Rowers set to take on big surf

Scarboro Shadows crew (from left) Jess Donnelly, Elisha Single, Candice Bashall, Claire Lea and sweep Justin Donnelly train at Scarborough Beach.
Scarboro Shadows crew (from left) Jess Donnelly, Elisha Single, Candice Bashall, Claire Lea and sweep Justin Donnelly train at Scarborough Beach.

The Scarboro Shadows will race in the top eight, which should seed them directly into the final at North Steyne in NSW in January.

The competition aims to get the best crews from throughout the country competing against each other in the lead-up to the Australian Championships at Scarborough Beach in March.

The crew’s average week involves three 5am rowing sessions as well as two weight sessions and two rowing machine workouts.

Crew member Elisha Single began still water rowing when she was at high school and moved to surf boats in 2000.

Single, who made the Australian finals in 2007, said the camaraderie between the crew was something she valued most.

‘You get to train with your best friends, stay fit and catch waves with them,’ she said.

Single said the team was looking forward to the big waves on the east coast.

‘Surfers Paradise can be quite nasty at times, it tends to put on quite a good break, there tends to be a lot more waves and a lot more entertainment,’ she said.

‘The majority of the time everyone will get out clean, it’s just on the odd occasion that it’s a bit big and a bit nasty and things happen.’