Ocean City, MD (10/1/03) The 2003 Eastern Surfing Championships are going back to Buxton! The Easterns have been rescheduled for Saturday, October 25 through Friday, October 31 at the Lighthouse Jetties in Buxton, North Carolina. Despite heavy damage from Hurricane Isabel to certain areas of the park, the National Park Service has granted permission to reschedule the event in late October back in its original location.

The Easterns original schedule of events has moved up one full day, and will begin with the adult divisions on Saturday, October 25th. Youth divisions will begin on Tuesday, October 28th and the event will end on Friday, October 31st in order to make way for a major surf fishing tournament that will begin in the same location the first week of November. “We look forward to continuing our 35-year tradition in Buxton and hope that between our ESA Outer Banks Relief Fund, that has been growing steadily since it’s inception, and our support of Outer Banks businesses during our stay, that we can help put this hard hit community on the path to recovery,” said ESA Executive Director Kathy Phillips. Any participants that cannot attend during these new dates need to contact their district director immediately, and no later than Thursday, October 2nd, in order to withdraw. The ESA Competition Director will try to prepare a new daily schedule by October 10 and have it posted on the ESA website. Please note that the original daily schedule of heats may change. Hatteras Realty is ready to help you rebook your rental houses, and there are some great late season rental specials out there now. Most of the motels in Avon and Buxton are open and taking reservations. There is no access to Hatteras Village for non-residents and at this time, areas of Frisco, south of Robin Drive, are still not accessible. Dare County officials caution everyone to drive safely down Hatteras Island as road repairs may still be ongoing through the end of the month.

The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA), the largest amateur surfing association in the world established in 1967, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the sport of surfing through their regional programs & 25 districts on the East Coast, Gulf Coast and Great Lakes. The ESA’s programs & 36th Annual Easterns™ are proudly sponsored by: Op, Rip Curl, Bolle, Surfing Magazine, SG Surf Skate Snow Magazine,, FCS, Lost, Surfco Hawaii, Sticky Bumps, Morey and BZ Bodyboards, Chums, Hatteras Realty, 99.1 The Sound. For more information on the ESA or the Easterns, please visit our recently designed site at