'THE SURVIVORS' of Coolum Surf Life Saving Club are the oldest competing surfboat rowing crew in Queensland. 

Previously known as 'The SOCs' (Silly Old Codgers), the crew renamed after two members survived extensive treatment of bowel cancer, attributing some of their recovery to surf life saving. 

Last year 'The Survivors' travelled to Gallipoli to represent the club as part of the G100 surfboat race.   

It was an epic 68km journey with several Australian and New Zealand crews filling almost 50 boats over the course of the two days.   

Once the race was completed, the boats were donated to surf clubs in Turkey, France and England as part of Australia's ongoing support.

'The Survivors' boat is currently residing at the surf life saving club in Cornwall.   

ALL SMILES: The Survivors that have rowed together, swam together, travelled together and stayed together.
ALL SMILES: The Survivors that have rowed together, swam together, travelled together and stayed together.

A name that appears many times throughout old surf life saving stories is that of Keith "Spaz" Hurst, who had an extensive record of achievement in competition in both long-boards and boats.   

John Ellingsen and the rest of a boat crew from Noosa Surf Club found themselves in hot water after following guidance from "Spaz" back in 1976.  

IN HOT WATER:
IN HOT WATER: "Brisbane's oar-stroking streakers have struck again".

The entire crew where spotted rowing 'oar naturel' in Brisbane River during a training session.   

The stunt left the crew banned from competition for a month after the Sunday papers went to print the next morning doning a very familiar set of bare derrières.   


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