6 January 2014
From February 7-9 in 2014, Stockton Beach and Nobby’s Beach in New South Wales will be packed with surf row boats, fit competitors and countless fans cheering them on.
This will be the scene of the Australian Surf Rowers League Open, an annual event organised by the Australian Navy in conjunction with the surf lifesaving community throughout the country.
During summer the Navy Surf Rowers Premiership is held around the country, and the final is in Newcastle during this exciting weekend for the countrywide championships. As a sport, surf rowing takes high levels of skill, fitness and teamwork – all attributes mirrored by the Royal Australian Navy, which is why they support this event. The rowers league itself is made up of the people who carry out surf lifesaving duties, patrolling Aussie beaches and keeping an eye on the wellbeing of swimmers and surfers around the coastlines. For the spectators, all of this comes together for a great weekend spent by the beach, watching these committed individuals battle it out on the waves.
There are six divisions taking part, including Open Men’s, Open Women’s, Reserves, Under 23 men and women, Under 19s and Masters. In three sets of round robins, the top 12 crews for each division will finally face off in the finals. Each crew will cover 400 metres, and with some impressive surf and serious competition on the cards, there will no doubt be a good amount of excitement on the water to watch from the shore.
It’s a free event to attend, and the numerous things to see and do around Newcastle will keep you entertained in between races, making for a great weekend away!