3-7th FA surfer takes first in competition

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Michael Gallahue, Btry. B, 3-7th FA Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, rides a wave during the eighth annual All-Military Surf Classic at White Plains Beach, June 7. (Courtesy photo)

Staff Sgt. Michael Gallahue, Btry. B, 3-7th FA Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, rides a wave during the eighth annual All-Military Surf Classic at White Plains Beach, June 7. (Courtesy photo)

Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

EWA BEACH — Staff Sgt. Michael Gallahue of Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, “Never Broken,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, won first place in his age bracket of the eighth annual All-Military Surf Classic at White Plains Beach, here, June 7.

More than 100 surfers competed in 14 different divisions, including open and active duty categories, for short- and longboard surfing.

EWA BEACH — Staff Sgt. Michael Gallahue, assigned to Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, poses with the "Top Branch" award following the eighth annual All-Military Surf Classic at White Plains Beach, here, June 7. Gallahue's scores helped the Army take home the coveted award and bragging rights for the next year. (Courtesy photo)

EWA BEACH — Staff Sgt. Michael Gallahue, assigned to Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, poses with the “Top Branch” award following the eighth annual All-Military Surf Classic at White Plains Beach, here, June 7. Gallahue’s scores helped the Army take home the coveted award and bragging rights for the next year. (Courtesy photo)

Gallahue was slotted in the Active Duty Men’s Longboard division for men between the ages of 17-29.

Each surfer was given a 20-minute heat to show off what he could do on the water. The competitors could catch 10 waves during the heat, with the top two scores kept for judging.

“As I watched the other surfers, I started to think I really have a chance to win it,” said Gallahue.

When Gallahue’s heat arrived, he relied on his years of surfing experience to give him the edge to make the finals in his division.

In the finals, Gallahue put up the top numbers, bringing home the first place trophy.
“Coming from a small little beach break in Florida, winning this with my surf skills is a great accomplishment,” said the Vero Beach native.

Along with winning his age bracket, Gallahue also helped the U.S. Army claim the coveted “Top Branch” award. The top three scores from all active duty final heats are combined to determine which branch wins the giant tiki trophy … and bragging rights for the next year.

“This was a great event. It provided an opportunity for the military community to compete,” said Col. Brian Eifler, commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID. “(There was) great representation from Soldiers in the 25th ID to USARPAC to PACOM.”

Gallahue has no immediate plans to surf in any major competitions, but he states he has no plans to ever leave the world of waves we call surfing.

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