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Sat, 10 June 2017

The storm aftermath brought lots of white water to paddle through on Day One of the Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic yesterday, but Cape Town's top longboarders took it in their ... er ... stride.


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HOLT STALL: Kay Holt is through to the women's longboard finals. Photo Thurtell


In the speciality longboard event presented by the World Surf League, 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 walked their first round heats (sorry), and moved straight to round three.

Defending Champion Alfonso Peters nosed into to Round Two (sorry) because he came 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.

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GOOD VIBES: Muizenberg has a knack of stripping it down to just the stoke. Photo Thurtell


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

The contest continues today and ends with all finals running on Sunday. Finalists share R50,000 in prize money and prizes from Mami Wata including clothing, t-shirts and caps, and grand prize of a crafted longboard shaped by Hugh Thompson. These will be announced at the award ceremony in Tigers Milk on Sunday afternoon. See results here.

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.


Men's Longboard Semi final 1
Mike Hill, Alfonso Peters, Norman Lotz & Nobel De Castro

Men's Longboard Semi final 2
Tao Farren-Hefer, Tristan Lev, Matthew Moir & Dirk Tolken

Women's Longboard Semi final 1
Simone Robb, Cheree Thompson, Krystal Tavernor, Raylin Wynne

Women's Longboard Semi final 2
Angela Craemer, Deborah Patterson, Kay Holt, Shannon Hughes




ABOUT TIGER’S MILK RESTAURANT & BAR

Located in the heart of the Cape Town Surf scene, Tiger’s Milk brings both a heightened sense of excitement and delicious food to Surfer’s Corner in Muizenberg. Serving generous portions of all your favourite food with a panoramic view of the bay is a hard combination to beat. Through the expansion of the brand to six stores, Tiger’s Milk has held on to the ethos that their customers have fallen in love with: mouth-watering food enjoyed in a festive environment. It is Tiger’s Milk's love for surfing led them to host the Tiger’s Milk Surf Classic in 2015, the Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic in 2016 and now the third edition of the event in 2017. Their aim in sponsoring this surf contest is simple; to promote surfing as a sport in South Africa and provide accessibility to emerging surfers.

ABOUT MAMI WATA

Mami Wata is a global African surf brand based out of Cape Town. Launched in 2016 they design and produce premium surf apparel, surfboards and accessories. High quality and long lasting products are designed to survive your African surf adventures and manufactured ethically in Africa. Available globally online and in select surf stores in South Africa. “Mami Wata” is West African pidgin literally meaning ‘Mama Water’ or ‘Mother Ocean’. Mami Wata is the African water spirit who appears in the shape of a mermaid. It is said that those who she takes for her lovers, return with a new spirit and become more successful and good looking. www.mamiwata.surf


PRIZE MONEY:
WSL Mens Longboard – R12,000
WSL Womens Longboard – R6,000
Mens Surfing – R5,000
Womens Surfing – R5,000
Over 40 Longboards – R3,000
U23 Mens Longboards – R3,000
U23 Womens Longboards – R3,000
SUP Men – R3000
SUP Women – R2000

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