2018 Interstate Surfboat Championships, Trans-Tasman Test and Navy ASRL Open: Results, Winners Snaps and Wraps
NSW BOAT CREWS TASTE VICTORY
From Surf Life Saving NSW
Surfboat crews from NSW clubs have proven again that they have what it takes to be the best after taking out the Interstate Surfboat Championship at Elouera SLSC on 16 February.
The dominant North Cronulla SLSC fielded three of the selected crews, with the remainder of the representative team hailing from Bulli, Palm Beach, Avalon Beach, Newport and Queenscliff.
Conditions were challenging and it came down to the wire with NSW and Queensland locked on equal points after a comprehensive win in the Relay final saw NSW claw its way back into contention. A countback decided the title in the end and the jubilant Blues crews congratulated the other states on a fiercely fought battle in testing surf and strong winds.
Robert Emerson, with his crew, the Neport SLSC Sea Cucumbers, selected as the male reserve crew for NSW, who won their race - photo courtesy Julie Hegarty
The following day in the battle of the ditch against the Kiwis, the Aussies were victorious for the sixth consecutive year in the Trans Tasman Surfboat Challenge. With all four of the Australian representative crews hailing from NSW clubs, the depth of talent among our rowers and boat sweeps was highlighted to great effect. The Australian Team comprised Open Men and Women from Sth Curl Curl and Elouera and U23 Development crews from Nth Cronulla and Avalon Beach.
“What an amazing couple of days it’s been with NSW continuing their success of recent years,” said Greg Heard.
“The way both teams worked together and supported each other in the weeks leading up to the event and on race day is a credit to each of the crews involved. Congratulations and thanks to all the rowers and their sweeps for such a dominate display of surfboat competition.”