Surf competition carves waves in the west

Published on LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Location(s): Secret Harbour, WA

Topic(s): Surfing

The competitors of the inaugural Navy Surfriders Association competition. (photo: ABIS Brad Darvill)
The competitors of the inaugural Navy Surfriders Association competition.

The Navy Surfriders Association - West (NSA-W) Chapter held its inaugural monthly surfriders competition on Wednesday 10 July 2013 at Surf Beach, Secret Harbour, Western Australia.

The competition included male and female competitors, and was open to a variety of surfing disciplines including long, short, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and body board.

Surfers of all standards were encouraged to attend the competition with a final turnout of 15 sailors braving the chilly weather to catch a wave.

“A solid south west ground swell in the 3-4 foot range greeted competitors, with the first heat underway at 8:15am,” said Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer and event coordinator Roger Roy.

“A tough paddle out and barrelling waves made wave selection critical.”

“There were some spectacular wipe-outs and skilful barrel riding techniques displayed by Leading Seaman Reece Menzies,” he said.

The event winners for the day were:

  • Men’s Shortboard: Leading Seaman Reece Menzies

  • Women’s Shortboard: Leading Seaman Amanda Aldridge

  • Men’s Longboard: Able Seaman Tim Harrison

  • Body Board: Able Seaman Tim Harrison

The NSA-W Chapter was stood up in early 2013 and aims to assist all levels of surfers, including beginners in enjoying the sport.

With the success of the inaugural event, the NSA-W Chapter are looking forward to next months competition.

For serving members seeking more information about NSA-W, contact Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer Roger Roy.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20130724.