Vikings Fab 15 Triumph in Bancoora
Rabjohns and legendary board paddler Dick Cahill were in all three teams, as was Olympic swimmer and 1500m world record holder at the time, Steve Holland.
Cahill would end his career with a staggering 10 Aussie gold medals.
The Vikings capped this era with it’s first ever Australian Champion Club pointscore win in 1977 at Victoria’s infamous Bancoora Beach, braving the freezing conditions with a team of only 15 competitors.
Currumbin was the toast of the coast – the first Queensland club to win the coveted Australian points score. The Vikings were led throughout this era by long term president, the late and great, Marshall Kropp – who’s grandchildren Jackson and Riley Maynard carry on his legacy today with father Chris Maynard, one of the legends of the sport and now a member of the club’s respected coaching staff.
Holland also turned his hand to ironman racing and became a stalwart of the Currumbin Vikings golden era, a time when Olympians dominated the sport.
The Vikings were not short on Olympians with gold medallists from 1984 Jon Sieben and 1988 Duncan Armstrong and 1984 Olympic bronze medallist Justin Lemberg swapping the famous AUS swim cap for the equally famous green and white quartered Currumbin Vikings surf cap – in surf lifesaving circles anyway.
Another Olympian, Sydney 2000 Olympic relay golden medallist Ashley Callus was also a graduate of the Currumbin Juniors, while Athens 2000 Olympic gold and silver medallist Brooke Hanson also linked up with the Vikings after stints with Freshwater and Torquay.