Wave of success for Navy surfers and paddlers

This article has photo gallery Published on SGT Dave Morley (author), LSIS Justin Brown (photographer)

Location(s): Ulladulla

Topic(s): Sport, Surfing

Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Roger Roy during the long board heats at the 2017 Australian Defence Force Surfing Championships. (photo: LSIS Justin Brown)
Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Roger Roy during the long board heats at the 2017 Australian Defence Force Surfing Championships.

Although conditions were far from ideal for the Interservice Surfing Championships held at Ulladulla at the end of March, Navy surfers performed exceptionally well.
 
The weather and the surf were different every day, with some decent waves on the first day, small but clean on the second day, and then a stormy, onshore building swell on the final day.
 
Navy Surf Riders Association President Lieutenant Mark Green said Navy hosted this year’s event with a team comprising eight male shortboard, two female shortboard, six long board, four stand-up paddleboard riders and two support staff.
 
“Navy consistently achieved good results across all divisions, specifically winning the male shortboard, female shortboard, stand-up paddleboard and team categories,” he said.
 
“The only division they didn’t win was the longboard division.”
 
Navy had three members in the men’s shortboard final, three in the longboard final, two in the stand-up paddleboard final and two in the women’s final.
 
In the points breakdown for the teams event, Navy came in first with 56.4, Army second with 32.4 and Air Force third with 29.8 points.
 
“The winners of the male shortboard, female shortboard, and stand-up paddleboard divisions were Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Jordan Dank, of HMAS Albatross, Able Seaman Martime Logistics - Supply Chain Linda Fisher, of Fleet Base East and Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Tom Jacobson, of Albatross,” Lieutenant Green said.