Surfing to victory

Published on LCDR Chloe Wootten (author and photographer)

Location(s): One Mile Beach, NSW

Topic(s): Surfing

HMAS Creswell Physical Training Instructor, Petty Officer Nathan Adamson on Captain’s Beach, Jervis Bay with his longboard he won at the Inter-Service Surfing Championships in May 2013, as the ADF longboard champion. (photo: LCDR Chloe Wootten)
HMAS Creswell Physical Training Instructor, Petty Officer Nathan Adamson on Captain’s Beach, Jervis Bay with his longboard he won at the Inter-Service Surfing Championships in May 2013, as the ADF longboard champion.

The beaches around the Shoalhaven have been given a workout lately, and with good reason – members of HMAS Creswell ship’s company have been training hard for the 2013 Inter-Service Surfing Championships (ISSC), hosted recently by RAAF Base Williamtown at One Mile Beach.

All the hard work paid off with Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Nathan Adamson announced winner of the Longboard Division for the event held 13-16 May.

Petty Officer Adamson had to overcome competition from his own quarter, with Warrant Officer Marine Technician Kenneth McPherson (also from Creswell) challenging in the final of the same event.

For his efforts Petty Officer Adamson was awarded a longboard as a prize, much to the disappointment of his five year old daughter.

“She asked me to win a trophy to put up at home, but I can assure you I am very happy with the board, I’ve already taken it out for a trial.

“Being posted to Creswell gives me access to some of the greatest beaches in Australia, it’s a great lifestyle for my family and for training”, he said.

The final was conducted over 30 minutes in a clean 2-3 foot swell and judged by a five person mixed service panel, including a former Association of Surfing Professionals head judge.

Navy was also represented in the Tag Team event, with Petty Officer Adamson leading a team. This is the premier event of the competition - the three services compete for a perpetual trophy. Each team consists of four shortboarders, two longboarders, one female boardrider, one bodyboarder and one stand-up paddleboarder. The Adamson team won the Tag Team event.

The points accumulated by the other Navy team and individual standings meant that Navy took out the 2013 trophy.