The 2019 ESA season is in the books. Here are a few grommets to keep your eyes on next go ’round!

Solon McLaughlin
Age: 15

Sponsors: Sunrise Surf Shop
Local break: Jax Pier
Surfer who Inspires you: Evan Thompson
Favorite Maneuver: Vertical off the lip
Where do you pick up Void: Pier Cantina (R.I.P.)
Best ESA results:  5th place Boys U14 at 2017 ESA Regionals 
Favorite thing to do besides surfing: Skateboarding
ESA All-Stars Coach, Jason Motes, says: “Solon is the first ones out everyday! Kid rips and is getting better and better! One of the few groms that will talk smack to me out in the water! I love it!”

Mikaela Nichols
Age:11

Sponsors: Cyclone Surfboards, Shark Eyes, Surf Station, White Pelican, Starboard Ocean Ambassador, Ocean Buddies, Formo Folis
Local Break: Access 6, Fernandina Beach
Surfer who Inspires you: Nikki Van Dijk and Stephanie Gilmore.
Favorite Maneuver: Air. I can not do them but they are fun to try and I like a good back side cutback.
Where do you pick up Void: Barberitos
Best ESA results: 1st in Girls U12, 1st in Girls U14 Menehune Longboard and Body Board at at FCESA. 
Favorite thing to do besides surfing: I really love to go snowboarding, but foil boarding is also fun and challenging.
ESA All-Stars Coach, Jason Motes, says: “Mikaela is a little ripper! She’s so fun to watch surf and she’s another one of our girls that is just super sweet and is always having a blast. I look forward to watching her grow in and out of the water.”