Peter Pan

Peter Panagiotis (Pete Pan) took over the reins of the New England District in 1972 and the ESA would never be the same again. Bringing a caustic wit, a keen mind and some old fashioned Down East grit to the laid back world of surfing, Peter built his district into a power house and a textbook example of how to run a surfing organization. He was, and remains, a fierce competitor and a groundbreaking innovator, introducing longboard competition to the ESA program in the early 70's, bodyboarding in the 80's and assisting Cecil Lear on establishing the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame. Now celebrating his 29th year as a District Director, Peter continues to bring a practical, refreshing and direct perspective to the ESA. The ESA recognized Peter with the "Doc" Award in 1995.