Coffs Police officers hang at gallows

POLICE officers frequently find themselves in stressful situations, which is why many have turned to surfing to relax and take a well-earned breather.

Coffs Harbour's Gallows Beach was where you could find many boys in blue yesterday during the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games.

As many as 65 entrants are battling it out in shortboard and longboard categories during the two days of competition, with about half coming from our region. Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia are also well represented.

Tomorrow's product testing day and expression session will be a fitting finale to the event.

It wasn't surprising to find senior constable Chris Picker in the thick of the action yesterday.

He's a Coffs Harbour water policeman who loves his surfing.

“I surf two or three times a week at Emerald Beach,” Chris said.

One of the organisers of the event, Coffs Harbour Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said the swell might have been down, but he was rapt with the number of entrants.

“We're happy that guys have made the trip from other States,” he said.

“The whole ethos of the competition is participation, rather than competition.”

Cameron, who has surfed since he was 12, is also president of the Police Surfing Association, which has 100 members and welcomes boardriders from around the nation.



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