March 1 - 7, 2015: Issue 204

Navy ASRL Open Finals – and Interstate 2015 Surf Boat Championships
Navy ASRL Open Finals – and Interstate 2015 Surf Boat Championships Northern Beaches Surf Boats Triumph

NAVY is the naming rights holder of the 2014-15 Australian Surf Rowers League Series. The 2014-15 NAVY Australian Surf Rowers League Series consists of 30 events around Australia from October 2014 to February 2015 and are held on some of the country’s premier beaches.

The Australian Surf Rowers League was born in New South Wales in 1992 as the International League of Australian Surfboat Rowers Inc. (ILOR) and currently has over 3,000 members from over 260 clubs which make up over 550 crews competing nationally each year.

A number of clubs from the Pittwater region competed against the best surf boat rowers in the country last weekend at the Navy ASRL Open. Over 300 crews competed in six categories at Warilla Barrick Point beach. The three day competition was scheduled for Shellharbour but due to the surf conditions event organisers made the decision to move the event to nearby Warilla. 

The Clubs from Pittwater shined throughout the competition. Peter Spence, Boat Captain from the Palm Beach SLSC was pleased with the event on he weekend. 

"We are stoked with the results for Palm Beach. With two golds and a bronze this was our best ASRL Open yet".

"The win from the Open Women & Reserve Grade was thrilling for the rowers in both crews as it was their biggest wins in the sport and some of them have been rowing for close to 10 years". 

Aaron Tannahill, whose great photographs appear here told us, "Although we had to move the event everyone had a brilliant time. The competition was tough and the conditions were testing" 

"In addition to the main competition we also had the SLSA Interstate Championships. Saturday morning was state v state and NSW came out as the winners"

Competitors will now compete in a number of branch and state carnivals before heading to Tugun for the SLS Australian Championships.

Full results from the NAVY ASRL Open completed Sunday 22nd of Februrary 2015:

Under 19 Men
1st - Avoca Scum Dogwho
2nd - Broulee Sum Wing Wang 
3rd - Henley Royals
4th - Newport Manta Rays 
5th - Alexandra Headland QFFS 
6th - Moruya Cockerilla

Under 23 Women
1st - Austinmer Blue
2nd - Scarboro Beach S
3rd - Palm Beach Pearls
4th - Ocean Beach Whohaa
5th - Woonona Johnson and Friends 
6th - Woolongong City Thunder

Under 23 Men
1st - Collaroy Knights
2nd - Bilgola Bennys
3rd - Bulli Gold
4th - Sth Narrabeen Speed Dealers
5th - Ocean Beach Headomy
6th - Nth Cronulla Blue

Reserve Grade
1st - Palm Beach Projects
2nd - Currumbin Coal Train
3rd - Gerringong Naps
4th - Nth Cott Persuaders
5th - South Curl Curl Rocks
6th - Palm Beach Punters

Open Women
1st - Palm Beach Pterodactyles 
2nd - Tugun Hunters
3rd - Nth Cott MMA
4th - Helensburg SP BMX Bandits
5th - Elouera Wilko
6th - Torquay French Kisses

Open Men
1st - South Curl Curl 2XL
2nd - Met Cal Triple DJs
3rd - Lorne 31's
4th - Bulli Gold
5th - Palm Beach Padlocks
6th - Collaroy Garricks

Bilgola SLSC's Old Masters - 1st! - that's GOLD! too.


Racing was held today in a clean one metre swell, which was challenging but crews are coping well in the conditions.  Heavy rain fell for most of the day.

Today’s racing was made up of the Navy National Interstate Surf Boat Championship  and heats and qualifiers for the Open Men, Open Women, Under 23 Women and Under 19 Men  division with the qualifying crews racing in the finals tomorrow, Sunday 22 February.

The Navy National Interstate Surf Boat Championship was completed today and results are:

1 - NSW
2 - QLD
3 - WA
4 - VIC
5 - SA

Surf Life Saving NSW
February 21
It was a double celebration for the Manly and Palm Beach women and men's crews who represented NSW at the Interstate Championships at Shellharbour. Apart from beating the best from other states, Palm Beach and Manly also did the relay and won that as well, while the Mona Vale crew came third in the reserves. What a weekend for the Sydney Northern Beaches crews.

The results from 
Navy National Interstate Surf Boat Championship:

Open men (Palm Beach) - 1st - Palm Beach Pigeons - 
Interstate Representatives
Open women (Manly) - 1st - Manly Malarki 
Interstate Representatives
Reserve (Mona Vale) - 3rd - Mona Vale Black 
Interstate Representatives
Under-23 men (Bulli) - 2nd
Under-23 women (Austinmer) - 2nd
Under-19 (Austinmer) - 1st
Relay - 1st

Photos are from the 2015 ASRL/SLSA Interstate Championships and also Day 2  and Day 3 of the ASRL Open. 

For information about a job in the NAVY, log on to or call 13 19 01.
The NSW Government is proud to support the Navy Australian Surf Rowers Open through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
Best of the Best Boat Challenge 2015

Surf Life Saving NSW is presenting the Best of the Best Surf Boat Challenge (BoB) for the 2015 season, proudly supported by Beko and Staminade.

The BoB is the premier boat event for crews (in all divisions) from each of the NSW Boat Series, fighting it out for the honour of being crowned the ‘Best of the Best’ boat crew for the season.

Racing has begun in each of the regional surfboat series in NSW with the top crews fighting it out for a berth at the Best of the Best Surfboat Challenge on 28 March 2015. Venue TBC.

The top 12 crews in each division from around the state will be invited to compete in the final showdown of the NSW racing season.
Find out more information on the Best of the Best event page here.

  Navy National Interstate Surf Boat Championship Winners - New South Wales

 Open men (Palm Beach) - 1st

 Open women (Manly) - 1st

Pictures by Aaron Tannahill, 2015