Tough Muizenberg conditions on Day One of the Tigers Milk Winter Classic

 

Competitors on Day One of  the 2017 edition of the Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic had to negotiate plenty of white water on Day One of the event but despite this there were some strong performances in each of the Divisions that were held.

 

In the WSL Men’s Longboard Division former Tigers Milk winner and two time ISA World Champion Matthew Moir, Cape St Francis visitor Michael Hill, local campaigner Tao Farren Hefer and former Tigers Milk Varsity Division champion Norman Lotz all won their first round heats. Defending Champion Alfonso Peters is through to Round Two after coming second in the first round.

Defending Champion Kay Holt, 2015 Tigers Milk champion Simone Robb, Krystal Tavernor and Angela Craemer all won their first round WSL Women’s Longboard heats while Andre Schmidt, Toby Murphy,David Amato and Mike Blignaut all advanced to Round two in the Over 40 Longboard Division.

Local surfers Ben de Castro and Simpiwe Tokkoms, Luke Parr and Rudi Breuninger were the surfers who won their second round heats in the Men’s surfing division.

The contest continues tomorrow and ends with the Final on Sunday. Finalists will share just on R50000 in prize money and will also win prizes from Mami Wata, the support sponsor for the event. These prizes will include clothing, tshirts and caps and the winner of grand prize of a beautifully crafted longboarded shaped by Hugh Thompson will be announced at the award Ceremony in Tigers Milk on Sunday afternoon .

Day One results and the schedule for the Tigers Milk Winter Classic is posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Click the contest poster to view the heats and schedule. Results and photos will be posted on the www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za at the end of each day and there will be regular updates on the Surfing South Africa and Tigers Milk facebook, twitter and instagram platforms.

The Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic is not just about South Africa’s top Longboarders, Surfers and Stand Up Paddlers as it will also support a Surfing South Africa Outreach initiative featuring 60 young surfers from nine programmes in the Cape Peninisula that use Surfing to change the lives of boys and girls.

This initiative will be coordinated by SSA Development Officer Danielle Johnson and will involve Waves for Change, the 9Miles Project, Choose 2 Care,Surf Outreach, Projects Abroad, Learn 2 Surf, the Save Foundation and Surfers With Original Talent (SWOT).

A Tag Team format which will see groups of five boys and girls surfing together as teams will be used to determine the top four teams. In this way organisers ensure that every participant plays a role in the project which is geared towards giving surfers from disadvantaged communities the opportunity to participate in a team focussed surfing contest.

Each participant will receive a commemorative Tigers Milk T shirt, a goodie bag as well as refreshments and meals which will be provided by Tiger’s Milk.

The Tigers Milk Outreach project will be held at Surfers Corner from 10am to 1pm on Sunday.

The Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic is supported by Mami Wata in partnership with Wavescape

Two time ISA World Longboard Champion Matthew Moir negotiating the difficult Day One Muizenberg surf. Photo. Ian Thurtell