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Eastern Surfing Association Makes History at Surf’s Up NH

On August 17th, Surfs Up in Nashua New Hampshire was host to the world’s first sanctioned indoor surf contest.

Kai Nichols | Eastern Surfing Association at Surfs Up NH | Surf Park Central

Kainalu Nichols combined a variety of barrel rides and maneuvers to take the title at the world’s first sanctioned indoor surfing contest. Photo: Ron Todd

Surfers, including many of the Eastern Surfing Association’s top competitors and ESA All Stars, competed on the world’s largest SurfStream from American Wave Machines.

New Hampshire ripper and ESA all star Kainalu “Kai” Nichols,14 was the big winner of the day, claiming the championship in both the Junior Men’s (ages 15-17) and Open Division categories. Robbie Goodwin was the champion in the 11 & Under division, with Braeden Logue leading the 12-14 category.

Robbie Goodwin at Surfs Up NH on the American Wave Machines SurfStream | Surf Park Central

Robbie Goodwin, Age 10 was the days winner for the Menehune Division (Ages 11 & Under) Photo: Ron Todd

“With a talented group of young surfers, and amazing waves provided by American Wave Machines at Surf’s Up, our first indoor surfing competition was a huge success,” Lenny Nichols, Eastern Surfing Association -Northern New England District Director. American Wave Machines’ SurfStream technology generates natural feeling standing waves. The SurfStream at Surf’s Up is the world’s largest standing wave machine with a 32-foot channel that can produce two- to six-foot waves, including barreling waves that challenge even experienced surfers.

Kai Nichols getting barreled during ESA contest at Surf's Up NH

Kainalu Nichols view from above as he pulls into another barrel at the Eastern Surfing Associations first indoor surfing contest. Photo: Jack Reeves

Contest Results & Division Winners

Menehune (11 & Under)
Robbie Goodwin
Quinn Battagliese
Elliot Anderson

Boys (12-14)
Braeden Logue
Tristan Hamilton
Perran Trentalange

Jr. Men (15-17)
Kai Nichols
Lars Hamilton
Griffin Brunette

Open (All Ages)
Kai Nichols
Lars Hamilton
Weiland Anderson

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