Surf’s up for ADF challenge

Published on Navy Surfriders Association (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Location(s): Ulladulla, NSW

Petty Officer Jordan Dank during the men's shortboard final at Collers Beach, New South Wales.  (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
Petty Officer Jordan Dank during the men's shortboard final at Collers Beach, New South Wales.

Robert Harold ‘Nat’ Young, Australian surfer and author, once said "If in doubt, paddle out."
 
At this year’s Inter-Service Surfing Competition (ISSC) there was no shortage of big swells for the Australian Defence Force’s best surfers.  
 
Ulladulla was the pick for this year’s event, held over 5-8 May, because its world class breaks at Flat Rock, Dolphin Point, Collars Reef and Mollymook Beach were far too enticing to pass up.
 
Competition events included men’s and women’s short board, long board, stand-up paddleboard and the ISSC Tag Team Challenge. Navy continued its competitive nature at this year’s event with successes in the long board and stand up paddleboard rounds.

Sub Lieutenant Mark Green during the men's shortboard final at Colliers Beach.

Sub Lieutenant Mark Green during the men's shortboard final at Colliers Beach.


Leading Seaman Hannah Stiles from HMAS Newcastle placed well during the competition, coming in third in the women’s competition.
 
Leading Seaman Stiles said the competition was fierce and Navy was keen to maintain their good standing from previous years.
 
“The surfing gods were smiling as the swell was massive on the first day and it was forecasted to remain so.”
 
“By the second day, the swell had subsided and ideal conditions greeted all at Dolphin Point. The goofy foot surfers were cheering as there was nice clean four to five foot left hand waves. We enjoyed a whole day with pristine conditions and only one board snapped in the process.”
 
“It was great to see a growing number of female surfers attend the competition,” Leading Seaman Stiles said.
 
The Team Challenge was the competition decider on the last day, with the event pitting the best eight surfers from each service across each discipline. In ten minutes, each surfer needed to catch a maximum of three waves, with the points from the best two waves tallied to give them a total score.
 
Presentations were made later that night, when all three services came together to find out who took out the finals and receive their well-deserved awards. Overall, Army edged out Navy to take out the competition.

The 2014 Australian Defence Force Inter Service Surfing Championships Navy Team at Mollymook Beach, New South Wales.

The 2014 Australian Defence Force Inter Service Surfing Championships Navy Team at Mollymook Beach, New South Wales.


Congratulations to everyone involved and good luck to those turning their sights to training for next year’s event.
 
More images of the 2014 Inter-Service Surfing Competition can be found on the Royal Australian Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20132638.
 
Final Competition Results were:

Men's Short Board
Champion LT B. Edwards Army
2nd Place PO J. Dank Navy
3rd Place PTE M. Warner Army

 




 

 

 

Women's Short Board
Champion PTE B. Busse Army
2nd Place PTE J. Scott Navy
3rd Place LS  H. Stiles Navy

 




 

 

 

Long Board
Champion PO N. Adamson Navy
2nd Place SMN C. Stewart Navy
3rd Place LS C. Poland Navy

 




 

 

 

Stand Up Paddle Board
Champion POA D. Sandstrom Navy
2nd Place SGT E. Grant Air Force
3rd Place AB J. Glasson Navy

 




 

 

 

 

ISSC Tag Team Challenge
Champion 206 Points Army
2nd Place 177 Points Navy
3rd Place 144 Points Air Force