The competitive side of the 2019 Tiger’s Milk Winter Surf Classic gets under way at Surfers Corner, Muizenberg on Saturday morning and ends with the finals on Sunday but Friday afternoon will be dedicated to the running of the annual Outreach Programme which will take place from around midday to 4.30pm

While the Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic will showcase the skills of many of South Africa’s top longboarders and surfers, the annual Tiger’s Milk Outreach initiative, supported by Coca Cola, will involve about 60 young surfers from the community. These surfers are drawn from eight community based outreach programmes that use surfing to change the lives of marginalised youth.

The surfers will participate in a surf contest with the top four teams winning medals for their efforts.

The initiative will be coordinated by SSA official Shuan Solomons and his team.

A unique tag team format will see groups of five boys and girls surfing together as teams. In this way organisers ensure that every participant plays a role in the project.

Although the Outreach programme is geared towards giving surfers from disadvantaged communities the opportunity to participate in a team focussed surfing contest, the main objective of the initiative is enjoyment.

Each participant will receive a commemorative Tigers Milk a goodie bag as well as refreshments and a meal which all the surfers will enjoy at the Muizenberg Corner based Tiger’s Milk restaurant .

The Main Event will start at 8am on Saturday and will feature 25 twenty minute heats. The heats will be made up of Longboarders and Surfers and who will surf through a number of rounds until the final four in each division compete in the five finals on Sunday afternoon.

The contest has attracted surfers from France, the USA and Australia and will include all the members of the 2019 SA Longboard Team who finished eight out of 31 countries in the ISA World Longboard Championships which ended in Biarritiz France last Sunday.

There are 27 National Champions competing and forty two of the competitors have earned provincial and district colours.

The Muizenberg community have provided nineteen members of the field in this popular two day event.

2018 Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic Women’s Champion Crystal Hulett, former World Longboard Champion and three time Tiger’s Milk winner, Matthew Moir, 2017 champion Alfonzo Pieters and eight time South African Champion and 2015 Tiger’s Milk champion Kay Holt are all competing in the longboard divisions over the weekend.

South Africa’s current top ranked surfer, Dylan Lightfoot is competing in the Open Men’s Surfing along with former event winners Jordy Maree and Dillon Fernandez. Another surfer in the mix is talented Joshe Faulkner who has made a good start in the City Surf Series events this year.

World ranked professional surfer Tanika Hoffman is competing once again as are Ceara Knight, Caroline Brown and Summer Sutton who are some of South Africa’s top junior women surfers.

Making history at this year’s contest once again are Therese Russell and George Bunting, who were members of the Western Province Team that competed in the 1966 South African Championships in Durban.

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The heats, which will start at 8am sharp on Saturday as well as the event schedule are posted here and on Surfing South Africa’s Facebook page at Surfing SA

The Finals of all five Divisions will take place from around 1pm on Sunday and will be followed by the Award Ceremony inside the Tiger’s Milk Restaurant.

All the heats are available on the www.liveheats.com/surfingsouthafrica platform and this is where the scores of every heat can be followed throughout the event on any mobile device, PC, laptop or tablet

The Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic includes a Surfing South Africa Longboard Speciality division for Men and Women which offers R15000 in prizemoney per division with the winners taking home R7000 each. There is also an Over 40 Longboard Division with R9000 in prizemoney on offer and an Open Men’s and Women’s short board divisions, also with R9000 each up for grabs. The best Under 23 male and female longboarders who do not make the Final will win R1000 each. R60 000 in prize money is on offer across the five divisions.

Photos and results will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and on the Surfing SA Facebook page and other Surfing South Africa social platforms

The Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic is supported by Corona, Jagermeister, Bacardi and Coca Cola. 

Surfing South Africa is the recognised national governing body for all disciplines of surfriding and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

2018 Tiger’s Milk Womens Longboard Champion Crystal Hulett – photo Ian Thurtell

Former Tiger’s Milk Mens Longboard Champion Alfonzo Pieters

 

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