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When they're not rowing, they're working on how to row better and the efforts of North Cottesloe Surf Club's "J-Crew" are about to be rewarded with one of surf boating's highest honours.

The seven crew will have their success in the ocean rewarded in the Surf Lifesaving Australia hall of fame.

The team will be the first surf boat crew in WA to be immortalised with the honour and only the second surf boat crew in Australia to make the coveted list. Sweeper Jack Alliss said the crew were well known in the Eastern States as top contenders in national competitions because of their impressive list of achievements, including becoming the first surf boat crew to win four Australian titles in a row.

But while accolades are an "honour", the sport is a labour of love. "There's a lot of excitement when you're in surf, there's a lot of exhilaration and there's the camaraderie," Mr Alliss said.

"You're working together, we're training four to five times a week in the boat and then at the gym two to three times a week.

"There's a fair bond between them."

They have won State, national and world titles since 2006.

Mr Alliss said each member of the team brought something different to the J-Crew, himself bringing "years of experience" while others were talented athletes in their own right.

The crew will be inducted into the hall of fame at an awards night in Sydney at the weekend.

The West Australian

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