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.

52-foot motor lifeboat

What scares you?

Because today is Halloween – a day of spooky ghost stories, haunted houses and trick or treating – we thought we would take a moment and ask Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Mantell what he feared most. Mantell is a junior surfman responsible for operating in one of the nation’s most perilous maritime environments – Cape Disappointment. Commonly known as Station Cape “D,” crewmembers respond to more than 300 calls for assistance every year. Here, in his own words, is Mantell’s response to “What scares you?”

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.

Video of the Year contest

Day 2: Coast Guard Video of the Year

Welcome to day two of voting for Coast Guard Video of the Year! Earlier this week, we offered you a sampling of the top 11 Coast Guard videos of 2010. Now, it is time for you to vote on your […]

Surfman at Chatham

Coast Guard Heroes: Isaac Mayo

This Compass series chronicles the first 14 heroes the Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters have been named for. These men and women, who stood the watch before us, lived extraordinary lives as they lit the way for sailors in times past, […]

Surf Training at Station Bodega Bay

These are some of the best shots I have seen lately of a 47-foot motor lifeboat riding in the surf. Station Bodega Bay crew took advantage of the early season swell that brought consistent 15-foot surf to the area last […]