Sailors carve up the surf in the West

This article has photo gallery Published on ABIS Chris Beerens (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Location(s): Mandurah, Western Australia

Able Seaman Marine Technician Rhys Salis carves into the wave during the Shortboard stage of the Navy Surf riders Association - West competition held at Avalon Beach, Mandurah, Western Australia. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)
Able Seaman Marine Technician Rhys Salis carves into the wave during the Shortboard stage of the Navy Surf riders Association - West competition held at Avalon Beach, Mandurah, Western Australia.

With heavy rains and average surf conditions, the members of the Navy Surf Riders Association - West chapter put on their 'wetties' for the monthly Surf Riders competition held on Friday 28 August at Avalon Beach, Mandurah, Western Australia.

The competition included both male and female competitors, in a range of different disciplines including shortboard, longboard and stand-up paddle board. 

The competition in Mandurah was open to all skill levels, encouraging officers and sailors to get out in the water and give it a go. The event saw a total of 14 officers and sailors take to the water in the three events.

Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer Gary Wardsaid the conditions were not ideal.

"It was very windy and choppy, with a few sets (of waves) coming through, but everyone still went out and we had a really good competition," he said. 

"Everyone ended up surfing really well."

One of the competition participants, Able Seaman Marine Technician Rhys Salis agreed.

"It was an awesome day, surfing some great waves in some not so great conditions with awesome people," said Able Seaman Salis.

After battling through the below average conditions the category winners for the day included the following; on the Short Board, Able Seaman Rhys Salis; the Long Board, Leading Seaman Tim Harrison; and on the Stand-up Paddle Board, Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer Gary Ward.

The Navy Surf Riders Association - West chapter is preparing with each monthly competition to find surfers and bodyboaders to represent them at the 2015 Inter-Service Surfing Competition.

Serving members who are seeking information about the Navy Surf Riders Association - West can contact Chief Petty Officer Physical Trainer Gary Ward at gary.ward@defence.gov.au