Military members, families cut the waves

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Tech Sgt. Cohen Young
Defense Media Activity-Hawaii

Col. Mike Donnelly, U.S. Army-Pacific, rides a wave inward during an All-Military Surf Classic hosted by Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department; Hawaiian Island Creations; and Quiksilver, Saturday. More than 90 active duty and retired service members and their dependents competed in the seventh annual surfing event at White Plains Beach in Kapolei. KAPOLEI — Active duty and retired military personnel living on the island of Oahu participated in an annual surfing competition, Saturday, with the support of the local community.

More than 600 spectators and beach goers looked on as 90 participants knifed their way through the waves of White Plains Beach, here, during the All-Military Surf Classic sponsored by Joint Base Pear Harbor-Hickam’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department; Hawaiian Island Creations; and Quiksilver. 

There were “Open” and “Military” competitions in the short and longboard categories, which were broken down even further by age groups.

There was an overall service competition. 

To the surprise of some, the Navy did not win, as the Army had more participants and thus won the overall service “Top Branch Award.”

“We came out in force this year and really ripped the waves that were on hand,” said Col. Mike Donnelly, U.S. Army-Pacific and a competitor in the Open and Military longboard categories. “Enlisted, officers and retirees – you name it – we had it. Our team stood out, gaining a majority of the team points to capture the top award.”

Although all five services were represented in the competition, some individuals dominated their service, as well as the others in competition. 

U.S. Army Capt. Chris Defiori, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, won the military longboard for ages 17-29. 

U.S. Navy diver Chief Jason Tangalin won the Open and Military shortboard competition for ages 30-39. Tangalin also placed in the longboard portion for the same age group.

 “I’m stoked to win this competition and represent my service,” said Tangalin, a 14-year Navy veteran. 

Individual awards weren’t based on tricks and skill alone. It was also helpful to be able to ride the wave inward as far as possible. 

“In the pro competitions tricks are good, but distance is a factor here,” said Jack Shipley, head judge. “Guys that take off on the outside and ride it all the way into the beach do pretty well.”

Additionally, many families enjoyed the competion as children also competed in the short and longboard portions of the contests. 

“This is our first time competing. For our family, it was a nice opportunity to actually compete against other military service members and have a super time at the beach,” said Lt. Col. Donald Brown, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, who is getting ready to deploy soon. “Just before leaving, this is a nice way to remember Hawaii, the kids and what we have to look forward to when we get back.”

“This is a fun day out here for these guys and their families, and I’m happy to be out here supporting them,” Shipley said.

The most important part of the event was that the community recognized service members for what they do every day. 

“I think it’s good to do events like this because they are important and it lets the military know that we support them and believe in their mission; we’re out here celebrating that,” Shipley said.

(Editor’s Note: Randy Dela Cruz from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Hookele newspaper contributed to this article.)

Story and Photo byTech Sgt. Cohen YoungDefense Media Activity-HawaiiKAPOLEI — Active duty and retired military personnel living on the island of Oahu participated in an annual surfing competition, Saturday, with the support of the local community.More than 600 spectators and beach goers looked on as 90 participants knifed their way through the waves of White Plains Beach, here, during the All-Military Surf Classic sponsored by Joint Base Pear Harbor-Hickam’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department; Hawaiian Island Creations; and Quiksilver. There were “Open” and “Military” competitions in the short and longboard categories, which were broken down even further by age groups.There was an overall service competition. To the surprise of some, the Navy did not win, as the Army had more participants and thus won the overall service “Top Branch Award.”“We came out in force this year and really ripped the waves that were on hand,” said Col. Mike Donnelly, U.S. Army-Pacific and a competitor in the Open and Military longboard categories. “Enlisted, officers and retirees – you name it – we had it. Our team stood out, gaining a majority of the team points to capture the top award.”Although all five services were represented in the competition, some individuals dominated their service, as well as the others in competition. U.S. Army Capt. Chris Defiori, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, won the military longboard for ages 17-29. U.S. Navy diver Chief Jason Tangalin won the Open and Military shortboard competition for ages 30-39. Tangalin also placed in the longboard portion for the same age group. “I’m stoked to win this competition and represent my service,” said Tangalin, a 14-year Navy veteran. Individual awards weren’t based on tricks and skill alone. It was also helpful to be able to ride the wave inward as far as possible. “In the pro competitions tricks are good, but distance is a factor here,” said Jack Shipley, head judge. “Guys that take off on the outside and ride it all the way into the beach do pretty well.”Additionally, many families enjoyed the competion as children also competed in the short and longboard portions of the contests. “This is our first time competing. For our family, it was a nice opportunity to actually compete against other military service members and have a super time at the beach,” said Lt. Col. Donald Brown, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, who is getting ready to deploy soon. “Just before leaving, this is a nice way to remember Hawaii, the kids and what we have to look forward to when we get back.”“This is a fun day out here for these guys and their families, and I’m happy to be out here supporting them,” Shipley said.The most important part of the event was that the community recognized service members for what they do every day. “I think it’s good to do events like this because they are important and it lets the military know that we support them and believe in their mission; we’re out here celebrating that,” Shipley said.(Editor’s Note: Randy Dela Cruz from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Hookele newspaper contributed to this article.)

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