In our first installment of the NSSA 2012 East Coast Surfing Championships freesurfing sessions, we focused on the idea that some of the most amazing, cutting-edge antics performed on a surfboard at events like this one often happen in the freesurf area instead of in front of the contest scaffolding. We at ESM work hard to capture these moments in addition to recording all the competitive action and history being made during the contest itself.
In the two years since the event’s venue was moved from Sebastian Inlet to New Smyrna Beach, it’s becoming increasingly evident that this sleepy, uber-cool Volusia County beach town, with its unique wave setup, is becoming an important gateway for East Coasters hoping to launch a pro career by qualifying for the California-based NSSA Nationals. But when it comes to creating big-time surf success, we’ll be the first to say that there’s certainly more than one way to go about it. Being a red-hot surfer with enough drive, desire, and talent to enter all kinds of comps, pro and amateur alike, will always be more important than which particular amateur organizations you surf in.
Regardless, there is little doubt that the East Coast power base has shifted northward from Brevard County. Now there’s a new bridge to Pro-Land: The North Causeway. It takes you directly to the south side of Ponce Inlet and the punchy, consistent beachbreaks of New Smyrna Beach… and perhaps, if you’re good enough, to a place where all your wildest dreams can come true.