Who we are
Eastern Surfing Association’s Central North Carolina District includes the area from the Eastern tip of Atlantic Beach on Bogue Banks to Surf City.
Our goal is to promote the sport of surfing through a series of competitions and activities designed to encourage a healthy, fair system that teaches good sportsmanship and creates an opportunity for young people to develop confidence and self-esteem. Our district is a friendly, family oriented group with several multi-generational families participating.
The ESA is a volunteer organization that allows individuals to work together as a team and put something positive back into the local surfing community. CNC is one of twenty-six districts, which extend along nearly 2,000 miles of coastline stretching from Maine through the Gulf Coast of Florida, Alabama, and the Great Lakes across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. Our district’s programs are developed and operated by a dedicated group of volunteer directors and staff.
Meet our team
Tim Nixon - Co-Director
I have been surfing since I was 10 years old, and can still think of nothing I would rather be doing than being on the beach, sitting under an umbrella watching the water and catching some waves. There was a time in my life that I got away from surfing as most young men do, beginning a family and a career, still working a very demanding job. I am able to get a little time for myself and have found myself more and more involved in contests up and down the coast so I wanted to really know what judges are looking for and how contests are set up. Being an active member of CNC for a good long time I thought I knew a bit about what is going on and what it takes to set up and run a contest. What a big mistake that was. I like things organized, neat, and orderly so that will contribute to taking care of district equipment and business. I want to grow the district and for see us doing some different events and being involved in the community to support those in need, special interest in taking care of our natural resources, and fostering the growth of the younger surfers to learn how to compete and be leaders in their personal journeys. Competition affects people differently. I believe competition helps develop mental self-control but most importantly if used properly it makes you a better athlete when keeping the goal in mind is always to improve.
Wes Whitt - Co-Director
I have been asked several times why would I want to be a Director of an organization that has been struggling to maintain membership and only seems focused on surfers that compete?
Because I love surfing and everything about surfing. More importantly, I am an everyday surfer who sees the value of competing, just like golfers compete. We are better surfers and better people when we are challenged to be better.
If we do our job right (all surfers) we can make surfing fun again, pushing our limits and introducing the sport to new people and families. Enjoying a day at the beach just the same as a day on the soccer field. I cannot make a champion, I can only help expose someone to the sport and provide the tools and the means for a surfer to improve, grow and be a better person.
Lastly, surfing has been good to me. It is a sport I share with my family and friends. I compete to help me be a better surfer and a better person.A Veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, I grew up in Garner, NC visiting the coast as much as possible as a kid. As an avid and competitor golfer, I was always drawn to the sport of surfing and worked hard at it while stationed in Hawaii during the 70’s. After being absent from the sport I later moved to Morehead City, NC and found myself as an owner of a local surf shop. It was at this time that I was exposed to the ESA. Once again, my family and career pulled me away from competitive surfing until a few years ago, when I felt the tug to return. Here I am today hoping to help keep the torch burning for the next generation of surfers.