East Coast Championships — “The Easterns” — to be held in September.

Points accumulated during the 2017 Summer Surf Series allowed surfers to qualify for a spot at the 2018 Regionals. Qualifiers from the Delmarva District included: Gavin Bren, Kade Sommers, Trey Winklbauer, Austin Bren, Kai Sommers, Kai Allread, Robby Pinzhoffer, Sam Schoenfeld, Chandler Vanderslice, Riley Evans, Morgan Johnson, Isabella Preziosi, Meara Johnson, Lily Preziosi, Elsa Quillin, Mark Donohue, Dwayne Dunlap, Cat Volmer, Aria DiLiberto, Brian Winklbauer, David Quillin and John Mikulski.

Several Delmarva competitors advanced to the finals in their divisions, with several earning spots for the East Coast Championships. Finalists included: Lily Preziosi, fourth place, Girls U14; Robby Pinzhoffer, third place, Boys U16; Meara Johnson, sixth place, Girls U16; Elsa Quillin, sixth place, Junior Womens Longboard; Brian Winklebauer, second place, Masters; Dwayne Dunlap, second place, Open Bodyboard; and John Mikulski, first place, Open SUP.

The Delmarva District of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) holds five surf contests in Ocean City, Md., and Assateague each summer. With the first contest of the 2018 Summer Surf Series to be held May 26 at 30th Street in Ocean City, the 2018 season is only weeks away.

“Our contests are a great place for surfers of all ages and levels to be introduced to surf competition,” said Laura Deeley Bren, co-director of the Delmarva district. “Delmarva has an incredibly supportive surf community that makes our contests a great place for families to share in the love of the sport.”

The ESA is dedicated to the sport of amateur surfing, to the operation of a program of amateur competition for surfers of all ages and abilities, and to the establishment and preservation of free access to a clean shoreline and ocean environment. Several professional surfers got their start in the Delmarva ESA.

To sign up for a contest or learn more about the Delmarva District of the ESA, visit delmarva.surfesa.org.