Cape D Surf, video of the year competition. U.S. Coast Guard image.

2013 Videos of the Year: Cape D Surf

Our fourth video finalist takes us on a thrilling boat ride with the men and women of Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, Wash. Boat crews from Station Cape ‘D’ battle the surf of the Columbia River during surf drills. The […]


Motor lifeboat

Not just a surfman’s world

Just like any position in the U.S. Coast Guard, women can serve – and surf – as surfman. As the nation reflects on the role women have played in forming our great nation, Compass traveled to the National Motor Life Boat School in Ilwaco, Wash., to hear from women surfman on how they came to be elite boat drivers.


Lifeboat training

Nothing disappointing at Cape Disappointment

The search and rescue alarm sounds at Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash., early one fall morning. Petty Officer 1st Class Bradd Beckett, boatswain’s mate and surfman, races to the 47-foot motor lifeboat along with his crew. The crew hurries to assist a boat taking on 14-foot waves near the south jetty at the Columbia River entrance. Arriving alongside the boat, Beckett turns to his skills and knowledge acquired the previous year at the National Motor Lifeboat School to bring the distressed mariners and his crew back safely.


Into the surf

High side right

Thanks to all of your votes, the best Coast Guard marching cadence has been selected! Chief Petty Officer Cory Wadley, officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Morro Bay, Calif., wrote the original cadence that was selected as the best. Wadley is one of approximately 160 surfmen in the Coast Guard and serves at one of the 19 designated surf stations in the U.S.