Boaties on a road trip to Darwin
WADE “Moose” Morley and Colin “Taj” Martin are ready to set out on a 3500-kilometre road trip to reunite a surf team that has not paddled together in more than a decade.
Back in 1992, Mr Morley was passing through Darwin and crossed paths with Mr Martin and his rugby mates.
Soon Mr Morley, a keen surfboat rower, had helped them acquire their bronze medallions and also took a group of nippers under his wing and taught them surf-boating.
They were called the Young Guns and were known to chant “guns” as they rowed.
Though Moose and Taj continued travelling to Darwin to escape Tweed winters each year, the Young Guns never reunited. But this year the word came through that the crew wanted to row again.
“A plumber and a bricklayer are going up to Darwin to reunite and old boat crew for winter,” Moose said yesterday.
“We are opening up an invitation to boat crews from all parts of Australia and the world to come up for a bit of fly fishing, crocodile wrestling and surf-boating.”
Taj runs a fly fishing tour in Darwin and Moose said he was a crocodile wrestler from way back, before the likes of Steve Irwin.
The Tweed Heads Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club rowers acquired a boat to take with them, increasing Darwin's fleet to three and enabling them to stage races.
He said there had been good support from his own surf club, along with others on the Coast that had donated equipment for the Darwin-bound boat.
The good thing about surf-boating was you could get out on the water while staying safe from box jellyfish, sharks and crocodiles, as long as you didn't tip it over, Moose added. The boat will be based at Dundee Beach, across the bay from Darwin, 175km by road from the city.