Photos by Rachel O’Leary & Sarah Micele. Words by John Streit.

May is truly a month of transition. The last grasps of winter’s chill hold on tight in the form of cold water temperatures and occasional blasts of northerly wind. All the while, sunlight becomes more and more abundant, and warmer and more humid air begins creeping in from the south. The college semester comes to an end, which allows the magnetic pull of the beach and its lifestyle to have its affect on students from summer visitors to locals returning home. Pack away the heavy jacket and break out the flip flops.

The same transitions are experienced in the surf on the East Coast. The exiting winter weather pattern resulted in a powerful low pressure system that sent solid overhead surf to the Outer Banks and fun chest-high conditions to Virginia Beach for the first weekend of the month. The swell corresponded to the ESA Mid-Atlantic Regionals, which concluded on Sunday, May 3 at Nags Head’s Jennette’s Pier under prime conditions. Surf & Adventure team rider Evan Micele took advantage to place second in junior mens longboard, earning him a berth to autumn’s ESA Easterns; the circuit’s annual championships.

But just as the winter pattern provided an epic day at regionals, the summertime doldrums showed up to First Street Jetty for Memorial Day weekend’s Steel Pier Classic. Fortunately for Evan, the high volume of the longboard makes even tiny waves more rideable. Evan turned in another solid performance in the gutless conditions, placing third in open longboard, sixth in opio (junior mens) longboard and advanced past the first round in pro longboard.

Congrats to Evan and his competitive success during the heats of May!

Evan performs in the Steel Pier Classic. Photo: O'Leary.
Photo: O'Leary.
Photo: O'Leary.
Photo: O'Leary.
Photo: O'Leary.
Evan found more solid conditions at the ESA Mid-Atlantic Regionals earlier this month. Photo: Micele.
Photo: Micele.
Photo: Micele.

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