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, Collers Beach and Mollymook Beach were far too enticing to pass up.
Competition events included men’s and women’s shortboard, longboard, stand-up paddleboard and the ISSC Tag Team Challenge. Navy continued its competitive nature at this year’s event with successes in the longboard and stand-up paddleboard rounds.
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.
Congratulations to everyone involved and good luck to those turning their sights to training for next year’s event.
Imagery of the 2014 Inter-Service Surfing Competition is available on the Navy Image Library: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20132638.
Final competition results were:
|Champion||LT B Edwards||Army|
|2nd Place||PO J Dank||Navy|
|3rd Place||PTE M Warner||Army|
|Champion||PTE B Busse||Army|
|2nd Place||PTE J Scott||Navy|
|3rd Place||LS H Stiles||Navy|
|Champion||PO N Adamson||Navy|
|2nd Place||SMN C Stewart||Navy|
|3rd Place||LS C Poland||Navy|
|Champion||POA D Sandstrom||Navy|
|2nd Place||SGT E Grant||Air Force|
|3rd Place||AB J Glasson||Navy|
|ISSC Tag Team Challenge|
|2nd Place||177 points||Navy|
|3rd Place||144 points||Air Force|