They also tried to do this 10 years ago in the middle 90s b/c we were complaining about when they ran our heats, judging, etc. The few bodyboarding-only contest they had were fun and had a decent turnout [for ESA Comps at that time], but I dont think any new riders entered.
My suggestion would to have it at OCI, as its way more consistent than North or SS. Plus, if there is not a real swell, OCI can still be extremely fun and bolwy even at stomach high+.
You would have better chances having the contest in MD which allows easier access, more free parking opportunities & chance for swell. The idea of holding an ESA or any other contest @ SS will NOT go over well with the local BBERS, especially on a waiting period during the fall.
The idea is wishful thinking & your intentions may be to promote BBING locally, but you seriously need to consider the locals that ride there all the time. I certainly am not going to be open to a lot of new faces show up on a really good swell in the fall & have someone associated with the contest say we can't surf our normal break because they have a permit for the day. The fall is what we look forward to; the chance of swells increase, lifeguards & bulk of the tourist's are gone & the weather/water is still nice.
yeah i agree with chuck, plus i dont kno many bbers that can ride ss anyways, asking for lots of injuries and itd be difficult to showcase talent when u dont kno how to ride a break like ss. keep it in oc!!